In the first of a series of blogs we look at the project and portfolio management (PPM) software providers. Traditional vendors (such as BMC Software, CA Technologies, HP, Microsoft, Oracle, and Planview) primarily offer on-premises deployments of their generic enterprise PPM applications. These providers come from a traditional software product background, and have been operating in the PPM space for many years. Implementations like Primavera are complex due to the need to extensively customise the product for a given customer and are costly in both time and money.
To address mounting customer demand for PPM Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors have been forced to introduce cloud-hosted deployment as an additional option for their customers and prospects. This is a half-way house to full cloud solutions being offered by emerging niche vendors like Enverian – the new kids on the block.
When choosing cloud-hosted from traditional providers instead of on-premises the subscription-based pricing models give you the flexibility to lease, not own, the solution. As a result, there is a lower cost of ownership as the providers can pass on cost savings to the customer. However there is still the same problem of complex implementations to be undertaken so the cost of entry is still quite prohibitive.
That is where niche players are making their mark. Targeted customer solutions provided as SaaS gives you lower cost of entry, rapid implementation, and lower on-going cost of ownership.
Don’t you just love it!
Posted: December 07, 2012