PPM Systems Not Ready for BYOD

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A survey of senior executives finds lack of preparedness for the Bring Your Own Device movement within organizations, as well as a continued reliance on spreadsheets to manage large projects.

The BYOD — bring your own device — movement is taking corporations by storm, but a majority of organizations are not prepared for the BYOD influx when it comes to managing their project portfolios, according to a survey conducted by on-demand PPM software provider Daptiv at last year’s PMXPO Conference.

IDC recently forecasted that by 2017, total PCs are expected to drop to 13 percent, while tablets and smartphones will represent 16.5 percent and 70.5 percent respectively of the infrastructure. CIOs are being encouraged to manage this effort proactively as a forward-thinking strategic project plan, rather than managing BYOD from a defensive or reactive stance.

Yet 75 percent of respondents are unequipped to deploy a strategic BYOD approach to optimize efficiency and utilization of their project portfolio management systems, according to the survey.

Equally surprising is that 76 percent of respondents still use spreadsheets to manage projects in some capacity. Of those, 55 percent work in organizations with more than 1,000 employees. Given the size, this can easily lead to data integrity issues and agonizingly inefficient feedback loops. Today’s …

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