CA PPM vs. Microsoft Project Server

CA PPM is ranked 1st in Project Portfolio Management with 92 reviews vs Microsoft Project Server which is ranked 2nd in Project Portfolio Management with 8 reviews. The top reviewer of CA PPM writes "Flexibility is the most significant feature that we take advantage of". The top reviewer of Microsoft Project Server writes "It links company strategy with each project and provides an overview of portfolio projects showing resource, budget and forecast perspectives". CA PPM is most compared with Microsoft Project Server, Planview Enterprise and SAP Portfolio and Project Management. Microsoft Project Server is most compared with CA PPM, SAP Portfolio and Project Management and Planview Enterprise. See our CA PPM vs. Microsoft Project Server 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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We are able to know what we are doing, how much we have spent, how much time we've taken, and it tells us how much money is left for the project. It also tells us whether we are below or above our expenditures, whether we are below or above our budget.The key things are managing interactions, resource allocation, resource-leveling (enterprise) and as a collaborative tool, because we use it across multiple projects at a time.A single place for all our organisation's project records.Deliverables List: Most useful to enable meaningful status reporting at an enterprise level.SharePoint site integration

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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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It has to be more user-friendly. For instance, there should be some assistance, like when you go to certain sites, people pop up and say, "Can we help you? What are you looking for?" It's not interactive enough.EPM 2010 UI seems a bit dated now that 2016 is available.Permission management needs improvement.

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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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I think they need more flexibility with licensing, because there are preconceived ideas that don't allow as much flexibility with the various licenses.

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Also Known As
Also Known AsClarity PPM, CA Clarity, CA Clarity PPMMS Project Server
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Overview
OverviewCA 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.Microsoft Project Server 2013 is a flexible on-premises solution for project portfolio management (PPM) and everyday work. Team members, project participants, and business decision makers can get started, prioritize project portfolio investments and deliver the intended business value from virtually anywhere. Requires SharePoint 2013, sold separately.
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Sample Customers
Sample CustomersToyota Financial Services, GameStop, Polycom, Sky, Qantas, Cox Enterprises, Banco Mercantil, BorealisMagnachip, Gwinnett County Schools, CLEAResult, Medbit Oy, Intelbras S.A., ETS, CORE Construction, Keller Foundations
Top Industries
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm
28%
Manufacturing Company
12%
Insurance Company
11%
Healthcare Company
10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Marketing Services Firm
15%
Financial Services Firm
11%
Manufacturing Company
11%
Wireless Company
7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm
22%
Manufacturing Company
13%
Media Company
8%
Engineering Company
8%
Company Size
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business
12%
Midsize Enterprise
5%
Large Enterprise
83%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business
29%
Midsize Enterprise
8%
Large Enterprise
63%
REVIEWERS
Small Business
43%
Midsize Enterprise
21%
Large Enterprise
36%
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