July 26, 2017

Can your PMO weather the elements?

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Temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, precipitation, and cloudiness. When combined, these six elements make up the weather. Without taking all six into consideration, weather reports and forecasts are incomplete. The same can be said for your project management office (PMO). Across any project-driven organization, there are a set of components. They’re all relative and the […]

Macro trend: Microservices

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Tech disruptors, such as Uber and Amazon, have placed huge pressure on businesses to innovate at an ever faster pace. To do so, organizations have had to rethink their traditional approach to development, leading many to embrace ‘microservices’ – an approach to application development in which a large application is built as a suite of […]

Keeping project resourcing on track: How to avoid derailment

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It takes a lot to pull off a number of projects simultaneously: the right resources, a great plan, and most importantly a team with the right expertise. Some variables can be managed with the right planning, but team members leaving midway through projects can throw a spanner in the works. Just recently, the UK’s highest […]

The Top 5 Reasons PMOs Fail

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There are many reasons a PMO either thrives or fails, but the most common reasons for failure are often not process or technology issues, but rather related to “people issues” in an organization. Ultimately, a PMO’s success rests in the hands of its team members, spanning across all levels of the org chart – it […]

Professional services: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

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Ok, David Bowie wasn’t talking about technology evolution and professional services in his hit song, “Changes.” BUT, there’s an undercurrent to the song’s lyrics that hits a little too close to home with professional services today. The biggest congruency? The chorus: “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes/ Turn and face the strange/ Ch-ch-changes/ Just gonna have to be a different […]

Is your PSO modern?

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Professional services is changing. Is your professional services organization (PSO) keeping up? The Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) has dubbed the new business model as a shift from B2B to B4B (business-for-business). Under this new umbrella, we’re seeing client demands increase, delivery models change, and technology continue to evolve—all of which are speeding up the […]

Ensuring a successful PMO

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There’s a lot that goes into planning and implementing a project management office (PMO). First, you’ve got to have executive signoff and sponsorship. Then, you have to effectively communicate the value to your teams that are going to be involved. Those are both significant accomplishments, but the rewards are better execution and competitive edge. That […]

The results are in: Only 10% of PMOs feel they have what they need to pivot when there’s a change

Changepoint recently conducted a survey. Our goal was to discover how easy it is for project management offices (PMO) to pivot when there’s a change. Turns out, despite technology advancements in the industry, many organizations are still relying on disconnected systems to manage projects. In fact, 75 percent are still relying on spreadsheets. We also […]

Three takeaways from the Gartner PPM and Enterprise Architecture Summits in London

For us this year, the excitement heading into the Gartner PPM and Enterprise Architecture Summits in London started weeks before with being named a Leader in both Gartner’s IT PPM Software Applications and Cloud-Based IT PPM Services Magic Quadrants (download a complimentary copy here). We rode that wave across the pond to join top IT […]

Professional services: A game of hopscotch

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The cloud and subscription-based technology has really changed things for the tech industry—particularly professional services. Embedded professional services organizations (PSO) are having to reinvent how they engage with customers throughout the lifecycle. What once was a straightforward product sell and product-attach services model is forcing PSOs to morph and mature service level offerings. According to […]