Project Plan Services deploy Project Server 2007 to manage application support

CMC Markets provides an online trading platform offering spread betting, CFD and FOREX
products on a wide range of underlying financial instruments, including shares, indices, market
sectors, treasury securities, metals and commodities to a global client base using specialist
online technology solutions.

CMC were looking to replace their existing project tracking tool and had selected Microsoft’s
Enterprise Project Management (EPM) solution based on Project Server 2007 as a potential
option to help them track projects and support work within their busy 3rd line application support
group.

PPS Project Plan Services was tasked by CMC to provision a Proof Of Concept solution to
address their core needs of maintaining a project repository to hold project and proposed project
details and to help allocate work from projects down to team leaders who would then assign
work to individuals as appropriate. The solution also needed to provide project managers with a
capability for managing risks, issues and documentation in relation to individual projects. The
final piece of the overall deployment was to provide bespoke management reports to be
available on demand via web browser.

Having deployed a Proof Of Concept solution, CMC’s 3rd Line Application support group rapidly
piloted and adopted the solution as their full operational replacement for their legacy project
tracking tool.

PPS remain engaged with CMC to continue with further enhancements.

“we asked PPS to join us an implement Project Server on a tight timeframe and budget. PPS
came in and hit the ground running and exceeded our expectations”

Phil Macleod, 3rd Line Application Support Manager, CMC Markets London
November 2009