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Reaching for the Cloud: The Right Way

Andy Jordan, PMP, Research Analyst, Gantthead & Host Mary Cauwels, Director, S&PM Solution Marketing, CA Technologies
Modern PPM solutions are more than “super project” tools. In fact, the right PPM solution can help an organization make faster and smarter investment decisions about the future shape of their portfolio and provide comprehensive IT governance capabilities – something that is vitally important in defining, delivering and managing a cloud-based infrastructure.

Attend this webcast to hear from Andy Jordan, PMP, Research Analyst, Gantthead as he discusses how PPM can provide a new way of looking at the business and while providing CIOs with the insight, control & flexibility to turn IT transformation ideas into real value-added business services.

Other topics include:

• Why PPM is more than just a “nice tool” for supporting cloud migration
• How the right PPM solution can help organizations make faster, more informed investment decisions
• How to define your cloud strategy and goals both in business and IT terms
Jul 10 2012
60 mins
Reaching for the Cloud: The Right Way
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    •One Size Does Not Fit All – Designing the Perfect User Adoption Program

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    Register today!
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  • Prioritizing Your Investment Portfolio to Realize Your Strategy Recorded: Jan 22 2015 60 mins
    Steve Romero, Romero Consulting & David Werner, CA Technologies
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    This event is approved for 1 PDU (Professional Development Unit).
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    This event qualifies for 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU credit).
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    Does your organization believe that managing and maintaining your application portfolio is a once or twice a year event?

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    This webcast focuses on how a continuous application portfolio discipline is essential for consistent measurements, strategies, risk assessments, and application life cycles for in-house and cloud-based systems.
  • Project, Program and Portfolio Governance in an Agile World Recorded: Dec 4 2014 57 mins
    Robert Stroud, Vice President, Strategy & Innovation, CA Technologies Simon Meadows, Principal Consultant, CA Technologies
    Agile is growing in your company! It’s speeding the pace of innovation and enabling your business to be more adaptive and collaborative. Though something‘s missing. Agile teams are not focused on providing upward visibility, strategic alignment, cost tracking and resource management; all of which are essential for your company’s success. The challenge for your company is to have a single source of truth for all projects, programs and portfolios, without compromising your agile innovation process.

    Transformative integration of Agile Tools data with CA PPM makes the promise of Agile Portfolio Governance possible, providing portfolio level visibility for all of your company’s enterprise agile, waterfall and hybrid projects, rolled up into CA PPM for – upward visibility and governance. Agile Portfolio Governance bridges the gap between what management needs to see and what agile teams are often challenged to provide.

    This session discusses a fully integrated, best-in-class Project, Program and Portfolio Management solution that will empower your PMO with governance, while enabling your agile teams to deliver strategic results - at the speed of innovation.
  • Application Management and the PMO: a Combination that Delivers Results Recorded: Nov 20 2014 54 mins
    Andy Jordan of Roffensian Consulting & John Sims of CA Technologies
    We all know that the pace of technology advancement in recent years has been dramatic, but have you ever considered the implications of that? Organizations are finding it harder and harder to track and manage the applications that they have, and in some cases they don’t even know all of the applications that are being supported. That’s clearly a problem, and it’s a problem that has potentially significant implications – inefficient work practices, increased costs, greater risks, etc.

    In this webinar, Andy Jordan, President of Roffensian Consulting Inc. and well known portfolio management thought leader joins John Sims, Senior Principal Product Manager with CA to discuss an emerging and fascinating trend to discuss how organizations can address these issues. Andy and John will explore the role that the PMO and portfolio management can play in understanding and resolving these situations in your organization. Among other topics they examine:

    • The importance of an accurate and complete inventory
    • Understanding and managing costs of ineffective and unfocused applications
    • Prioritizing rationalization within all other organizational initiatives
    • Enterprise wide resource management

    Register now for this upbeat and engaging webinar that will provide you with tangible actions that you can apply in your organization to begin understanding the scale and significance of the problem for you – and to do something about it.

    This webcast is approved for one Project Management Institute (PMI) PDU continuing education Credit.
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    Brian Irwin of VersionOne and James Chan of CA Technologies
    Do your project portfolio leaders and business executives have a clear picture of all the Agile work in their organization? The increasing number of agile teams and projects requires organizations to capture the entire investment portfolio, no matter how the work is getting executed.

    Learn how CA PPM and VersionOne have created an integrated solution that leverages project portfolio transparency, top-down strategic alignment and resource management with agile execution.
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