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Program Framework: A look back at 2015

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This marks our final blog for 2015, and we’re happy to say it’s been a fantastic year. We’ve been lucky to attend so many brilliant events over the last twelve months, and we’re thrilled we’ve been able to meet so many people who value project management as much as we do.

So, by way of a celebration we thought we’d recite our Top Moments of 2015 (in no particular order, of course!) Continue reading >>

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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 >>

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What is Office 365 Planner?

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As an article in CIO recently reported; many industries are facing a dearth of project managers with the skills and experience required to support organisational goals. Project Management is a highly skilled profession, with its own qualification system. The software which allows project managers to do their jobs also demands a steep learning curve and a real understanding of the theory behind the practice. Continue reading >>

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Microsoft Convergence, Barcelona

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Benvinguts a Barcelona!

We can’t wait to disembark in Barcelona for our second visit to the Catalan capital next month. Having recently returned from the city after attending the Gartner Symposium ITxpo with ProSymmetry, we’re looking forward to another trip to Spain’s second largest city. Aside from the beautiful architecture and great food there’s another reason that makes this trip an exciting one.

Our client Arup, a global design and engineering firm, will be speaking at the event about our recent work together. Carolyn Bundey, Manager of the Global IT Portfolio Management Office at Arup, will talk about how harnessing the power of the cloud, with Project Online, helped them save over 40 man hours every month and create effective insights across their global projects. For the full story you can read the Customer Story written by Microsoft here. Continue reading >>

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Program Framework win ‘Best New Cloud Customer’ award for work with Arup

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Microsoft held this year’s EMEA Project Partner Forum in Amsterdam on the 9th and 10th September, taking the opportunity to communicate the IT giant’s latest developments and recognise the successes of partners in the region. Among this year’s winners, we were presented the award for ‘Best New Cloud Customer’ by Sajan Parihar – Microsoft Director of Product Management – for our work with the design and construction firm Arup.

Partners arrived in the Dutch capital to hear about the future of Microsoft’s most popular Project Management tools, network with peers, and gain invaluable insights into the future of PPM. At the Netherlands headquarters at Schiphol, the conference heard from various Microsoft leaders. Compelling business success stories surrounding Microsoft’s range of PPM offerings underscored the value of appropriately deployed Project Management technology. Continue reading >>

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Microsoft Customer Stories: Arup and Program Framework

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We are delighted to announce that Microsoft have recently published a Customer Story based on our work with Arup, the global design and engineering firm. We’re really pleased that Microsoft have recognised not only the hard work that went into this project, on both sides, but also the excellent solution and benefits that Arup have been able to realise.

Arup was founded in 1946 and offers engineering, design, planning, project management and consulting services for all aspects of the built environment. They have a varied workforce of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists. We have been speaking with them for some time about how we can help improve their project governance, in particular working with their Global IT Portfolio Management Office (PMO). The end results, using Project Online in some really interesting ways, has transformed how Arup approach Project and Portfolio Management. Continue reading >>

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What we learned about SharePoint 2016 at Microsoft Ignite

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At the Ignite Conference back in May, Chicago witnessed the gathering of many big thinkers. IT professionals, enterprise developers, architects and CEO’s all had the unique opportunity to feel inspired, challenge their existing knowledge and visualise the future of technology. Microsoft Ignite 2015 was a massive event where a range of new products and services were showcased, introducing a new era of enterprise computing enabled by a number of next generation applications and solutions. Among the key announcements was the much anticipated news surrounding SharePoint 2016. Can it really empower organisations to achieve more? We take a closer look. Continue reading >>

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Holy ODfB File Limits! None??

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Complaints in Shredder

Microsoft has had a ‘little’ bit of feedback from customers (aka complaints) regarding OneDrive for Business not reaching the parts other cloud file systems reach and have decided to take action, other than the action of filing the feedback in the shredder. So they will be taking their ‘really good’ consumer sync client (Onedrive), being the ‘simple reliable robust version’, and will be using it as the basis for the OD4B sync client, calling it the ‘Next Gen Sync Client’. And to provide disgruntled users with some confidence that things are getting better, they have published their roadmap for the improvements coming. Continue reading >>

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Microsoft Ignite 2015 – where to go in Chicago

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When it comes to putting on a conference, Microsoft know a thing or two about organising excellent events. So, when we got our tickets to Ignite 2015 we knew we could expect something very exciting. As the agenda has started to fill up with hundreds of sessions and influential speakers from Microsoft’s top brass, our list of things to see and do keeps getting longer and longer. Ignite kicks off in 10 days’ time (it takes places between 4th and 8th of May in Chicago). You shouldn’t wish your life away, but every new announcement on the Ignite Twitter feed makes us even more impatient to be there.

What is Ignite?

Since Microsoft’s ecosystem is so extensive, many of their previous conferences have been quite specialised – focussing on a specific tool such as Exchange, Lync, Project, SharePoint or MMS. Ignite bucks this trend however, and aims to incorporate all these diverse products into one enormous conference. Continue reading >>

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Power BI – Microsoft ups the ante

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Whether you’re a business analyst, an administrator, a market researcher or a project manager, being confused and frustrated by the vast amounts of data available within your business is far from an uncommon experience. Since the rapid growth in IT and emergence of the Internet, Information Overload has become a real problem for decision makers. There’s sometimes just too much data available to decide what’s important, what trends should influence business choices and what is simply inconsequential.

Getting the most out of the data available to you is a real skill, yet at present it can be incredibly hard. Take the data available within one single organisation’s SharePoint Intranet, or Project Server for instance; there’ll be files uploaded by different users, at different times. There will be project data, tasks, list information and more. Information may be out of date, infrequently updated or disorganised, often without the right metadata. Digging through all this to get the numbers you need requires a lot of time and even more patience. Continue reading >>