Key Takeaways: Gartner Magic Quadrant for Project Portfolio Management

Key Takeaways Gartner Magic Quadrant for Project Portfolio Management
Analyst house Gartner, Inc. recently released their 2018 Magic Quadrant for Project Portfolio Management. The project portfolio management (PPM) market is growing, as more vendors are entering the space to account for diverse customer needs. Additionally, these solutions have been around for a long time and its shift to the modern era of cloud computing has been stable and effective. Gartner states, “The current focus of PPM leaders is on realizing two main goals: investments with strategic value and diversifying execution approaches to reduce time to value.”

PPM is an ever-changing but stable market with a lot of diverse use cases. Thus, vendors can easily fit niches within the space. Gartner chose to limit this Magic Quadrant to vendors that target the full cycle of organizational needs. Companies in this report have different approaches to covering enterprise needs – some provide a broad set of PPM products, while others offer a single product that focuses on extending or integrating with other tools.

This Magic Quadrant evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of 17 PPM vendors. This report provides a graphic dividing the vendors based on completeness of vision and ability to execute. Afterward, the vendors can end up in four different categories: Niche Players, Visionaries, Challengers, and Leaders. This Magic Quadrant is as evenly divided as possible.

The 17 vendors selected for this year’s report are CA Technologies, Cerri, Changepoint, Clarizen, KeyedIn, Micro Focus, Microsoft, One2Team, ONEPOINT Projects, Planisware, Planview, Project Objects, Sciforma, Sopheon, Upland, Workfront, and WorkOtter. Gartner’s research is completely vendor agnostic and does not endorse any vendor, product, or service in its publication.

The Leaders and What Makes Them

The Leaders section contains vendors that combine detailed understandings of the market, reliability, and the ability to lead the market forward. They need to stand ahead of the crowd in both execution and vision. These leaders also have a steady increase of customers each year. So, of course, their solutions offerings provide high-performance functionality for project execution customers and portfolio level customers.

The four leaders in this year’s Magic Quadrant are CA Technologies, Changepoint, Planisware, and Planview.

CA Technologies

CA Technologies has a single PPM product called CA PPM. They have other solutions, like Agile Central, that can be integrated into CA PPM. Due to its additional options, this product provides flexibility for user experience, which means that IT professionals with different roles will be able to uniquely take advantage of the product.


Changepoint offers two different PPM offerings, Daptiv and Changepoint. Daptiv is their cloud-based product while changepoint is on-premises and cloud-hosted. The company has made various updates to their product offerings recently. This includes adding a Project Management Dashboard to Daptiv. This dashboard has configuration dashboards that can support various projects.


Like Changepoint, Planisware offers two distinct PPM products, Enterprise and Orchestra. Orchestra came from the company’s recent acquisition of NQI Corporation. Specifically, Orchestra focuses on agile and hybrid project execution environments, making it a fit for DevOps. Enterprise supports more mature project environments for large enterprises.


Planview offers a variety of PPM solutions – Planview Enterprise One, LeanKit, PPM Pro, and Projectplace. These offerings cover a variety of topics for companies interested in PPM. Enterprise One is their flagship all-encompassing solutions,  while PPM Pro has support for logging and auditing.

Tyler W. Stearns

Tyler W. Stearns

Editor, DevOps & Network Monitoring at Solutions Review
Tyler is the lead editor at Solutions Review's Cloud and Network Monitoring sites. He writes to bridge the gap between consumer and technical expert to help readers understand what they're looking for. He studied English and film at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His passions outside of enterprise technology include film, screenwriting, games, swimming in rivers, mechanical keyboards, fun socks, ramen, and goats.
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