SOURCE: Genius Inside

Genius Inside

January 06, 2010 00:00 ET

Tighter Management, New Software Development Models Coming to Project Management in 2010, Genius Inside Predicts

NEW YORK, NY and MONTREAL and LINDAU, GERMANY and GENEVA--(Marketwire - January 6, 2010) - Based on customer feedback collected throughout 2009, Genius Inside predicts that documenting project results and a greater demand for flexible software licensing models will be among the top five project management trends of 2010.

Leading Lotus Notes and Web-based project management software provider Genius Inside has more than 500 customers in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, information technology, professional services, insurance and financial services. Requests from the customer base for additional functionality for measuring outputs and interest in the company's new Genius Project for Web software as a service (SaaS) product fueled Genius Inside's predictions for 2010. The project management software market is forecasted to grow 14.4 percent in 2010 on the way to $2.2 billion in revenues by 2012, according to Gartner.

"We've heard a lot of questions about software as a service products, and our SaaS product was very well received despite the recession," said Christophe Borlat, Genius Inside managing director. "It's not a great leap from there to predict that customers are going to want more options for licensing. Customers have also asked for more features for resource management; simulation and what-if analysis; tighter integration with partner products; and project output metrics. Based on those questions, we're predicting companies will focus on those areas in 2010. They will either be purchasing products to perform the necessary functions, or they have already purchased them and will put them into production next year."

Genius Inside's Top 5 project management predictions for 2010 are:

   1.   Software licensing models evolve
        Customers will demand more flexibility on the number of licenses
        clients can have during different times of the year, reflecting
        variability in project team structure. SaaS products will gain
        recognition as a source of that flexibility.

   2.   Sharper focus on project requirements definition and output
        Evaluating organizational costs, projects' impact on the company,
        choosing the right projects and managing the project portfolio are
        critical in a recovering economy. Organizations need quality
        metrics to assess and track economic performance and project value
        delivery in order to maximize project portfolio ROI.

   3.   Stricter resource management
        Project teams have to complete the same amount of work with fewer
        resources. Optimizing those resources is crucial, so there will be
        a demand for tools that make people more productive and efficient.
        Companies will make heavier use of "what if" analysis to determine
        the best scenarios for maximizing resources.

   4.   Web-based solutions as the foundations of virtual teams
        The growing palette of project management solutions on the Web
        will give companies more flexibility to build ad-hoc teams of
        staff, partners, customers and vendors.

   5.   Growth of the Scrum software development model
        Genius Inside sees a wider adoption of the Scrum methodology, a
        variation of the Agile software development model that calls for
        reviews throughout the development process. Organizations that use
        Scrum need an easy-to-use tool to coordinate daily business

About Genius Inside

Established in 1997, Genius Inside develops project management software that improves project selection, planning, staffing, execution and tracking. More than 55,000 users at 500 customers across the globe use Genius Inside's proven Web- and IBM Lotus Notes-based solutions. They are supported by European and North American offices and a global reseller network. For more information please visit Follow us on Twitter at