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Sciforma offers project & portfolio management software designed to meet strategic, functional and executional needs.

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Sciforma review by Muzzy Hemilton B.
Muzzy Hemilton B.
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"Intuitive Portfolio and Project Management"

What do you like best?

The ability for Sciforma to align organisational strategy in planning, How intuitive the work spaces are when being used by someone who is not familiar with the system, I also like the Portfolio module with its enhanced multi project synchronisation for portfolio capacity planning.

What do you dislike?

The short coming of The entire system not being an accounting system as well and the limitation to configurations when a user may not prefer an out of the box solution, The system does not support intensive document management

Recommendations to others considering the product

With Sciforma you have control how new projects are scheduled , resolving resource contention, Identifying the critical chain ,and inserting buffers are some of the planning options available on Sciforma for your critical chai projects. I highly recommend Sciforma to PMO's that are seeking a solution for their teams

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

Provides a robust implementation of critical chain which above all includes removal of resource contention through a proper utilisation of the Portfolio capacity planning,Planning backward from a target end date, critical chain Identification while there is no need to manually insert buffers and calculation.

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Sciforma review by Matthew S.
Matthew S.
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"Fantastic business to consult and work, the tool has transformed our PMO and projects."

What do you like best?

The PPM tool has fantastic and frequent upgrades, whilst we do not take each upgrade this really gives us steer and the tool is constantly enhancing. New features have really enhanced the user for those who work it and for those that read the information it produces. The tool has really advanced in the last year.

What do you dislike?

Java can at times be complex to use as I do not have a background in using this software, the guides are helpful but these are not always easy to understand or give the answer require meaning working on the back-end of the tool can take longer due to JAVA complexities.

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

The PPM tool now means the whole business can be informed and understand the status of projects, previously not all people across the business could easily access project knowledge so this has been an immediate benefit.

As PMO, we now have greater visibility across the projects and our governance has vastly improved.

What Project and Portfolio Management solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Sciforma review by Mark S.
Mark S.
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"Sepura PM team Sciforma review"

What do you like best?

It's a simple and flexible tool for Project, Portfolio and Resource Management and you are quickly up to speed.

Using as a PM (mainly Gantt's and reports) is quick and easy.

Using as a Resource Manager (track people, time, holidays, training etc...) also simple.

The reports are excellent and enable Project and Resource tracking and management across the portfolio.

What do you dislike?

Still using V5 and the presentation of the reports could be better (think this has been sorted in V7 with the move to HTML). We use in conjunction with Tableau right now as the Tableau front end allows a slightly easier manipulation / presentation of data. But when we move to V7 I expect that we will simply revert to using Sciforma again.

We use this in conjunction with JIRA Agile as I feel that is simpler / easier at tracking both bugs / issues plus Agile user stories. Would have been nice to have not needed this but that ship has sailed now.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Sciforma is a great tool and can be as flexible as you need.

The temptation is to just overlay Sciforma onto your current process (and it will almost certainly do that), but you should map out your process AS IS and then FUTURE STATE (ie how you want the process to look) before implementing / migrating.

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

Project, Portfolio and Resource Management

Enabled us to have clear and simple data for all Project Managers and Resource Managers to track and manage their projects and teams.

PMs pull data directly from Sciforma into monthly project review presentations.

Sciforma also enabled us to track and manage the portfolio. We use the data to create simple but powerful dashboards to show all Project progress across the Portfolio.

Sciforma review by Cecelia T.
Cecelia T.
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"The best cloud Agile Software for PMs"

What do you like best?

I love that I get several different reports regarding a project and that I can see the Gnatt chart in the tasks view is so helpful.

What do you dislike?

That I can not use documents that they have to be added as a link.

I would like the option to copy paste meeting notes into the system

Recommendations to others considering the product

You get to setup up the product how you want - or you can do work with it out of the box.

Sciforma does a lot to make sure you are comfortable with the product if you don't understand something please let them know. The also take suggestions and implement some of them.

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

We are solving the problem of over allocating resources.

Sciforma review by Consultant
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"Effective PPM platform"

What do you like best?

Three main advantages; Best practices to cover all the possibilities of Resources allocation methods. A Sandbox to Analyze the impact (resources and budget) of the various portfolio simulations scenarios. Ability to monitor and follow up on the progress of the Agile part of a project, from the Waterfall Project Manager's perspective.

What do you dislike?

