CA PPM Pros and Cons

CA PPM Pros

Prabodh Kumar
PMO Principal at GAF Materials / Building Materials
You can identify resources by roles.
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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.
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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.
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.
I enjoy the Risks/Issues section.I use that to raise things before they happen.
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.
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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.
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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.​
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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.
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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.
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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.
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?
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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.
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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.
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CA PPM Cons

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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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​.
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SeniorDi5bd2
Senior Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Build more capability and unification into the reporting.​
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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.
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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.​
There is a lack of seamless integration with industry standard products.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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