In these demanding economic times, many executives face sharper scrutiny of their discretionary spending. This increases the importance of effectively identifying, selecting, and delivering project portfolios that best align with an organization’s business strategy. Best-practice portfolio selection techniques provide a handshake between value optimization—that is, alignment with business priorities and maximizing ROI—and resource utilization, meaning the understanding of resource capabilities and availability. Together, these techniques help PMOs recommend not only which projects to undertake, but to forecast their delivery.” A veteran and seasoned professional Bishan Ruder, Microsoft MEA, Project Technical Specialist, has been designing and implementing PPM solutions using the Microsoft technology stack in excess of 10 years. Having worked across the EMEA region in varying positions and engaging multiple industries spanning, Finance, Oil and Gas, Retail, Mining and Engineering, Mr. Ruder has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience positioning him as a thought leader in using technology as a business enabler to project management. Mr. Ruder, has a Bachelor Technology Degree in Information Technology and Business Management from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa and completed a Diploma in Application Management from the University of Cape Town’s, Graduate School of Business (GSB). Prior to joining Microsoft MEA, Mr. Ruder spearheaded an intrapreneurial endeavor within the Microsoft Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Partner ecosystem where he established a reputable PPM consulting services, delivering Project Solutions across South Africa and into the MEA region. Outside of the Microsoft Project world, Ruder enjoys studying chaste philosophy, travel & photography, a challenging game of chess, and being outdoors hiking.