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Cengage Learning Improves Planning and Use of Resources

It is a very powerful thing to be able to show the executives, in a data-driven way, all of the great projects we want to do but can’t because we lack the staffing.

Amber Meryman, Director of Portfolio Planning, Cengage Learning Challenges

Challenge

Cengage Learning was managing its projects and resources via spreadsheets. The spreadsheets became so large and complex consisting of 300 rows of projects and 67 columns of metadata. Roadmapping and long-term planning were disconnected from resources or other timelines, making it virtually impossible to accurately forecast capacity.

Solution

Cengage Learning chose Planview Enterprise and renamed it “PLANit” for the company’s end-to-end project and resource management solution. It enables Cengage Learning to integrate the planning and execution stages of product delivery and is the system of record for its planning, forecasting, status and time tracking.

Benefits

Using investment and capacity planning within Planview Enterprise investment and capacity planning, Cengage Learning is able to:
  • Justify capacity restraints to executives using actual data instead of gut feel
  • Prioritize projects and push certain projects down the timeline
  • Identify which groups are missing FTEs and need new hires or contractors
  • Earn the trust of other parts of the technology organization
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