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 >>

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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 >>

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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. 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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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 – a compelling case for moving Project Management forward

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Following the trend over the last few years away from native installations, Microsoft have now made their project management solutions available in the cloud in the form of Project Online. It’s a compelling option for Project Managers; more than simply moving MS Project onto the cloud, it offers full compatibility with SharePoint and integration with the whole Office 365 suite. With a facelift, a raft of new features and increased flexibility, it sits well with the all inclusive philosophy Microsoft envisage for the modern workplace.

While Project Online will be a logical choice for new subscribers, users with established project management software would be right to ask whether investing in the newest outing of MS Project offers any significant improvements for them and their business. In this post we’ll be looking at the most exciting features of the solution and explore what it can offer to different sets of users. Continue reading >>

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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 >>

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Project Online: An Overview

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In the first of an occasional series we will be providing an introduction and overview to popular Microsoft enterprise products. In this post we look at Microsoft Project Online.

Microsoft Project Online is the cloud version of Microsoft Project Server and available as part of Office 365. It offers a flexible Project Portfolio Management solution, supporting users who need insights in current and upcoming projects. It allows organisations to prioritise projects based on business values, governance requirements, and priorities from senior stakeholders. It also provides resource and task management to maximise the efficiency of a particular project team.

An established product

Back in 1984 Microsoft released the first version of Microsoft Project. At that time it was a client application without any server side software element. In 2000 Microsoft released the first server version called ‘Project Central’. Project Online quickly followed. The 2007 version of the main server product offered the first integration with SharePoint Server. Continue reading >>