A Unum Case Study: Successful IT Transformation to Business Relevance

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David W. Fitzgerald, Director of Distributed Infrastructure Services, Unum
Join us to learn how Unum, one of the world's largest benefits providers, transformed their IT Operations to a strategic, cost effective cloud services organization. This webinar will cover the transformation journey at Unum that went well beyond increased adoption of virtualization and included new collaboration models and a private cloud architecture made possible by CA Process Automation & Orchestration.
Jul 25 2012
67 mins
A Unum Case Study: Successful IT Transformation to Business Relevance
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  • Transforming Value: Implementing PPM for the Organization You Have Jan 12 2016 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Mark Mullaly of ProjectManagement.com
    Implementing PPM organizationally isn’t about defining the structure you need. Effect PPM is about making it work in the structure that you already have. The focus of PPM is about the envisioning, evaluating and delivery of effective value. Value gets delivered at the front-line of the organization, and that is where PPM needs to best play a role.

    Too many PPM implementations assume that PPM is focused on only one part of the organization, or on one type of projects. Worse, there is often a presumption that to implement PPM requires organizational restructuring and the creation of new organizations, roles and processes.

    The most effective organizations leverage PPM to enable making and delivering on their strategic priorities. Success is not about structuring the organization in order to adopt PPM, it’s PPM serving the needs of the organization. In this presentation, Mark Mullaly highlights the strategies, approaches and principles necessary to bring your strategy to life and ensure it delivers value. He defines what it takes to realize success in the organization that you have today. You’ll get practical, pragmatic insight about harnessing PPM as an approach that serves your requirements, not one that drives your processes.
  • How IT Can Make The Case: Selling PPM As An Organizational Approach Dec 8 2015 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Mark Mullaly of ProjectManagement.com
    You have seen the value of PPM. You understand its promise, and you embrace its principles. You endeavor to deliver the best possible value to your customers, and PPM is an essential tool to help you do that.

    Yet if PPM is only being used within IT, it is only living up to a fraction of its potential. While PPM has helped IT organizations get control of their resources and priorities, it is often seen to be focused on solving IT’s problems, not the organization’s. It doesn’t have to be that way. But making the case for PPM means you need to demonstrate what it can do for the organization as a whole, not just what it does for you.

    In this webinar, Mark Mullaly guides you through making the case for PPM as a tool for the whole organization. If you are an IT executive that values PPM but struggles to communicate that value to the rest of the organization, this is the presentation for you. In it we’ll guide you through building the case for change in adopting PPM organizationally. You’ll explore how to present PPM as a tool for collaboration and cooperation, not just command and control.
  • How Portfolio Management Aligns with Scaled Agile Nov 4 2015 6:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Andy Jordan of ProjectManagement.com
    As Agile has gone from acceptance to leadership in project execution for many organizations, it is only natural that those organizations look to implement Agile philosophies at the strategy level. Organizations must now learn to harness the power of their Agile teams to drive delivery of the right products, applications and features at the right time.

    In this webinar, Andy Jordan will provide insights on how the business is scaling agile across their organization. Learn how businesses can set strategic guidance and create organization alignment from strategy to product to delivery, including:

    •Prioritizing portfolio elements using Agile principles
    •Balancing portfolio needs with financial restrictions in an Agile world
    •Ensuring Agile teams are delivering optimal results for their work
    •Communicating Agile approaches to the organization in ways they can understand and leverage

    This webinar will challenge your thinking of portfolio definition and execution, register now to ensure you are able to effectively and efficiently add Agile to your annual planning processes.
  • If You’re Only Using PPM for IT You’re Missing Out Oct 20 2015 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Mark Mullaly of ProjectManagement.com
    Project Portfolio Management is often seen—and sold—as a tool for IT. PPM is embraced by IT as a way of gaining control of their world to focus on managing scarce resources and making or prioritizing decisions. Guess what, IT isn't the only team with scare resources, making bad decisions and no priorities. If a company is only using PPM for IT they are missing the real value. Managing all types of business strategies through projects is a must for every business, and successful customers have realized the real value of PPM to make better choices, balance opportunities and meet goals.

