It’s huge: New CA PPM sees record adoption

CA World attendees share why they're checking out CA PPM 15.3

In the mid-show din at last month’s CA World ’17, I leaned into a conversation about the new CA Project & Portfolio Management solution. Surrounded by neon-lit booth signs, self-guided product demos and TED Talk-style customer sessions, a handful of CIOs and project managers wanted to know if CA PPM 15.3 really was that good?

“We have never seen anything like it before,” I said. “Don’t think any enterprise PPM solution has ever been this popular.”

In the first three weeks of availability, about 20% of CA PPM customers asked to upgrade to version 15.3. At this rate, most users will soon enjoy the modern UX, advanced financials, business intelligence and drag-and-drop blueprints, which allow any business worker to spin up projects in minutes.

A perennial favorite at CA’s annual user conference at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, CA PPM was represented by 18 customer speakers who talked about modernizing the project management office.

  • Allied Irish Bank, for example, showed us how they’d reduced the process of running reports for the board of directors from two weeks to two days. You can download the presentation here.
  • Telstra in Australia modernized not only the PMO, but also altered employees’ behaviors to align investments, budgets and accountability.
  • U.S. cable-television provider Altice puts out the perpetual firestorms caused by executives asking for progress reports by integrating CA PPM with Tableau.


For more tips and tricks on how to modernize the PMO, read this blog series.

In addition to customer sessions, dozens of classes on project portfolio management and agile business management were taught throughout the four-day event.

But the show belonged to CA PPM 15.3. More than 500 people saw Kurt Steinle, vice president of product development, lay out his vision in the roadmap presentation. If you missed it, you can sign up for one of the monthly roadmap sessions.

Talking to customers on the show floor and at the keynotes – and most importantly, in the hotel bar – I heard a wide range of reasons for jumping on the CA PPM 15.3 train.

“We didn’t have the resources to train users on the classic UI,” said a senior project manager at a manufacturing plant. “With the new UX, we can just demo it, email a few tips and tricks, and users are good to go. This will be our training approach going forward.”

“Bi-directional integration with CA Agile Central is a key reason we’re upgrading,” said the IT directors at two financial institutions. “The new UX in 15.3 supports our company’s transformation to an Agile organization.”

“The main reason we’re upgrading to 15.3 is the OData connector,” said a government employee. “It gives us the option to use our preferred reporting solution.”

Take a look at how CA PPM 15.3 can help your organization compete better in this solution overview and this eBook. Thinking about going off premises? Here are the top 10 reasons to switch to CA PPM 15.3 SaaS.

See you at CA World ’18 in Miami Beach for some sun, sand and software.

Alf Abuhajleh
Alf Abuhajleh markets CA Project & Portfolio Management – the leading tool for accelerating innovation.…


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