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Learning from our peers - a retrospective on the EMEA PPM Customer Forum


Now that the dust has settled and we're all back doing our day-jobs I thought it would be interesting to reflect in what we learnt from each other at the EMEA Cusotmer Forum that ran in Prague last month. The primary goal was for our clients and the HP PPM team to spend time together learning best practices, sharing experiences and have a little fun at the same time. 


Read on for a summary of the insights shared by a range of customer speakers.


3 success stories and Shining Star award winners from the HP PPM Customer Forum in Prague

The HP PPM Customer Forum in Prague was an amazing event that almost doubled the attendance from the prior year. What a fantastic opportunity to learn from one another, share experiences and make new friends.


 Even though it's easier than ever to get started with a formal PPM process toolset, some of the most significant benefits come not just from automation and centralized management of projects but from the broader application of governance that builds up over time. At the Forum we recognized three businesses that have been doing extrodinary things with HP PPM with HP Shining Star Awards. Read on to find out more about their stories.prague_medium.jpg

The role of PPM in bimodal or two-speed IT

There's a lot of discussion about DevOps and the role of Agile methodologies in creating IT organizations that work in two different ways simultaneously. Sometimes referred to as bimodal or two-speed, this describes a technology group that operates using traditional (waterfall) methods for some projects and at a much faster pace for others. A recent webinar explored this for Service Management and included commentary on the role of PPM. 

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Tags: Agile| devops| ITSM| PPM

10 years of PPM, and still on a journey. Part 2

PPM EMEA Forum.PNGWhat has changed in the past decade since the PPM category of software was launched in EMEA with many companies adopting IT Governance and PPM for the first time? What lessons can be learned and used by enterprise customers?


Keep reading to find out more about the lessons of a decade of PPM.


Guest post by Kevin Leslie, SPM Director, HP Software EMEA

Ten years of PPM, and still on a journey. Part 1 of a discussion in 2 parts.

From Guest blogger, Kevin Leslie, SPM EMEA Director, HP



What have we learned and some best practice guidance

What has changed since the PPM category of software was launched in EMEA with many companies adopting IT Governance and PPM for the first time? What lessons can be learned and used by enterprise customers?




See HP PPM at the Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit

June is a busy month for HP PPM with a presence at the HP Discover conference in Las Vegas, Jun 2-4, and at the HP EMEA PPM Customer Forum in Prague June 11-12.


Nevertheless HP is also a sponsor of the Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit in Grapevine Texas (near Dallas) from Jun 1-3.

Sneak peak: Customers and sessions for the HP PPM Customer Forum in Prague 11-12 June

With a little over four weeks still to go registration is already nearing capacity for the HPP PPM Customer Forum running in Prague on June 11th and 12th. Over the two days you will hear from customers and partners with years of experience in successful PPM deployments. You'll also get to meet HP executives and product personnel. Sign up now to be sure of a place.

Join us at HP Discover June 2nd-4th to learn from your peers about HP PPM

At HP Discover in Las Vegas this year (June 2-4) HP PPM is featuring in the 'Business of IT' track. Of special interest at this event will be the sessions hosted by existing PPM clients where they will share best practices.

Tags: HP Discover| PPM

HP PPM has the top score for current offering in new independent research firm report!

Forrester recently published The Forrester Wave™: Portfolio Management For The Tech Management Agenda, Q1 2015 . HP PPM ranked the highest in the ‘Current Offering’ category with a score of 4.48 out of 5. 

Tags: forrester| PPM

Join your peers and discuss best practices for PPM - Customer Forum 2015


Join us for the HP PPM Customer Forum on June 11-12 in Prague


This strategy and best practice sharing event will discuss latest industry trends, showcase the latest product innovations and give a select audience of HP PPM customers the opportunity to network, share success and discuss challenges with peers, product experts and HP executives.

Recent HP PPM announcements!

There have been several recent announcements from HP regarding the Project & Portfolio Management product. 


Keep reading to find out what they are.  

Can you offer insights to others about PPM at HP Discover? Here is your chance!

DiscoverBarc2014_emailsignature_loc_Image_blue_RGB_326X116.jpgAlthough Discover Las Vegas 2015 may seem like it is months away, we have already begun the preparations for this big event!  The call for papers is OPEN NOW and will close on Feb 13th.



If you have a story to share about how HP Project and Portfolio management or HP Executive Scorecard has helped you, this is your opportunity to tell the world.


Keep reading to find out how you can participate in the event.

Kicking off the new year with major insights for PPM


HP reinvigorated PPM in 2014 and the payoff is showing in new product capabilities and amazing customer successes. You can learn about both of these topics in two new webinars hosted by Vivit - the independent HP Software Community.

Insights from your PPM peers


As a software vendor we like to think that we provide a lot of great information to the Project and Portfolio Management community. However it's obvious that the most valuable advice you can get about PPM best practices is from other companies and organizations that have been using it in a variety of different ways. Join peers from a variety of industries to learn from each other in Barcelona on 1st December 2014 at the HP PPM Customer forum.

Confused about analyst perspectives of the PPM space? Here are some tips...

We've had multiple clients ask us about how HP features (or does not feature) within Gartner reports on the PPM space and there seems to be some confusion due to the range of reports produced related to PPM.


If you are a Gartner client your first point of call should be to discuss this with Gartner as they are best able to give you clarity on this topic. What follows is my opinion in an attempt to clear up some of the confusion our customers have experienced.

Tags: Gartner| PPM

See how HP PPM manages hybrid (traditional plus agile) projects at the Gartner PPM Summit

Find out about the latest features of HP PPM that focus on development projects. Speak with the HP PPM product team at one of the largest PPM events or join us at Discover the following week. 


