CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) have announced that it has received a “strong positive” – the highest rating possible – in Gartner’s “MarketScope for Project and Portfolio Management Software Applications” report.*
This current Gartner evaluation analyzes on-premises and cloud-hosted PPM applications involving deployment of dedicated instances, either on-site or off-site, giving PPM customers complete control over their PPM investment, including customization, configuration and extension.
The report stated that, “Because cloud-hosted is not far removed from the traditional hosting of an on-premises instance of a PPM application, customers should expect deep levels of functionality, with the flexibility to customize, configure and extend the PPM product as they see fit. Customers can even choose to physically move their instance in-house with some degree of ease, if they so desire.”
CA Clarity™ Project and Portfolio Management (PPM), which can be deployed on-premises or as a service, supports both execution-level PPM customers and project portfolio-level PPM customers.
“We consider this recognition an acknowledgment of our work to help customers with their project and portfolio management goals,” said Lokesh Jindal, senior vice president, Service and Portfolio Management, CA Technologies. "We are committed to delivering on-premises and on-demand solutions that help our customers make better business decisions and maximize the returns on their investments in people and technology.”
In the report, Gartner assessed a number of factors for each vendor solution, including corporate and product strategy, solution capabilities, and customer experiences as well as pricing and consulting options.
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst), the largest healthcare insurance provider in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., uses CA Clarity PPM to track more than 150 projects with a total value of around $100 million.
“The key factors in our selection of CA Clarity PPM were its user-friendly interface, ability to track inter-dependencies between projects and integrations with Microsoft Project,” said Greg Miller, vice president, PMO, CareFirst. “We now have comprehensive visibility of all our permanent and contracted resources, complete with their skill sets and experience. Using CA Clarity PPM, we were able to identify that many of our contractors had only a small percentage of their time allocated. By eliminating roles that were not actually necessary for the business, we have been able to make cost savings of millions of dollars.”
*Gartner, Inc., Gartner “MarketScope for Project and Portfolio Management Software Applications” by Daniel B. Stang, Robert A. Handler, June 27, 2012.