    In this webinar, Mark Mullaly examines how the role of PPM can be expanding and why PPM isn’t a tool for just one part of the organization; it is a way of thinking and working that can benefit everyone.
  • Simplifying Resource Management in CA PPM with Add-Ins from itdesign Sep 10 2015 4:00 pm UTC 45 mins
    Joerg Leute, CEO, itdesign GmbH
    Resource management is one of the most trending topics in Project Portfolio Management. The itd Assignment Editor allows users to plan assignments directly via the CA PPM web interface without connecting to Open Workbench or Microsoft Project.

    Requesting capacity for projects is now simpler and easier than ever.

    Joerg Leute will demonstrate and explain in this webcast how to use CA PPM and the itd assignment Editor to improve the resource management process.
  • Manage for Value: Optimizing Business Transformation Initiatives with PPM Aug 20 2015 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Rego Consulting
    There’s no escaping change. And organizations that cling to the “tried and true”—whether it be existing business models and processes or perceptions of market conditions and customer preferences—are doomed to continually play catch-up in the marketplace.

    But, even recognizing the inevitability of change isn’t the same as managing the challenges it presents.

    Change is opportunity. Successful organizations embrace change and leverage the outcomes into growth and competitive advantage. Join Rego Consulting and CA Technologies for an informational webinar where we’ll share how organizations are successfully managing business transformation initiatives with CA PPM. Key topics of discussion include demonstrating how organizations are utilizing CA PPM to:

    •Effectively prioritize and select which change initiatives to fund and pursue
    •Manage all the moving pieces of transformation across organizational and geographical boundaries
    •Efficiently and effectively track progress and measure success
    •Document and report the benefits realized to the appropriate stakeholders
  • Driving Business Benefits from Digital Innovation Efforts (1 PMI PDU) Aug 6 2015 5:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Will Yester, Senior PPM Manager with Kalypso and Charisse Jacques, partner of Kalypso
    Digital initiatives are very cross-functional by nature. Gaining and maintaining alignment on priorities can be quite difficult, particularly given the fast pace of retail and siloed nature of most retail organizations. Thus, the drive to achieve business benefits from digital initiatives can be elusive. In this webinar, we will discuss importance of governance and managing digital initiatives as a portfolio.

    Attendees will learn:
    •Leading practices for driving alignment on digital priorities
    •How to ensure digital efforts meet changing business needs and lead to business benefits (both near-term and longer term).

    This event qualifies for Project Management Institute (PMI) 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU).

    In accordance with its Privacy Policy, CA Technologies may disclose your registration information with its partner(s) which assist with this presentation. For more information about CA’s disclosure practices, please visit the CA Privacy Notice here http://www.ca.com/us/privacy.aspx.
  • How to Deliver the Right Products and Features to Propel Growth (1 PDU) Recorded: Jul 28 2015 56 mins
    Andy Jordan of ProjectManagement.com
    The application economy has fundamentally changed the relationship between the enterprise and its customers. The trends of this new business world—the cloud, mobile and social—mean that software is now the predominant choice for consumers to experience companies and their brands. Have you ever considered how you differentiate your products and applications for success in this fast paced application economy?

    In this webinar, Andy Jordan discusses innovative ways to deliver intuitive, engaging products and applications in this fast moving, highly competitive environment. He will explore how organizations are selecting the right products, applications and prioritizing feature requests while staying in alignment with business strategies. You will also learn about:

    •Efficient and effective resource investment – how to get the most return from your people in the fast paced modern environment
    •The need to focus on net benefits, not project constraints
    •The need for clear, consistent top down guidance
    •The need to effectively respond to (and predict) shifting strategic needs

    Don’t miss this thought provoking webinar that’s guaranteed to make you rethink how to deliver the products and features that will deliver real results.

