Meisterplan: Year in Review

Sometimes you look at the clock and can hardly believe how fast an hour has gone by. That’s how the last year was for us. It feels like our Meisterplan End-of-Year Review 2015 just happened.
Now we are looking back on a fully packed 2016: new functions in Meisterplan, awesome events, and exciting insights into our customers’ project portfolio management. But first things first…

Meisterplan keeps getting smarter – and easier to use

We want to help our customers with their lean PPM process. So we are offering a slim solution for resource management and project portfolio management. In the past year, we continually developed new functions based on feedback from our customers. We want to take this opportunity to thank you for the valuable input; we look forward to hearing more of your ideas in 2017!
What did we work on in 2016? Let’s begin our review:

More International and Time-Saving Features

  • Meisterplan can now be used in English, German, and French

  • Smoother integration for efficient resource management with Smartsheet and Meisterplan

  • More options with Excel import

  • New updates to the integration with Excel when importing your Plan of Record

  • New update to features at a glance directly in Meisterplan

New Meisterplan MyProjects App

  • Weekly overview of planned, personal projects

  • Daily view of pending, personal projects

  • Includes planned capacity

  • Visual display of capacity bottlenecks

  • Synchronization between the overall planning in Meisterplan and personal projects

Graphical Scenario Comparison for Plan Changes

  • Visual comparison of two scenarios

  • Transfer planning data between scenarios with two clicks

Meisterplan Inc. Launches North American Office in Toronto, Canada

We are happy to provide extended service to North American clients since this year – Meisterplan Inc. has opened their office at King East & Parliament in Downtown Toronto! The new office will serve as a center for the coordination and execution of the regional Go-to-Market activities.

Events in 2016

2016 was filled with a wide variety of events as well. We sought out – and found – opportunities for dialogue with customers, partners, and experts in lean PPM. Here are a few of our highlights in chronological order:

3rd PMO Leaders and Project Portfolio Managers Forum in Budapest

Photo of the 3rd PMO Leaders and Project Portfolio Manag

At the 3rd PMO Leaders and Project Portfolio Managers Forum in Budapest, Hungary, Meisterplan was presented as the easy and visual alternative to existing PPM software solutions.

Project Challenge 2016

Project Challenge is the UK’s leading independent show for projects, programs, process and resource. Our partner, Sandhill, presented Meisterplan as the leading visual resource management solution in a session titled “How I learned to stop worrying about resource constraints and love portfolio planning.”

Logo of the Project Challenge Spring Show 2016

Dr. Christoph Hirnle’s presentation on lean PPM during the Social Event at SPOL AG

Nothing frustrates clients and teams quite like large-scale, unrealistic plans. So, a simple solution for the control of project portfolios is required. Dr. Christoph Hirnle, Divisional Director for Meisterplan at itdesign GmbH, derives principles for lean PPM from the history of lean production and offers them as a solution.
Want to view the presentation from the Social Event at SPOL AG? The full-length video can be found on YouTube:

2016 Project Controls Expo in London

Our partner from Great Britian, Sandhill Consultants Ltd, invited visitors to London for the Project Controls Expo – the largest international event focusing on project control. Meisterplan, as the solution for project portfolio management, certainly could not miss out.

Logo of Sandhill

CA World 2016

Booth of Meisterplan at CA World 2016

The Meisterplan team, together with its partner Rego, presented the use of the Meisterplan application at CA World in Las Vegas. The presentation focused on the integration of Meisterplan as an add-on in the existing PPM processes of CA PPM users.

PPM-Praxistest

How can businesses ensure that the exact “right” projects will be realized? The answer is to have good PPM. At PPM-Praxistest, visitors had the chance to compare several PPM tools – including Meisterplan – in real time on one day on the basis of structured, practical use cases.

Customer Success Stories

The Trafag Success Story with Meisterplan and Smartsheet

Trafag Case Study about how they use Meisterplan and Smartsheet

As a leading supplier of high quality sensors and controls with a broad network of subsidiaries and representatives in over 40 countries worldwide, it is very important to Trafag AG that they provide high quality, high precision products with the best customer service possible. To maintain those high standards – across 6 different product lines and 25+ development projects per year – requires a clever project portfolio. Want to find out how Trafag solved their portfolio planning challenge? Download the entire case study and learn how they found the perfect combination of project management and strategic PPM with Meisterplan and Smartsheet.

The Citrix Journey with Meisterplan

Meisterplan at Citrix Webinar

Meisterplan partner, Rego Consulting hosted a webinar with Scott McLaughlin from Citrix and Stephan Anders from Meisterplan where they discussed how Citrix has used Meisterplan to streamline work processes and overcome resource planning challenges. Click the following link to access the pre-recorded webinar and learn all of the tips from Scott and his team at Citrix.

Meisterplan year in review: What else?

In 2016, the Meisterplan team grew to over 100 employees with itdesign in Tübingen. Our partner network grew as well. We would like to thank all of our partners around the world, who rely on Meisterplan as a solution for PPM and resource management.

Getapp Category Leader

We also shouldn’t fail to mention the two awards we won in 2016. Meisterplan was named as one of the six best SaaS solutions of the year at the European IT & Software Excellence Awards. In the second quarter, GetApp chose Meisterplan as one of the leading solutions in the project portfolio management category.

Welcome 2017! We wish you all a happy new year and every success with your PPM challenges!