BrightWork pmPoint for SharePoint Project Management

BrightWork pmPoint for SharePoint Project Management

 
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BrightWork pmPoint for SharePoint Project Management

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5,400.00
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BrightWork pmPoint is a SharePoint 2007 add-on for managing work and projects. Coming with a set of pre-built project management templates, web parts, dashboards, tools and lists, BrightWork pmPoint is for organizations that want to extend SharePoint to manage work and projects.

Features:

Project manager initiates each project with the right amount of process

  • 5 single project management templates (i.e. custom site definitions) for differing levels of process and project management maturity
  • An enhanced site creation form for creating project workspaces from templates or from existing projects (also available from an API) in any location in the hierarchy
  • Plan project and assign work using:
    -- Multiple custom lists definitions designed for project management e.g. Risks, Goals, Tasks, Issues etc with automatic assignee email, custom alerts, views and per item unique referencing
    -- Microsoft Project-like list with optional import and export to Microsoft Project. This custom pmPoint list includes a multi-level hierarchical (e.g., phases, milestones, project tasks etc.) work breakdown structure that allows values (% Complete, Start Date, End Dates, Late flag, Planned and Actual Durations, Costs etc) to be propagated, aggregated and auto-calculated up the hierarchy as the project progresses.
    -- Emailable my work report
    -- Role-based auto-assigner

Team member works on one or more projects

  • Discover assigned work
    -- Email notification on item assignment
    -- Project management lists with tailored views
    -- My Work and other reports
  • Do and update progress on work
    -- Microsoft Office integration into the pmPoint UI
    -- Spreadsheet-like datasheets and web forms for updating progress on work
    -- Checkbox for escalating a work item as an issue to bring it to the attention of management

Project manager manages each project to success

  • Track project progress
    -- Cross-list Gantt reports
    -- Multiple other cross-list reports such as Project Tracking, Overdue Work, Unassigned Work etc
  • Replan and adjust
    -- Datasheet web interface for quickly replanning project (change dates, reassign work)
    -- SharePoint presence in all forms, views and reports for communicating with the team direct from the UI
  • Reports that can be emailed, distributed and used in a variety of ways (e.g. email, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project, XML and SQL Server Reporting Services)
  • Project post mortem list to capture project positives and negatives

Program manager manages a program or portfolio of projects

  • Setup Project Office Structure
    Track and manage across multiple projects
    -- A starter project office structure with the ability to grow and shape the project office to suit your organization
    Track and manage across multiple projects
    -- 3 multiple project management templates (i.e. custom site definitions) for differing levels of process
  • Track and manage across multiple projects
    -- Cross-project Gantt reports
    Track and manage across multiple projects
    -- Cross-list and cross-site rollup reporting from big picture to per list item detail
    Track and manage across multiple projects
    -- Project reporting portfolios to enable you to easily report on the projects you want
    Track and manage across multiple projects
    -- Reports that can be emailed from UI or set up to email on a scheduled basis (e.g. auto-email everyone their My Work report every Monday AM)
    Track and manage across multiple projects
    -- Reports that can be exported to Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project, XML and SQL Server Reporting Services
  • A project request module for managing the project pipeline with

Program and project manager continuously improve projects and programs

  • Customize pmPoint for greater project success
    Track and manage across multiple projects
    -- List that can be tailored so as to add more process with standard SharePoint and additional pmPoint-specific configuration options
    Track and manage across multiple projects
    -- Report tool pane configuration options that can deliver lots of extra reports over and above the supplied 50+ reports
    Track and manage across multiple projects
    -- List for specifying the project management lists you want to report off
    Track and manage across multiple projects
    -- Reports that can be auto-emailed on a scheduled basis (e.g. My Work report every Monday at 9am)
    Track and manage across multiple projects
    -- Easily editable report XML for delivering advanced reporting capabilities via
    Track and manage across multiple projects
    -- Custom web part pages with dynamic tabs for extending pmPoint for extra reports
    Track and manage across multiple projects
    -- Lists, navigation, web parts, project sites, areas etc that can be tailored to reflect your desired processes
  • A unique templates module that facilitates the capture of any tailoring work and the harvesting and reuse of best practices and lessons learnt
    Track and manage across multiple projects
    -- Create new project webs from existing projects or templates
    Track and manage across multiple projects
    -- Create new templates from existing projects or templates

Pricing: Multimple license packs starting at $5,400 US, Unlimited $68,000 US

New v.8 enhancements: Read this article

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5.0

Created a full Project Management Office in a week

Really easy to deploy. It has over 20 predefine templates to use. Also using as a issue tracker for help desk.

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Pros
We were struggling with projects on spreadsheets, napkins and some on MS project all over the organization. BrightWork allowed all levels of projects to be defined, tracked and managed all within SharePoint. User acceptance was really high and teams love it. Best part is it works on the free SP Foundation version.
Cons
none so far.
Version Reviewed
V10
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5.0

Loved it...more flexible that Project Server

Thanks for the article. It played a role in my chosing pmPoint for my client, the City of McKinney. McKinney had a complex project management workflow with no digital system (except for native MS Project) in place for managing tasks. The implementation took 3 months but has made a huge impact on their project management office and their corporate culture.

In addition to standard project-type items and reporting dashboards, I was able to easily write custom reports that show city-wide IT expenditure in each Gartner category (Run, Grow, Transform) and do a what-if analysis showing resource utilization up to 12 months into the future.

This gives IT the ability to accurately project a proposed project's completion date and explain (with real data) when and why they're overloaded.

I liked the project so much, I actually quit my job and started up entlead.com to do it full time. :)

Anyway, thanks again, keep up the good work.

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Pros
Implementing any enterprise project suite requires truly understanding the business and it's processes for project workflow. Implementations of pmPoint usually require changing the way in which projects were managed (this simply means that all project managers should learn real project management and be managing in a similar way).

In my experience, the work required to make pmPoint, EPMlive, or project server a success is 50% corporate culture and 50% technology. Provided these are done synchronously and your client understands and welcomes the changes, it’s a phenomenal product.
Cons
Requires a commitment to a standardized project management methodology and a key person (the PMO) to lead the charge.
Version Reviewed
8.0
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5.0

Project Management with pmPoint

"pmPoint for project management is now an integral part of RPA's suite of user focused SharePoint applications."

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Version Reviewed
v7
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5.0

Powerful and flexible

See my review for the Reporter product, but a solid set of tools.

Product Reviews

Pros
See my review for Reporter. pmPoint adds additional functionality for more demanding PM applications. Should be considered if you think you need Project Server. I like the pricing model better with pmPoint since it is user based rather than server based.
Cons
None really that I know of based on some of my clients' feedback. Perhaps a little complex to configure but worth the effort.
Version Reviewed
Latest as of 12/2008
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