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Micro Focus PPM

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Micro Focus PPM review by Dmitry L.
Dmitry L.
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"Might&Magic PPM tools for almost every task you could imagine "

What do you like best?

This tool is highly customizable and allow you to tailor almost everything you need in it to your needs in managing requests, projects, programs&portfolios,workflows and resources all-in-one tool.

And there are many options to integrate this tool with other solutions like CRM, HR management etc.

You can start with one option (request management f.e.) and grow solution step by step to cover all you need.

What do you dislike?

The price is high. Support is not so fast as I wish and you should be prepared to resolve some problems by yourself. GUI is very old style and web GUI have usually have problems with latest versions of popular browsers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You should have you own local admin/development team to support PPM implementation and quickly resolve problems (don't wait support, they are not too fast).

You can do almost all with integration and API, but fist you should fully and clear identify your requirements. And remember that vendor could not support all customisations you can do with PPM.

You should think about good SQL and Oracle DB dev team, because it's highly likely you will need to optimize SQL code and use latest features of Oracle to get PPM work fast enough for real implementation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We manage many projects with different tools (in different teams and departments) and we can get whole picture fro all projects in PPM after integration on data level with all these different tools. Also we can manage resources for projects from one point and get actual information from PPM.

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Micro Focus PPM review by Celil .
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"One of the Best PPM System"

What do you like best?

Micro Focus PPM has advanced portfolio management module that completely manage all your project portfolio. You can use what-if scenarios and can see resource availability and capacity in advance.

Micro Focus PPM can also manage program. You can see top view all financials, resources and the progress of the projects of the programs.

Resource management with time management is the most powerful side of Micro Focus PPM. You can control overtime, overlap, not enough utilized resources in one screen. You can also manage company calender and resource calender.

Graphical workflow engine is also the most powerful side of Micro Focus PPM.

What do you dislike?

Rather than dislike it's an opportunity to differentiate in the market.

Micro Focus PPM mobility must be improved especially Timesheet module.

If Micro Focus Service Management and PPM communicate about resource management it will be the best resource management tool for Service Provider companies.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Organizational chart changes are hard to manage in MF PPM.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Resource management requirements perfectly solved with PPM in project based working teams.

Portfolio and program management solution also help to compaines.

What Project and Portfolio Management solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Micro Focus PPM review by Derek G.
Derek G.
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"Full Featured Project & Portfolio Management"

What do you like best?

This product has almost everything you need for managing requests, project, programs and portfolios. It is up to the organization to select the parts to implement. It is highly customizable, allowing you to tailor it to your needs, not just use it the same way everyone uses it.

What do you dislike?

Good support is severely lacking, especially considering the price. The reply to many defect submittals is "this is working as designed". The user interface is very rigid. You are limited to 3 columns of data with little control other than the column and row where the field appears.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Spend the time and money to fully identify your requirements. Start with a minimum set of requirements but with a clear roadmap to full implementation. Make sure you get someone that knows the product inside and out to help with this roadmap and the implementation. It is much easier to do it right from the beginning and you will find it almost impossible to correct later - not because of the system but because of the organizational changes required.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are managing over 700 projects. We forecast all financial data using PPM and send this to Oracle EBS through a custom interface. We now have real-time project reporting across the organization.

Micro Focus PPM review by Ajay M.
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"HPE PPM is one of the best Project and Portfolio management tools. "

What do you like best?

HPE PPM:

- Provides visibility into strategic, operational demands of the organisation.

- Its ability to provide real-time information about the projects, resources, financnes, programs and

portfolios, visibility of this information allows stakeholders to review expenditure, progress, manage

workforce efficiently.

- The 'What-If' analysis provided by scenario comparison is very key in analyzing and planning for the

future.

- 'Resource Management Optimization' launched in the latest version, automates the resource assignments

and thereby providing Resource manager a big relief.

- Provides wide range of standard, pre-defined portlets and reports that can be helpful in analyzing

resources, projects, programs.

