New App: Projectum Timephased App for Project Online/Server 2013

This short video briefly explains about the benefits of using the Projectum Timephased App for Project Online/Server 2013.

The main purpose of this app is to allow users of Microsoft Project to timephase financial information, without creating too many custom fields as this impacts performance.

The app is expected to be released in the marketplace beginning of September 2013. However, a trial version is already available for download but doesnt allow user to sync data back to Project level custom fields. In this case you would need the pro version.

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Microsoft Project August CU´s are out now!

The SharePoint, Office and Project CUs (hotfix) packages are out now and available for download.

The Project Server 2013 CU can be found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2883083

Brief overview on which issues it fixes:

  • Assume that you sort the items in the Approvals page by the Remaining Work field in Project Web App. When you browse to the Approvals page again, you may receive an error message that resembles the following:
  • General Unhandled Exception in _Statusing.ReadStatusApprovalsForProjectForGridJson_
  • If an error occurs when you approve and apply status updates to a project, the status approval may still show that it is successfully applied.
  • You may be unable to open a timesheet that contains a specific field in a specific case. Additionally, you receive an error message that resembles the following:
    The View failed to Load…
  • You may be unable to send status update by clicking the Send Progress for all Tasks button. Additionally, you may receive an error message that resembles the following:
    An error occurred while communicating with the server. Check connectivity with your administrator to determine whether further action is necessary.

    When you click OK, you receive an error message that resembles the following:

    __Error loading
  • You may be unable to edit or apply status updates to a large project in Project Web App.
  • When you create a resource that contains more than one rate in Project Web App, duplicate rows are displayed for the resource in the hired resources report.
  • If you publish many projects to a Project server in a very short time span, the “Synchronize Project Web App Permissions to Project Site” user synchronization job may fail and you may no longer be able to access the given project site.
  • You may be unable to publish a project to a Project 2013 server. Additionally, the publish error resembles:
    he INSERT statement conflicted with the FOREIGN KEY constraint “FK_MSP_EpmAssignmentBaselineByDay_ProjectUID_AssignmentUID”. The conflict occurred in database “PWA”, table “dbo.MSP_EpmAssignmentBaseline”. The statement has been terminated.. Details: id=’24006′
  • Assume that you approve a status update from Project Web App. When you open the project in Project Professional 2013, the actual work may not apply to the project.
  • Assume that you create a project in Project Web App from a template that contains an inactive task. When you open the project and activate the inactive task in Project Professional 2013, the schedule may not change correctly based on the duration information.

As always, dont install the CUs if you are not facing the issues mentioned.

Personal Training Schedule for Runners

Normally I only blog about the business benefits of using Microsoft Project. Today, I will touch upon another area in which those of you enjoying running, can use the Project client to manage your training schedule. I have personally used this to train for a 50 miles Ultramarathon in which distance, pace and calories are important factors to keep track of during the many weeks of preparation.

It’s fast and easy to have Project become your personal trainer. Think of tasks as being each a training day. I include my restdays as it is simply something to lookforward to and see visually. I added three custom fields “distance”, “calories” and “pace”. Then I customized the gantt/bar styles and created my own training report to keep track of my progress.

Here is how it looks:

Training View

I hope this little blog entry has served as a new inspiration to other ways of using the Microsoft Project client.

If you would like the sample MPP (Project file) used for the screendumps let me know by sending me an email to pk [@]projectum.dk

New PMI Project Template ready for download

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pmiA new template for Microsoft Project has been released by the US partner, Project Sensei. This project template gives a complete PMI setup inside your Project 2013 client from views to actual task breakdown with notes.

Download the template here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/pmbok-compliant-project-management-by-sensei-project-solutions-TC104110256.aspx

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New PMI Project Template ready for download

pmiA new template for Microsoft Project has been released by the US partner, Project Sensei. This project template gives a complete PMI setup inside your Project 2013 client from views to actual task breakdown with notes.

Download the template here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/pmbok-compliant-project-management-by-sensei-project-solutions-TC104110256.aspx

Forrester names Microsoft as a Leader in Agile Business Intelligence

This month, Microsoft was acknowledged as a Leader in the Forrester Wave: Agile Business Intelligence Platforms.

“Microsoft received high client feedback scores for its agile, business user self-service and advanced data visualization functionality. Clients also gave Microsoft BI a high score for its product vision”.

Microsoft is delivering on our vision of bringing business intelligence to a billion users by making data accessible through the tools that people use every day. With the accessibility of Excel and the recent release of Power BI for Office 365, we aim to lower the barrier of entry for users and reduce the complexity of deploying business intelligence solutions for IT

You can download the full Forrester report and get more information on this announcement reading Eron Kelly, General Manager/Microsoft, Data Platform Group’s blog post.

Microsoft Project and SharePoint conference May 4-8, 2015

Its official – Microsoft will host another exciting conference in 2015. This time the Project conference will be joined by “SharePoint”, “Lync” and “Exchange”. All in all a great chance to get the best insights across some of the most important technologies behind the latest Microsoft PPM offerings.

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Why go?

•Clearer visibility into Microsoft’s future technology vision and roadmap
•Unparalleled access to Microsoft senior leaders and the developers who write the code – many of whom will present and engage with you and answer your questions
•A broader range of learning opportunities across all of Microsoft’s technologies, including actionable best practices from industry experts
•Deep community interaction with the top technology professionals and industry peers in structured and informal settings
•Epic after-hour festivities for you to unwind and turn up the fun!

If you attended the SharePoint Conference, Exchange Conference, Lync Conference or Project Conference, this is the conference for you. And, if you’re interested in or already using Office 365, this is the conference for you.

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Office 365 business roadmap

Today a new public page has been released by Microsoft for all Office 365 subscribers to get more insight into what is coming soon.

The Office 365 for business roadmap lists updates that are currently planned for applicable subscribers. Updates are at various stages from being in development to rolling-out to customers to being generally available for applicable customers world-wide. Expand an update to learn more about it and click the learn more link to read more details. Learn more about Office 365 for business service updates here.

 

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APP Review: Sensei Bulk Update

If you are working in a PMO, you know the feeling of preparing the monthly or quarterly portfolio report for those important business stakeholders. Quite often you will find that some data is missing, or specific projects have been tagged wrongly. In these situations, what you need is the ability to quickly make those important changes across multiple projects of interest. The “Sensei Bulk Update” allows for exactly this kind of efficient approach, in a user friendly interface. In terms of time saved, and the general design and experience, I would rate it 5 stars out of 5 possible.

Here is just one example of how the process could be when using the Sensei Bulk Edit application.

1. Choose the projects that need to be modified

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2. Select which fields you want to make changes to

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3. Change data to the correct or missing values

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4. Pulish the changes

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This now changes all the data across the projects in one take. Compared to altering data on a per-project approach this would potentialy save you hours of PMO administrative work every time you are preparing for the portfolio reporting.

The App is available from the SharePoint app-store: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/store/sensei-bulk-updatetm-WA104182270.aspx

 

 

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