    This event qualifies for 1 Project Management Institute Professional Development Unit (PDU) credit.
  • Streamline Your Project Intake Process (1 PDU) Recorded: Jul 22 2015 60 mins
    Aditya Angrish of WinMill Software & Rob Stroud of CA Technologies
    Does your organization have a reliable way to intake project ideas? Do you struggle with how to determine whether project requests align with business strategy? How do you know if the costs will outweigh the benefits?

    Join us for a webinar, where we will explore these topics and more. We’ll discuss:

    •Providing a standardized idea Input form, making it easier to evaluate potential projects
    •How to determine whether ideas align with strategic objectives
    •How to determine relative priority across ideas
    •The best way to evaluate costs and benefits of high priority ideas
    •How to use Idea portfolios for what-if scenarios
    •Converting ideas to projects
    •Using workflows for Approvals, Action Items and Governance

    After discussing these best practices, we’ll use CA PPM show how they can be implemented as a real world, practical solution!

    Register today!

    This event is approved for 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU) credit.

    In accordance with its Privacy Policy, CA Technologies may disclose your registration information with its partner(s) which assist with this presentation. For more information about CA’s disclosure practices, please visit the CA Privacy Notice here http://www.ca.com/us/privacy.aspx.
  • Obtaining Value: How to Get Started with Portfolio Management (1 PMI PDU) Recorded: Jun 30 2015 58 mins
    Noland Eidsmoe of Excers and Robert Stroud of CA Technologies
    Today it is generally recognized that projects must deliver value. But what is value, how do we ensure that it is delivered, and how do we group the set of investments into our portfolio to deliver the most value?

    Industry established standards and practices should form the basis for the approach to implementing portfolio management. These will guide us in the steps to prioritize and select the highest value investments.

    This presentation very simply walks through the steps to create and maintain portfolios within these best practice standards and practices.

    In accordance with its Privacy Policy, CA Technologies may disclose your registration information with its partner(s) which assist with this presentation. For more information about CA’s disclosure practices, please visit the CA Privacy Notice here http://www.ca.com/us/privacy.aspx.

    This event qualifies for Project Management Institute (PMI) 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU).
  • Using PPM to Assure Business Transformation Success (1 PMI PDU) Recorded: Jun 17 2015 56 mins
    Steve Romero, Founder of Romero Consulting; Sonja Furneaux, CA Technologies
    Too many businesses are relying on the heroics of their people to accomplish business transformations mistakenly treating them as little more than operational changes. In fact, business transformations have all the hallmarks of the most complex projects and programs and the challenges can be just as overwhelming. Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) can save they day by providing the foundation and means to:

    •Identify and select the initiatives to create desired changes to the business

    •Enable the oversight necessary to monitor and adjust projects and programs to ensure successful execution

    •Provide the ability to measure results and realize maximum business value

    Join us for a webcast focusing on how PPM can be used to assure the transformation of your enterprise.