- Has a strong timesheeting ability, to which resources can timesheet to and automatically all the actual

costs are rolled up to the project.

- Has a very strong and dynamic workflow engine that can be easily configured to align to the process of

an organisation.

- Easy to customize, provision of webservices make it easy to integrate to other third party applications.

- It derives predictive analysis with data that you can trust on.

What do you dislike?

Lack of fancy reporting in HPE PPM, the senior execs and other stakeholders want to look at more graphical and animated reports.

Recommendations to others considering the product

More focus on fancy and animated reporting.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Once of the of the problem was - Implementation of Program and Portfolio management at an organisation.

The benefit was to give them more clear view of the projects happening in their programs and portfolios.

As a result , the program and portfolio managers got more visibility in deciding the projects, proposals they can pursue for the fiscal year. This is standard OOTB functionality,if used properly then it is a real benefit to the organization.

Micro Focus PPM review by DeLoris W.
DeLoris W.
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"Bit of a Laborous Start; But Worth the Time."

What do you like best?

I like that PPM allows me to view available funds, duration, and expected outcomes for different projects. For a non-profit organization, I've been able to define this software for out particular use. It allows us to quickly see which fundraising project is supporting the goals and objectives of our organization as well which ones aren't so that they can be eliminated.

What do you dislike?

It was a bit of a chore getting starting as PPM was intimidating. It did require some refining at our end to get this program to conform to our needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has enabled us to budget projects more effectively while allowing each board member to view each step-by-step clearer so that prioritizing events and functions have become less stressful.

Micro Focus PPM review by Internal Consultant in Computer Hardware
Internal Consultant in Computer Hardware
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"Overall a good product with but with a legacy type of UI"

What do you like best?

The completeness of the functionality to accommodate organizational needs.

ease of configuration and customizations.

quick to market.

What do you dislike?

The UI is a bit of legacy type.

Very limited UI flexibility.

Performance is always a concern

Recommendations to others considering the product

We need to be more quick in understanding market needs.

Since PPM is tightly attached to its legacy design, we need to come out quickly and improve the UI.

Resource management UI and processes needs to be standardized and improved.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Project Management Process implementation along with governance. Resource management.

One stop shot for resource capacity and allocation data. Standard and unified project governance process(PMO)

Micro Focus PPM review by Steve D.
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"Tailorable and powerful, but can be a challenge to learn the internal workings."

What do you like best?

Very tailorable to your shop and its particular requirements.

Splash screens and internal functionality are all tweak-able to fit your needs.

The online community is pretty widespread and questions asked are often given a lot of attention. Be sure to spend time reviewing older Q/A threads to see other opportunities for learning you may not have thought about.

At one point their website was overly complex and difficult to navigate- especially when trying to submit support requests, but in the past year or two, it has been greatly streamlined and cleaned up.

What do you dislike?

Just as it is very tailorable, its complexity leads to a non-intuitive administrative interface.

It takes work and research to determine how to best accomplish your needs, but there are good online forums and KB articles to get you rolling.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it to migrate application changes and to track our process for doing the migrations.

This leads to good relations with auditors when you can provide system generated reports on what has been accomplished.

Micro Focus PPM review by Administrator in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Review of HP PPM"

What do you like best?

- Easy configuration of proposal forms and workflow.

- Solid resource management and forecasting labor spend.

- Staffing plan functionality is strong and forces consistency for spend calculations.

- Roll-up of spend to programs and portfolios.

What do you dislike?

- Would like to see reporting improved.

- Takes a bit of time to get used to from a usability standpoint although significant improvements have been made recently

Recommendations to others considering the product

One of the biggest challenges that you'll have (with any tool) is getting people to understand what PPM is and what it isn't. I've spent a lot of time trying to both listen and discuss what we wanted to do with PPM and it was a challenge to get down to the appropriate level of detail to make as much of a difference as the tool would enable. PPM takes an investment in more than just a tool and you can't treated lightly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Primary focus has been managing and forecasting labor spend on a very large project with high turnover. PPM has allowed us to gain control over this labor spend.

