January 10, 2014
Score 7 out of 10
- Portfolio and Resource Management (formerly Planview Enterprise)
Overall Satisfaction with Planview Enterprise
- Ideation part of PPM helps company get their ideas in a system for many to review. Helps senior management kill off ideas not part of company strategy quickly.
- Orchestration and workflow are easy and intuitive to configure for most staff.
- Cost analysis and planning are tightly integrated.
- Planview works only when companies come to the table with a defined goal. Without it, the product falls flat.
- Planview is sold as PPM but runs the risk of being a expensive time tracking tool when implemented incorrectly.
- Planview needs a "lite" product for mid-tier and small companies. Most consider it too expensive to use even if it is sorely needed.
- Planview has helped reduce project management staffing and PMO staffing over head. PMO had 25 staff, now has 10.
- Planview reduced IT project cost and timeline. When executive management changed their mind about strategy, re-allocation of internal resources cost about $150,000 in labor, but with Planview, it costs nothing.
- Planview makes executive management aware of a timeline slippage immediately so they can action the gap. From 50% of IT projects being late, it went down to 10%.
Planview is well suited for an PMO organization with a very distinct and detailed goals, like strategy orchestration along with resource, project, and costing activities in a dynamic way. It is less appropriate for organizations that are disorganized to begin with. These are the organizations that end up with a very expensive time keeping application.
Using Planview Enterprise
Renewals involve a bake off between what you have and other products. Planview competes now with a number of smaller players who provide similar functionality at a reduced cost. While cost is a factor, I would say that it also depends on how wide and deep it is integrated within the organization. If it is just mis-used as time tracker, then most likely the renewals will be more difficult.