PDWare Recognized in Gartner’s 2018 Market Guide for Strategy Execution Management Software

Increased need for speed and agility drives growing interest in strategy-execution software

NEW YORK, NY (November 29, 2018) — For the second consecutive year, Gartner has named PDWare among its representative strategy-execution vendors in its 2018 Market Guide for Strategy Execution Management Software (1).

Gartner states that the representative vendors on their Strategy Execution Management (SEM) list “strive to articulate a value proposition focused clearly on capturing strategic intent and goals, and aligning those elements to courses of action and change initiatives to ensure strategy-to-execution alignment.”

Gartner’s SEM report specifically cites resource capacity planning as a required component of strategy execution, noting, “The ability to work out essentially how many and what types of people are needed to get work done is critical to ensuring that the strategic plans agreed to by the enterprise are actually doable.”

PDWare made waves in 2001 when they hit the market with a resource-centric Excel-based solution, and have since introduced their flagship cloud solution, ResourceFirst, which breaks new ground in its support of a combined resource forecast across agile, traditional, and sustaining activities.

“A key objective for ResourceFirst,” says PDWare CEO Peter Heinrich, “is to bridge the gap between business strategy and execution, but with a special emphasis on resource capacity planning. Because when you think about it, if you don’t have the right people available at the right time to do the work, it doesn’t matter what your strategy is or how well your project methodology is designed. It’s why we’ve claimed from day one that resource planning is central to strategy execution management success, so we’re delighted to see it emphasized in Gartner’s report.”

While strategic planning and project portfolio management aren’t new concepts, dynamic changes in business are requiring new ways of working beyond just tracking projects and mapping them to strategies. Enter SEM, which emphasizes strategy definition and alignment of a variety of investment types to strategic objectives, and ensures that resource alignment and execution metrics support business agility and multiple work methods.

As Gartner says in its report, “Digitalization, with its requirements of increasing delivery, speed and agility, is what is driving the emerging SEM software market. If the previous management processes around getting things done are falling into disrepute, then so are the tools that have supported them.”

With its focus on seamless resource planning across agile, traditional, and sustaining work, as well as its strategy execution dashboards that span all of the above, PDWare believes it has cracked this code. “We believe this recognition by Gartner and their emphasis on SEM validates the direction we’re taking with our product,” says Heinrich.

(1) Gartner, Inc. "Market Guide for Strategy Execution Management Software" by Daniel Stang, Robert Handler, November 15, 2018.


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About PDWare

PDWare is a New York-based resource and portfolio management software company that provides flexible, practical, and intuitive tools that enable greater strategy execution, improved business agility, and reliable data-based decision-making and forecasting.

With its emphasis on just-in-time training, its online knowledge base, and its extensive thought leadership in resource planning, portfolio management, and strategy execution, PDWare is dedicated to its customers’ success, not just “selling them a software product.”  PDWare was a pioneer in the resource planning arena and the first to build a portfolio management solution centered around resource planning, which it cites as central to success.

Moreover, PDWare believes software must be easy to use and implement, no matter how powerful and flexible it is. It should drive customer success, and enable greater alignment between constrained resources and organizational priorities, without being overwhelming to use. Thus, ease of use is paramount to the PDWare design philosophy.

For more information about how resource planning can drive your strategy execution success or to see PDWare software in action, please visit the PDWare website at http://www.pdware.com or contact Phil Wolf at sales@pdware.com or call 978-897-0033.

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