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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 2:25 am    Post subject: PM Software Reply with quote

Anybody aware of any PM software providers:

+ Enterprise (multi project, multi-project managers, multi-resources, etc.).
+ Web Based (we want to collaborate via the web - no client software).
+ Cost!!! (we need a resonablly cost product! - not these $100,000 solutions like Primavera).
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2005 3:38 am    Post subject: Re: PM Software Reply with quote

jrwpmw wrote:
Anybody aware of any PM software providers:

+ Enterprise (multi project, multi-project managers, multi-resources, etc.).
+ Web Based (we want to collaborate via the web - no client software).
+ Cost!!! (we need a resonablly cost product! - not these $100,000 solutions like Primavera).


I have no idea ....

But in my country, if you have 100k (pounds? USD?), you could probably find a good team of people to develop a PM package which is very good. The problems are it is NOT a off-the-shelf package ...

Right now, I am using the approach: MS Project (for its cost and simple in implementation...) + a web based (we made it) document management system + a Access based Project Issue and Help Desk system. Not that good but cost effective and efficient.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2006 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a Dutch tool named the Principal toolbox that could be useful for Prince2 projects.

Martin
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out Openmind buisness edition form a company called matchware.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:53 pm    Post subject: Here's some..... Reply with quote

There are numerous tools around. Here are some that I've seen at exhibitions that seem to be good packages. Depends on your specific requirements as to which one would suit best.

programmexpress.co.uk/
projectinabox.org.uk/
intalec.com/
changedirector.com

I like changedirector the most since it is principally a dashboarding tool that helps you plan and control a portfolio of projects based on a balanced scorecard for each. i.e. if you have a choice of 20 projects and can only fund 12, which ones do you do and in what sequence?

We use a collaboration tool called groove which will soon be part of MS Office 2007 and it works well for small teams (less than 20) who work across a number of organisations (it doesnt have a planning tool, so you'd still need MS Project).

Regarding primavera, do you realise that they have entry level/desktop products? In the long term, it would be far more cost effective if you introduced the lighter end of an Enterprise tool and then scaled it up later. It's a lot easier than swapping out a system when you get big!

You might also consider an outsourced approach, with organisations such as controlled projects:

controlledprojects.com/

Their service offering is that all you need is a browser and they do the document and workflow management for you. They even send out alerts when tolerance thresholds are exceeded (very useful if you are in a regulated industry).

In short, there are hundred. It is important to define your business need first and find a tool that fits rather than finding a good tool and then fitting your business around it. Treat it as a project and start with the Business Case of why you need one.

Good luck
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got to agree with the post above - don't write off the big boys on the basis of their cost for a full solution. We're piloting Rational's Portfolio Manager at the moment. It's not proving to be as expensive as we were expecting.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi All,

Anyone tried i-method?

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2007 8:11 pm    Post subject: PRINCE2 software Reply with quote

Lots of helpful advice here.

Software certainly doesn't have to be expensive, at PROJECT in a box we provide a free (yes free, there really is no catch) product for single users and our commercial software starts at just ?99.

We follow a few basic principles:
- keep it really simple to use (you are already busy actually delivering your projects right? so we minimise the number of new things you need to learn to use)
- make it PM centric (put the PM in control of the project not the software in control of the project)
- keep it authentic (we licence authentic PRINCE2 materials from OGC to include in all our products to help you with adoption)
- keep it flexible (PRINCE2 must have flexibility so with our commercial products you can tailor the structure of the default PRINCE2 processes and templates. Not even the big corporate systems give you this ESSENTIAL capability)

We have some very big recognised names as corporate clients, take a look at our site for details. Our unlimited use national licences are ?20k and global at ?50k but typical customers get a lot for much less....

I could go on but that is enough for now. Just a note on the technology, don't get confused about 'installed software'..... A software client gives you a much easier to use interface and ours both work entirely over secure webservices and are 'files only' for most modern PCs (so you don't need local admin rights and can pull them down for single use). If anyone would like to try and review, just let us know.

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