Top 10 Project Portfolio Management software

Last updated: November 20, 2022

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Microsoft Project is a project management software program developed and sold by Microsoft which is designed to assist project managers in developing plans, assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress, managing budgets and analyzing workloads. The application creates critical path schedules, and critical chain and event chain methodology third-party add-ons are also available. Schedules can be resource leveled, and chains are visualized in a Gantt chart.
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Manage work in one place with Adobe Workfront, the only online cloud-based project management software to support all work in any methodology.
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Clarizen's online project management software facilitates team collaboration and project execution, ensuring data is always up-to-date and aligned with business objectives. No complex software or hardware installations are required due to Clarizen's software-as-a-Service (SaaS) structure, resulting in immediate business impact as teams and projects get up and running instantly.
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Market-leading portfolio management and work management solution. Planview enables organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, accelerating the achievement of what matters most. Our full spectrum of portfolio management and work management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work.
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Strategic Portfolio Management software that captures your strategy and aligns your portfolios, projects, and teams to make an impact on the bottom line, enables project decision-making across the entire portfolio and helps you reach the next maturity level..
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Speed up your digital transformation with Clarity, the leading investment-planning solution for the enterprise. Instead of traditional project management, we help you transition to digital product management, where you manage value streams to counter market disruptions, maximize enterprise resources, and pivot with fluctuating customer demands.
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The Standard for Planning and Scheduling. Manage projects of any size with Primavera P6 EPPM. Robust, and easy-to-use, Primavera P6 EPPM is the solution for globally prioritizing, planning, managing, and executing projects, programs, and portfolios.
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Enterprise Portfolio and Project Management software. Manage projects company-wide from a centralized repository and keep the portfolio on track – from forecasting and planning to accounting and closure.
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Planview Changepoint Services Automation software connects all aspects of your services organization using professional services automation to streamline quote-to-cash and drive profitability.
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IBM Program Work Center is a collaborative program and project management solution offered as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application. It reduces the risk and complexity of running large-scale projects, programs, initiatives and transformations.
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Latest news about Project Portfolio Management software


2021. Oracle integrates Primavera with SAP ERP



Further simplifying enterprise project portfolio management, Oracle launches Primavera Inspire for SAP 7.0 for enhanced integration between Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) project-related modules. The solution enables executives and project managers to achieve measurable ROI by aligning material, resource, schedule and financial information between SAP’s Materials Management, Project System and Plant Maintenance modules and Oracle’s Primavera P6. Primavera Inspire for SAP 7.0 improves project planning and execution by giving project managers the visibility needed to more efficiently manage and utilize resources across corporate divisions and departments. The integration also enables large capital projects to be delivered on time and within budget. Primavera Inspire for SAP 7.0 helps organizations to improve the management and forecasting of material, cost, schedule and resource requirements for routine maintenance.


2021. Clarity 15.9 improves UX and external content integration



As part of ongoing partnership with Broadcom, CA unveiled Clarity 15.9 for on-premise and SaaS customers. This release continues to build on the value we believe the new UX can add for our customers. The new version allows to use channels to embed external content (such as Power BI) into your investment views. You can now use channels to embed content from another source, such as an external site, application, or Classic PPM context-sensitive investment reports into Clarity. You can interact with the content and make informed business decisions without leaving Clarity. Other enhancements include the ability to approve or return multiple timesheets in bulk, improvements to custom objects via API, ability to add Goal attributes to Roadmap Items and view the Goal for each investment. In the Staff module users can now see actuals, estimate to complete, usage, remaining allocation and remaining availability as time scaled values. This feature, coupled with the addition of Days as a metric in the staffing overview, are welcome additions to the Resource Management functionality.




