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Select and Implement an IT PPM Solution

Base your IT PPM tool selection on usability not features.

  • The number of IT project resources and the quantity of IT projects and tasks can no longer be recorded, prioritized, and tracked using non-commercial project portfolio management (PPM) solutions.
  • Your organization has attained a moderate level of PPM maturity.
  • You have sufficient financial and technical resources to purchase a commercial PPM solution.
  • There is a wide variety of commercial PPM solutions; different kinds of PPM solutions are more appropriate for organizations of a certain size and a certain PPM maturity level than others.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Implementations of PPM solutions are often unsuccessful resulting in wasted time and resources; failing to achieve sustainable adoption of the tool is a widespread pain point.
  • The costs of PPM solutions do not end after the implementation and subscription invoices are paid. Have realistic expectations about the time required to use and maintain PPM solutions to ensure success.
  • PPM solutions help PMOs serve the organization’s core decision makers. Success depends on improved service to these stakeholders.

Impact and Result

  • Using Info-Tech’s Vendor Landscape and PPM solution use cases, you will be able to make sense of the diversity of PPM solutions available in today’s market and choose the most appropriate solution for your organization’s size and level of PPM maturity.
  • Info-Tech’s blueprint for a PPM solution selection and implementation project will provide you with a variety of tools and templates.
  • A carefully planned out and executed selection and implementation process will help ensure your organization can maximize the value of your project portfolio and will allow the PMO to improve portfolio stakeholder satisfaction.

Select and Implement an IT PPM Solution Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should implement a commercial PPM solution, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

2. Select a PPM solution

Select the most appropriate PPM solution for your organization by using Info-Tech’s PPM solution Vendor Landscape and use cases to help you create a vendor shortlist, produce an RFP, and establish evaluation criteria for ranking your shortlisted solutions.

3. Plan the PPM solution implementation

Plan a PPM solution implementation that will result in long-term sustainable adoption of the tool and that will allow the PMO to meet the needs of core project portfolio stakeholders.

Member Testimonials

After each Info-Tech experience, we ask our members to quantify the real-time savings, monetary impact, and project improvements our research helped them achieve. See our top member experiences for this blueprint and what our clients have to say.


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Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC DBA onsemi

Guided Implementation




Really enjoyed the session with Long Dam. He took us through the process, showed us the templates to use and how to go about evaluating vendors. ... Read More

Brisbane City Council

Guided Implementation




Thomas was engaged and listened very well to gain an understanding of Councils requirements, in particular in relation to BCC criteria relating to ... Read More

New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation

Guided Implementation




Travis was exceptional at listening to what NYSTEC needs are on several different PMO projects (internal and external) and effectively navigated se... Read More

California Department of Human Resources

Guided Implementation




Overall, the input was very valuable.

Heifer Project International Inc

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CPS Energy

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Guided Implementation




Best: Just having a discussion on the bigger picture, but also having access to specific reviews of PPM software and talking about how to use the v... Read More

Ipsen Pharma SAS

Guided Implementation




Great discussion, with high value feedbacks and insights which will help us to select final vendor in our RFP process on going.

City of Virginia Beach

Guided Implementation




Workshop: Select and Implement an IT PPM Solution

Workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Launch the PPM Solution Project and Gather Requirements

The Purpose

  • Create a PPM solution selection and implementation project charter.
  • Gather the business and technical requirements for the PPM solution.
  • Establish clear and measurable success criteria for your PPM solution project.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Comprehensive project plan
  • Comprehensive and organized record of the various PPM solution requirements
  • A record of PPM solution project goals and criteria that can be used in the future to establish the success of the project




Brainstorm, refine, and prioritize your PPM solution needs

  • High-level outline of PPM solution requirements

Stakeholder identification exercise

  • Stakeholder consultation plan

Project charter work session

  • A draft project charter and action plan to fill in project charter gaps

Requirements gathering work session

  • A draft requirements workbook and action plan to fill in requirement gathering gaps

PPM solution success metrics workbook session

  • A PPM project success metrics workbook that can be used during and after the project

Module 2: Select a PPM Solution

The Purpose

  • Identify the PPM solutions that are most appropriate for your organization’s size and level of PPM maturity.
  • Create a PPM solution and vendor shortlist.
  • Create a request for proposal (RFP).
  • Create a PPM solution scoring and evaluation tool.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Knowledge of the PPM solution market and the various features available
  • An informed shortlist of PPM vendors
  • An organized and focused method for evaluating the often long and complex responses to the RFP that vendors provide
  • The groundwork for an informed and defensible selection of a PPM solution for your organization




Assess the size of your organization and the level of PPM maturity to select the most appropriate use case

  • Identification of the most appropriate use case in Info-Tech’s Vendor Landscape

PPM solution requirements and criteria ranking activity

  • A refined and organized list of the core features that will be included in the RFP

An RFP working session

  • A draft RFP with an action plan to fill in any RFP gaps

Build an RFP evaluation tool

  • An Excel tool that can be used to compare and evaluate vendors’ responses to the RFP

Module 3: Prepare for the PPM Solution Implementation

The Purpose

  • To think ahead to the eventual implementation of the solution that will occur once the selection phase is completed

Key Benefits Achieved

  • An understanding of key insights and steps that will help avoid mistakes resulting in poor adoption or PPM solutions that end up producing little tangible value




Outline high-level implementation stages

  • High-level implementation tasks and milestones
  • A RACI chart for core implementation tasks

Organizational change management strategy session

  • A high-level PPM solution implementation organizational change management strategy
  • A RACI chart for core organizational change management tasks related to the PPM solution implementation

A PPM project success metrics planning session

  • A PPM project success metrics schedule and plan
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About Info-Tech

Info-Tech Research Group is the world’s fastest-growing information technology research and advisory company, proudly serving over 30,000 IT professionals.

We produce unbiased and highly relevant research to help CIOs and IT leaders make strategic, timely, and well-informed decisions. We partner closely with IT teams to provide everything they need, from actionable tools to analyst guidance, ensuring they deliver measurable results for their organizations.


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Guided Implementation 1: Launch the PPM solution project
  • Call 1: Identify organizational fit for the technology.
  • Call 2: Create the project plan.
  • Call 3: Choose the most appropriate baseline metrics for your project and your organization.
  • Call 4: Plan requirements gathering steps.

Guided Implementation 2: Select a PPM solution
  • Call 1: Discuss the use-case fit assessment results and the Vendor Landscape.
  • Call 2: Contract review.

Guided Implementation 3: Plan the PPM solution implementation
  • Call 1: Create an implementation plan.
  • Call 2: Discuss tracking success metrics and evaluating the implementation.
  • Call 3: Discuss roll-out of processes and hand-over to operations.


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