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Prabodh Kumar
Real User
PMO Principal at GAF Materials / Building Materials
Dec 06 2017

What is most valuable?

Basically everything. * You can identify resources by roles. * You can manage by skill level. * You can manage your capacity by roles. * Assigning to projects. * Booking resources in Soft Book, Hard Book. * Gives you visibility into who is currently working on something else but may be available… more»

What needs improvement?

A little bit better financial management. Right now it is more accountant-related, the financial management - of course, it's finance, it has to be financial. But it should be a little bit easier for project managers. To give an example, if you have a non-labor cost that you're tracking, let's say a… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were Microsoft Project Server users. I think about seven years ago we started using Project Server with the same goals of a centralized repository and collaboration for project managers and team members; also, resource and financial management. We never got to the resource and financial… more»

What other advice do I have?

Regarding the new UX, it's very good. I wish it would come out faster, but I know that it has to be developed, tested, and rolled out. I like the way they're doing it in something like an Agile format, giving you some features and then gathering feedback and improving them, instead of trying to wait… more»
Angela Strous
Real User
PPM Product Owner at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jan 10 2018

What is most valuable?

The ability to have all of the data in one place from risks and issues to resource capacity and actual utilization. We are currently undergoing an integration with our financial systems that will allow us to bring in financials into our… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is shifting as we go through our agile transformation. In terms of being able to do quarterly status reports, board reporting, resource reporting, and that kind of thing, that has been ongoing at Schwab for a number of years. As we are… more»

What needs improvement?

We are still on 14.3. We have not used the new UX. I did laugh at Kurt's presentation yesterday, because he said, "You know what? Three years ago, we were up here, and I was standing in front of a bunch of PowerPoint slides. Now we actually… more»

What other advice do I have?

No tool is going to fix your process problems. You better have a pretty good process in place, and know exactly what it is you are trying to do. Implementing a tool in parallel with implementing a process, you are potentially going to do… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In my previous job, I was doing a side-by-side pilot with PPM and a competitor. There were pros and cons to both. Nobody is perfect in the space. Some of the downfalls and frustrations are when, coming into a new organization, it has been… more»
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Bradely Rosenberg
Real User
IT Project Manager at IBERIABANK
Jan 03 2018

What is most valuable?

Within my environment, being able to give status reports to my manager is very useful, saves me a lot of trouble. I enjoy the Risks/Issues section. I wish that they were combined into the same module… more»

How has it helped my organization?

With that goal of gathering time from resources, and being able to predict out whether or not they'll have some capacity, it's a great improvement over what was there before, which was essentially an… more»

What needs improvement?

The only real improvement from my side - I'm spoiled by things like Trello, with the very easy user interface, things like Basecamp - it's very much a static software project. If I was to focus on… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

It's better than an Excel spreadsheet, and that's what was used before.

What other advice do I have?

Regarding the new UX, at this point I feel like there could be more done to make it a more fluid experience. Five years ago, seven years ago, that sort of windows and records click was standard, and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

They brought me in to comment on it's Agile functionality and they said, "We have this Rally product." And I said, "Does that integrate?" They said, "It could." I said, "Don't worry about it." I use… more»
Rosemary Thibault
Real User
Product Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 04 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the portfolio management tool and the new project management, and the way it will all look from the user experience.

How has it helped my organization?

It is easier to use than most other products that are out there. It will provide us the transparency we need in our organization to see how work is being managed and moving along. We are also trying… more»

What needs improvement?

We are so configured and so not out-of-the-box that we have not been able to utilize a lot of the functionality because we are so customized. It does not work like we would like for it to work, but we… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were on an older version of Clarity, version 9.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you have a really good roadmap of what you want the tool to do for project and portfolio management, which is really what it is supposed to be doing. From a financial, what kind of data you… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have different tools that we use at where I am at, so we use different PPM tools, but the goal is eventually to move us all to CA PPM. It is just because we are using that as more of a global tool… more»
Real User
Senior Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jan 03 2018

What is most valuable?

