March, 2009

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

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    Do you EPMU? Get trained on EPM 2007 thanks to EPM University

    From Jan post: Do You EPMU?

    Microsoft EPM University offers a comprehensive 4 to 5 days educational package for customers and partners who want to quickly ramp-up with EPM solution via rich instructor led online experience.

    The courses are designed to build and enhance the required knowledge to successfully plan, deploy, configure and extend Microsoft Office EPM solution. You can review course details, schedules and register for the course of your choice. The courses currently being offered are:

    You get access to EPMU’s virtual classroom environment that includes a professional instructor and hosted computer environment to run your labs on.

    Check out the schedule and  be sure to register soon to get a spot in the class! The very last class begins in June 2009!

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    Welcome Doug McCutcheon to the EPM Blogger World!

    My colleague Doug McCutcheon just joined the digital world!

    In Doug’s words: Welcome to my blog, about me and my role as Worldwide Partner Strategy Manager for the Microsoft Project business

    So expect valuable content for EPM partners moving forward, time to add it to your RSS feeds.

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    Microsoft Enterprise Project Management at TechEd North America 2009

    TechEd North America 2009 is just around the corner on May 11-15, Los Angeles, CA; please find below the EPM content that will be delivered:

    Title Speaker Description
    OFC407 Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 Performance Testing and Capacity Planning Michael Jordan Microsoft Consulting Services completed a series of tests to produce a white paper on capacity planning on Microsoft Project Server 2007. Providing recommendations and guidelines about how to plan for capacity and how to size a Project Server 2007 environment, requires a systematic testing approach and thorough data analysis. This session discusses how we ran the performance tests for Project Server 2007 using Visual Studio Team System 2008 Test Edition, the results from our performance labs, and the capacity planning recommendations and guidelines that we extrapolated from these results and from numerous customer deployments.
    OFC306 How to Configure an Innovation Process Management Solution Using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Enterprise Project Management 2007 Ben Chamberlain, Jan Kalis In today's fast-paced global economy, innovation is the key to the next big breakthrough in products, services, and processes. However, businesses are often challenged with facilitating innovation due to governance, technical and other logistical pitfalls. The Microsoft Innovation Process Management (IPM) Solution is built on the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, and the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution, enabling organizations to: - Capture ideas from anyone within the organization - Develop business cases for each idea - Gather community feedback and ratings - Run portfolio analytics to select the best ideas - Successfully execute the resulting project This session covers the procedure and best practices to implement, deploy and customize the IPM solution.
    OFC03-TLC Integrating Application Lifecycle Management and Project Portfolio Management Ben Chamberlain, Jan Kalis Integrating Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Project Portfolio Management (PPM) processes helps to improve visibility across the entire application development lifecycle, empowering project managers and developers to follow their own methodologies yet be seamlessly connected with each other. The Microsoft Enterprise PM Solution and Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Sever are already used by many organizations to support PPM and ALM processes. Integrating these tools allows the development team to work in a familiar environment, maximizing productivity and focusing on quality, while ensuring all required data is provided to the project manager and stakeholders to facilitate enterprise resource management and reporting. Attend this session to understand how integrating the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server helps: • Executives to invest in project portfolios that align with strategic priorities • To standardize the collection of project and maintenance requests across the organization • Connect project and development teams • Developers and testers focus on quality without being over burdened with administrative tasks • Facilitate enterprise reporting and control across the portfolio

    We will also have a dedicated EPM booth/kiosk staffed by product experts to answer your questions and demo our products and solutions so don’t be shy and swing by! We look forward to see you in LA in May.

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    Announcing the release of the February Cumulative Update for Project and Project Server 2007

    The February Cumulative Update was recently released. The next Cumulative Update (CU) is scheduled for the end of April, then Service Pack 2 will be available between February and April and it will include the February CU.

    From this point forward each Cumulative Update will consist of a package that contains the latest of every hotfix patch that we have shipped.   What this means is that if you build a new Project Server 2007 farm, you can apply the latest service pack (Service Pack 1), the latest WSS CU package and the latest SharePoint CU package and be completely up-to-date.  The package includes the Infrastructure Update, there is no reason to install it separately (but you still need to install SP1).

    Please refer to this TechNet article for deployment guidance: Deploy cumulative updates (Project Server 2007)

    After applying the February CU, the file version should be: 12.0.6341.5000

    Title

    ID KB Url Download URL
    Description of the Project 2007 hotfix package (Project.msp): February 24, 2009

    966308

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/966308 http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=966308
    Description of the Project Server 2007 hotfix package (Pjsrvapp.msp, Pjsrvwfe.msp): March 6, 2009 968271 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968271 http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=968271
    Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 cumulative update package: February 24, 2009 961755 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961755 http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=961755
    Description of the SharePoint Server 2007 cumulative update package (MOSS server-package): February 24, 2009 961756 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961756 http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=961756

    For additional deployment information please check this post from Brian Smith: Project Server 2007: Deploying Cumulative Updates

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    Looking for Microsoft Project Server/EPM Case Studies?

    It’s all here on http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies, for instance some of the latest specific to Project Server 2007/EPM are:

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