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Ted Shue
Real User
Solutions Architect at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Feb 12 2017

What is most valuable?

Flexibility is probably the most significant feature that we take advantage of. Being a large company with a lot of customized solutions,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Probably the biggest reason for going with SaaS is the thin footprint. Obviously, not having to engage our internal resources to basically... more»

What needs improvement?

We're really looking forward to the integration of Agile Central into PPM. Obviously, we now have a solution that services the needs of our... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had a plethora of solutions and, of course, they all did things a little bit differently. When we tried to take a look at the overall... more»

What other advice do I have?

I definitely recommend going to CA World and talking to all the other companies that have implemented PPM solutions to see how they did it. One... more»
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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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... 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... more»
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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... 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... 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... 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... more»
it_user462963
Real User
Client Project Manager/Coordinator II at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
May 07 2017

What is most valuable?

The Gantt chart is very well built and easy to use. The tool comes out-of-the-box with an MS Project clone called... more»

How has it helped my organization?

CA PPM has given our organization a way to collect, share, and store data in one place as opposed to many. Prior to the... more»

What needs improvement?

Scheduling and resource allocations are very clunky at best. Being able to have a standard calendar that a resource... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing can be quite expensive, depending on the size of the organization. Even though there are many types of... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our company previously used a home-grown project solution. It worked very well and was very user-friendly, but... more»

What other advice do I have?

For many of the project creation and lifecycle functionalities, it is quite useful, but the overall user feel and... more»
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... 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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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,... 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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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... more»
SeniorDi5bd2
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... 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... 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... 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... more»
Mariana Liberato Canales
Real User
Sr Project IT Leader - Project Management at Honeywell Aerospace
May 19 2017

What is most valuable?

The best thing is one single source to capture all our IT project information. We are a very big company all over the world. We have all the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are still early on. For the leadership, they see it as, perhaps, a more accurate way of gathering information for their decision making and... more»

What needs improvement?

We're pretty new so I don't know all the capability that the tool has. From what I'm hearing here, I see there's a lot more capabilities. We are... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were using a SharePoint site in our Aerospace Group and our SBG, our Strategic Business Group, which is Aerospace. We had another couple of... more»

What other advice do I have?

I think we moved to it fairly quickly once we got going. I think it's easy to move to. It seems to offer a lot of advantages, tools, and... more»
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CA PPM represents a single platform that enables you to manage your entire innovation lifecycle and make more informed strategic investments. CA PPM helps you track and prioritize market and customer requirements and make better decisions on how to invest limited resources, so you can optimize your enterprise, IT, service and product portfolio. Further, it offers the unified, comprehensive project management capabilities you need to deliver quality initiatives on time and on budget. Available via SaaS, on-premise, and hosted delivery models.
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