Project Portfolio Management Software: advice beyond the magic quadrant


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The market for project portfolio management (PPM) software is growing rapidly. However, there are few sources of independent advice to help organisations choose the most appropriate software for their needs. Many organisations turn to research from Gartner or Forester to identify the PPM software leaders. However, Gartner and Forester tend to present their research in the form of a ‘magic quadrant’ with leaders identified in the top right as vendors that “execute well against their current vision and are well positioned for tomorrow”. This type of recommendation may turn out to be unhelpful because it is self-referential and reports against the vision of the vendor. Wouldn’t it be more useful to report against how well the software helps clients meet their strategic goals? This research analyses the stated goals of 91 PPM software vendors and compares them with the PPM goals found in the academic and software literature. The research then goes on to suggest what goals PPM software should be helping organisations to achieve, and identifies the PPM software that is most likely to support strategic goals in the public and private sectors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 National Conference Academic Papers Australian Institute of Project Management
PublisherAustralian Institute of Project Management (AIPM)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780646978178
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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