CA PPM Pros and Cons

CA PPM Pros

DennisSanchez
CIO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Demand, Resource, Project Portfolio Management, for my business consulting services, PMO services to other clients. View full review »
it_user10272
Senior Developer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Project Management features that are excellent in managing the Project Management Life-cycle, along with other related details like Financials, Resources and flexibility to customize, as per requirement. View full review »
Ratnesh Shrinet
CA PPM Architect / Project Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
This product is good for resource management and project management. I have managed detailed schedules with great success. View full review »
Matthew Palicki
Manager IT Project Portfolio at Owens-Illinois, Inc.
it creates visibility across our whole organization. People that were often left in the dark wondering what was happening with projects. Now have an easy solution to see all the information they want to see across the whole portfolio. View full review »
Matthew Palicki
Manager IT Project Portfolio at Owens-Illinois, Inc.
It's definitely improving our ability to make better decisions, and improving the quality of data that we have, to make the decisions for the strategic good of the company. View full review »
Matthew Palicki
Manager IT Project Portfolio at Owens-Illinois, Inc.
The new UX is great because it has helped remove some of those barriers, so that people who are not classically trained project managers can easily get up to speed in using the tool without having to learn a whole other tool set. It's very intuitive, and very collaborative, and very easy to adapt to their existing work styles. View full review »
ProjectM5d11
Project Manager
It's pretty much the source of "the truth." Everything is together, everyone can see all the resources, financial projects, how long a project's going to take. Anybody can go in there and see any information they need about the organization as a whole. View full review »
ProjectM5d11
Project Manager
The new UI makes it easier for people to go in there and know what to do. To train people, it's faster, more intuitive. View full review »
ProjectM5d11
Project Manager
With the new UI, CA is heading in the right direction, and fast. They're adding features, I would say major features, two times a year, which is fast. They're adding features, I would say major features, two times a year, which is fast. View full review »
Software7775
Software Developer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Allows us to track all of a project's elements in one database. View full review »
ProgramMa975
Program Management at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Transparency and just having the ability to procure information that is pertinent. View full review »
Bradely Rosenberg
IT Project Manager at IBERIABANK
The reporting tools are superior to what was there before, which was someone crunching through an Excel spreadsheet. I've been able to do status reports through the projects, which has given visibility to my manager, and that's an improvement. View full review »
Bradely Rosenberg
IT Project Manager at IBERIABANK
It has improved communication vertically, with some amount of data to be able to show that more resources are necessary, or why projects aren't moving as fast as management would like. That sort of communication makes my job a lot easier. View full review »
Bradely Rosenberg
IT Project Manager at IBERIABANK
I enjoy the Risks/Issues section.I use that to raise things before they happen. View full review »
Bradely Rosenberg
IT Project Manager at IBERIABANK
I appreciate the report that shows how utilized a person is set to be within the coming months. I use that feature a good bit. View full review »
Tom Mittan
Manager Of Engineer at Daktronics
It makes it easier to compare different opportunities, and to track the metrics though the process. It helps us make better choices of which opportunities to go after and not go after. View full review »
Shannon Clements
Senior Manager at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Having information all together in one single source. View full review »
Shannon Clements
Senior Manager at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Being able to look at the data across team members, resources, projects and coming up with the algorithms and resources. View full review »
SeniorDi5bd2
Senior Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
We have a centralized view that we can have in our delivery and business organizations.​ View full review »
ITManaged83b
IT Manager at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Right now, it's the PPM piece of it, the scheduling, the Gantt, the task view. View full review »
SeniorMa549e
Senior Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The performance is really good. View full review »
SeniorEnbe7f
Senior Engineer at Northwestern Mutual
It makes the whole lifecycle of project management a lot easier than using the legacy systems, which we are retiring every few months because of PPM. View full review »
SeniorEnbe7f
Senior Engineer at Northwestern Mutual
I love the fact that it is very flexible. I am the lead engineer with enhancements, development, developing new portlets, anything that has to be added on, and integrating data, such as ETL processing. View full review »
Sharon King
Senior Director Project Delivery Office at McKesson
We are able to track budgets, and with timesheets, actuals against budgets. View full review »
Prabodh Kumar
PMO Principal at GAF Materials / Building Materials
You can identify resources by roles. View full review »
Rosemary Thibault
Product Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
It is easier to use than most other products that are out there. View full review »
Gene Greiff
Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Absolutely, the most active community I have ever been on. View full review »
Gene Greiff
Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
It is very stable. We are on demand. With on demand, those guys keep it running. View full review »
it_user558183
Project Manager at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Visibility to where we are on projects. It tells someone where we are; if we're in trouble or not. View full review »
it_user558183
Project Manager at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Easy to use, visually. The new UX is intuitive. View full review »
Toby Shiu
Business Advisor at Mary Kay
We just put all the data into one place and hopefully, after we have accurate data, we can make more decisions based on real data rather than gut feeling. View full review »
ITResoure1a2
IT Resource Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It has been able to collect all the data, and in some ways, provide dashboards of aggregated data. ​ View full review »
ITResoure1a2
IT Resource Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Being able to track all of the projects with all of the details of those projects, and being able to move projects along from a process perspective, that is really beneficial. View full review »
Business3ca2
Business Analyst at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It allows me to keep track of the projects, residual location, it gives me the ease of getting status reports out, and checking risks and issues. View full review »
Mike Larma
Manager at Geha
It has highlighted areas in our company that were deficient in resources. It has allowed us to hire, then realize more benefits regarding the number of projects we can get done.​ View full review »
SiddharthSingh
Senior Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
It helps all the portfolio managers and the program managers to take stock of the financial situation at the program and portfolio level, because it rolls up all the financials at the product level. View full review »
SiddharthSingh
Senior Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
We also have integration with CA Agile Central. So we get all the project-related data and the user stories-related data into it and we report on to that: How much funding is there, and how much are the actuals between these two tools? View full review »
SystemsAf5ae
Systems Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
​It is very intuitive. Even if you do not have training documents or anything, you can start feeling your way around pretty easily. View full review »
Angela Strous
PPM Product Owner at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The ability to have all of the data in one place from risks and issues to resource capacity and actual utilization. View full review »
ProjectAab56
Project And Portfolio Analyst at a security firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is allowing us to keep track of what our projects are doing, and the idea module, what projects are coming into the pipeline. View full review »
Ashutosh Nagle
System Admin Manager
Upgrades were pretty straightforward. CA took care of everything, we just did the testing. View full review »
SeniorBu7799
Senior Business Analyst at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Provides an overall picture, it gives you the ability to store your capex, capital and expense budgets, on projects. View full review »
Dan Swenson
Systems Analyst at Daktroniks
We have flexible scrum teams, developers that will serve on one scrum team for a few sprints or for a project. Being able to track where people go with the resource management features, and making sure that our teams are fully staffed, is important. View full review »
Chris Armitage
Managing Director at Statpathfinder Consulting
Visibility is the number one feature. They can see where the bottlenecks are, they can see what their project statuses are, why are things being held up, etc. View full review »
Lawrence Rizzo
Solution Architect
Provides transparency through your investment portfolios at the top-level financial all the way down to the work that drives delivery. View full review »
Matt Harman
Head of EPMO at Telstra
The app style of the new UI is absolutely fantastic. It's the right way to go. Our users will love it. View full review »
Rudy Farias
Projects and Planning at a government with 201-500 employees
What has been valuable are the workflows that are there today in order to keep our executive staff informed as well as our program managers and department managers. View full review »
Rudy Farias
Projects and Planning at a government with 201-500 employees
Within the SaaS environment (since CA is supporting it), it has been extremely stable and reliable. View full review »
Reviewer8564564
Process Manager
The most valuable features are the project, resource, and portfolio management processes are combined in one solution. The data is possible to use either in the one or the other process, and we do not need to enter the data multiple times. View full review »
Reviewer8564564
Process Manager
The competency and available support are quite good, therefore we do not have any issues with support. Every time that we have a case where we need support, it is clarified right away. View full review »

CA PPM Cons

DennisSanchez
CIO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Look and feel of the user experience. View full review »
it_user10272
Senior Developer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The forms (e.g., project properties page) need to be more attractive, colorful, and field more flexibility for validations. View full review »
Ratnesh Shrinet
CA PPM Architect / Project Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Reporting is not good as they keep on changing reporting environment. View full review »
Matthew Palicki
Manager IT Project Portfolio at Owens-Illinois, Inc.