Good to have workflow approvals through a mobile app. Although the system is html and it can be done, but it is nicer to have it from a mobile app.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider Sciforma Seriously. I liked that you can start using Sciforma even if your PPM maturity level is not very high by starting to enable only part of the features, while switching off the features you don't want to use in the beginning. but later on, it is possible to switch on the additional features as they become needed. all the features are already integrated in the platform. I also like the tokens system as it is possible to easily remove a project manager for example and replace him with three executors at anytime, which also allows payment proportionate to exactly what each user needs.

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

Ideas gathering, Portfolio Simulations and impact Analysis, Projects Management down to the time sheets. Achieved better planning, continuous follow up, collaboration and visibility over the projects progress, and resources allocation tracking & control. Much higher efficiency for the organization to achieve the projects that align with the corporate's objectives.

Sciforma review by Joel B.
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"Sciforma: All in one"

What do you like best?

it allows multiple projects managers working projects all under the same roof, to know what milestones are achieved, in domino effect projects, and as well the up coming interventions for regrouped shutdowns.

What do you dislike?

tabs are not so obvious to jump from one to another and remember what are the sub-tabs . Cluttered information under some tabs. The project name under which I could be working one is not so obviously visible. Should I be interrupted and have to come back to it later, I visually have a hard time figuring out under what project I was working on.

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

before Sciforma, the project group was using multiple softwares as tools to service project managers, ie to generate business cases and setting up budgets, to generate schedules and progress reports, to follow up expenses. For project supervisors, all the above information is gathered under one software to visualize in progress reports

Sciforma review by Gianmarco F.
Gianmarco F.
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"Sciforma PPM platform"

What do you like best?

The software is very intuitive and complete in all the parts. The dashboards give a deep view of the status and the governance of the whole company has strongly grown

What do you dislike?

The administration area is quite demanding. In the other hand, any features of the tool can be set up and, normally, no customization are required

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very simple to use; the out of the box configuration is definitely complete

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

Our company, IT industry, moved from a "Speadsheet world" to a well organized PPM environment.

We got important benefit in all the department, from the planning to the go live phase of our projects.

And strong costs reduction.

Sciforma review by Dennis M.
Dennis M.
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"PMO jump start"

What do you like best?

What I like best about the tool is the web based collaborative project and portfolio management capability.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike is the fact that creating and editing project plans initially requires additional time to understand the nuances of the tools functions (much different than Project)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Assign dedicated resources, who have considerable project management experience to manage the implementation (configuration and customization). The entire business unit for the implementation needs to buy into the use of a tool like Sciforma. The best method for implementation is to create a community of resources who are committed to guide, use and adjust throughout the entire lifecycle of use.

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

We have an issue with keeping pace with the number of projects and the capacity to deliver them. Although we are in our infancy in using Sciforma we see the promise of using the tool to realize better capacity and resource management.

Sciforma review by Administrator in Research
Administrator in Research
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"Happy user of Sciforma for many years, this product has grown with us"

What do you like best?

You have the ability to customise virtually all aspects of Sciforma to suite the way you operate. There are also standard add ons which provide extra functionality. This mix of standard and cusomisation was important to the way we wanted to start our journey with Sciforma.

What do you dislike?

When we started out there were not many add ons but they have come a long way since then. This has left us with a bit of a dilemma as we would like to use the add ons to replace out heavy customization. It's a lot of work but we think tis will be valuable to us.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Sciforma Support and maintenance access to your database so they can help you. This can be problematic if you host the software and your IT people have issues with confidential information leaving the building.

Get customised training from Sciforma it's worth the time and effort and helps users with acceptance of a new system.

I would suggest looking at a big bang approach when looking at rolling this out to your user base as this helps weed out issues and problems sooner rather than later.

Given the choice again I would have opted for a cloud based version and not hot it ourselves.

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

We had a mix of various spreadsheets and Microsoft project but could not link actuals easily, look at the portfolio as a whole or manage resource. We have now achieved this and manage and plan on various levels of resource and project.

Sciforma review by Edwin C.
Edwin C.
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"Meeting Sciforma"

What do you like best?

Sciforma is really intuitive for work with PPM. It allowes you to work with resource managment, task, projects, demands and portfolios. Also, it allowes you to create your own fields in order to get the kpi you need to track your projects. So the software can adapt to any kind of project managment such as PMI, Agile and Prince2.

As the software works in Html5 you could loggin to Sciforma from any kind of devices like laptops, smartphones and tables.

What do you dislike?

It is necesary use Java for Administrator user. However, configure your browser for java is quite simple as there are many programas like firefox, opera and internet explorer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Decide your need of project Managment. Sciforma only sells what customers need in spite of other software which want to sell you a huge pack of tools. Sciforma only sells workspace your organization will use, that is why is so customized.

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

Configur Sciforma for our customers in order to satisfy their needs of project managment.