Tags: HP Discover| PPM

HP PPM v9.22 now supports Swedish language pack

HP PPM now provides the Swedish language pack as a standard language pack, bringing PPM's total number of language packs up to 13. 

HP Discover 2014 – Call for PPM presenters

Early June can’t get here soon enough! I am so excited for HP Discover. But before we can launch the biggest event of the year, we want to hear from you.


If you have a story to share about how HP Project and Portfolio management has helped you, this is your opportunity to tell the world. The deadline present at Discover is quickly approaching. Keep reading to find out how you can participate in the event.


Guest Post by Vesna Soraic, HP Senior Marketing Manager

HP PPM Version 9.22: Additions to the Application Portfolio Management Module

APM 1.pngIn our latest version, 9.22, the HP PPM team has added two new capabilities that have enhanced the APM (Application Portfolio Management) module. The integration between HP APM and HP Universal CMDB enables users to share information between the UCMDB and HP APM platform. In addition, a new roadmap entity was added to the APM module which provides users with an easier method to configure and organize their workflow.  Keep reading to learn more. 

Maximize the impact of HP PPM Center and Agile Manager (AgM) for better synchronization

PPM integration with Agile Manager.pngCurrent HP Project and Portfolio Manager users know how well it works with HP Agile Manager.  The two solutions are well integrated and complimentary. HP Agile Manager handles the agile projects and the agile portions of hybrid projects while HP PPM Center acts as the over-arching project management tool (for projects both traditional and agile).


But what happens when it is time for your employees to calculate their time sheets? Where do they count their time? Keep reading to find out how we solved this dilemma.

Enhancements to the PPM-Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Project View Quality Integration

PPM ALM integration.pngHP Project and Portfolio Management was developed to  integrate with HP Application Lifecycle Management so that users can easily provides users with the ability to define, track, measure and report project milestones and key performance indicators (KPIs).


Keep reading to find out how you benefit from this partnership.

HP Project and Portfolio Management Tips and Tricks: Getting the most out of your logging.conf

tips and tricks pic.pngThere are some tips and tricks on how to output logs to dedicated files that I want to share with you. Keep reading to see these tricks and learn the different logger names to be used for different functional domains of HP PPM.


Guest post by Etienne Canaud, HP Project and Portfolio Management R&D

Resource Management Module enhancements to HP PPM 9.22for increased usability

High five with computer.pngFor our latest version of HP Project and Portfolio Management software (HP PPM) we went straight to the users for enhancement suggestions.


After months of development, the product is ready. Keep reading to find out how we have improved the Resource Management Module for HP PPM version 9.22.

Get a handle on the business of IT at HP Discover 2013



Everything you every wanted to know about HP’s software hardware and services will be on show in Barcelona from 10th to 12th of December and many business and technical topics will be covered.  


One area of focus is going to be the value that IT provides and how IT can convey that value to the business – influencing the top line through innovation and not just the bottom line through efficiencies.

Tags: HP Discover| PPM

The new and improved HP Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) 9.22 is here!

PPM 9.22.pngToday is the day! Today is the day where you get to open your first present of the season—HP Project and Portfolio Management 9.22!


Keep reading to learn how the improvements we made will improve your project and portfolio management.

Saudi Telecom & HP PPM: 4 Months to Total Visibility, Control and Reporting

Saudi 1.jpgSaudi Telecom Company reveals how implementing HP Project and Portfolio Management brought significant success to the birth of a PMO.  


Guest Post by Ahmad M. Almuslami and team


Saudi Telecom Company - STC.

Dream Team stats—mobilize your PPM system with HP Anywhere!

Mobile_RGB_blue.pngMobility is key to the success for enterprises. This is vital for all aspects of business—even project and portfolio management.


Keep reading to find out how you can now manage your PPM environment from your mobile device.


HP Project and Portfolio Management: A closer look at 2 customer success stories

An effective implementation of project and portfolio management can help your organization reach the next level.


Continue reading to find out how HP Project and Portfolio Management helped two financial organizations gain a deeper understanding of their organization—and then use this information to propel forward. 

Allocating IT costs so the business gets IT! The keys to IT financial management

Exercise Bike.jpgLast week in my post “Driving transparency for IT financial management — are we all speaking the same language?” I discussed the importance of relating IT costs to a business service, business process or business capability level. For IT leaders, this involves changing the way they view IT. They need to shift from solely thinking about the things IT does (the how) to thinking about IT enables (the what).


Richard Hunter and George Westerman said in their book, “Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value,” that IT is like an exercise bike. The value proposition of the exercise bike is not in the pedals, handlebars or the other components; it is in the ability to lose weight and get in shape. The challenge for all IT organizations is to help their business understand where the money spent on IT is going. At the same time, IT has to act more like a businessperson when it comes to discussions regarding spending priorities and control. But how do you get IT leaders to make this change when IT collects its costs by cost center? The simple answer is by utilizing allocation.

Risk and its role in Project and Portfolio Management....... Do you want to play?

risk.jpgOn a lazy weekend afternoon, I love to sit down with my family and destroy them all in a game of “Risk”. After spending hours playing the game, I had an epiphany. Playing the game is actually helping me in my day job.


Keep reading to find out how I utilize the skills I have gained while playing this board game within my Project and Portfolio environment. Z

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  • I help IT leaders to understand how well IT is performing from a business perspective.
  • Evangelist for IT Financial Management (ITFM), IT Governance and IT Portfolio Management, consulting IT organisations for Close to 15 years on principles of good governance.
  • WW Sr Product Marketing Manager for HP ITPS VP of Apps & HP Load Runner
  • Vesna is the senior product marketing manager at HP Software. She has been with HP for 13 years in R&D, product management and product marketing. At HP she is responsible for go to market and enablement of the HP IT Performance Suite products.
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