@UMT360 Workflow Visualization app REVIEW by @AlexanderB

Thanks Alex for reviewing our workflow visualization app on your blog! Our app is available in the Microsoft Office Store – here – as a free trial too! If you have Project Server 2013 or Project Online – try it today!

UMT360 Workflow Visualization

This app is a sneak peek of some of the value that UMT360 customers are getting with our UMT360 solution! For more information on how UMT360 can help with financial controls for Project Server – please check the latest webinar done by UMT360’s Chief Product & Marketing Officer Ben Chamberlain.

UMT360 Webinar: Project & Portfolio Financial Controls for Microsoft Project Server

Despite the significant investments in PPM, it is failing to deliver the anticipated results. UMT360’s research shows that today companies are failing to realize up to 46% of the planned business value from the project portfolios. One of the main reasons for this loss in value is many PMO’s simply do not view projects as business investments, and as a result fail to effectively integrate financial management and PPM to proactively gauge the economic impact of poor project performance and take corrective actions.

Join this webinar to see how UMT360 can help you gain complete financial Intelligence across your project portfolios and increase ROI.
In this webinar you will learn how to:

  • Eliminate the need for Excel and standardize investment governance controls across the PPM lifecycle
  • Streamline capital planning and build stronger business cases business cases
  • Automate financial tracking and variance analysis and move to an agile re-planning process
  • Establish a benefits realization framework

UMT360, the only Enterprise Portfolio Management solution built on SharePoint with seamless Project Server integration, is helping companies take their PPM to the next level.

Register today http://bit.ly/1jx5nie

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 http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Project/2014. 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 http://www.msprojectconference.com/sessions.aspx are now publically available on Channel 9 http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Project/2014.

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!


Moving on and THANK YOU!


Dear partners, friends and colleagues, I was really blessed to work with you – awesome people – in the past years during my career at Microsoft. I started in Prague subsidiary, later moved to Regional Center in Dublin and then to Corporate office in Redmond – AND it all adds up to wonderful to 18 years that will never be forgotten! It was a great ride on the top of IT wave from a dial-up modem to business critical services in the cloud!

I’m really excited about the latest version Project, it has a TON of potential for many industries and different sizes of customers and I will be a keen supporter of this great product in the coming years!

Hope that we will have a chance to see each other at another major event like SharePoint Conference or World Wide Partner Conference.

What’s next?

The good news is that I’m not going far, I’m joining UMT360 as a Director of Partner Network and Product Management. I’m super excited about their dedication, enthusiasm and recognitions (Cool Vendor and Visionary for IIPA space by Gartner) in their efforts to help transform today’s IT organizations for the future!

Contact information:

Thanks again!



PC14: What an awesome event!

I hope Project Conference 2014 was great for everyone! Here is a small flashback from the event.

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We started with following the big game in the expo hall and had a great time!

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Jared, Ludo and Sajan Kicked off Monday with keynote – great demos and surprising announcements!

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We had over 130 stunning sessions!

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Many partners on the show floor!

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And of course a GREAT party in sold out House of Blues!!!

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All other photos available here http://www.jankalis.com/PC14/n-XZ36s/. Please note all photos are property of Microsoft.


Hope you enjoyed all of it!

Have safe travel back to your homes and families!