The feature most customers ask for is the ability to create their own custom data fields within iPlanWare. Release 3.6 of iPlanWare provides this ability – system administrators can log in and start creating custom data fields and painting them onto pages and dashboards. So if you have some data you need to store in iPlanWare and there isn’t a field already for it – you can go ahead and create the field.

The other major feature introduced in release 3.6 is customer billing. Many of our professional service customers use iPlanWare to track charges to customers, but had no easy way to manage the charges as billed or non-billable or summarise them by periods. Finance users within iPlanWare now have a straightforward way to track and manage their billing process. You can learn more at www.iplanware.com.

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Head over to http://www.youtube.com/user/iplanware to check out product tours and feature demonstrations.

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iPlanWare Release 3.5

by admin on October 15, 2010

Portfolio management, portfolio management and more portfolio management. Release 3.5 of iPlanWare PPM introduces some killer features to help organisations select the right projects to run, align their projects with strategic objectives and prioritise their project portfolio. So combined with the other features in iPlanWare such as resource forecasting, project management, resource management, timesheets and project accounting – iPlanWare offers the number 1 online solution for end to end project portfolio management.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Project scorecards
  • Project prioritisation and selection
  • Portfolio status dashboards
  • Project requests (online business case / project mandate)
  • Approval of project requests online

A good way to get an understanding of the PPM features in iPlanWare is to check out the video below or watch the iPlanWare videos on the iPlanWare YouTube Channel. You can also find more videos on our website.

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As I have mentioned in a previous post, most software vendors either take a SaaS or an on premises approach to software deployment. Very rarely do they offer both and I have never understood the sense in this. Here is another commentator exploring this further by looking at iPlanWare, SurarCRM and Wavemaker in particular. The often given reason is that trying to coexist the two approaches causes issues with software releases, marketing etc.

We have been offering iPlanWare PPM (project and portfolio management software) as a SaaS and on premises solution since 2001 and have regularly shipped 3-4 big releases each year since. Get your processes right and you can offer both – and secure a huge competitive advantage as well.

My advice to a start up thinking about going pure SaaS is don’t – you will be cutting out a huge segment of the market. At least 30% of the organisations we engage with would not consider a SaaS solution. More to the point, the ones who would not consider a SaaS solution are typically larger organisations with bigger budgets. At least another 20% will consider SaaS, but the sale will be a lot tougher due to legal issues, contracts and the customer not being familiar with the procurement / buying process for SaaS.

I agree, some software products only make sense as a SaaS solution. But for most business applications that is not the case. So there you have it – pure SaaS can mean 50% lost sales. Yes things will change, SaaS and cloud will become the norm – but we are a little way from that yet.

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