    All attendees are eligible to earn 1 Project Management Institute (PMI) Professional Development Unit (PDU).
  • Comment booster son système de pilotage des projets de portefeuilles avec CA PPM Recorded: Jun 16 2015 55 mins
    Filomène Dossantos, Chef de projet boost Clarity chez BNP Paribas (BDDF), Vincent Kolb, Principal Consultant CA Technologies
    Le processus de pilotage de vos projets est complexe, dépassé, pas assez aligné sur les besoins et attentes de vos équipes, ou peut-être les trois ?
    Pour y remédier, CA Technologies et ISPA Consulting vous invitent à découvrir lors d’un webcast de 40 minutes, comment BNP Paribas-Banque de Détail France (BDDF) a boosté son système de pilotage et amélioré les leviers de gestion opérationnelle et budgétaire de ses projets et portefeuilles avec la solution CA PPM et l'accompagnement d'ISPA Consulting.
  • Mythbusting Project Management Recorded: May 28 2015 56 mins
    Rick Morris, R2 Consulting
    There are many myths that project managers and executives simply accept about project management. Dates are mandated. Project managers own the project. Resources are unlimited. On the other side, there are many excuses such as things will never change here. You don’t understand our corporate culture. Our organization can’t work like that. If you have heard any of this or believe any of this, than this session is perfect for you. Come hear world renowned speaker Rick A. Morris, President of R2 Consulting, LLC Mythbust Project Management for you! Rick is an expert in down to earth delivery of simple and executable tips and tricks to get you on a path of powerful change! In a quick hour, walk away with some simple facts and stories that can change the way you think about project management.
  • What’s New In CA PPM 14.2 Recorded: Apr 22 2015 50 mins
    David Werner, CA Technologies and Lonnie Haire, VersionOne
    CA Technologies has just released CA PPM 14.2, the latest version of the industry-leading Project & Portfolio Management solution. In this live webcast, David Werner from CA Technologies will discuss the exciting new features and functionality in the 14.2 release. Joining David in this webcast will be Lonnie Haire of VersionOne to discuss the available integration of VersionOne’s industry-leading Agile solution with CA PPM. Both speakers will answer questions from audience.
  • Symptoms that Signal the Need for Portfolio Management in Product Development Recorded: Mar 24 2015 58 mins
    Will Yester, Kalypso and Rob Stroud from CA Technologies
    Ineffective new product development (NPD) pipeline management is a condition that affects many organizations looking for sustainable results from their new product efforts. In most cases, organizations struggle to understand what the symptoms they experience are telling them about their pipeline, and how to focus their energy on initiatives that will make the most impact. In this webcast, CA and Kalypso will review the most common indicators of a faulty NPD process and help diagnose the causes.

    Attendees will learn:
    - The common pain points and symptoms that indicate poor NPD pipeline management
    - Why organizations experience these symptoms, and the underlying causes that produce these pains
    - How to tailor portfolio management principles to treat the symptoms of poor NPD pipeline management, including example that illustrates how portfolio management can drive sustainable results
  • Realizing the Full Potential of PPM – A Simple Approach Recorded: Mar 4 2015 46 mins
    Steve Romero, Romero Consulting
    A recent analyst study found that 88% of organizations are “doing Project and Portfolio Management (PPM).” This finding could lead many to believe all is well with this critical business process so essential to strategic success. This is hardly the case as studies also show PPM is still generally immature in enterprises today. The lack of maturity is largely due to the fact that most organizations are addressing only a subset of PPM capabilities. So though almost every organization can lay claim to doing PPM, few are actually doing PPM for all its worth. Many of these organizations will continue to miss out on the incredible possibility and promise of this essential business capability until they grasp and appreciate the full scope and potential of PPM.

    One of the greatest barriers to realizing the full potential of PPM is an enterprise-wide awareness of the span of PPM and the likely gap that must be overcome to achieve it. There is a plethora of great PPM insight contained in the numerous books, methodologies, and frameworks available today, but using this volume of information to get everyone on the same page is a daunting challenge. The key is to use a simple approach and model to quickly establish a common understanding of this critical business discipline and to easily foster the conversations and discussions to drive the endeavor to raise PPM proficiency.

    This brief webcast will present a PPM model that is easy to remember, easy to communicate, and proven to quickly illuminate the gap between existing immature PPM processes and the full scope and potential of comprehensive Project and Portfolio Management.
  • Aligning Resources to Strategic Goals Recorded: Mar 3 2015 46 mins
    Alan Guibord, Founder & Chairman and Jim Noble, CEO of the Advisory Council International
    Portfolio planning activities have struggled to gain respect in most businesses. Lack of enterprise-wide orchestration arises from a lack of effective involvement and intimate business knowledge – not simply of operations and processes, but of business imperatives, obstacles and desired outcomes. And the information systems aspects continue to be planned in splendid isolation from the business, causing IT people to mistakenly celebrate victory when a new IT system goes live. However a project only really starts when the IT goes live, and so the planning needs to be fully integrated. This can only be accomplished first by building strong relationships with business peers that will result in measurable value creation. The next step is to implement a sophisticated PPM system that can handle the extreme complexity of orchestrating all the business and related technology portfolio of initiatives, capable of optimizing the plans (and the outcomes) as the business environment changes.

