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Planforge, the leading vendor of easy-to-use enterprise project management (EPM) solutions, has been selected by leading IT analyst firm Gartner as one of the companies included in their 2010 Magic Quadrant for IT Project and Portfolio Management. The new research report evaluating vendors based on their completeness of vision and ability to execute was published June 7 by Daniel Stang and Michael Hanford and is available for purchase from Gartner's website.
Planforge focuses on integrated and easy-to-use enterprise project management solutions that are often used in an IT context, however more than 50% of Planforge's end user community consists of non-technical business people. While having concentrated mainly on improving formal project management according to the IPMA and PMI standards in 2009 and early 2010, Planforge's new development focus for the rest of this year is to seamlessly integrate agile with formal project management including connectivity to Atlassian's JIRA.
From an agile framework perspective, Planforge will be concentrating on Scrum. The major goal of the development initiative is to instantly enable key advantages of formal IPMA and PMI project management for agile projects. For instance, work breakdown structures will be visualizing sprints and agile tasks, overall resource utilization will automatically take sprint planning into account and formal project controlling and reporting will be available also for agile projects. With this, Planforge intends to close a gap that has recently formed in medium and large project organizations alike that today often prevents the project office from deploying agile project management on a greater scale. The first iteration of this new integrated approach to agile PM support will be released together with Planforge 10.1 later this summer.
Planforge's flagship products are Planforge Enterprise Server and Planforge Enterprise Cloud that are available for on premise and OnDemand/SaaS deployment respectively. Planforge is licensed on a per-user basis and includes a solid set of enterprise project management functionality in its base offering. Further optional modules, so-called "options", are available for program management, risk management, issue tracking and project controlling allowing customers to pick and choose according to their focus areas and needs.
Free 60-day test-drives of Planforge's entry-level Planforge 10 Group Server/Cloud (that are feature-wise identical to the Enterprise Server/Cloud, but limited to five users and do not include options) are available from the Planforge website. For more information about Planforge 10 or for getting access to more evaluation options please visit www.planforge.io.
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2010 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Planforge is the first enterprise project management (EPM) software vendor offering both an on demand and an installed Web 2.0-based solution for the extended enterprise. Unlike traditional EPM software, Planforge is known to be integrated, real-time, open, easy-to-use and fast to deploy. Planforge enables project-oriented companies and departments to increase project and portfolio transparency, shorten project lead-times, automate best practices and reduce project risks. The ROI period of Planforge is usually well below 12 months.
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