2021. Planview acquires Clarizen and Changepoint



Planview announced the acquisitions of two industry leaders: Clarizen, a global leader in enterprise Collaborative Work Management, and Changepoint, a leading enterprise Portfolio Management provider. As a result of the transaction, Planview, Clarizen and Changepoint customers will benefit from being part of a premier community of PMOs, PPM, and Professional Services Automation (PSA) practitioners. The expanded portfolio of solutions will provide customers the tools and resources to better strategically plan and deliver on their most important initiatives. The combination will be transformative for the industry and has received strong feedback from customers to date. The close of the transactions closely follows Planview’s acquisition in December 2020 by TPG Capital and TA Associates, whose investment has focused on accelerating Planview’s growth and vision for Agile and PPM for Enterprises. Clarizen and Changepoint are the company’s largest acquisitions to date and represent an important first step in Planview’s growth strategy for 2021.


2020. Adobe acquires project management startup Workfront for $1.5B



Adobe just announced that it is acquiring marketing workflow management startup Workfront for $1.5 billion. The acquisition gives Adobe more online marketing tooling to fit into its Experience Cloud. This one helps companies manage complex projects inside the marketing department (or elsewhere in the company, for that matter). Workfront’s customers include Home Depot, T-Mobile and Deloitte, and the two companies share 1,000 common customers among Workfront’s 3,000 total customer base. In fact, it has APIs that connect to Adobe Creative Cloud and Experience Cloud, two parts of the company’s product family that marketers frequently access.


2018. Broadcom acquires CA Technologies for $18.9B



Semiconductor manufacturer Broadcom has concluded an agreement to acquire CA Technologies for $18.9 billion. CA Technologies, which manufactures cloud-based and traditional enterprise software, could help diversify Broadcom. As a global leader in mainframe and enterprise software, CA's solutions help organizations of all sizes develop, manage, and secure complex IT environments that increase productivity and enhance competitiveness. CA is primarily known for its business-to-business (B2B) software with a product portfolio focused on project portfolio management (Clarity), Agile software development, DevOps, and computer security software spanning across a wide range of environments such as mainframe, distributed computing, cloud computing, and mobile devices. CA operates across 40 countries and currently holds more than 1,500 patents worldwide, with more than 950 patents pending.


2016. Microsoft unveiles Project Server 2016, inpired by Cloud



Microsoft has announced general availability of Project Server 2016, which provides significant project and portfolio management (PPM) value to our on-premises customers. Microsoft says that its performance and scale are inspired by cloud - from an engineering standpoint, Project Server is built from the same code used to deliver company's cloud service. As for the functionality, Project Server 2016 release looks largely similar to the 2013 version, but it expands functions at resource management, into resource engagements with heat map displays, adds capacity to bring transparency to the interaction between project planning and line planning, removes the Resource Plan from the Project Web App interface as Microsoft Project 2016 expanded to include this function. Microsoft also released a content pack for Power BI Dashboards which integrates with its cloud-based Project Online offering.


2014. SAP unveiles Portfolio and Project Management 6.1



SAP EPPM (Portfolio and Project Management) is the enterprise solution offering from SAP that supports the planning and execution of projects. The new version of SAP Portfolio and Project Management is closing urgent functional gaps addressed by user groups, improving user experience and usability with non-disruptive enhancements, further aligns project management and portfolio management. The new features include new portfolio item dashboards (that replace old ALV lists by new WebDynpro tables offering better visualization, scrolling, filtering, dynamic count of visible columns (Excel like behaviour), multi-language handling, display of archived portfolio data, search for archived portfolio objects, usability enhancements. User Interface for object links in Project Management is now also used in Portfolio Management.


2014. Planview buys Projectplace to combine resource and project management



The U.S. enterprise resource management firm Planview is buying Sweden’s Projectplace, the provider of project management tools. The merger’s benefits are partly about geography – Projectplace gets to push more easily into the U.S. and Planview into Europe – but also about complementary product portfolios. Also Planview hopes to build a killer product that no one else in the market has. Projectplace’s cloud-based software is used for project-based collaboration, while Planview’s high-level tools are really for executive decision-making. So users will be able to do project execution and Kanban in Projectplace and have that followed up and planned in Planview Enterprise.


