Post Vision Technology has launched Version 2.0 of its web-based application, Project Portfolio Office (PPO). 

Designed, developed and supported in South Africa to assist businesses in managing projects, programmes and portfolios across various industries, PPO is an enterprise capable solution, bringing together all the elements of typical projects, from project communication, strategic planning, tactical operational decision-making to progress and task tracking.
Says Guy Jelley, CEO of Post Vision Technology: “PPO becomes a company’s single communication portal, with key information for the entire organisation to understand the strategic context, project focus, individual project health and progress made on the project portfolios.
As a locally-developed enterprise-capable application, it provides the benefits of being simple to implement, easy to use and cost effective.”
In Version 2.0, the main application layer and web front-end have been ported to run as managed .Net code. For end-users, this has a number of benefits, including the ability to have multiple instances of PPO running on a single web-server.
It also simplifies hosting for large organisations that have several departments each running their own versions of PPO, as well as improving performance, security and reliability. Additionally, the simplicity of performing deployments and upgrades under .Net is highly beneficial.
“Version 2.0 includes advantages for all of our clients, partners and resellers. In addition to the technical improvements made, the biggest value we see in the new version is the hosting and rental opportunities through PPOLive on the Software as a Service (SaaS) model. While the same application is used, the initial cost to implement is now significantly lower.”
According to Jelley, the new release proves the Post Vision development team’s ability to provide a world-class product to customers.
“We are currently experiencing a huge uptake in the Project and Portfolio management product space and PPO Version 2.0 provides customers with the ability to implement and see benefits from PPO in less time and for a lower initial investment.
“We are also seeing a growing number of small and medium companies starting to follow a project based approach in managing their businesses. The majority of these companies have not implemented PPM applications and would normally not be able to afford a multi-million Rand application. Our partners can now provide these companies with a value-for-money solution.
“The support of locally developed technology is key from a general economic point of view,” Jelley explains.
“For example, if a South African company spends R1 million on ‘foreign’ software, the majority percentage of this money leaves the country. The same amount spent on locally developed technology ensures that most of this cash remains in South Africa, being re-invested in local developers and channel partners.”
He maintains that integration and ability to execute is also important when it comes to locally developed software.
“For many international technology companies, South Africa constitutes a very small percentage of annual revenue. However, local developers, whose very existence depends on software they have produced, have worked with this technology since inception and can provide the necessary timely integration as well as superior on-ground support.
“An additional benefit of locally developed software is that it is not dependent on the rand/dollar exchange, while most foreign software can become expensive as costs are dollar-based and annual service and management fees tend to fluctuate.”
Says Jelley: “The project management market is changing. A few years ago, South African companies did not want to have to purchase project management software as they did not understand it for the most part. Today, we are seeing an increasing momentum towards this type of software.
“In fact, in Gartner’s EXP Executive Program states that CIOs regarded ‘delivering projects that plan for business growth’ and ‘linking IT to business strategies’ as top priorities for 2006, and we expect this trend to filter into the local marketplace, as South African companies adopt a more project management oriented approach, employing an easy to use toolset that will allow users to get the basics right in delivering results and then grow the project management strategy as the environment grows in readiness to adopt.”