Filling the gaps
While the number of project management software options continues to grow, coverage gaps still exist. This article explores how niche vendors are working to fill these software holes. In doing so, it details how major players such as Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and CA have project and portfolio management solutions that tie into their enterprise resource planning (ERP) suites. In addition, it identifies the following as the biggest coverage gaps: mobile applications, collaborative tools, and social media. It also reveals how the underlying platform itself is evolving, as many companies look toward software as a service (SaaS) and on-demand portfolio and project management offerings as simple low-cost options for informal individual and department-level project efforts. As software providers continue to fill the gaps, project professionals will see increases in customization and ease of use.