Office 365, Program Framework, Project Online, Project Server, SharePoint Online

Office 365 Planner – is it for you?

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People have developed a whole series of expressions about overkill – a ‘sledgehammer to crack a nut’, a ‘bazooka to kill a fly’, or (as in Russian), ‘to shoot sparrows with a canon’. Overloading and saturating can be just as damaging as starving. This principle can be applied practically anywhere – from growing a plant to filling a vehicle engine.

In the workplace, this principle definitely applies to project management. Continue reading >>

Project Management Practice, Project Online, Project Server, Project Server 2013, SharePoint, SharePoint Online

Release Candidates for SharePoint & Project Server 2016 close to the finished product

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Since we last wrote about SharePoint 2016, Microsoft – on January 20thannounced the release candidates (RC) for SharePoint Server 2016 and Project Server 2016, which are now available for download. This will be the final release of both the SharePoint and Project platforms in preview form before the full release in spring 2016. The Release Candidates have benefited from over 5,000 downloads of previous previews and the feedback gathered from these customers has helped to make these RCs high quality and largely feature complete. In fact, we don’t expect much change from now until the full release. Continue reading >>

Office 365, Program Framework, Project Management Practice, Project Online, Project Server

Microsoft Project 2016 comes to Office 365

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2015 has been an exciting year in the world of project management, with a whole range of exciting products and updates released. Looking back over the past twelve months, there have been many standout moments, but the announcements around Microsoft Project 2016 were particularly impressive.

Immediately available to Office 365 users, Microsoft launched Project 2016 at the end of September to minimal fanfare. Nonetheless, the low key release wasn’t indicative of a low key product refresh. Rumours about the updates had been circulating for some time, so we were very excited to get our hands on Project 2016 – and we weren’t disappointed.

How has Microsoft improved and updated Project, and how will that affect you? Continue reading >>

Office 365, Program Framework, Project Online, Project Planning, Project Server

Learn how Project Online is helping companies achieve more at the Project Online Roadshow

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We’re delighted to announce that Program Framework will be presenting at Microsoft’s Project Online Roadshow on Monday 7th December in London Victoria. Our seminar, Managing Portfolios in an FMCG organisation and the introduction of Project Online, will include a guest appearance from Simon Ireson, Programme Manager at Britvic and will be led by our director, Gero Renker. Continue reading >>

Program Framework, Project Server

Project Virtual Conference 2015

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We are lovers of all things Project and Portfolio Management here at Program Framework, so this October has been a very enjoyable month for us! At the beginning of the month we attended Project Challenge Expo, where our Director Paul Major spoke about “The changing world of Project Management”. We then went to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium for the Project Control Expo the following week, for which we were a gold sponsor and got the chance to exhibit in the Partner Showcase, which was a great opportunity to demo our American partner – ProSymmetry’s resource management tool: Tempus Resource. And the best news is we’re still not finished! The final event of this project-filled month, Project Virtual Conference 2015 will run through the 22nd and 23rd of October, and is the first ever online conference dedicated to Microsoft Project, Project Server and Project Online.

24 hours, online, for free

The first of its kind, Project Virtual Conference 2015 is all about the business value behind the proper usage of the Microsoft Project family. Continue reading >>

Office 365, Project Online, Project Server 2013

What is the Digital Marketplace and why does it matter?

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Before we dive straight in and take a look at the specifics of the Digital Marketplace, we first need to provide you with a little bit of history by looking at its parent – “G-Cloud”. The UK Government G-Cloud is a government-wide initiative aiming to ease procurement for public-sector bodies via the use of cloud computing. The G-Cloud consists of: 

  • A series of framework agreements with suppliers. These agreements save an awful lot of time for perspective buyers, so these public sector organisations can call off services without needing to run a full blown tendering process or competition procurement process.
  • The Digital Marketplace; a central hub that allows public sector workers to search for any service covered by the G-Cloud Framework with ease.
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Project Server, Project Server 2013

Project Server Queue Stuck “Waiting To Be Processed”

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After a fresh deployment of Project Server 2013 we hit a strange issue with jobs not being processed by the queue with the unhelpful status message “waiting to be processed”. After waiting for 15/20 minutes to see if the jobs cleared – which they didn’t – we then went through the following basic troubleshooting steps:

  • Restarted Project Queue Service and SharePoint Timer Service across the farm.
  • Checked the time was synchronised between the servers.
  • Cleared the queue and re-submitted some of the jobs.
  • Restarted the entire farm, including DB server.
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Project Online, Project Server

Portfolio Management using Project Online, Project Server 2010 / 2013, creating a Competitive Advantage inside your Organization

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Overview

If you want to achieve great results in a demanding environment and create Competitive Advantage for your Organization, then you should ensure you are selecting the best projects, the best investments and above all creating the best portfolio[1] for your organization.

As a CEO, a CSO, or a PMO in a Private Company or in the Public Sector, selecting the best projects means ensuring that you’re delivering the best value-for-money for your investments.

The aim of this article is not to be an overview of Strategy Management, or Portfolio Management, but to quickly demonstrate how Project Online / Project Server can help you achieve the intended results.

[1] Portfolio: a range of investments held by a person or organization.

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Project Online, Project Server, SharePoint, SharePoint Online

Wow! You can now use your Deployment Planning Days to plan a Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) solution!

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If you have an Enterprise Agreement for licensing software from Microsoft, you may not be aware that there is a benefit that comes with it, which allows a number of days free of charge for a partner to help plan a solution for you.

The number of days depends on the size of your Enterprise Agreement, but those free days can be used in a number of ways, and one of those ways is SharePoint Deployment Planning. Continue reading >>