I wish patches would be quicker since we're a SaaS customer, and just be a non-event, so we don't have to go through a whole - essentially - upgrade cycle, just to do a patch. As a SaaS customer, I'd like the patch to just happen. View full review »
Matthew Palicki
Manager IT Project Portfolio at Owens-Illinois, Inc.
When we upgraded to 15.1, we had some challenges around Jaspersoft, and also some issues with supporting some of the complex process work flows that we had designed internally, that were affected by some changes in the process engine. View full review »
ProjectM5d11
Project Manager
The Work Breakdown Structure in the Tasks: I should be able to drag and drop to a level three instead of just stuck at level two. View full review »
ProjectM5d11
Project Manager
The classic UI is very cumbersome. It can do everything but it's hard to use. It's easy to use once you understand it, but it's intimidating at first for somebody to see the solution. View full review »
Software7775
Software Developer at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Needs Gantt to MS Project link. View full review »
ProgramMa975
Program Management at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
​​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.​ View full review »
ProgramMa975
Program Management at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
There is a lack of seamless integration with industry standard products. View full review »
Bradely Rosenberg
IT Project Manager at IBERIABANK
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 something it would be that user interface; making that something that is a joy to use, instead of something that feels like data entry. View full review »
Bradely Rosenberg
IT Project Manager at IBERIABANK
It should be integrated with CA Service Desk Manager so that, when you have time for a ticket or when someone gets assigned a ticket, in PPM it automatically shows that they have to account for that: that they would both enter time in the past and, also, that this is going to take them time in the future. View full review »
Bradely Rosenberg
IT Project Manager at IBERIABANK
As far as a tool that communicates with resources, with individuals - what they're supposed to do next or what action items came out of what meeting - it's not really used that way. Probably I could envision a way that it would be used that way. Until it's as easy as sending an email, it probably won't be utilized by the resources in that manner. View full review »
Bradely Rosenberg
IT Project Manager at IBERIABANK
We use Service Desk Manager as well. We have a custom tool to integrate the two. One of the reasons why PPM was chosen was because, "Well, it must integrate with SDM, because they're the same company." But that was not the case. View full review »
Tom Mittan
Manager Of Engineer at Daktronics
I would like to see more team-based management, and less people-based management; as far as the resource management goes, to do it per team and not per person. View full review »
Shannon Clements
Senior Manager at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
There are some tool limitations. We had to create some of our own summary competencies to create more of an agile tool concept, or an agile team concept, that they did not really have.​ View full review »
Shannon Clements
Senior Manager at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
When you are going to a more collaborative based approach, PPM does not support that. View full review »
SeniorDi5bd2
Senior Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Build more capability and unification into the reporting.​ View full review »
ITManaged83b
IT Manager at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We're looking at adding the Agile piece to it. I want to make sure that that integration is very smooth. View full review »
SeniorMa549e
Senior Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
​Maybe we need to bring some financial executive reports to our directors and executives. Maybe we can improve the use of Jaspersoft.​ View full review »
SeniorMa549e
Senior Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The Latin American support could be better due to the language barrier. View full review »
SeniorEnbe7f
Senior Engineer at Northwestern Mutual
​CA Communities need a lot of improvement. View full review »
Prabodh Kumar
PMO Principal at GAF Materials / Building Materials
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. View full review »
Rosemary Thibault
Product Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
In the community, I do not see a lot of answers. A lot of people asking lots of questions, but I am not seeing a lot of answers come through​. View full review »
Gene Greiff