Micro Focus PPM review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"Somewhat cumbersome time tracking application geared more for projects being billed to clients."

What do you like best?

I like that the hours entered are automatically tabulated and submission conditions are checked on every SAVE of the application. This helps to ensure that I do not enter too many hours and/or too few hours.

What do you dislike?

I am a basic user of the system and therefore can only review the application from that standpoint. With this in mind, as a user, I think the application is rather cumbersome. If you add more than a handful of tasks / assets / miscellaneous items to your time sheet (which can happen in a large organization), you end up scrolling all over the place to enter time and it becomes difficult to ensure you are are entering time on the correct days. This occurs because of the rather sad scroll bar that generates within the application itself, so that you find yourself scrolling the browser window, plus this internal window. Additionally, as a user, it is frustrating that you cannot create project buckets on your own or sub-buckets: nothing is very clear in the application as to what should go in each type of item and as a whole i think the product is difficult to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I personally could not recommend HP PPM from a user standpoint, I do not like it, the fact that as a user I cannot create my own time buckets, and that it is cumbersome to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am not a power user and cannot speak to this.

Micro Focus PPM review by Torsten N.
Torsten N.
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"Great tool to really enable 360 degree visibility into your project portfolio"

What do you like best?

PPM has a very strong and flexible workflow engine that could be used to run all kinds of IT service processes apart from doing a great job in project and portfolio management. Very easy to use with little effort and quick win implementations.

HP PPM integrates easily with other tools you might have in your landscape (for example tools for test management: HP ALM/QC or the HP Service Manager).

HP PPM has a very scalable architecture able to support more than 1000 users easily.

What do you dislike?

Nothing that I really dislike. But on my wishlist I have quicker official support for current browser versions and the replacement of the Java configuration applet with a web interface (at least for the functions that are often used by administrators like user administration).

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you decide to use HP PPM for your portfolio management it is most likely the right decision. It has everything a tool in that domain can offer - the rest is getting your organization ready to really benefit from the tool - this is not a tool question but a corporate culture question.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was part of different implementations. With portfolio management you gain a complete overview of your organizations value chains with an ability to decide where to spend your budget in an optimal way.

With Demand Management you can optimize all kinds of processes within your (IT) organization getting rid of a lot of consolidation effort compared to e.g. doing the same processes using e-mails.

Micro Focus PPM review by Jarel H.
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"Quiality - Project | Portfolio Management"

What do you like best?

While using HP Project and Portfolio Management tools, I come to enjoy the clean interface and usability. While there are many other software and programs that offer some of these things, HP

What do you dislike?

One of the only things that could be seen as a dislike to smaller and start up companies could be the cost, since their are some other tools that one could download and use that are basically free.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Have an idea of Project and Portfolio Management, and reach out to others if you find yourself needing help or running into walls.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have used HP PPM to manage our staffing profile, and collaborate among new projects.

Micro Focus PPM review by Loc n.
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"Good application to managed IT project."

What do you like best?

It help us to migrate entity between Oracle business instance, managed project life cycle, managed employee working time very good.

What do you dislike?

I have no disklike with this product, maybe the price is litte higher

Recommendations to others considering the product

Software company shoud use this product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am the PPM expect, I have been work for this product for 3 years, I take responsibility to solve all the concern come from my customer.

Micro Focus PPM review by Renju James B.
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"HP PPM"

What do you like best?

The functionalities and the user friendliness.I am an HP PPM consultant for the past 9 years and I love this tool for the functionality it provide on the Project management and Resource managerment

What do you dislike?

