What Real Users Say about CA PPM — New for 2017

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What are CA PPM’s most valuable features? And with that, how and where do users see room for improvement?

Who Uses CA PPM?

CA PPM is used as a Project Portfolio Management Solution in industries such as financial services, insurance, healthcare, and manufacturing companies. 86% of these companies are from the large enterprise, where 8% are from small businesses, and 6% are from the mid-size enterprise.

What Users Love

Collaborative Project Management on an Organization-wide Scale

Terrance Hairston, a Technical Lead at a financial services firm, describes that for his company, CA PPM is most useful in managing projects, statuses, the projects’ various queued tasks, and resource management that requires time tracking.

As a result, he explains, CA PPM “gives us a way to group and manage our projects across the entire organization, as well as track time resources so we can use that within our capitalization efforts.”

“Its strength is all the different features it offers” writes SeniorPr70ba, Senior Project Manager at a financial services firm.

Describing CA PPM as a “one-stop solution for project managers, resource managers, and finance department personnel”, SeniorPr70ba emphasizes the “many uses for the tools”, explaining how because “it is much more streamlined, with a lot more automation…it’s just easy to use.”

“We’re able to organize how we collect information and ideas and projects and get them funded…without CA PPM, we would be using Excel spreadsheets” instead, “it lets us aggregate all that information about ideas and projects, and put them into common reports which we can share” writes Bradley Gibson, Senior Manager at a retail company.

The Advantage of the SaaS Version

ITProjeccd4b, who works at an insurance company as IT Project Manager, notes a benefit of the tool’s SaaS version: it reduces the company’s responsibilities on the software’s back-end.

SeniorPr70ba accounts for this same benefit, elaborating that by not needing to deal with “any of the standard on-premise issues”, his company can rely on the vendor to do “a lot more of the upgrade work of the upgrade work…saving a ton of money” on other expenses such as hardware costs and “fewer FTEs.”

“It’s just more straightforward and convenient”, he concludes.

“The benefit of using the SaaS version is that it is more manageable than needing to have the infrastructure and overhead of being on=premise…CA is managing everything except the actual data capture and generating reports” writes Bradley Gibson.

Where Users Expect Improvement

Better Memory Management

“A great addition to this PPM tool would be a better way to track, analyze and tweak the heap memory” writes Consultant Georgy N Joseph.

Integration with Business Intelligence Reporting Tools
Although TIBCO Jaspersoft, for example, is “kind of decoupled from PPM…it would be nice to be able to do all our project management, and then report on it, using the same tool. If they could keep building out Jaspersoft, that would be great” states SeniorPr70ba.

ITProjeccd4b also points to the Jaspersoft reporting features, arguing that it will “make things easier to measure”, such as metrics and reporting.

The ability to connect with reporting tools such as Tableau, writes Bradley Gibson, would allow for direct data importing from PPMs.

Other users such as Director86fc also mention integration with SAP BusinessObjects as conducive to CA PPM’s productivity.


Are CA PPM’s users giving feedback that account for all industries whose employees use the solution, or is this input specific to the industries and company-sizes that make up the user base?

Find out by reading our full collection of CA PPM reviews, as written by real users in the IT Central Station community.


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