Archive for June, 2016

PMBOK® – 6th version coming soon!!

June 29th, 2016

Launch Date: PMI plans to launch the PMBOK® Guide in 10 languages at the same time as the English version, in third quarter of 2017.

Agile Comes to the PMBOK® Guide: The PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition will feature several significant content enhancements. Most notably, this edition will include expanded coverage of agile. This reflects evidence from Pulse of the Profession® research that agile is used by increasing numbers of organizations in the management of some or all of their projects. By including this information, PMI will align proven foundational project management concepts with the evolving state of the profession today.

More Content Enhancements: New in the sixth edition, each section (or knowledge area) of the guide will have three introductory sections.

  • Key Concepts, consolidating information fundamental to a specific knowledge area.
  • Trends and Emerging Practices not yet widely used.
  • Tailoring Considerations, describing aspects of the project or environment to consider when planning the project.

Other content enhancements include:

  • More emphasis on strategic and business knowledge, including discussion of project management business documents.
  • Information on the PMI Talent Triangle™ and the essential skills for success in today’s market.

It’s a Guide and a Standard:

  • The standard describes the processes, inputs and outputs that are considered good practices for managing projects.
  • The guide expands on the standard with additional information on key concepts, emerging trends, and tailoring considerations, as well as tools and techniques used in project management.

New for 2016: A Two-Stage Process

The process for the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition exposure draft differs from previous editions.

  • Stage 1—for The Standard for Project Management—ran from 7 March 2016 to 6 April 2016. It is now closed. This was a full consensus review and each of the 4,424 comments we received was adjudicated by a committee of PMI volunteers.
  • Stage 2—open now—is for the guide section only, which makes up the bulk of the PMBOK® Guide. As in the previous stage, the volunteer committee will consider all comments received in stage 2 with full scrutiny and consideration. Please note that, because this is a limited consensus review, comments will not receive a formal response.


SAP Boosts HANA Internet of Things Cloud Offerings

June 15th, 2016


SAP will be expanding the enterprise offerings available on its HANA Cloud Platform for Internet of Things (IoT). The new offerings will be focused on helping enterprises provide new customer outcomes.

Extending the Cloud Platform

SAP’s HANA Cloud Platform for IoT is a set of capabilities that will extend the company’s HANA platform  and HANA Vora software with new features to specifically address the needs of IoT applications. The data currently available from connected devices offers an enormous opportunity for businesses, but it also represents a considerable challenge for enterprise platforms facing new IT infrastructure demands.

Customers can use these offerings from SAP and supported partner solutions to build and expand upon their existing investments in SAP HANA to cover their growing IoT-driven demands in the area of edge computing, connectivity management, device management, mobile enablement, dashboarding, analytics and predictive computing.

SAP is already supporting OpenStack as the cloud infrastructure and Cloud Foundry as the open source framework for the HANA Cloud Platform. Among the new features included in the IoT offerings are the IoT foundation bundle and intelligent edge processing bundle..

New Collaborations

SAP also announced a new collaboration with Dell on products designed to help address the IoT industry’s biggest operational challenges, including business continuity, overall equipment effectiveness, maintenance costs and return on assets. Under the deal, SAP’s IoT software will run on Dell’s Edge Gateway 5000 hardware.

SAP is also collaborating with Hitachi on a global level to create industry-specific IoT solutions for a range of applications, with a particular focus on the smart manufacturing, smart city, transportation, and logistics industries.