The support of HP PPM.It is much better than before but there are still area for improvement. Another is in the sales team who are not doing a great job in marketing the tool and also in the frequent releases of the new versions

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking at a tool to implement the Project Management ,Resource Management ,Demand and Deployment Mangement this is the best tool.It can also be integrated with other HP tools and non hp tools with the help of adapters and webservices.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have involved with customers who use HP PPM for Project Management ,Resource Management Demand Management and Deployment Management. In all these areas after the effective use of the tool the customer has achieved financial benefits as well as helped them to oversee the forecast, actual etc

Micro Focus PPM review by Consultant in Insurance
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"A PPM consultant in the past and now Application Architect"

What do you like best?

HP PPM has always been evolving and continues to do so. HP welcomes feedback from the customers

What do you dislike?

- HP's customer Support for PPM

- HP starts with something and then leaves it in the middle, never completing it like the operational reporting solution, integration with HP Anywhere, Portfolio Management, portfolio optimization

Recommendations to others considering the product

Please be as involved as you can. HP wants to get feedback and the tool will improve as much as the user community will provide the feedback

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Resource Management and Portfolio Planning.

We want to get to a point where our CIOs go in to the tool and look at the overall portfolios and where the costs are coming from

We also want to use PPM for planning purposes.

Micro Focus PPM review by Manish M.
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"HP PPM goes beyond Project and Portfolio Management"

What do you like best?

HP PPM is a very strong Project and Portfolio Management tool that is proprietary but runs on open source programming standards meaning there is less 'vendor lockin' resulting in lower support and development costs compared to competing products like CA Clarity PPM (overly proprietary leveraging proprietary programming standards). Demand Management over HP PPM gives the product the flexibility to build and accomodate robust, rapidly tailored, client centric processes over a centralized platform that support parallel project management extensions, as well as Change and Release Management for complex Enterprise applications. It is the only HP software product that I consider 'BYOP' enabled (Build your own process - my own acronym) and over the last 12 years I have worked with numerous clients that have transformed the nature of what the application does for them.

What do you dislike?

I feel the foundation license cost is high for instances with > 25 users. This limits, doesn't promote, adoption in a competitive market. I also feel that HP needs to take on more specialized vendors as opposed to vendors that have to look up 'HP PPM' on the Web when they receive an client inquiry. For example, I recently told a HP vendor that a potential client would like to buy HP PPM for Deployment Management of Oracle E-business Suite and they felt other HP products we're better suited for the task at hand ?? There is also a therefore a major disconnect between sales and delivery.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Think beyond just project and portfolio management. You're getting a centralized application that can do so much more.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IT contract management tied in with project management for clients like HP Enterprise Services, enabling the roll up of contract costs and visibility over contract financial performance. The use cases are unlimited really and vary from client to client. Accenture, for example, used HP PPM to manage all aspects of 10 year contract with BP. No other products were used to manage the service aspects of the contract :)

Micro Focus PPM review by User in Insurance
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"An PPM tool with great features low usability"

What do you like best?

HP PPM is an excellent tool for project managers. I like the project management features of work-planning, portlets for viewing status and progress. The time traking ability also is excellent. HP PPM provides flexibility to design security features on who can do what.

What do you dislike?

I do not line the complexity of the process and the training one requires to understand how to use the process. The resource management process is too cumbursome and has a longer learning process. Program Management module doesn't provide any value. Scenario comparison doesn't take shared resources into account while comparing plan againt capacity.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recomend others to evaluate their process and compare with HP PPM recomended process before considering HP PPM. Also, due consideration should be given to training requirements based on process gaps discovered during assessment. If there are too many gaps between the current process and HP PPM process,

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problem I am dealing with is to have an organizational view of portfolio management that provides effective investment and resource utilization by identifying areas of improvement.

Micro Focus PPM review by User in Telecommunications
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"Complete project solution"

What do you like best?

easy to manage tasks, resource management, complete dashboard

What do you dislike?

should have walkthroughs, unable to emphasize important fields of pages (sometimes messy screens)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try not to make too much customizations on screens - users may face with conflicts

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Receiving business requirements as proposals and turning them into real by passing through some processes of roles (analysis, development, test, launch)

Micro Focus PPM review by Kunal G.
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"Robust, Flexible Management Tool"

What do you like best?