I have been using Sciforma to solve many problems such as Tracking KPI,

Sciforma review by Administrator in Financial Services
Administrator in Financial Services
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"Power User and Application Owner"

What do you like best?

You can customize it to do almost anything you would want.

What do you dislike?

Reporting engine in cumbersome and would be better if it rolled up data more like an excel pivot table.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We are on version 5 moving to version 6. Version 7 has made recent updates that put back functionality initially lost in 7 that existed in 5 and 6. We want to get to 7 soon. We should have had it hosted for us.

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

We used Sciforma to combine project scheduling, timesheet, tracking issues and risks and reporting into one system. This has saved project managers administration time, but also provides much more data that we in turn make business decisions off of.

Sciforma review by User
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"It's a good product with many capabilities"

What do you like best?

There was usually a representative available from Sciforma to help us out/ answer our questions.

It's a powerful tool if people are trained right on using it.

What do you dislike?

It's got a lot of functionality, which can be confusing to a lot of the users, so it requires a lot set up and training. There's definitely a learning curve with the software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely get trained on the tool and then roll it out to other users. The new web based version is much more user friendly than the previous versions which helps.

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

Resource allocations, time tracking, Earn Value Management.

Benefits - Tracking resource allocations at a high level helps to avoid project managers working silos.

Sciforma review by Administrator in Retail
Administrator in Retail
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"New User"

What do you like best?

Very little. I have been able to make very minor configurations and we limp along.

What do you dislike?

The Java tool is very hard to configure. It is not intuitive. There are no user manuals. The search system for the Knowledge Base is frustrating and a waste of time. v7.0 is a vast improvement from v5.0 but compared to other tools in the market (HP, MS Server, Clarity) its not even in the same league. Top 10 dislikes: Scheduler, restricted to assigning resources to tasks instead of projects, system is total effort based instead of planned vs. actuals, un-editable dashboards, working vs. published, token system....

Recommendations to others considering the product

Not recommended

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

We primarily use Sciforma for Resource Management. We do not use the RAM work space. We have managed to get our resources allocated and use the Resource Allocation report. We use the time reporting extension.

Sciforma review by Administrator in Non-Profit Organization Management
Administrator in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Not using it to its full potential and having mixed feedback from users."

What do you like best?

It was fit for purpose at the time and delivered the reports we needed. I like that we can create our own reports and don't have to use standard templates.

What do you dislike?

The version we have uses Java which we have no end of trouble with when setting up new users. It doesn't integrate with anything else i.e. our finance system therefore all entries are manual. The speed is sometimes an issue and users don't seem to like the look and feel.

Recommendations to others considering the product

sue the version that does not require Java

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

We didn't have any other solution for project reporting and needed to be able to track general status and risks and issues.

Sciforma review by Ofer P.
Ofer P.
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" A customized and friendly solution that improves over the time"

What do you like best?

A variety of options to plan and manage projects, products, processes, programs and portfolio in one place when everything is connected to everything

What do you dislike?

The absence of built-in integrations for ALM tools such as Jira and TFS, although with the API tools its possible to to create interfaces

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

Improve project productivity

Good synchronization of resources and tasks in projects

Drive innovation and change management in projects

Sciforma review by G2 Crowd User in Pharmaceuticals
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"Excellent PM Tool"

What do you like best?

It is very easy to use Sciforma, newcomers with little or no Project Management experience will also also find this tool ery easy to use.

What do you dislike?

Pricing could be a little too much for the smaller companies. There were some bugs in 7.0 but we're quickly fixed. All in all nothing serious to be concerned.

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

We needed an software to handle Product Portfolio Management. Something which can handle multiple users without clogging up the system. Sciforma gave us all of this and more.

Sciforma review by User in Building Materials
User in Building Materials
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"Lots to offer in this system"

What do you like best?

The automatic saving makes sure that you don't lose information accidentally.

What do you dislike?

There can be a short lag for things to update, so if you are moving too fast sometimes it cannot keep up.

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

Project management tracking, resource allocation, and budget tracking

Sciforma review by User
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"Great Project and Portfolio management software"

What do you like best?

Having all project related information at the same place

Ability to share information on different levels

Role based licensing

What do you dislike?

Web interface is slow sometimes

No ability to import task list from Excel

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

Tracking corporate projects portfolio

Sciforma review by Administrator in Insurance
Administrator in Insurance
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"Outstanding Service"

What do you like best?

Best vendor relationship through the entire implementation process.

What do you dislike?

Needs better interfacing with MS Project.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitive and clear requirements from executive leadership.

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

Portfolio prioritization. Better visibility for executive leadership.

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