The rise and omnipresence of technological diversity is currently transforming business and the way of working in project- and portfolio management. Over the last two years, we see a strong transformation of utilization habits, notably in the context of project management tools (PM tools). The technological diversity of PM tools can generally be seen in the shift from “one size fits all solutions” towards the usage of multiple and integrated tools.
This transformation of tools can be seen particularly well in the product range of Microsoft where the focus is to efficiently enable project- and portfolio management within their respective work context. Historically, Microsoft Project is one of the first technical PM tools, launched in 1984 and since then developed in many different versions which is globally still being used in more recent versions. Enterprises with large R&D departments, programs, and strongly project-orientated divisions have long considered Microsoft Project Server/Online as one of the market leaders and have therefore built their enterprise-wide PPM solutions on top of this technology for all internal stakeholders and departments.
Hence, Microsoft Project remains the flagship product for waterfall-based projects in departments with a medium to high PM maturity and therefore enables project members to truly leverage the benefits of the many different integrable features.