HP Project and Portfolio (PPM) is being used to track all IT projects in our organization

What do you dislike?

It take some time to configure and you need to spend time on setting up the right configurations or you will have a lot of issues.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its a single point of entry for data commonly accessed by leadership and PM team.

Micro Focus PPM review by User in Automotive
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"Not the best solution"

What do you like best?

The only handy thing about PPM is looking up resource management details. Details such as primary skill and allocation are good to know. Timesheet management is a pain to familiarize yourself with.

What do you dislike?

In our workforce, PPM is mandatory and required, but nobody likes using it. It's bulky, it's slow, and the UI is not intuitive. Many features are hidden behind screens that are hard to find without proper guidance or training. Recalling timesheets is a pain.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I understand the need for PPM but this solution is bulky and hard to navigate. Not very user friendly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Software project management

Micro Focus PPM review by Administrator in Telecommunications
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"Trustworthy and stable"

What do you like best?

Our cloud-implementation of HP PPM is running a 99.99 availability which is crucial for our business. That alongside the options for tailoring the setup to fit our needs, makes it on of the very top applications in our stack. Kudos!

What do you dislike?

The interface could be a bit more up-to-date and responsive. For example a simple thing like scaling a portlet by dragging the mouse, would be nice. And of course I would like it if screens changed the second I made som input. Just 1 or 2 seconds of hang time, gets noticed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

HP PPM is the one tool for managing our AD projects. Moving to a single way of working enables us to manage our portfolio, just the way we want.

Micro Focus PPM review by User in Insurance
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"A review of PPM"

What do you like best?

PPM is a very easy to use and effective way to manage project time and the resources that are assigned to each project.

What do you dislike?

To be honest I really have not had any bad experiences. My only complaint might be that I have heard it is challenging to pull report data from.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use the tool to track billable time for projects

Micro Focus PPM review by Puneet K.
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"Review of HP PPM for G2 Crowd"

What do you like best?

The best thing about HP PPM is it's ease of use and the fact that it meets most of the requirements.

What do you dislike?

We have encountered setup issues many times and maintenance is also an issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

N/A

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Managing the entire IT project portfolio for a big bank and creating it's BoW.

Micro Focus PPM review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Experience with PPM"

What do you like best?

Its one stop shop for time tracking, time management, project management, budget forecasting!!! Great tool for project managers!!

What do you dislike?

Nothing!! Its great tool to work with!! For now, i dont see any disadvantages!!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great tool for Project Managers!!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am managing the project by using PPM like tracking time of all consultants, managing budget by comparing forecasted and actual budget, managing project plan and tracking project status and project risks and issues. Using this tool, company PMO also keeps track of all the projects.

Micro Focus PPM review by Consultant in Management Consulting
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"Review"

What do you like best?

workflow creation by drag and drop of various steps

What do you dislike?

ootb portlet or reporting features. nothing else

Recommendations to others considering the product

nothing they are doing great

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

client business

Micro Focus PPM review by User in Financial Services
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"Great High level Tool"

What do you like best?

It's intuitive and it helps keep all the details needed to move forward with the projects.

What do you dislike?

Nothing in particular stands out for me.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I utilize this as a PMIS tool to keep the projects in. The benefit is to house all of the information in one system.

Micro Focus PPM review by Peter B.
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"If you have the money and time to invest ...."

What do you like best?

I evaluated and ran a trial of this software a few years ago and it basically was a good tool for large IT shops that need to keep track of all their projects in one central repository.

What do you dislike?

It was quite pricey and a little cumbersome to use. Your IT shop needs to be set up a certain way for it to really be beneficial.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a good PPM software suite, this one should be on your list. Just don't be suprised with the cost when you get down to that level.

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