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"We've brought our portfolio altogether. We have had multiple ways of reporting out what our portfolio is, whether it's in Excel, Word, or in different places. We brought all of our projects together in one place. That has worked out well for us. We've been able to manage the work on Gantt charts and our resources better. The big thing for us on research and development is around managing people's time, on which projects they are working on, and how much effort does it take to launch our projects.""With the lifecycles, it helps us step through our processes easier. We'll take a process and create it in Visio, then we'll go and implemented in Planview. Anytime that we have to do a new process, this is what we use. We just step it through the lifecycles and the configure screens are very easy to use. The fields that you need are easy to use.""Planview has helped connect funding and strategic outcomes with work execution. That is the key use that we have for it. We use it to validate the work that we're doing and the funding that we need. The difference between the previous version and current version for us would be the ICPM and the way it gives us different scenarios. We can go in and build that out.""I like that everyone is able to see the same data. All of our users who aren't just time reporters have read access to all the data that is out there. So, it is one source of truth where everybody can go in and see the exact same data that everybody else sees. It is transparent.""The portfolio management gives you a view of all the projects as well as all the information about the total amount of effort, time, and cost being spent on the projects. It gives the organization how much money and effort should be spent towards projects so they can budget and do better capacity planning in the next fiscal year. It gives them visibility into their resources and if they have capacity.""The biggest impact for using Planview currently would be to understand the true costs of projects. We are trying to get to a point where not only do we take into account technical costs, but what the business cost is. Trying to integrate our business right now into Planview is helping us identify the true cost of the investments that we make so we can try and understand their value.""We have a fairly good picture of time tracking.""The look and feel of it is pretty clean."

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"The most valuable features of this solution are its customizability, and flexibility in the configuration.""The initial setup was straightforward. It takes two to three days to set up the environment. One person was able to handle the implementation."

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"The solution is stable. We haven't had any serious technical issues."

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"Recently, we have gotten on a newer version. We're currently on version 15. Some of the things that we've been running into roadblocks on, it looks like the solutions will be coming out in versions 17 or 18. So, we have to upgrade before somethings can get completed.""I would suggest for the request module that they open up the fields and columns so it's like we are doing our work in the work module. You can't do that with today. We also have to make sure that the fields can go both ways with the request and work modules. Including fields in the column sets would be helpful, because today they only use attributes.""We have required more time from our resource managers to spend time in the tool. The adoption has been slower than we would have hoped. So, I would think from a rollout perspective, if Planview could help us with material which gets non-Planview users or previously light Planview users to become more heavy users of the system, then this would help us with the rollout.""There can be improvement on the sense of urgency because a lot of times we've exhausted everything that we can, and now, we're reaching out. So, it isn't a, "Well, have you tried to reboot this?" We've already done everything. Once we put in a ticket, there should be more of a sense of urgency on it.""I would like to see more documentation pieces. Right now, they do have the content repository. I would like to see more out-of-the-box features with document repository capabilities.""I would like to be able to copy and paste from Excel into work and assignments along with roles and hours, as opposed to having to type it out one by one.""There's still a lot of reluctance within the organization. We're not using all of the capabilities that we have today. We're still doing our strategic and capital investment planning on spreadsheets rather than using the capabilities that exist within Enterprise One. I definitely need to leverage the experts here at Planview to help drive a culture change. There's just a lot of reluctance on behalf of people within the company to put data into the tool.""Our version is definitely set up a bit more waterfall world. It would be better if some of the agile features were more in the standard product."

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"We would like to see the visualization of assets, as well as artificial intelligence techniques to assist us in making our decisions.""The user experience, the layout and the different technologies behind the presentations are a bit old. These need to be updated. They should focus on web development. It's simply not supporting the current user experience guidelines."

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"The user interface needs improvement. The solution needs to add a few features to improve the overall user experience. Security needs to be strengthened as well."

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"We are on the Flex licenses.""We have unlimited licenses for all of our functionalities. Since we went global, we went with that model.""The cost of other pieces and integrating them in needs improvement.""We have portfolio managers, resource managers, project managers, and time reporting licenses. These are the licenses that we have.""I don't think we have necessarily purchased everything that I would have liked to have seen.""We have several hundred licenses. It costs us several hundred thousand dollars a year.""We overbought our licenses. We looked at our needs three to four years down the road and tried based our contract on that. However, we were over aggressive. We use about a third of the licenses that we have. We're looking to adjust the makeup so we can start utilizing the amount of money that we are spending. Right now, we're overspending, and my organization is not seeing the value in Planview because we are paying so much for licenses that we're not using.""Our licensing costs are probably $150,000 to $180,000 a year with 270 licenses total."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Enterprise One provides a variety of types of resource assignments for assigning work to people. It's very easy and… more »
Top Answer: It would be nice if all of the licenses were FLEX. They've been fairly stable with their pricing over the years.
Top Answer: The resource area needs improvement. The improvements that have been made recently in the later versions have been good… more »
Top Answer: Hi @BruceLang ​ If I recall correctly you can export System Architect data via an XML file, and Alfabet will import… more »
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Planview Enterprise, Planview's performance management platform, combines project and portfolio management software with adaptive best practices. By integrating the business process management of strategies, services, and projects within a single, Web-based solution, Planview empowers organizations to achieve greater levels of control over their ever-changing environment by dynamically managing money, resources, and capacities.

Software AG's Alfabet Enterprise Architecture Management Platform provides a collaborative platform for aligning the IT landscape with the business to guide competitive transformation. You can describe complex IT systems in terms of their business, application, information and technical layers, and develop standards for change. Build the foundation for business-IT transformation with an accurate, real-time picture of the IT landscape, including all applications and technologies, the inter-relationships between them, the information they exchange as well as the business organizations and processes they support.

Atoll Technologies System Architecture Management Utility (SAMU) generates compelling diagrams about EA, is a true repository, which comes with best practice meta-model, report definitions and settings and provides the right platform to model the dynamism of the environment and manage transformation from planning to completion. SAMU provides seamless communication that develop a common understanding about architecture and share knowledge which provides complexity that is presented simply on a straight-forward, query-based and auto-generated diagrams.
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Zurich Insurance Group, Zumbotel Group, Carphone Warehouse
Metro Bank, Credit Suisse
Waterworks of Budapest
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Financial Services Firm24%
Insurance Company24%
Pharma/Biotech Company11%
Healthcare Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider13%
Government9%
Financial Services Firm8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company23%
Comms Service Provider13%
Government10%
Manufacturing Company8%
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Small Business6%
Midsize Enterprise2%
Large Enterprise92%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business7%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise69%
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Alfabet Enterprise Architecture Management is ranked 11th in Architecture Management with 2 reviews while Atoll Technologies System Architecture Management Utility is ranked 13th in Architecture Management with 1 review. Alfabet Enterprise Architecture Management is rated 8.0, while Atoll Technologies System Architecture Management Utility is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Alfabet Enterprise Architecture Management writes "A stable, scalable solution with good management functionality". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Atoll Technologies System Architecture Management Utility writes "A stable scalable solution with mid-range price points". Alfabet Enterprise Architecture Management is most compared with LeanIX, Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect, MEGA HOPEX, BiZZdesign HoriZZon and Avolution ABACUS, whereas Atoll Technologies System Architecture Management Utility is most compared with .

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