Sciforma product overview
Sciforma 7.1 is a PPM tool that is robust, easy-to-use, quick-to-implement, and functionally scalable. It is designed to meet the strategic, executive, and reporting needs of project management offices (PMO). Sciforma PPM supports PMOs with a number of critical PPM capabilities: idea & demand management, portfolio & program management, planning, work & collaboration management, resource management, and time tracking. Reporting tools are also available on demand for executives and managers.
Sciforma 7.1 provides portfolio-level and project-level capabilities to help the PMO identify the highest value projects, plan and manage projects using any methodology, optimize resource utilization, improve project collaboration, and increase initiative success rates. Advanced demand and portfolio management capabilities enable PMOs to select and prioritize the strategic projects to be launched. By optimizing the selection of projects with Sciforma, companies can expect a reduction in failed projects due to better alignment between projects and business strategy. Among Sciforma’s enabling features are: granular project planning (including dependency management), resource management (capacity and planning), real-time budget & cost management, risks and challenges management, automation of tasks, and centralization of data. The companies that manage their projects with Sciforma have reported an increase in project productivity.
All Sciforma functionalities are pre-installed and ready to use. Activate the PPM modules you need and further develop the functionalities over time at no additional cost. The management of your portfolio is done directly from your browser window, without any installation. Cloud technology enables Sciforma 7.1 to be quickly implemented in a way that perfectly fits your needs. Choose your functionalities and your methodologies with total flexibility within your company and around the world. Flexible and functionally scalable, it accommodates various PMO maturity levels and fits many industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, public sector, and finance. Key customer partners include Netgear, NXP Semiconductor, Deutsche Telekom, and EADS.
Pros of Sciforma
- Improved user experience: Sciforma’s work management capabilities improve user experience significantly. In addition to collaboration-oriented features, it supports seamless navigation among projects, business cases, programs, and portfolios. Kanban views facilitate the management of many items, from issues to actions, from deliverables to risks. The tool’s portfolio capabilities feature budget-driven functionality to rank projects and perform granular portfolio simulations.
- Accelerated setup and configuration: Sciforma 7.1 offers accelerated and facilitated setup, configuration, and deployment. For most clients, the standard configuration process takes just a few days. The tool’s scalability is enhanced, and methods and modules can be tailored to fit the needs of various teams.
Cons of Sciforma
- AI-enabled features: Sciforma PPM software does not yet include artificial intelligence-enabled features for PPM. The tool’s robotic process automation functionalities are also somewhat lacking. Mobile access to the platform still shows room for improvement. However, the software vendor recently announced plans to release enhanced mobile accessibility features with improvements in that area to be expected over the next few months.
- Value proposition: Sciforma’s value proposition is still primarily geared towards small to mid-sized companies. But the vendor’s ongoing effort to support the tool’s scalability and accommodate larger-scale business environments are hinting at the possibility of a wider focus moving forward.
Breakdown of core features
Sciforma’s portfolio management features are designed to facilitate the project selection process in order to ensure that your investment in various project groupings actively supports your business strategy and your priorities. You can easily assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of a wide range of activities related to a project portfolio and maximize the return on investment at any given risk. Its graphic dashboards and analytic reports will empower your business to support decision-making, ongoing portfolio monitoring, and performance evaluation.
With Sciforma’s Health Score, you can get a big picture of how things are going, based on a smart and comprehensive algorithm. The Health Score of a project is broken down into three parts representing project management’s iron triangle of time, cost, and quality. Each part will be calculated through dedicated formulas and weight values. The combination of all three provides a color-based global score out of 100.
At its core, Sciforma project planning and management software makes it easy for project managers to plan out, manage the work to be done, and then manage the deliverables to be achieved for individual projects. This includes the creation of work breakdown structures and allocation of tasks. Sciforma’s solution makes the process more consistent, more productive, and more transparent. The software improves productivity by limiting the use of desktop tools, breaking down information silos, centralizing and consolidating PPM information, and connecting and automating PPM tasks.
Furthermore, it provides project teams with the flexibility to work in their methodology of choice, whether Agile, Waterfall, or CCPM. Project managers can also delegate work by using Sciforma’s unique Work Package Management capability. It achieves consistency through the application of common financial and reporting formats, KPIs and success metrics, standard methodologies, and templates. Sciforma provides transparency by giving visibility to project status, scope, issues, change requests, project and resource interdependencies, performance metrics, and business impact. Powerful analytics dashboards and reports put this dynamic information right at your fingertips.
Sciforma’s resource management capabilities enhance resource pool visibility and allocation control by balancing in-bound work demand with available resource supply, such as time, people, and money. It supports both project managers actively managing a project and resource managers who cross silos working in or with a PMO to optimize project staffing. The software supports the full project life-cycle, providing the ability to manage resources for in-flight projects as demand for resources evolves and changes. Sciforma’s capacity planning includes the ability to aggregate resources, categorize by role, set thresholds, and use these resources to constrain the inventory of investments, programs, projects, or small work items.
The solution’s idea and demand management features ensure that your limited resources are directed to the best ideas and the most promising projects. Perfect project execution does you no good if you are working on the wrong things. Sciforma’s idea and demand management functionality will streamline and standardize the intake, workflow, approval processing, and prioritization of project ideas, requests, proposals, and business cases. This includes the ability to manage incoming project demand both for planned and unplanned projects, as well as the ability to manage constant disruption to the idea, demand, and project pipeline.
Robust scoring functionality will help ensure that resources are aligned with strategic objectives and have the best chance of achieving the desired business outcomes within an acceptable risk envelope. The system was designed to be flexible in order to support varying levels of process maturity across different industries and diverse organizational cultures.
(Last updated on 01/19/2021 by Jose delos Santos)