CA PPM vs. Micro Focus PPM

CA PPM is ranked 1st in Project Portfolio Management with 63 reviews vs Micro Focus PPM which is ranked 3rd in Project Portfolio Management with 15 reviews. The top reviewer of CA PPM writes "Flexibility is the most significant feature that we take advantage of". The top reviewer of Micro Focus PPM writes "The data provided by MF PPM is trusted and is available almost immediately; without trusted data there is very less scope of any tool to be successful. ". CA PPM is most compared with Microsoft Project Server, SAP Portfolio and Project Management and Planview Enterprise. Micro Focus PPM is most compared with CA PPM, Microsoft Project Server and SAP Portfolio and Project Management. See our CA PPM vs. Micro Focus PPM report.
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Pros
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.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.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.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.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.Allows us to track all of a project's elements in one database.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.Within the SaaS environment (since CA is supporting it), it has been extremely stable and reliable.

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The data provided by PPM is trusted and is available almost immediately; without trusted data there is very less scope of any tool to be successful.There are so many different pieces of functionality, and we use almost every single piece from deployment to demand, project, resource, and time management.Scenario comparison is the feature most valuable to us and the reason why we decided to choose HPE PPM over other portfolio management products.Recent Program Management lifecycle, Program Management aggregation views due to interactive UI (selection of risks, issues, and changes in Program Overview) and “flash look & feel" of this functional chunk, which is different in comparison to other parts of HPE PPM.Resource management: The resource management module is very complete and covers most of the time all needs of customers.The portfolio management and the resource management are the key features.

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It would be good for them to work on the user interface to make it more interactive.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.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.Needs Gantt to MS Project link.The look and the feel of 14.4 is a bit antiquated.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.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.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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Reporting; need to be able to provide fancy reporting out of PPM, way it is done in OBIEE etc.We constantly put in requests for some of the things we need. One of those is being able to export just our standard request type to PDF.User interface continues to be poor. The product does not have a similar view in the different modules, e.g., staffing vs financial management, it looks like you are working with a different product and it is not easy to use or intuitive.Currently, HPE PPM does not allow “Project” approval, but only simple “Demand Request” approval (mobility).Portfolio scenarios: This is a very powerful feature. However, it’s limited to analyses.I was not involved in the initial setup. I know that the project involved a lot of consulting that took a long time.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
We're also moving to the latest version for less than $20,000 for a major corporate system. It's just amazing.It is hard for them to say, "I have a person on my team who is going to be available, I am going to move that task to them". That requires a project management license, it doesn't require a team member license, so the licensing model does not sometimes support the way the business world is going.It is a little bit costly compared to others, but it is mature. Customer should understand this product is geared towards project management, not financial management.Better understanding of requirements and how it will be implemented (with number of licenses for a given budget) would help.For all the functionalities of the solution, the price is in the market range, since it is a product which offers governance issues and supports the digital transformation, which is where we will go in the next year.

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Now, we also received an increase in the support license prices, without any advanced notice. At this point, switching to unify all our licensing under HPE and customer support has been poor.HPE PPM SaaS model is comprehensive, however, the base fee component has customer resistance to its recurring setup,It is SaaS without a base fee.Support and license management are two hurdles for us. Every time we purchase new licenses, it has taken us half a year to implement those.

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18,337
Comparisons
2,977
Reviews
71
Followers
534
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8.0
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1,698
Comparisons
612
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15
Followers
194
Avg. Rating
7.7
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Also Known As
Clarity PPM, CA Clarity, CA Clarity PPMHPE Project and Portfolio Management, HPE PPM
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Overview
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.HPE Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) provides critical information in real time to help you make the right investment decisions. It standardizes, manages, and captures the execution of project and operational activities as well as resources.
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Sample Customers
Toyota Financial Services, GameStop, Polycom, Sky, Qantas, Cox Enterprises, Banco Mercantil, BorealisBank Simpanan Nasional, Smart Communications, Aareon AG
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm27%
Manufacturing Company12%
Insurance Company11%
Healthcare Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Marketing Services Firm14%
Financial Services Firm12%
Manufacturing Company10%
Wireless Company7%
REVIEWERS
Insurance Company29%
Financial Services Firm29%
Maritime Company14%
Healthcare Company14%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise6%
Large Enterprise82%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise63%
REVIEWERS
Small Business31%
Large Enterprise69%
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