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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. The conference is fully dedicated to all things Microsoft Project, Project Server and Project Online, meaning there will be no dilution of content.

Being a virtual conference, like-minded people from all over the world can attend, no matter where you are (you don’t even have to get out of bed if you don’t want to!). However, addressing people simultaneously on a global scale is no small task. To combat the challenge of different time zones, Project Virtual Conference will be running non-stop for a full 24 hours straight. All you need to do is find out which sessions appeal to you the most, and make sure you tune in at the right time.

What happens if your favourite session happens to be live at 3AM? You have two options, one, copious amounts of coffee, or option number two, view at a later time which is convenient to you. All session will be available on-demand, so you don’t have to miss out on a single one of your favoured sessions.

What can I expect?

Firstly, expect a great keynote. Sajan Parihar, Director of Project Management at Microsoft will kick-off the inaugural conference and talk about “The Shape of things to come for Microsoft Project”. It should be fascinating to hear from Sajan and understand how Microsoft sees Project evolving in the coming years.

Secondly, some excellent speakers. Speaker sessions are being delivered by a mixture of Microsoft experts, MVPs, partners and customers. There’s a lot to cover in the world of Microsoft Project, and so the conference will be split into 3 separate tracks:

  • Track A: Schedule Management, Resource Management and Project Management
  • Track B: Cost & Benefit Management, Reporting and BI
  • Track C: Automation, Workflows, Solutions and Apps

You can find the comprehensive speaker schedule here.

Resource Planning resolved

With 60 sessions overall spread across the 3 tracks and speakers from across 19 different countries, some might say we’re spoilt for choice! But for those of you interested in Resource Management, “Resource Planning Made Easy” is a Track C session running in the 10am-11am slot (UCT) and is being held by Greg Bailey – Vice President of our US partner ProSymmetry.

Greg will be discussing the powerful proprietary software that is Tempus Resource. Tempus Resource performs instant ‘What-If’ simulations at the touch of the button, providing you with state of the art resource and portfolio analytics with Microsoft Project, Microsoft Project Server and Project Online. Tempus Resource can be used stand-alone or integrated within your existing PPM software. With recent updates to the software, they’re just some of the features available. However, we wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise, so make sure you tune in to the session!

Project Virtual Conference is the first if its kind, and promises to be an inspiring, functional and rewarding conference experience. We hope to see you online on the 22nd October!

You can register for the Project Virtual Conference on their website.