In the new solution: It is good for us. * We can have a centralized view that we can have in our delivery and business organizations. * Collaborate on certain levels. * On priorities, investments, and those kinds of things, it is very… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are still in the older version. We still have a ways to go. With the new UI, I think we will get through some of our adoption problems. That in and of itself will help drive adoption, because the problems that we are having right now are… more»

What needs improvement?

I like what they are doing with the UI. I am interested to see, with the purchase of Rally, what they are doing with agile and integrating some of that. I am greatly encouraged by some of the integration with the third-party BI tools. We… more»

What other advice do I have?

Understand your business processes first, in great detail. Then, understand your data structures and you will be home free. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: Since we are a global, multinational company, we require all of the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have not looked at the competitors lately, but it seems to me that CA has made some significant advances. They were already sort of in the top tier in the industry anyway. So, it is good to see the investment that they have put in the… more»
Real User
IT Manager at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 06 2017

What is most valuable?

Right now, it's the PPM piece of it, the scheduling, the Gantt, the task view. It gives that full visibility to the team. But we're wanting to take that further and start building upon the financial piece of it, doing extracts from… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I think the biggest benefit right now is the reporting. It gives that quick visibility and it's consistent data; versus everybody just trying to go out there and look at their own individual pieces, looking at it as a whole.

What needs improvement?

We're looking at adding the Agile piece to it. I want to make sure that that integration is very smooth. And I'm here this week, at CA World, to see how that's going to play out for us. So, it's understanding, when we have multiple… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Not in my current company. In my past life, we had been using a different PPM. And I was instrumental in doing the proof of concept. We interviewed several customers and put them through the gamut before choosing Clarity.

What other advice do I have?

We're excited about the new UX. We're actually going to do the 15.3 upgrade in 2018. When looking for a new vendor, our criteria include combining all the "asks" from our customers, but also with what we can manage. What's ready out of the… more»
Consultant
Program Management at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 02 2018

What is most valuable?

Transparency and just having the ability to procure information that is pertinent. Not just the execution of programs in a more systemic way, but also from a strategic perspective; to understand the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is about bringing about that transparency. Once you bring about that transparency, what happens is, you can use data to encourage people to pivot in a certain direction. If I just go with a… more»

What needs improvement?

* I would really like a modern UI. I do not want to get on a user interface and feel like I am in the 1990's. Today, at least prior to 15.3, that's the case. Even 15.3 does not really do it for me… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not have anything before. We did not have a PPM software at all, let alone a process behind it. F5 is a pretty young company. We have been in business for about 20 years and grown leaps and… more»

What other advice do I have?

Look at the needs of your organization first. If you can meet that need with a scalpel, do not go with the sledgehammer. CA's outlook has a pretty broad spectrum in terms of being able to meet the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There were two others. They fell short in a few things that were absolute must-haves. Although, they were working on getting those features available, they were not there, and we just could not move… more»
Pat Flanik
Real User
Project Manager at Premier Health
Dec 11 2017

What is most valuable?

The new UX is very user-friendly and simple. The new user interface has been great, I think it has been easier. It will be an easier way to get the product out and used more frequently and more… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are still learning what it is going to do and how it is going to help. We have goals for how it is going to help. It has a lot of the lookback and a lot of the analysis of where our funding going… more»

What needs improvement?

I am still wrapping my head around the whole process. This is still a newer aspect for me compared to what I have done in the past. I really can't comment on this, because I am still learning all the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Our old solution was pretty much Excel, and we really did not have it. For a health system, we are now facing a lot more cost pressures, and needing to spend our dollars way more efficiently than we… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would absolutely recommend this product. Just the capability of it is really blowing my mind so far. It is more than anything we have ever done. We have worked with Microsoft Project and used Excel… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

It was based on our enterprise manager's recommendation from another system that we had talked to. I do not really know all of the background that went behind that, but I know this came to us. This… more»
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