Mariner is a powerful, integrated portfolio management solution from Serena Software that helps people in your organization -- project managers, portfolio managers, resource managers, team members, executives, and other project stakeholders -- make better decisions, which helps to ensure maximum returns on the investments your organization chooses to make. Using Mariner, an organization can manage applications, projects, product initiatives, resources, and assets -- also called a portfolio -- in a manner consistent with the principles of best-in-class business practices. All of this can be accomplished in a single system that integrates, manages, and analyzes enterprise data.
Users who belong to these user roles will have access to the project portfolio tree, the Investments module, the Analyzer module, the Resources module, and the Workspace module. Not all users will have access to all of the features within these areas at all times -- how users get access to the various features of Mariner and the projects your organization adds to the project portfolio tree depends on how your organization chooses to configure Mariner and the licenses available to the users in your organization.
Another key role for Mariner is the Administrator. Users in your organization who belong to the Administrator role are the users in your organization that are responsible for configuring Mariner. Depending on your organization -- its size, project methodologies, and so on -- an administrator role can range from the traditional IT administrator to a project management office to a small group of skilled, hands-on project managers. The administrator role in Mariner is a security group that enables access to the Administration and Configuration modules in which decisions can be made that affect your organization's global project portfolio.
Mariner provides granular administrative tools through the use of the Mariner Administrative and Configuration modules. An administrator is responsible for installing, setting up, and maintaining Mariner. It is important that you understand how Mariner works and how users interact with data. This information helps you understand how to customize Mariner so that it properly captures the type of data that is meaningful to your organization and so that the Mariner system is maintained while new users, project portfolios, and investment types are added.
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