UMT360 Events: United Kingdom– “Establish a Strategic PMO with Project Online” @Microsoft #msProject @UMT360 @CPS_Solutions

CPS Solutions UK and UMT360 – 2014 Partners of the Year Finalists in Project and Portfolio Management – invite you to attend “Establish a Strategic PMO with Project Online” webinar on Wednesday, November 19th, 12:30 UTC (London)

Register today!

Join this live webinar to understand the core concepts of strategic Project Management Office (PMO).  PMOs are being asked to master the important, yet tactical aspects of project management as well as take strategic responsibility for managing investment decisions to optimize spend and maximize return across the portfolio. Now is the time to embrace the full spectrum of responsibility to ultimately maximize ROI.

Understand how integrating UMT360 investment planning and controls across the PPM lifecycle in Project Online gives you and the business, the financial and strategic insights needed to optimize spend and maximize from your project portfolios.



UMT360 Events: United Kingdom– “Integrated IT Portfolio Management” #IIPA #ITPPM #ITFM # APM #msProject #SharePoint

Dear Project customers and Enterprise Portfolio Management explorers! We are planning number of local events in Europe – starting off with the UK!

Did you know that leading industry analysts predict many IT departments will be connecting PPM with other portfolios, like APM very soon? Join us to learn more about how UMT360 can help you digitize investment planning and controls across your enterprise portfolios! Indeed building on top or Microsoft SharePoint and Project Server!

Book you calendar – 30 October 15:00 – 16:00 GMT – “Integrated IT Portfolio Management? Go for it!”

We are pleased that Wellingtone UK will be hosting this first webinar in the UK for us! Register today!


Hope to see you in few weeks – stay tuned – more coming to UK and other countries like Germany, France, Sweden!

Transform Your #2015 Planning! #MSProject #PPM @UMT360


Join UMT360’s CEO Mike Gruia to learn how to transform your 2015 planning!

With 2015 fast approaching, portfolio planning tops the list of concerns for executives and PMOs across the globe. However Executives have known for years that the portfolio planning processes used by most organizations are badly broken, but the recent financial crisis has turned this weakness into a potentially fatal flaw.  While economic recovery is in full swing, the majority of CEOs, CFOs and CIOs believe that heightened uncertainty will remain part of the new norm—placing continued pressure on portfolio investment planning.”

#WPC14 and @Microsoft @Project

I had the pleasure to participate at WPC14 on Wednesday last week!

The morning was kicked-off by the new Microsoft CEO, he was not running like Steve and screaming to try to pump up the audience by his “entrée” but rather by the depth of his thoughts and demonstrations of innovative technologies. The slide below says “Partners who inspire” – and this is an interesting realization that Microsoft acknowledges partners as not only business partners, but also as a source of “inspirations” going forward. Glad to be on the other side now Smile The Azure predictive algorithms demo from the ThyssenKrupp Elevators – be able to send maintenance before the system breaks – was simply very powerful – see the demo!

Where it got really exiting from the @Project perspective was when @Project and Visio we called-pout on the slide that that talked about differentiating applications for Windows platform…

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The booth – this time Microsoft tried something different – roaming workload/product “experts” in the one Office365 booth space. Interesting idea – unfortunately it showed that when the booth does not have a big green Project logo – people simply will not ask about it…


The first Project session “#CL400: Help Your Customers Choose the Right Project & Portfolio Management Tool” was led by Krishna and provided the overview of the Project family from work-management to high end PPM with Office365, Project Pro for Office365 and Project Online. There were three demos – Raja showed task management in SharePoint, Yahya Project Pro for Office365 and Krishna Project Online. If you have not seen the mock-up of the upcoming work management and resource management – make sure to check it out!

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The second Project session #CL443: Grow your offerings and profitability with Microsoft Project and Project Lite” was led by Yuval @ Microsoft who is the new partner manager on the business group side – congratulations! I’m very excited about his partner and Project background! Awesome!

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Yuval was highlighting partners of the year in the PPM spaceSensei – Kenneth, Projility – Rob, CPS – Ivan and UMT360.

