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Project Portfolio Management for Service Organizations: Bridging the Gap between Project Management and Operations
There are two types of project portfolio management (PPM) solutions for professional services organizations (PSO). For smaller PSOs, best-of-breed vendors

accounting for healthcare organizations  costing and billing with accounting is necessary to provide the integrated solution that PSOs need. CRM. This is extensively employed by professional services firms. Service organizations require complete customer support, demand management, and pipeline and opportunity management capabilities to capture and analyze client and contract details prior to a project engagement. CRM functionality also allows organizations to prioritize opportunities and to forecast pipelines. Knowledge management . These capab

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PPM for Professional Services Automation

A business practice that assists organizations to align their portfolio of projects with their business strategy. Professional services automation (PSA) refers to a system designed to streamline and track resources, projects, portfolios, revenues, and the costs of professional services organizations (PSOs), which provide billable services to their clients. Consequently, PPM for PSA provides both the high-level monitoring of project portfolios as business investments and automates the project-specific functionality of time, billing, expense reporting, opportunity management, and resource management, linking back office functionality with the PSO’s portfolio of projects. 

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