February, 2009

Christophe Fiessinger's Blog
Updates on Microsoft's Enterprise Social Networking (ESN) and Project Portfolio Management (PPM) offerings

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    Early registration for the Project Conference 2009


    It’s open! Looking forward to see you there! http://www.msprojectconference.com/

    Save $150 by being one of the first 500 attendees to register! Register now at https://pc2009.dynamiceventsreg.com/ to secure your Early Bird discount rate of $699.

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    Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight v2

    If you are developing client/desktop application and you have not considered WPF and Silverlight, now is the time to consider it!

    The Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight is designed to help you more easily build enterprise-level Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight client applications. This guidance will help you design and build flexible composite client applications.


    The Composite Application Guidance for WPF and Silverlight is designed to help you more easily build enterprise-level Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight client applications. It will help you design and build enterprise-level composite WPF client applications—composite applications use loosely coupled, independently evolvable pieces that work together in the overall application.
    The guidance includes a reference implementation, reusable library code (named the Composite Application Library), documentation, QuickStart tutorials, and hands-on labs.
    This version of the Composite Application Guidance is designed to help you build WPF and Silverlight applications that have a single code base.

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    Project Server 2007 book: “Best Practices for Implementing an EPM Solution”

    Hagit Landman published a great book last summer entitled Enterprise Project Management Using Microsoft Office Project Server 2007: Best Practices for Implementing an EPM Solution:

    From Hagit’s site:

    Enterprise project management (EPM) is a methodology that combines standardized project management processes and supporting tools to meet an organization’s project management goals.
    Tools that provide a business solution for EPM are available from Microsoft®. The solution is comprised of Microsoft® Office Project Professional, Microsoft® Office Project Server, and the Microsoft® Windows SharePoint technology.
    The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers a set of proven project management processes described in the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK®). These processes are widely applied and are recognized as good project management practices.
    Implementing an EPM solution that combines project management methodology and supporting tools to enable all project stakeholders in your organization to perform the defined processes effectively is not a simple task.
    It includes:

    • Defining the project management methodology and processes aligned with the above goals
    • Defining the organization project goals and objectives
    • Defining the project management methodology and processes aligned with the above goals
    • Establishing tools that support the above processes
    • Training all the stakeholders on the developed methodology and its implementation with the use of the supporting tools
    • Ongoing support from the Project Management Office to ensure that all the stakeholders adhere to the methodology, and that they have all that they need to perform their work efficiently

    This book provides you with the principles and guidelines you need to define, implement, and deploy an EPM solution in your organization. The book is based on the author’s experience and best practices; it includes numerous examples that demonstrate how to configure the EPM system to support your implementation. Each chapter in this book describes a stage of the EPM implementation methodology, and explains how to carry out the tasks you need to perform to achieve the objectives of each stage.


    It’s a great non-technical read, I particularly like the extensive use of SharePoint List and Document Library to manage the EPM deployment lifecycle; templates available are:

    SharePoint List SharePoint Document Library
    Stakeholders Matrix Project Initiation
    Requirements Matrix Meeting Minutes
    Project Approvals Project Management Plan
    Communication Matrix Glossary
    Supplier Evaluation Procurement Management
    Closure Checklist Quality Management

    as well as examples of Project Metadata (custom fields and lookup tables) required to manage projects.

    For other EPM 2007 books refer to this: Microsoft Project Server 2007 Books

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    SharePoint Diagnostics Tool v1.0 for SharePoint Products and Technologies

    [Cross-post from SharePoint IT Pro documentation Team Blog]

    The real power of Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is that they can be endlessly customized to meet a wide variety of business needs. The Protean nature of SharePoint is at once its most powerful feature and its most formidable; the complexity of your SharePoint environment can increase by orders of magnitude when you begin to shape it to suit your needs. This complexity can make troubleshooting SharePoint issues a daunting task, as many different data points from different sources must be correlated and analyzed.

    The SharePoint Diagnostics (SPDiag) tool v1.0 greatly simplifies the process of gathering and analyzing troubleshooting data, and can significantly reduce the time needed to diagnose issues. SPDiag v1.0 provides administrators with a unified interface for troubleshooting SharePoint performance issues, and saves collected data and reports to a SQL Server database.

    With SPDiag v1.0, you can:

    • Collect IIS and ULS log files, performance counter data, event logs, and WMI instrumentation data from a SharePoint farm.
    • Filter data to show granular information related to specific servers, Web applications, HTTP requests, event IDs, URI queries, and almost any other data points captured through supported channels.
    • Create custom reports that can help reveal performance trends over time.
    • Create snapshots of your SharePoint farm that include detailed information about your farm’s hardware, installed software and logical topology.
    • Export collected data and reports that can be sent to Microsoft support personnel.

    SPDiag v1.0 is included in the Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit v3.0, available for download at the following locations:

    Documentation for SPDiag is available from those download pages as well.

    And since Project Server 2007 is a SharePoint application this tool is perfect to perform a health check of your platform for instance you can get the following key information: 

    Hardware Information about each server in your Farm
    Databases Information (this includes Project Server 2007 databases)
    Timer Job Definitions (this includes Project Server jobs)
    Trends (ULS, IIS Logs, Performance Counters, etc…)
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    Announcing SharePoint Conference 2009

    SharePoint Conference 2009 was announced today, it' will be a unique opportunity to learn about the next version (“14”) of SharePoint.

    and as a reminder Project Conference 2009 is also 8 months away.

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    Application Lifecycle Management Resource Center for SharePoint Server

    The following resource center is now available on MSDN: Application Lifecycle Management Resource Center for SharePoint Server

    Find guidance, best practices, articles, white papers, and documentation about Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) for custom applications built by using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

    For similar content for EPM check the following:

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