All the partners had a chance to present their solution – Kenneth from Sensei –

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Sorry Rob and Ivan the photos did not turn out well. Since I was talking about the partner opportunity for #msPartners with @UMT360 I did not master to take a selfie at the same time… – here is the session recording – highly encouraging to check it out!


UPCOMING WEBCAST: Changing the PMO Status Quo: Learn how Frank LaRocca Created an Enterprise #PMO at @ConEd to Drive Greater ROI #msProject #PPM #FinancialIntel @UMT360

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – 2pm EDT

This is an impressive story and Frank is a great speaker – worth attending Smile

Companies are failing to realize up to 46% of business value from their project portfolios, leaving many executives questioning the effectiveness of traditional Project Portfolio Management (PPM).  Are PMOs too focused on the important, yet tactical aspects of project management?  Or should the PMO re-orient to the fact that projects are business investments, and take strategic responsibility for optimizing spend and maximizing ROI across the portfolio? 

Attend this webinar and learn how Frank LaRocca, Director of Financial Governance at Con Edison (and former CIO of KeySpan Energy) did just that.  Frank built an Enterprise PMO and has complete financial transparency across a $2bn capital portfolio and applies a dynamic reallocation process to drive greater ROI.

Join this session as Frank will provide insight into how he created a Strategic Enterprise PMO to:

  • Establish a governance framework for increased financial intelligence
  • Change the culture and gaining “buy in” from top down
  • Go beyond annual planning to establish a dynamic reallocation process (aka Sweep)
  • Set Baseline Metrics and Tracking Attainment
  • Drive bottom line savings and more value

Please register today.

See you there!


Check the top 40 rated sessions from the Project Conference 2014 #ProjConf!

Time to get immersed into the Project Conference 2014 sessions again – here is the list of top 40 rated sessions by conference attendees – a list for all of us to review and watch those most appealing sessions! All session recordings available here CONGRATS speakers – GREAT job!


