Clothing retailer Arcadia Group has signed a deal with CA for an on-demand software service to support its IT and e-commerce projects.

The group, which owns the Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Burton, Topman, Wallis, Evans, Dorothy Perkins and Outfit brands, is using the CA Clarity Project & Portfolio Manager On-Demand service.

The service provides users with access to project and portfolio management systems, with the aim of delivering projects faster and in a consistent and predictable way.

The technology, said Arcadia, will act as a single platform for managing all IT and ecommerce projects across the firm's brands.

“We chose the on-demand version of CA Clarity PPM to achieve a quick return-on-investment," said Andrew Clarke, group IT director. "The cloud-based solution shortened the deployment time for us, whilst lowering outgoing costs. This is helping us to realise the benefits of the new solution, across the entire group’s IT and eCommerce projects."

Before implementing CA Clarity PPM, the IT department had to manage up to 50 IT and eCommerce projects, such as supply chain projects and new product developments, through a collection of legacy systems and spreadsheets.

This included a Notes-based timesheet system and various in-house built applications to control costs and resources.

This made it difficult and time-consuming for the IT team to control the cost and governance of each project. There was also a lack of real-time visibility into IT projects across the Arcadia Group, and an over-reliance on paper based reporting.

Clarke said the system will provide the firm with a centralised project management tool with increased visibility of projects across 2,000-plus stores, improve resource planning and head office reporting.

Two years ago, Debenhams deployed a similar CA project management platform in a bid to slash costs and reduce wasted resources on "unprofitable or ineffective projects".