PPM 9.62 Release: New Roadmap View, Customizable Dashboards, and Chatbot Updates

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We’re pleased to announce the availability of PPM 9.62, the latest release of our Project and Portfolio Management solution for planning and managing your project and portfolio initiatives, and for tracking investments throughout the lifecycle process.

What’s New

This release includes many significant enhancements and rounds out recently released features like adding the Roadmap tab to the existing Portfolio views along with updates to the PPM Chatbot released in 9.60.

Primary Features and Benefits

The PPM 9.62 release builds on our PPM strategy from the past couple of years, which focuses on improving portfolio management capabilities, making team and resource management easier than ever, enabling Enterprise Agile through smart connections, and ensuring the platform and UI are user-friendly and modernized. Following emerging trends in the PPM space, we have added a Team Management Dashboard and Additionally, we’ve improved core functionality in several modules, including Project, Project, Resource, Time and Demand Management modules. These are only a few highlights from this release—you can read about other features included in 9.62 here.

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Key Features in PPM 9.6

NEW ROADMAP VIEW IN PORTFOLIO BACKLOG

In addition to viewing all backlog items on a portfolio level in a hierarchical, list, and board view, we added the ability to display your backlog items in a Roadmap view. The Roadmap shows you which projects and proposals you’re focused on for a given time period and see which strategic themes and initiatives they support. Hovering over an item in the Roadmap view gives you an overview of the duration, progress, and milestones of the projects in that portfolio.

You can also now edit items displayed in the plain list view or on a drag-and-drop Kanban board, allowing you to make changes quickly without opening the details page.

DASHBOARD AND PORTAL ENHANCEMENTS

There’s a new portlet type in the 9.62 release called the Self-Service Portlet which can be used in the Portfolio module. This portlet gives the end user full flexibility to define what data to present and how it is presented without engaging IT resources to create a data source or entering any code.

PPM2.pngFor resource and team managers using the Team Management view, we added the ability to customize the Team Overview dashboard layout. Other Team Management enhancements include the ability to show disabled teams when needed as well as a new confirmation pop up when adding resources that are already assigned to other teams, avoiding double-counting.

PPM CHATBOT

We released the first iteration of the PPM Chatbot that can be added to Microsoft Teams 9.60, allowing you to quickly add a risk or check the status of a project straight from Teams. After asking our customers for input about which functionality to add, we heard back that many customers would like to have the ability to proactively send messages or reminders via Chatbot. In 9.62, we added this use-case, so you can now use the PPM Chatbot to send proactive notifications. For example, you can use PPM Chatbot to send a reminder every Friday to users who haven’t yet submitted their timesheets.

We also added the ability to customize the welcome sentence that Chatbot uses and added the ability to action workflow steps in Chatbot, including making approval decisions or adding notes without even opening a browser.

IMPROVEMENTS TO CORE MODULES

All these new features don’t mean we’re neglecting the core of the PPM product. We’re constantly making improvements, and this release is no exception. We’ve enhanced our Time Management module to show total effort in the My Time Sheets portlet, which enables you to view the cumulative hours spent on the line item without navigating back to the details page. You can also now use a Rest API to get the calendar of a certain resource, to search for a given type of work items, or to cancel an unsubmitted timesheet automatically.

Within PPM’s Demand Module, 9.62 introduces the ability to create requests from the Quick Edit page within a given request type without navigating away to a different page.

MICRO FOCUS PPM CONNECTOR

The PPM Micro Focus Connect connector is currently available as a Beta version. MF Connect allows you to easily sync PPM data like project information or requests to other tools like ALM Octane, ALM.Net, Jira, VersionOne, ServiceNow and Azure DevOps using pre-built Micro Focus Connectors.

For More Information

See the Help Center for a full description of these new features and additional enhancements.

Additional Resources:

See why Micro Focus PPM is a Leader in the latest IDC Marketscape IT PPM Report

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About the Author
Melissa Juarez is a Product Marketing manager for Micro Focus PPM and Dimensions RM. Her previous work as a marketing project manager and software product manager gives her great insight into how project management, portfolio management, and requirements management help solve problems for today's biggest enterprises.
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