Marco GerussiMarco Gerussi Project Portfolio Management – Miniguide

11/22/2007 by Marco Gerussi

In the articles “PPM – Gartner Causes Confusion” and “Project Portfolio – Hype and More” we covered the issue of the nonspecific use of the term PPM.

Today the PPM market is changing. On one hand software companies are being acquired (HP / Mercury Interactive / Kintana, Oracle / Peoplesoft, Primavera / Prosight, Serena / Pacific Edge). On the other hand the term PPM as a software category is used Project Portfolio Management (PPM) as well as Project Management (PM) software vendors. For the sake of clarity there should be a comprehensive category including both subcategories: Project & Portfolio Management (P&PM).

In addition suppliers of Project Management tools are providing additional PPM functionality whereas PPM vendors are forced to support Project Management in their solutions. Demian Entrekin, PPM blogger on PPM Today and ITtoolbox, says that this centralization, normalization and standardization of project data and processes are inevitable. He compares the actual stage the PPM market is in today with the one the CRM market was in 10 years ago.

For this reason we want to analyze the P&PM market in detail and qualify the vendors corresponding to their functional range as comprehensive P&PM respectively as PPM or PM vendors. We raised an inventory and built a miniguide with available PPM solutions on the market. Every reader is invite to contribute to the quality and completeness of the list through comments. We will update the list regularly.

The miniguide is arranged alphabetically by product names. In the course of time the list should become a ratable miniguide that will be divided into P&PM, PPM and PM applications.

Product Vendor Moduls
Artemis 7 Artemis International Solutions Idea & Initiative Management, Product Portfolio Management, Project Management, Program Management, Process Management, Financial Management, Resource Management, Document Management
AtTask AtTask Project Tracking, Process Improvement, Project & Capacity Planning, Portfolio Management
Clarity Computer Associates Demand Manager, Project Portfolio Manager, Project Manager, Resource Manager, IT Portfolio Manager, IT Finance Manager, Process Manager
Compuware IT Governance Compuware Demand Management, Project Portfolio Management, Application Portfolio Management
Daptiv PPM Daptiv Project Portfolio Management
Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Microsoft Project Management
Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Oracle / PeopleSoft Project Portfolio Management
HP Project Portfolio Management Center PPM (ex. Mercury ITG) HP Software Demand Management, Project Management, Program Management, Portfolio Mangement, Financial Managment, Time Management, Ressource Management, Deployment, Workflow, Document Management
Innotas Innotas Request Management, Project Management, Program Management, Resource Management, Time Management, Financial Management, Portfolio Mangement
OPX2 Le Bihan Consulting Projektportfolio-Management, Risk Management, Resource Allocation, Cost, Time
PLANTA Projektportfoliomanagement (PPPM) Planta Projektmanagement-System, Projektportfoliomanagement, Request Management, Professional Services Automation
PlanView Enterprise Planview Enterprise Portfolio Management, Project Portfolio Management, Service Portfolio Management, Business Process Manager
Portfolio Manager GenSight Portfolio Manager
Primavera P6 Primavera Project Management, Resource Management, Portfolio Management, Planing & Scheduling Management, Cost Management, Time Sheets, Collaboration & Content Management, Reportung & Analystics, Architecture
Project & Portfolio Management Borland Demand Management, Portfolio Management, Project Management, Resource Management
Project Portfolio Management Augeo Software Project Portfolio Management
Project Portfolio Management ITM Software Project Management, Program Management, Portfolio Management, Financial Management
Project Portfolio Management Software Atlantic Global Project Management, Program Management, Portfolio Management, Timesheet Management, Resource Utilization, Financial Management, Risk Management Project Portfolio Management
Projectplace Projectplace Projectportfolio
PSNext Sciforma Project Management, Portfolio Management, Resource Management
Rational Portfolio Management IBM Project Management, Portfolio Management, Resource Management, Risk Management, Time & Expense Management
Serena Mariner Serena Project Management, Portfolio Management
Suite Cardinis Cardinis Project Portfolio Management
ValueDriver4 ValueCurve Enterprise Project Portfolio Management
WorkLenz Metier Project Portfolio Management, Investment Business Cases, Resource Management, Time Keeping
xRPM SAP Portfolio Management, Resource Management, Program Management, Skills Management
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6 Responses

  • 1
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  • 2
    Gil Heiman:

    Thanks for this comprehensive list and clarity on the PPM, PM, P&PM terminology.

    How do companies such as Clarizen fit in this categorization of yours? We consider ourselves more in line with being a Project Collaboration solution by focusing on team adoption and sharing via email integration and built in collaboration tools.
    Shall we introduce a new category ‘PCM’ – Project Collaboration Management?

  • 3
    reema wadhwani:

    I would like to add my product under Project and Portfolio Management. Below are the details

    Product-Inventx Strategic Project Portfolio Management
    vendor- Cranes Software International ltd
    Module-Strategic Planner, Project Planner, Portfolio Manager alongwith Business Activities, Requirements Manager, Document Manager with version control, Resource Manager, Task Manager, Time and Expense, Dashboards, Reports and Analytics.

  • 4
    Clive Selly:

    Thanks for this comprehensive list and initiating this discussion, I am sure many will get benefited. Our company been to this painful phase of tool evaluation. We were using Celoxis – project management software for project management and were fairly happy, especially due to it’s collaboration and workflow management. However it lacks in PPM. As we matured, we realized the need of having a tool which will cover PPM as well, We explored many tools available in the PPM space however couldn’t find a single which cover all the aspects of P&PM (BTW – I liked this new acronym), some are good for PPM but they lacks the details of PM (& unfortunately devil is in the details) and few are good in PM but lacks consolidation required at PPM level. Finally we realized it’s all about features in a tool Vs terms or jargons used, all that matter is whether your tools is effective in managing your organization data, so that informed and timely decision are made. We all operate with too many constraints and don’t know what is the % dependency one should have on such management tools. No matter how much rich your tool, you have to tweak around few features to fulfill your business needs. Applying this philosophy, finally we took a tough call of sticking to Project Management software and using Project Category feature of Celoxis – project management software to get broader view. Difficult to say whether everyone is happy with this workaround or not but at least search for new tool is on hold now…

  • 5

    iPlan being in use in some of the prominent software industries like Aricient, Polaris in India, EG-IT in Dubai addresses both the PPM and Project Management requirement.

  • 6
    Suhas Kelkar:

    I would like to add one more to this list. Digite Enterprise PPM. Please visit for more details. We have more than 80% penetration in Indian services industry. We also have some very large services companies based out of US as our customers. Biggest telecom company from Germany also uses our software.