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Many of my posts are about how PPM process and system usability generates business value; and we have spoken about organizational readiness, people centric design, the contextualized operating rhythm ecosystem, etc. In this blog, I will highlight a new service offering, CA Learning Subscriptions, which are resonating within the industry by facilitating PPM adoption.


With the popularity of SaaS and more PPM, agile and DevOps functionality available to practitioners, I’m noticing an increased need to learn and adapt to new paths towards success. The velocity of change sometimes seems overwhelming, and traditional training can quickly grow out of date; not to mention expensive and time restrictive. That said, we are still required to grow our competency and utility!


CA Learning Subscriptions take a simple approach to mitigate these limitations. In the easy-to-navigate learning portal, training is organized into playlists (personas) based on solution area, product, and what someone in a particular role needs to know. The portal walks students through the flexible options, with a focus on continuous education, the latest content and convenience. Check out this short overview:



The data sheet identifies these key benefits:


  • Improve Skills: Increase productivity, project success and solution adoption.
  • Learn Continuously: 12-month subscriptions allow students to keep up with new features and leading practices.
  • Schedule Flexibility: Easy access to training when needed.
  • Save Money: Availability to hundreds of hours of training with no travel time or expense.


CA Learning Subscriptions allow different formats of training based on consumption preference:


  • Videos: Focused how-to videos and demos provide tips, tricks and best practices.
  • E-learning courses: Web-based training allows control of pausing and resuming at student convenience. This allows practitioners to learn, apply and refresh knowledge to improve on-the-job performance. Based on real-world use cases, this training connects learning to applicable best practices and techniques.
  • Dynamic labs: Real hands-on experience in an interactive lab environment with an associated student and lab guide that directs through the learning experience.
  • Expert sessions: Expert-led sessions on key topics are held periodically and are typically an hour in length. Live sessions are recorded and available through subscription.


Visit to view the specific courses included in each edition.


As part of an organizational readiness approach, training of both practitioners and end users is not only a nice-to-have, but vital to success. And whether we need to increase the breadth or granularity of our capabilities, we need to overcome the triple constraints so familiar to us, known as the PMI Iron Triangle: scope, schedule and cost. CA Learning Subscriptions help us do just that and more.


For more, check out the PPM Insights blog series. I encourage you to participate in the best-in-class CA Communities site, where we have access to peers, events and support. You can also reach out to CA Services for individualized business outcome references and analysis. Feel free to post in the comments section of this blog or contact me directly via email and @PPMWarrior.

For the past few General Availability (GA’s), this blog series has been highlighting the value of the latest CA PPM features. The latest release is now available, and its powerful enhancements are designed to improve your ability to deliver on outcomes crucial to your organization. A high-level recap of recent and new usability focused capabilities is below, but make sure to follow up with CA for customized demos and insights specific to your unique environment.


CA PPM 15.4 is built closer to how customers work than any alternative available today, and easily adapts as work evolves or progresses - all the power needed to move from static planning to continuous planning. A key feature is Roadmapping, which is a game changer as it supports top-down strategy planning while maintaining bottom-up run and operate. Complex and complicated management solutions just don’t work when companies are being challenged and disrupted every quarter, and must be nimble enough to proactively pivot. Other hot topics included in the new UX are Financial Forecasts, Budgets, Benefits, Actuals, Metrics and Reporting as well as classification of projects and resources.


This upgrade brings to mind a previous post regarding SaaS: PPM Insights: Surviving-to-Thriving, Reasons Solution Leaders are Selecting SaaS. This solution has become very popular within the CA PPM ecosystem as customers are able to:

  • Get Started Quickly
  • Lower Costs
  • Always being on the Latest Version
  • Experience a Higher Adoption Rate
  • Stronger Security


Another tool for customers is CA Services as a key differentiator providing the wholistic approach to not only software implementation, but true value realization. CA Services follows a methodology that focuses on helping PPM Practitioners achieve desired business outcomes by aligning project goals to the delivery of greatest value and priority; and helping to accelerate success through:


  • Organizational enablement: Enabling users and accelerating solution adoption to speed value realization
  • Technology services: Implementing a flexible solution that delivers incremental value which will grow and adapt to evolving business needs
  • Success management: Assisting in the development and execution of a clear plan for long-term success


CA Services applies this approach to all delivery - helping you implement a new product, expand a solution’s value and upgrade to a new version as well as providing ongoing maintenance support. They are here with a plan for your long-term success, ensuring your organization is enabled for fast adoption and your technology is delivering the desired value.


When staying up to date with CA PPM releases - valuable features (which SaaS delivers on-demand), and leveraging the leading practices of CA Services, PPM Practitioners can deliver a cutting-edge solution at any maturity level and desired investment.


As PPM Practitioners, these adoption focused enhancements to the UX increases our ability to “take the work out of work” for our customer by following the people centric design approach developed throughout the CA PPM 15.x versions. For details, attend this upcoming CA PPM Community Webcast - What's New in CA PPM 15.4 – March 15th 11:00AM ET.



Associated training has also been published. Be the first to experience, certify and benefit from these powerful Learning Paths.



For more, check out the PPM Insights blog series. I encourage you to participate in the best-in-class CA Communities site, where we have access to peers, events and support. You can also reach out to CA Services for individualized business outcome references and analysis. Feel free to post in the comments section of this blog or contact me directly via email and @PPMWarrior.

Three Easy Steps


STEP 1: See what's new in Clarity PPM



 Projects for All: Any business user can spin up projects in minutes.  


BI: Connect to your favorite business intelligence software.


Data Sheet  |  Roadmap Session  |  What's New? Blog  |  Product Documentation  |  Version Comparison 



STEP 2: Upgrade to the New Clarity PPM



STEP 3: Take Advantage of Clarity PPM Services

No question about it, project managers have a lot on their plates. Here are just some of the tasks we do every day, for every project:

  • Design and apply appropriate project management standards
  • Prepare and maintain project, stage and exception plans
  • Manage risks and develop contingency plans
  • Monitor overall progress and use of resources, initiating corrective action when necessary  
  • Adopt and apply appropriate technical and quality strategies and standards
  • Manage project administration
  • Manage potential interdependencies with other projects and their impact
  • Direct, manage and motivate the project team
  • Monitor the WBS in Gantt charts (in fact, sometimes you think Gantt is your middle name)


Your colleagues often call you Super PM, but to really deserve project management superhero status, you also have to take command over project costs.

Consider CA PPM Cost Plan Adapter your trusty sidekick! With this PWP you can import forecasted costs from any financial system your organization uses into CA PPM to have a complete (and actual) view of your projects, create financial KPIs, monitor progress against those KPIs, and make adjustments that will keep projects on track financially. By having numbers at your fingertips from Day 1, you can control your project finances—not the other way around.


Your organization’s leadership will love you for it.


Here are a couple of questions I’m often asked about the CA PPM Cost Plan 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.


Can I download it from

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.


Feel free to post in the comments section of this blog or contact me directly via email.