TechValidate Research on Micro Focus Project and Portfolio Management

Case Study: Smart Communications


This case study of Smart Communications is based on a January 2013 survey of Micro Focus Project and Portfolio Management customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“The new user interface provides better navigation through the different information in PPMC, allowing specific users to jump to useful information quickly. The Agile Manager aligns with the roadmap of some engagement teams to use the Agile approach to project delivery.

The improved integration with ALMC also allows for more helpful real-time reports."


  • Addresses the following challenges with Micro Focus PPM:
    • Demand Management/Demand Prioritization
    • Portfolio management
    • Resource management/utilization
    • Project/Program Management
    • Time Management
    • Application Portfolio Management
    • Project/Program/Application Financial Management

Use Case

  • Currently has 1000-5000 users of Micro Focus PPM in their organization.
  • Will upgrade to production for Micro Focus PPM 9.20 within next 3-4 months.


  • Chose the following as the most valuable Micro Focus PPM 9.20 functionalities based on their environment:
    • Improved user interface: clean and intuitive design for ease of use
    • Integration with Micro Focus Agile Manager as they have agile projects
    • Integration with Micro Focus Application Lifecycle Manager or Micro Focus Quality Center
    • Mobile PPM Enterprise mini-application: Access to PPM Time sheets/time management approval mini-app designed specifically for mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones
  • Could achieve the following top benefits with PPM 9.2:
    • Improved user adoption due to improved intuitive user experience
    • Comprehensive view and one-stop management of all projects, IT or non-IT and Agile or traditional
    • Improved collaboration in engineering across the complete application lifecycle.
    • Improved agility – The integrations enable planning of project milestones and resources and enforcement and automation of processes and workflows across the application lifecycle and across all agile and traditional projects
    • Reduced costs.- The integrations enable prioritizing user tasks and work items, efficient management of resources and automation of key administration tasks across PPM and ALM.
    • Consolidated view – Ability to integrate more easily with Application Lifecycle Manager (ALM) giving access to new dashboards /content relating to quality and requirement metrics in addition to time, resource, issues and risks
    • Empowered connectivity- Time sheets approvers (project managers) can connect to corporate Time management system mini-app on the go
  • Will improve user adoption of PPM by 25-50% through the new features in PPM 9.2.
  • Reduced the time to execute projects by 25-50% due to the new improvements in PPM 9.2.

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