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CIO Decisions Ezine: Vol. 8 - The Portfolio Approach

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Functionality First: Simpler, Faster, More Cost-Effective PPM

As the demand for new products and services increases, budgets and staffing resources remain flat in many organizations. In order to cost-effectively meet market demands, savvy businesses are looking to new project portfolio management (PPM) tools to keep costs down while optimizing value.

But effective PPM isn't just about the right technology -- it's about the right approach as well. In this informative white paper, discover the strategies it takes to realize the full benefits of a PPM tool, and learn how a best-practices approach to PPM enables you to:

  • Innovate new products and services
  • Accelerate the pace of delivery
  • Transform business project by increasing efficiency
  • And more

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