Michael A. Kaplan – Project Management Technology Leader
Business started with the simple barter system. As years go by, technology, as it advanced, has become a necessity in business, such that the two are now almost inseparable. All industries may collapse if technology is taken away from business. As more and more businesses embrace project management to achieve their goals, complexity has increased as people, processes, and technology intersect with each other. To sustain and grow today’s business, companies need a project leader that has a natural talent for connecting these vital components. Companies need someone like Michael Kaplan.
Introducing Michael A. Kaplan, PMP
Michael A. Kaplan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management at the University of Florida. The four-year program served as a foundation to his industry knowledge and skills in management, techniques and operations, as well as his communication and interpersonal skills. Michael is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional who has served as IT project manager in companies such as Morgan Stanley and AXA. He is also a Certified Scrum Master and ITIL-certified in IT Service Management. He is currently Senior Professional Services Project Manager at Illumio, a California-based cybersecurity company. Michael is also Senior Infrastructure Project Manager at TD Ameritrade, a Nebraska-based investment and brokerage company.
Expert Program Manager
As a Program Management expert, Michael Kaplan has over a decade of experience facilitating the delivery of large-scale programs and projects within time and budget limits. He provided PMO leadership for an insurance company that rolled out PM processes and tools across an international IT organization involving 9 countries. Michael helped deliver $10 million IT project portfolio for a New York insurance company encompassing ITIL/ITSM re-engineering projects, resulting in 15 percent reduction in service desk tickets over a 1-year period. He helped led a data center program with a 17-member team with assets and applications in the US and UK. Michael led a cross-functional team of 22 members for a financial services company through a GLBA Safeguarding program, and helped deliver 27 projects for a computer software company, generating $2.8 million in revenues.
Innovator, Writer, Thought Leader
From 2010 to 2015, Michael Kaplan founded and led SoftPMO, a PM software company based in New York. The company’s primary goal was to help project managers plan and deliver projects successfully. He created an online PMBOK Guide-aligned methodology, which evolved into a unique solution for managing projects in the cloud. The company became a solutions company that helped organizations such as Walgreens and NYCHHC deliver mission-critical programs. Michael writes leadership and management articles in LinkedIn, the PMI, Project Management Times, and others. He also tweets at MKaplanPMP and has more than 270,000 followers. He is included among project management experts and thought leaders of great influence in the PM industry. Michael is also a USMC veteran.
Facilitating Intersections Across People, Process and Technology
Technology has allowed individuals and teams across locations and timelines to work together. But advantages have also brought with them challenges. Michael Kaplan has worked with almost all kinds of teams, including distributed project teams. As a technology project expert, he advises that since distributed teams do not work together, they also do not go through a typical team development process, which often results in a disconnected and separate unit. Project managers should be extra aware to manage this peculiarity. Read more about Michael on LinkedIn and Twitter.