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2018

There are only so many hours in a day, and few people understand that better than project managers. Likewise, few project managers would choose to spend the few precious hours they have in mind-numbingly repetitive tasks like manually creating and updating projects. Knowing when, and how, to automate can make the difference between hours spent on project execution that can transform your organization and, well, just hours spent.

 

There is a fast and easy way to automate project creation and project updates in CA PPMthe Project Adapter. Among other things, this packaged work product (PWP) imports projects from ERP systems into CA PPM and continuously updates the project list.  

 

These are the most common questions I am asked about the CA PPM Project Adapter:

Is it compatible with and supported in SaaS environments?

 

Yes, it is. In fact, all PWP global delivery components are both on-premise and SaaS-compatible and supported.

 

In a nutshell, what does the Project Adapter automate? 

  1. Creation and updates of projects and project hierarchies
  2. Creation and updates of project team allocations 
  3. Creation and updates of project tasks

 

What does the CA PPM Project Adapter do, and what are the benefits?

The project adapter automatically creates new projects and updates existing projects with changes. Because it automates creation and updates of projects and project hierarchies, team allocations, and project tasks, project managers can focus on project execution immediatelyso your projects can succeed more quickly. The tool makes it easier to prepare plans as management teams agree on and confirm projects for a new fiscal year. You can also use the tool to convert project ideas into a project investment workflow.

 

How user-friendly is it?

It’s very user friendly. Automation reduces the number of technical glitches compared to manual processes, so you have fewer technical challenges.

 

Can I download it from support.ca.com?

No, but you can get it quickly by contacting your CA sales representative or account manager for a quote.

See all CA PPM PWPs here. Readers interested in more detail can check out DocOps.

 

I encourage you to participate in the best-in-class CA Communities site, where you have access to your peers, events and support. You can also reach out to CA Services for information about CA PPM release 15 upgrades/implementations and individualized business outcome references and analysis.

 

Join the conversation by posting in the comments section of this blog, or contact me directly via email.

I get it: As everyone knows who works on projects and submits time, timesheet submission is a necessary evil, one of life’s little details we wish would just go away. If you’re anything like me, half the time you do it at the last moment, either on your own or with “encouragement” from your supervisor, or you forget to do it altogether, waking up in the middle of the night with that sinking feeling in your stomach.

 

OK, so timesheet submission is a fact of life. But timesheet errors don’t have to be. Did you ever have a timesheet returned to you because you submitted 80 hours instead of 8.0? Think of what the PMO could be doing instead of chasing down users to correct easily preventable errors.

 

I’m here to tell you, salvation has arrived. Errors can be prevented. How cool is that?

 

It’s as simple as using the CA PWP Timesheet Validation Adapter. With this adapter, you can deploy configurable rules that give users immediate feedback as to whether the timesheet will be process-able. The adapter eliminates the wait for an approval cycle or batch to run. The quality of your company’s submitted timesheets will improve dramatically, so the PMO can spend time on useful activities. And you? You can sleep through the night, secure in the knowledge that your timesheet is correct.

 

If your organization uses CA PPM and users submit timesheets, seriously consider deploying the CA PWP Timesheet Validation Adapter for fewer errors—and even fewer excuses.

 

Here are some of the common questions I am asked about the CA PPM Timesheet Validation Adapter:

Is it compatible with and supported in SaaS environments?

Yes, it is. In fact, all PWP global delivery components are SaaS compatible and supported.

 

How user friendly is it?

A simple install and activation of the rules by a system admin is all that’s needed. Team members submit time the same way they always have.

 

Can I download it from support.ca.com?

No, but you can get it quickly by contacting your CA sales representative or account manager for a quote.

 

Find out about other PWPs for CA PPM here. Readers interested in more detail can check out DocOps.

 

I encourage you to participate in the best-in-class CA Communities site, where you have access to your peers, events and support. You can also reach out to CA Services for information about CA PPM release 15.3 upgrades/implementations and individualized business outcome references and analysis.

 

What kinds of nightmares have timesheets given you? Feel free to post in the comments section of this blog or contact me directly via email.

 

Do your days start like mine, with one challenge after another? Some of you may have to streamline how you get the kids ready for school, others on getting to work on time, and all of us with finding balance and carving out time for a social life. As project professionals, we may be ahead of the rest of the world in how we learn to manage these challenges, but CA PPM can present challenges, too. Just like with our personal lives, knowing how and when to streamline processes makes the difference between starting—and ending—the day with a smile, or with a big headache. 

 

When you’re looking for ways to manage projects and portfolios more efficiently, an intriguing place to begin is to use CA PPM for extracting data from - and integrating data with - other systems. It’s a common practice—in fact, many CA PPM customers have integrated the solution with multiple systems. Here’s the challenge, though: for the integration to work well, an experienced skilled professional must review the environment and take in consideration many variables.

 

For example, every time a new outbound integration or large-dump extracts are needed in excel, csv, XML or flat delimited files, here are just a few of the many questions that need answers before you can even begin: 

  • How many process engines exist, and how many pipelines have each one of them?
  • How many GEL scripts are running concurrently?
  • What JVM is assigned to background service?
  • Do I need to split the background service? Do I need an additional one?
  • How much data needs to be extracted? In what format? Do I need to serialize the files?
  • How much CPU is used? How fast is the script?
  • How many days and hours of coding are needed? How much debugging?
  • And many, many more…

 

As you can see, a lot of factors need to be considered so that data is extracted with the right resources, and in a timely fashion, to avoid performance issues. If you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, your day is going to start and end with a big headache, and you’ll be asking yourself, “Why isn’t there a better way?”

 

Good news! There is. You can use a PPM component—the Data Extraction adaptor—to simplify this process, and it’s so awesome and user friendly that it saves thousands of lines of code, eliminates a lot of the challenges, and reduces the risk of performance issues. Curious? Click here to find out more about this packaged work product (PWP).

 

But before you do, I will answer what are likely to be your top three questions:

 

Is it compatible with and supported in SaaS environments?

Yes, it is. In fact, all PWP global delivery components are SaaS compatible and supported.

 

How user friendly is it?

It requires SQL skills to write queries for extracting data, but the rest is intuitive and very user friendly. Also, the manual is very helpful.

 

Can I download it from support.ca.com?

No, but you can get it quickly by contacting your CA sales representative or account manager for a quote.

 

Readers interested in more detail can check out DocOps. I encourage you to participate in the best-in-class CA Communities site, where you have access to your peers, events and support. You can also reach out to CA Services for information about CA PPM release 15.3 upgrades/implementations and individualized business outcome references and analysis.

 

What kinds of headaches has data extraction given you? Feel free to post in the comments section of this blog or contact me directly via email and Twitter @aurora_ppm.