Code Track Title Speakers
PC224 Product SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business: Is now the time to move to the cloud? Matt Berg
PC403 Technical Extending Project Online and on-premises with JavaScript Apps Martin Laukkanen
PC212 Business How Con Edison Utilizes Dynamic Planning Process ‘Sweep” to Optimize a $2bn Capital Portfolio to Increase ROI Frank LaRocca
PC402 Product Advanced Task Mode: Manually Schedule vs. Auto Schedule, How Hard Can It Be? Dan Renier
PC248 Product Real World Reports: Business Intelligence in Project Online and Project Server 2013 Andrew Lavinsky; Mike  McLean
PC307 Business Lead The Enterprise Social Revolution: How to Drive Sustainable Adoption Dux Raymond Sy
PC309 Business Forecast Scheduling: Fad or Fundamental? Eric Uyttewaal
PC300 Product Implementing your organizational process in SharePoint, Project Server and Office 365 with Nintex Alexander Burton
PC316 Product MS Project Server at Qualcomm – Lessons Learned and Many Tricks Nelson Diaz
PC238 Business ROI: Accelerating your time to value with Project Online Cindy Lewis; Tad Haas
PC206 Technical First Impressions supporting Project Server 2013 and Project Online Brian Smith
PC208 Business Breaking Bad Project Management: Winning Strategies for the PM, PMO and Executives Dux Raymond Sy; Isabel Merlano
PC205 Business Tens of millions saved and 200k Projects: Verizon’s Quest for Continuous Improvement with EPM Christophe Fullam
PC249 Product What’s New in Project 2013 desktop Heather  Heide
PC252 Product Adding objectivity and rigor with portfolio analysis and optimization using Project Online and Project Server 2013 Luke Humphrey; Prasanna Adavi
PC306 Product Fast Track Project Management Success: 5 Steps to Rapidly Implement Project Online Dux Raymond Sy
PC229 Business Ingersoll Rand: 16 Global Brands Leading Innovation Using One Central Project, Portfolio, and Program Management System Robert Hickman
PC209 Technical Troubleshooting Tips for Project and Project Server Adrian Jenkins; Brian Smith
PC327 Technical Workflow deep dive in Project Online and Project Server 2013 Biatrice Ambrosa
PC231 Business CSC’s Transformation using Project Server Ryan Jackson
PC242 Business PPM Adoption in an Evolving Culture Dane Truhett; Tony Zink
PC310 Business Project Worst Practice – Learning from other peoples mistakes Brian Smith; Ian White; Peter Charquero Kestenholz
PC230 Product From Excel Workbooks to Portfolio Analysis in Seven Steps and Two Days using Project Online. Gary Chefetz
PC400 Technical Microsoft Project Server 2013 Supercharged – Performance, scalability and architectural improvements Chris Elwell
PC278 Business Charge-up Microsoft Project with Apps  Dene Cleaver; Kenneth Steiness; Tad Haas
PC282 Business Reimagining Microsoft’s Innovation Hub with SharePoint Online, Project Online and Yammer for Social Innovation Management Simon Floyd
PC243 Business How to Utilize the Right Project & Portfolio Management Solution to Deliver PM Success Dux Raymond Sy; Jan Kalis
PC250 Product Resources: Your most important assets. Managing resources in Project Online and Project Server 2013 Jean Donati
PC225 Product Tips & Tricks using MS Project 2013 Ellen Lehnert, PMP, MVP
PC247 Technical Project Server 2013 – administration for IT Professionals and PMO Alex Savescu
PC253 Product Introducing Project Online, an Office 365 Service Mike  McLean
PC320 Product Allegan Case Study – Best Practices for Expanding Project Server across Your Organization Scott Clausen
PC308 Business Surviving Workforce Reductions Through mPWR Emmanuel Fadullon; Kevin Watson
PC257 Business Success factors for mega projects Markus Tomas; Sven Blumberg
PC328 Technical Get your hands dirty with Microsoft Project Server 2013 architecture Chris Boyd
PC202 Business Gartner Shares the Most Important PPM Trends for 2014 Ben Chamberlain; Donna Fitzgerald
PC222 Technical Building Stellar Project BI Dashboards with Visio Chris Hopkins
PC313 Business EVM De-Mystified – Understanding Earned Value Management with The New Project Matthew Davis
PC279 Business Exxaro Case Study – How one of the World’s Greatest Mining Companies Took Islands of Tools and Created an Enterprise Solution  Adriaan Goosen
PC283 Product Managing Agile Projects using Microsoft Project Alexander Rodov; Matthias Ebinger

UMT360 Webinar: Learn How to Rationalize & Get More Business Value from your Applications

Dear partners and friends!

I’m very excited to extend this invitation to you as UMT360 and Microsoft PPM partners – in the “Learn How to Rationalize & Get More Business Value from your Applications” webinar Ben Chamberlain discusses the Application Portfolio Management – I see this as your opportunity that can help you to extend your business beyond and above the traditional Project and Portfolio Management, while still leveraging the familiar products, tools and processes. I do highly encourage you to attend!

When I think about the partner opportunity with UMT360 – there is a number of benefits that UMT360 can provide to your organization:

  • get an additional consulting revenue for extending your area of influence in existing and new accounts
  • compete more effectively with broader solution
  • leverage financial incentives for selling UMT360

I want to make sure we all get the maximum from our partnership – so if you have any questions on the UMT360 partner program and benefits, please don’t hesitate to ask me!

Please extend this invite to your friends and colleagues!



SharePoint Conference 2014

>> UPDATE: as of 3/13/14 all #SPC14 sessions available on Channel 9!

I was pleased to contribute to Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014 conference this year too. I had a session SPC 376: Implement, customize and extend Microsoft Project Portfolio Management solution, built on top of SharePoint. Before the SPC14 sessions show up on Channel 9, I’m sharing my deck via my OneDrive if anyone wants to grab it upfront.

I had the pleasure to meet many customers and partners on the Project booth and the expo floor. Was great to be there and was great to see everyone!



Project Conference 2014 sessions publically available

All the 130+ GREAT sessions from Project Conference 2014 are now publically available on Channel 9

Thanks to all the speakers who made this happen – I know it was lot of work – but all the sessions were very seamlessly executed! THANK YOU!

Enjoy the recordings as much as possible!

There is a lot of AWESOME content in there!