Consultant at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
They won't let me put a button on the UI. View full review »
Toby Shiu
Business Advisor at Mary Kay
We use a product called TFS and we would definitely like to see integration with that. It's not there right now. Agile Central is the one that is integrated with. View full review »
ITResoure1a2
IT Resource Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
One of the limitations would be mapping our current agile processes in the same tool set without obviously integrating to a different type of tool set within the same portfolio.​ View full review »
SystemAn2571
System Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
I'd like to see blueprints. I'd also like to see the user interface simplified, and to have a lot of templates available on each blueprint. View full review »
Mike Larma
Manager at Geha
Their online documentation is okay. It is not great. It is hard to get to some of the answers to the things that we may be running into, such as use cases that we are trying to fix. So, frequently we have to put in tickets. View full review »
Mike Larma
Manager at Geha
One of the areas that we would improve upon is not necessarily with the tool, but having more tips/tricks on adoption. How to get people outside of the PMO to use the tool and get the information. View full review »
Mike Larma
Manager at Geha
The integration needs to be improved with Jaspersoft and Microsoft Project.​ View full review »
SiddharthSingh
Senior Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
they could improve the mobile app. I think right now it only offers time sheet. If they can integrate a lot of other components into it I think that would be helpful for the users. View full review »
Lalatendu Bishoyi
Technology Lead with 1,001-5,000 employees
I want to see integration for SMS functionality. View full review »
SystemsAf5ae
Systems Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
​I would like to be able to do time submission and time approvals on mobile rather than have to go in the system. View full review »
Angela Strous
PPM Product Owner at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I am going to be maintaining both new UX screens, which the blueprints make look like it is going to be really easy, but we would still have to be maintaining new UX screens as well as classic views for those functionalities that are not yet available in the new UX. View full review »
ITSeniorc473
IT Senior Manager
We see it as overhead. Let us collect all the data in one place. Which, it is always nice to have everything in one place, but it does cause that overhead. View full review »
ProjectAab56
Project And Portfolio Analyst at a security firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The risks issues and changes are not in the new UX yet. View full review »
Ashutosh Nagle
System Admin Manager
Financials are okay, but there's a lot of room for improvement in financials.​Financial plans, if those could be made so that you're not always grouping your financial data by predefined attributes, that would be helpful for us. View full review »
Ashutosh Nagle
System Admin Manager
I think user-friendliness is the key. Right now it's really clunky. We're also looking to upgrade, but an upgrade is not going to fix everything. The new UX is good, but there are still a lot of limitations. Once they work through those kinks and get those limitations removed, we'll be able to upgrade. View full review »
Ashutosh Nagle
System Admin Manager
In the timesheet UX, you can't do things like splitting time, managing overtime versus regular time, very easily. That would be helpful. View full review »
SeniorBu7799
Senior Business Analyst at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
They need something so that if we, say, send some sheets to users, or for the scenario where not everybody has access to Clarity, but are part of planning; those people should be able to upload data directly to Clarity. View full review »
Matt Harman
Head of EPMO at Telstra
I think there's still a little bit of opportunity that we can do some stuff better in relation to the financial part of it; just that easier integration, that look and feel. Our project managers, and obviously finance people, love to interface and use of Excel. The more we can get CA PPM to behave in a similar way, which we're already starting to gain in that path, will be absolutely fantastic. View full review »
Rudy Farias
Projects and Planning at a government with 201-500 employees
The look and the feel of 14.4 is a bit antiquated. View full review »
Reviewer8564564
Process Manager
It would be good for them to work on the user interface to make it more interactive. View full review »

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