• VCSonline and VPMi are now Simply WorkOtter

    WorkOtter (formally VPMi) is a simpler, lower cost, and adaptive Cloud suite that makes capacity planning and project delivery a snap. Organizations who trust Gartner start with WorkOtter for the lower costs and stay for the simplified user experience and integration with tools you know.

  • We Have No Idea What Anyone Is Doing

    We’re either in endless project meetings or sorting through a flood of emails. Suppliers, teams and customers are never on the same page so we kill ourselves and still fall short.

    Doesn't everyone struggle to collaborate and coordinate ?
  • Innovation has left the building

    Our project management system is too complex to use, too inflexible to adapt, and too expensive to pitch. We’re so mired in gridlock we only enter time.

    Every PPM costs a fortune and works the same - right?
  • We have no idea what anyone is doing

    We have project status, documents, and reports everywhere – except where (and when) we need it. Plans, issues, and decisions are spread across our network.

    Doesn't everyone struggle to collaborate and coordinate?
  • We just agreed to a project destined to fail

    Our resources are spread thin, we don't understand our priorities, and have trouble defining our value. Management cut our budget (and is set to do it again).

    No system tracks value, financials, and team constraints?
  • Meetings & emails are killing us

    We’re either in endless project meetings or sorting through a flood of emails. Suppliers, teams and customers are never on the same page so we kill ourselves and still fall short.

    No solution keeps everyone on task and informed?
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Welcome to WorkOtter SaaS for Simple, Sensible and Secure Resource, Program and Project Management

WorkOtter for Resource, Program and Project Management Software

Everyone needs a great PPM solution for resource and project management. Few of us need the high cost, complexity, and long setup times. WorkOtter is a cloud based simpler, less expensive, and completely secure alternative to the other Gartner Magic Quadrant vendors that your teams will actually want to use. We have all the features you need at a fraction of the cost.

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WorkOtter SaaS News and Blog

  • The Ideal Program Management Culture-Eliminate Project Chaos +

    I have spoken to and trained thousands of project managers. Most of them work in an environment filled with chaos. Project management is a profession in which you must always be able to deal with change, because there is usually some degree of underlying change (e.g., technology and people) you cannot eliminate. However, this type of change is not what I mean by chaos. The chaos I am talking about results from a lack of knowledge, accountability, and discipline. Not only do a number of project managers work in environments that don’t support their project management efforts, those environments can Read More
  • The Ideal Program Management Culture - Program and Project Management +

    Program Management Facilitates Success An organization that can learn, change, and adapt rapidly is destined for success. Unfortunately, many organizations today exist in a state of chaos, meaning learning, changing, and adapting are not the norm. These companies exist in this dysfunctional, reactive state because they do not have an effective program management structure in place. Without great program management, no business can readily adapt to changing business conditions. However, truly great program managers turn this chaos into clarity by creating a culture that facilitates success. Program and Project Management Roles – What’s the difference? The role of the program manager Read More
  • The Ideal Program Management Culture - Seeking Clarity +

    Company culture, organization culture, program culture, and project culture: when all these cultures exist in harmony with one another, you have the greatest opportunity for effective project delivery because you have intense clarity. Earlier we defined clarity as “freedom from obscurity and ease of understanding.” From a program perspective, clarity is defined by clear objectives for success, clear lines of accountability, and adherence to established project process. The number one enemy that results from not having clarity is apathy. Apathy occurs when the chaos in the organization reaches a point at which individuals feel their effort doesn’t matter, is wasted, Read More
  • The Ideal Program Management Culture-Project Discipline +

    Process Violations Are Our Friends Do we always follow the logical, well thought out planned process we have established for repeatable success, or do we short-circuit the process every time an eminent deadline, cost pressure, or demanding customer or stakeholder surfaces? I am not advocating that you never violate logical, well thought out, planned processes that ensure repeatable success, but when you do, you must have a process in which such a deviation is approved and publicly acknowledged to all. When you handle process violations properly, you signal to the entire project management community within the organization that you and Read More
  • The Ideal Program Management Culture-Accountability and Project Management Process +

    Two levels of accountability are critical to establishing a culture of clarity that fulfills project management initiatives with repeated successes. The first level is having someone who is accountable for the establishment and improvement of and compliance with the project management process itself. In some companies, one individual defines project management processes. This person may be the head of a project or program office, head a major program within the company, or serve as chief information officer, chief technology officer, chief project officer, or chief engineer. Other companies may be of a scale in which the project management processes are Read More
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  • What Our Clients Say
  • What we say
  • Resource Manager from Cable and Wireless

    We really needed better resource management and forecasting. The ask and give tools between resource and project managers really work and now we have accurate forecasts and better productivity.
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  • WorkOtter was founded by Big-5 management consultants in 1998.  Prior to WorkOtter, we were engaged by companies of all sizes to improve their project, resource, and portfolio management capabilities.

    Our engagements began with process improvement and ended with selecting leading project management software tools that would support the new processes.

    Top Project Management Tools

    While researching the top project management tools we were shocked at what we found in the marketplace.

    The top project management tools were too complex, expensive, and cumbersome for teams trying to collaborate, manage portfolios, and get their hands around resource availability.

    Furthermore, ERP-like project portfolio management "solutions" required expensive servers, months of configuration, and hundreds of thousands of dollars before you could enter your first project.

    Vendors competed by piling in every conceivable feature until the software could do "everything". Inadvertently, by doing so they rendered their solutions unusable by already overworked teams.

    Predictably, these tools were destined to fail. After a year the software was, at best, used for time and rudimentary project tracking.

    Sadly, for many customers of current resource and project management software tools - little has changed.

    Project Management Software

    We left the security of our consulting careers because we believed there was a simpler, more sensible, and more supportable way to manage work, but to get there you have to start with a simple question.

    What allows one company to perform better than another?

    The difference in performance between any two companies is directly related to how well one manages their projects, quantifies business value, diverts resources to their better opportunities, and continuously improves their processes.
     
    This is why we are confident in WorkOtter as an alternative to the "Mega Corporation" PPM vendors you have been looking at.

    Project Management Software Tools

    For more than 16 years, WorkOtter project, resource, and portfolio management software has successfully competed in the Gartner Project Portfolio Management market with a fraction of the budget and resources of our fellow "Mega" competitors. When pressed, they will admit they don't even use their own PPM solutions consistently.

    WorkOtter simplifies the start-up process for small companies, yet supports the evolving needs of the Fortune 500.  This allows companies to leverage project management software today, and graduate to more mature project portfolio management capabilities tomorrow.

    In the end our competitive advantage is your "secret weapon" against your competitors too.

    Request a demo or free trial access today and see for yourselves how WorkOtter can eliminate gridlock, spreadsheets, and chaos in your organization.

    We are all here to help and can’t wait to get you started.
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