    To achieve this, a new PPM model needs to be created to look at portfolio management in a holistic way, enterprise-wide. Planners need a capability that will generate multiple scenarios and real-time decision support. This dimensionality and complexity is well beyond the capacity of the human brain. By implementing such a tool, IT would be positioned as a critical partner with the business – not just in implementing mainstream information systems, but also in helping the business with a much better way to plan and manage all of its key initiatives effectively

    This session focuses on how enterprise leaders and divisional leaders and IT leaders should be working in harmony to orchestrate great business outcomes, rather than looking after their parochial interests.
  • Developing a Consensus-based Innovation Strategy Recorded: Mar 3 2015 48 mins
    Michelle Jones, Executive Vice President and Chief R&D Officer at StageGate
    The development of a solid product innovation strategy is undoubtledly a collaborative effort, and company cultures that support an open and robust dialog will be more able to evolve their strategies to address their changing business environments.

    Attend this webcast featuring Michelle Jones from Stage-Gate International as she discusses how these companies are better equipped to address risk and derive more value from their product innovation efforts. Also hear why aligning your product innovation strategy is an important precursor to making continuous strategic assessments and project prioritization decisions.

    All attendees will gain insight into the 5 key elements that comprise a consensus based innovation strategy, the importance of clearly communicating that strategy to drive strategic portfolio management, and the metrics to measure performance.

    This event is approved for 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU) credit.
  • Accountability is the Future of Your Organization Recorded: Mar 3 2015 46 mins
    Rick Morris, Author and Owner/President of R2 Consulting
    Wall Street expects it and customer demand it – accountability from Sr. Executives for the future direction of their organizations. How can executives ensure their strategic plans are in action and on track? How can they shift and pivot to changing market conditions along with the risks and impacts to the long-term vision and goals? How do you thread accountability from planning to execution to results?

    Join this session, where David Werner, Senior Principal Product Marketing Manager, CA Technologies, speaks with Rick Morris, published Author and Owner/President of R2 Consulting about ways to bring more accountability through your strategic plan.
  • Realizing the Full Potential of PPM – A Simple Approach Recorded: Mar 3 2015 46 mins
    Steve Romero, Romero Consulting
    A recent analyst study found that 88% of organizations are “doing Project and Portfolio Management (PPM).” This finding could lead many to believe all is well with this critical business process so essential to strategic success. This is hardly the case as studies also show PPM is still generally immature in enterprises today. The lack of maturity is largely due to the fact that most organizations are addressing only a subset of PPM capabilities. So though almost every organization can lay claim to doing PPM, few are actually doing PPM for all its worth. Many of these organizations will continue to miss out on the incredible possibility and promise of this essential business capability until they grasp and appreciate the full scope and potential of PPM.

    One of the greatest barriers to realizing the full potential of PPM is an enterprise-wide awareness of the span of PPM and the likely gap that must be overcome to achieve it. There is a plethora of great PPM insight contained in the numerous books, methodologies, and frameworks available today, but using this volume of information to get everyone on the same page is a daunting challenge. The key is to use a simple approach and model to quickly establish a common understanding of this critical business discipline and to easily foster the conversations and discussions to drive the endeavor to raise PPM proficiency.

    This brief webcast will present a PPM model that is easy to remember, easy to communicate, and proven to quickly illuminate the gap between existing immature PPM processes and the full scope and potential of comprehensive Project and Portfolio Management.
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