PM-Partners Group Partners With iPlanWare as Reseller for SaaS PPM Software to Enterprises In Australia.

iPlanWare today announces that PM-Partners group has been appointed a reseller of iPlanWare’s PPM software in Australia.

iPlanWare is committed to being the PPM solution of choice for organisations wherever they are based,  and the agreement with PM-Partners moves this vision a step closer. By leveraging PM-Partners services including PMO start up assistance, managed PMO and managed portfolio in conjunction with iPlanWare PPM, organisations in Australia now have a compelling option when looking to develop and optimise their project and portfolio management processes.

About PM-Partners group
PM-Partners group has helped Australian organisations achieve better business outcomes for 15 years. PM-Partners group are Australia’s most highly certified project management specialist, and each year assist in the delivery of projects valued at over $500 million. PM-Partners group talented team of over 100 experienced consultants, project managers and facilitators work with organisations throughout Australia, Asia, Europe, and the USA, managing over 300 client engagements and projects in various industry sectors each year.

For more information about PM-Partners group, please visit www.pm-partners.com.au.

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Release 3.7 of iPlanWare PPM includes a host of new features to make your project or resource based organisation more productive.

Resource capacity planner

Still trying to perform resource planning and capacity planning in an Excel spreadsheet? The new version of iPlanWare PPM builds on an already strong PPM offering to deliver advanced resource capacity planning functions.

The capacity planner lets you identify your priority projects and model the effects of doing different projects on your resources. You can even model the effects of delaying of advancing projects to solve resource issues. Multiple scenarios can be created to let you “play” until you have a resource plan that works for your organisation.

Budgets and cost tracking

The budget and cost tracking features have been updated to help you track your project budgets, costs and revenues in greater detail and easily spot variances. So whether you are an internal function focused on costs or a professional service organisation focused on revenue, the new finance tracking features will help you zero in on the numbers.

In addition to the features above, iPlanWare 3.7 ships with over 20 other new features and updates.

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Are you struggling to understand if you can take on more work, or how to best fit projects around your available resource? These are the types of questions capacity planning in iPlanWare helps you get answers to. Most organisations have a reasonably fixed supply of resource, so they have to make decisions about what projects to do and when to do them. Capacity planning helps you make sense of the shifting priorities within an organisation and direct resources to the most valuable work in your organisation.

What kind of questions will capacity planning help you with?

As new work requests are raised and project priorities changed, executives and resource planners need easy to use tools that let them model different project options and answer questions such as:

  • What projects can we do given the resources we have available?
  • If we need to start up a new project – what impact will it have on other projects?
  • Where can we fit a new high priority project into our overall work plans?
  • Do we need to delay lower priority projects to take on new work?
  • If we cancel lower priority projects, will this free up resource for more important projects?

Key features of the resource capacity planner within iPlanWare

  • Perform what if analysis on different mixes of projects across the portfolio.
  • Model the effects on your resources of delaying or advancing projects.
  • Use strategic drivers and objectives to prioritise your projects.
  • Quickly identify shortfalls or over supply of resource.
  • Move projects around to find a best fit given available resource.

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Simple resource capacity planning

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The iPlanWare MS Project Connector is a powerful plugin for MS Project and provides an integration link between MS Project and iPlanWare PPM.

Using the iPlanWare MS Project Connector you can export project plans from MS Project into iPlanWare and import plans from iPlanWare back into MS Project. Simple to use and effective!

Once plans have been loaded into iPlanWare you can still use regular iPlanWare features such as timesheets, resource forecasting and capacity planning against the project plans. Of course, if you don’t use MS Project – iPlanWare ships with an easy to use planning tool which provides a nice alternative to MS Project.

If you are looking for an MS Project Server alternative which is easier to use and faster to implement – iPlanWare and MS Project make a compelling solution.

If you want to see the connector in action, check out this movie.

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