2009. Clarizen 3.0 add Issue and Expense management

Clarizen 3.0 adds a variety of new features, including the option to manage business issues, track expenses, and view Gantt charts. The company also tweaked Clarizen's design and added more tutorials to its site to make it easier for users to learn how to use Clarizen. The two major updates in this version - Issue management and Expense management. Clarizen's Issue management pane allows project managers to highlight problems with the project, assign someone to solve the problem, and describe exactly what needs to be fixed. In the Expenses pane, you can create an expense report. You can input your own expense description or pick those created by the project manager. If the project manager created expense categories, you can choose the appropriate item from a drop-down list. If not, you can add your own.Clarizen plans start at $24.95 per user per month up to $49.95 per user per month, depending on the number of licenses you need and the length of time you plan to subscribe to the service


2008. CA launches SaaS project portfolio management suite

CA has unveiled on-demand versions of its Clarity Project and Portfolio Manager (PPM); Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) Manager and Instant Recovery tools, all available immediately. Jules Ehrlich, general manager at CA’s On Demand division, said the key benefits of SaaS are simple and quick deployment, a compelling financial model, and discrete upgrades. Clarity PPM On Demand has been available to customers since April this year, but had not been formally announced until the show this week. The Chicago Department of Health is an early adopter of Clarity PPM On Demand. Pricing for Clarity PPM On Demand is from $18 (£12) per user, depending on the number of users and length of contract. “This could go up to $100 per user; the longer you sign up, the better deal you get,” Ehrlich said. “For GRC Manager On Demand it’s $500 per user. With Clarity, firms can have anywhere between 50 and 50,000 users."


2008. Oracle buys project portfolio management software Primavera



Oracle has concluded an agreement to buy Primavera Systems Inc., maker of project portfolio management (PPM) applications. While large vendors like CA Inc. and IBM have offerings in the PPM arena, there are also a number of smaller vendors, such as Planview and Cardinis. As for Primavera, it "is the granddaddy of project management," said Forrester Research Inc. analyst Ray Wang. "Every major construction project, every major road project. ... This is like an industry standard." Along with technology, Oracle stands to gain a significant customer base through the upcoming deal. Primavera's software is being used by 375 of the top 400 engineering companies and all five branches of the U.S. military, according to a statement.


2004. IBM buys PPM software maker Systemcorp

IBM is to acquire Canadian software vendor Systemcorp, that makes project portfolio management software aimed at helping companies better manage their IT projects. Its Web-based PMOffice suite combines document management and workflow tools with project activity tracking features so team members can collaborate, report on and monitor project costs, progress and performance, for example. The analytic data available through Systemcorp's software gives companies the visibility needed to make sound business decisions about technology spending and resource allocation, IBM says. IBM plans to integrate Systemcorp's operations into its Rational software development platform. It expects to complete the acquisition within 30 days.


2002. IBM acquires Rational for $2.1B



IBM shook up the software and Web services development world by acquiring Rational Software Corp. in a deal worth $2.1 billion–the company's largest acquisition since buying Lotus Development Corp. in 1995. Rational provides a software development tools platform for J2EE, .Net, Linux and other environments. The purchase gives IBM the “broadest support for the largest number of platforms and integrated development environments” in the industry. IBM and Rational have worked together closely in the past, with IBM integrating Rationals development methodologies and products into its offerings. However, Rational maintained similarly close relationships with Microsoft. Rational developed versions of its Rational XDE life-cycle development platform to support IBMs WebSphere and Microsofts .Net platform. With the move, IBM gets a serious tools division to enhance its portfolio of software applications and management products that IBM officials said help position the company for its business On Demand strategy. Rational joins Lotus, Tivoli, WebSphere and DB2 among the key components of IBMs software strategy.