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Since it’s that time of the year, I received this great email from a Brazilian partner: Prosperi using Microsoft Project Professional 2010 due out soon! Original use of the new timeline capability of the product.
Quick reminder that the following Project 2010 webcasts will be delivered by Project MVPs this month, starting tomorrow (audiences are end user, IT Professionals and Developers). To view all EPM recorded webcasts/podcasts go to the following: http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/epm.aspx
Timely subject with the following resources recently released on the topic; check out the following to learn more about it:
18 months ago I wrote this post: Microsoft Project Server 2007 Books, please find an official TechNet site with the latest inventory of Project Server 2007 books as well as books of other Office products: Office IT Pro Bookstore
Recently got this question on the Project Server 2010 Forums: How can I edit Project custom fields (CF) in Project Web Access?
Before I give you the answer let me remind everyone that you can do so using Project Professional 2010.
So let’s assume I have created three Project CF, we will leverage the new Project Detail Pages (PDP) capability to create a custom page and will add a web part that will enable editing these fields:
This procedure also demonstrates the power and flexibility of the new Project Detailed Page infrastructure combined with Enterprise Project Type!
I’m very happy to announce another great blog to the EPM world: http://blogs.msdn.com/wwepmcoe/ contributors for this blog are experts from Microsoft Consulting Services (EPM Center of Excellence) that have been doing hundreds/thousands of deployment since Project Server came out! You will recognize some familiar names I’m sure. In the meantime add it to your favorite EPM RSS feeds and learn from the experts; check out this recent post for instance: Project Server 2010 coexisting in SharePoint Server 2010 Universe and expect a lot more in the coming 2010 exiting launch year!
In case you did not know we have a number of Forums for Project 2010 as listed below. These Forums are monitored by product experts from Microsoft and MVPs so don’t be shy and ask all your 2010 questions there. It’s great to see the feedback so far.
General questions, comments and discussions on Project Server 2010.
Discuss setup, upgrade & migration, administration and operation for Project Server 2010.
Discuss customizations and programming for Project Web Access 2010, Project Server 2010, Project Professional 2010 and Project Standard 2010. Includes User Interface (UI) customizations, Project Server Interface (PSI) and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) Programming.
General questions, comments and discussions on Project Professional 2010.
As announced on the main project blog Project Web Access (PWA) now becomes Project Web App: PWA now stands for Project Web App. For more information on what is a web app, check out the definition from Wikipedia: Web Application:
A sneak peak of the new name in a recent Project Server 2010 build:
[updated on Jan. 28th, direct download link is now live: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=8e709e2e-c9a1-4c7e-90d6-a52bcc8e5daf]
As Doug mentioned it just got released today, it’s all based on the Public Beta (B2): Microsoft Project 2010 Beta Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution demo image now available for download
Happy download (10GB compressed) and Project 2010 demos!
Partners & Customers - Instructions on how to download the Microsoft Project 2010 EPM Solution demo image, installation instructions and associated presenter’s script by sending an email to the Proj2010@microsoft.com alias.
Please note that this is an Hyper-V image and hence it requires Windows Server 2008 as the base operating system for it to run (not to mentioned at least 8GB of RAM, and ideally a Solid State Drive for optimal performance, see this: http://blogs.msdn.com/chrisfie/archive/2009/08/13/the-ultimate-demo-machine-get-ready-to-demo-project-and-sharepoint-server-2010.aspx).
Demo image contains (SharePoint Server Enterprise 2010, Project Server 2010, Office 2010, Project Professional 2010, Visio 2010, Visual Studio 2010 and more…):
This is a great topic I was planning to write on for a while and now that the Excel team has officially done a great series of posts on the topic, I figured it’s time to give my 2 cents. Again if you have never heard of Web App and in particular Excel please read these few recent posts: http://blogs.msdn.com/excel/
So how does Excel Web App fit into a Project Server 2010 deployment? Some ideas that spring to mind:
I’m sure you can come up with a lot more scenarios. Typically once the data has been captured you can either “paste” it in a Project Custom Field for instance or use both Excel Services API and the Project Server PSI to automate data transfer/workflow/validation.
As a reminder Excel Services and Excel Web App are two separate things as summarize on one of the Excel recommended post from above:
Excel Services: Version two of our real-time, interactive, Excel-based reporting and dashboard capabilities which ship as part of SharePoint Server 2010. Also included are APIs which enable rich business application development. Excel Web App: The companion to the Excel client which extends the ability to create, view, edit, and collaborate on Excel workbooks using only a browser.
How about InfoPath? Yes InfoPath 2010 has great enhancements as well but I think Excel Web App might be a better alternative for some of the scenarios mentioned above.
Not to mention other enhancements of Excel 2010 such as support for REST, never heard of this? Check out this great post from Andrew Lavinsky - Document Automation with the REST.API. Must read blog post about Excel Services and its extensibility is this one: Summary – new programmability capabilities in Excel Services, just amazing how far you can go and potentially nail you customer’s business needs with a little of code and Excel …!
Bottom line, similar to all the great reporting options we have in 2010, Excel Web App (in addition to Excel Services which is required in project Server 2010) brings another set of capabilities to a Project Server deployment. Stay tune for more information on this subject (a white paper maybe :)).