IBM Focal Point is the best portfolio management platform on the market.
It ensures a unique and simple prioritisation of both projects, products and applications and creates faster overview and insights than any other solution.
Focal Point was developed by the world’s largest IT company, and is used globally.
According to IBM, Decision Focus is “the most experienced Focal Point business partner in Europe” - with offices in Denmark and England – and now the US.
1. What is Focal Point?
Web-based standard tool
Focal Point is a web-based, 100% configurable tool that digitalises your project organisation and powers up its processes. It is available as a hosted service, so everyone involved, no matter where they are, have access from any web browser –without any involvement from your own IT department.
Focal Point is ideal for portfolio management of organisational projects, IT development projects and product development projects.
Focal Point scales as needed. Decision Focus provides everything from simple solutions with basic functionality tailored to meet a few specific project management requirements, to more comprehensive solutions that support a wide range of processes related to portfolio management.
Focal Point is customized without programming. Hosting is usually remote.
2. What challenges does Focal Point solve?
Lack of prioritisation
Prioritising the project portfolio in large organisations is difficult without a razor-sharp tool. Management must be able to compare the value that individual projects add to the organisation – and all project costs – simply and reliably.
Static information sources
Static information sources such as Excel, Word and Outlook make it time-consuming to gather information and create a project overview. Flat databases like Excel don’t allow management to compare projects or to prioritize according to general criteria.
Long, unproductive project processes
The financial crisis has created increased focus on cost control. Often these days there is neither the time nor the resources to obtain all relevant data from throughout the organisation, analyse it carefully, and wait for someone to make sense of it.
In project management follow up, too many manual tasks turn highly educated people in the Project Management Office (PMO) into pencil pushers – not change agents who help deliver business goals.
3. What results can you create with Focal Point?
Faster decisions with the top-down principle
Project Portfolio Management (PPM) lets management act quickly to make the right decisions in business environments that are changing ever faster.
Management can’t always wait for all the information, and must act on the data that can be obtained within a few days. Focal Point is based on the top-down principle: implementation starts at the top of the organisation, not the bottom. With just 5% of total project information, management is equipped to determine whether a project is in line with the company’s strategic focus.
Reduced complexity, increased flexibility
Complexity is reduced significantly, and management gets a clear picture of all projects in the organisation within just a few months. Focal Point is flexible, so it’s easy to adapt to your company’s exact needs. You identify the relevant processes, and we help you through each of them. You can also choose to outsource the entire implementation, IT operations and PMO function to us.
Digitisation of the project organisation means fewer Excel spread sheets and Word documents getting sent back and forth. Focal Point is 100% web-based, and can be accessed from anywhere, any time. We offer remote hosting and login access. Focal Point has a wide range of functions already built in, thus eliminating the need for additional programming.
Focus on value creation
Focal Point’s many core functionalities make working with the tool intelligent and intuitive. For example, you can easily compare two projects with a visual prioritization tool to identify the project that gives most value here and now.
Easy to get started
It’s easy to get started, and the solution runs without any involvement from the IT department. We provide the technology, hosting, training and configuration. All you need to do is give us input and follow up internally. Companies in any industry can use Focal Point.
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IBM Premier Business Partner
Decision Focus has implemented more Focal Point solutions than anyone else. For delivering significant client value and innovative solutions we are recognised by IBM as a Premier Business Partner.
Our approach, which combines management consulting with deep technical skills and years of experience, has resulted in success for a worldwide portfolio of clients.