April, 2011

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

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    Wedding Planning Has Never Been Easier and Fun!

    Rumor has that to plan such an important day even the king and the queen of this world plan carefully using Microsoft Project … With the 2010 version the groom and the bride can easily visualize a timeline of the wedding, quickly allocate resource using the team planner, be in charge of the schedule using manually scheduled tasks/inactive tasks and last but not least sync this schedule with Office 365 so all involved can collaborate on the wedding plan…  Happy planning  you all Smile

    Royal Wedding Planner Project Template

    Office 365 Wedding Tasks

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    I am speaking at SPTechCon in Boston June 1-3, register! @SPTechCon

    I am happy to announce that I will be speaking at SPTechCon in Boston June 1-3, 2011, delivering the following session:

    310 Implementing Team Foundation Server 2010 & Project Server Integration to Solve the Agile/PMO Dilemma

    Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack further strengthen Microsoft’s Application Lifecycle Management Solution by bridging the gap between Project Portfolio Management and Application Development. By bringing the best of both worlds, it creates a win-win situation that enables development and project management teams to collaborate and communicate a project’s timeline and progress using familiar tools such as Microsoft Visual Studio, Project Server, and SharePoint 2010. This session will provide a product overview and demonstrations, as well as discuss customer successes.SPTC_Boston_badge

    Lots of great SharePoint content at that event as well as plenty of renowned SharePoint experts. Registrants who use my last name (FIESSINGER) as a code during check out they will receive a $200 discount, so don’t wait and register!

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    Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server 2010 Demo Virtual Machine is ready for download!

    As announced today on the main Project blog, I’m very very happy to announced this great asset you have been waiting for: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server 2010 Demo Virtual Machine. I have been using this VM for a while and it’s a great asset we have put together to help you understand the value, the scenarios and the functionality enabled by the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack released last month. So don’t wait and start your downloads!

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    Who is NOT going to Tech.Ed 2011 in Atlanta next month? #MSTechEd

    The Project team will! It will be an awesome event with awesome content and plenty of cool Microsoft Project Server 2010 goodies as shown below, so register come to Atlanta for Tech.Ed North America 2011: Registration.

    For more information about content check out this post: Microsoft Project/Project Server Presence at Tech·Ed 2011

    16GB Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server 2010 USB Key with key ALM links

    What's New Study Guide
    Microsoft Project 2010

    Implementing and Administering
    Microsoft Project Server 2010

    TFS 2010 & Project Server 2010 16GB USB What's New Study Guide Microsoft Office Project 2010 Configuring and Administering Microsoft Project Server 2010

    PS: I will not be shipping the items above so don’t miss this event!

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    Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and Microsoft Project Server 2010 Integration white paper

    Good pre-release white paper that might be of interest if you have or are planning to deploy Project Server 2010 and Dynamics AX: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 White Paper: Microsoft Project Server 2010 Integration.

    This document explains the integration architecture for Microsoft Dynamics ® AX 2012 and Microsoft ® Project Server 2010 and provides instructions for setting up integration between the two programs. By setting up integration between the two products, project managers can create projects in either of the products and synchronize project data between them. This solution enables you to draw on both the core project management capabilities in Project Server 2010 and the financial management capabilities in Microsoft Dynamics AX.

    For information on AX 2012 release please check out today’s press release: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2011/apr11/04-11Con11PR.mspx 

    The beta of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 will be released in April 2011. The final release is expected to be generally available in August 2011.

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    New white paper: Reporting with Microsoft Project Server 2010

    I am very excited to announce the release of a great white paper written by Andrew Lavinsky from UMT Consulting Group, entitled Reporting with Microsoft Project Server 2010. This 82 pages document is a great read to learn and understand the reporting options of Microsoft Project Server 2010. In Andrew’s words: “The most compelling story within Project Server 2010 is both individual and individualized dashboards. Not only can I now create a dashboard intensely focused on the data requirements of an individual, but I can empower individuals to create their own customized dashboards.” Start you download!

    Summary

    This white paper is an introduction to the reporting options available in Microsoft Project Server 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. The target audience for this document is the experienced user, business owner, or administrator who is new to Project Server 2010 and looking for a quick way to assess the reporting options available to the organization.

    This white paper does not cover how to configure the Project Server 2010 reporting infrastructure. For information about how to configure reporting for Project Server 2010, see Configure reporting for Project Server 2010.

    This white paper includes information about the following:

    • Project Center views
    • OLAP cubes
    • ODC files
    • Microsoft Excel and Excel Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
    • Microsoft Visio and Visio Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
    • Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
    • PerformancePoint Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
    • The REST API
    • External Content Types

    For further information on reporting please check out the following resource center on TechNet: Business Intelligence in Project Server 2010.

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    New Microsoft ALM case study: IT Firm Simplifies Data Exchange to Bridge Gap Between Developers and Managers

    Following the recent release of the Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack (Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack has released!) I’m very happy to announce the publication of another case study on the topic of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) from TechResult in Brazil: http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Microsoft-Windows-Server-2003-R2-Enterprise-Edition-KN/TechResult/IT-Firm-Simplifies-Data-Exchange-to-Bridge-Gap-Between-Developers-and-Managers/4000009521

    TechResult, an IT management and solution provider based in Brazil, wanted to bridge the gap between its developers and its project managers. Developers worked in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN. Project managers gained insights and generated invoices and other reports using Microsoft Project Server 2010, but developers did not sufficiently update data in that software. TechResult deployed the Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack to simplify data exchange. Now, with a single source of truth, developers and project managers can collaborate more easily. Project managers cut time spent updating the status of projects by 70–80 percent and use their new visibility into projects to improve governance, manage risks, and make better decisions. TechResult also uses the feature pack to improve client visibility into projects.

    Key quotes

    • With Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack, we are saving 70–80 percent of the time that project managers used to spend talking about status updates.
    • Project managers use the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 and Project Server Integration Feature Pack to gain more visibility into the development process.

    Key benefits

    • Reduce Time Spent on Project Management
    • Improve Governance
    • Make More Informed Decisions
    • Enrich Relationships with Customers

    More Microsoft ALM case studies can be found at: http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Search_Results.aspx?Type=1&Keywords=ALM

    Obrigado TechResult and Daniel!

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    Microsoft Project Inside 2011– A guaranteed plan!

    Extremely excited to announce the release of Microsoft Project Inside 2011, a series of every day products with a guaranteed quality label. The first wave of Microsoft Project Inside 2011 products includes cutting edge tablet running your favorite your favorite work collaboration tool. These two and a lot more are available at your favorite retailer, just make you look for the Microsoft Project 2011 Inside sticker clearly displayed on the front.

    Microsoft Project Inside 2011 Laptop Microsoft Project Inside 2011 Laptop

    But wait there is more, check out the Microsoft Project Inside 2011 usb keys and more importantly the highly desired Microsoft Project Inside 2011 carpet which comes with other patterns of your favorite productivity tools:

    Microsoft Project Inside 2011 USB Keys

    Microsoft Project Inside 2011 Carpet

    Last but not least make sure you purchase Microsoft Project 2010 Kinect Edition: You Are the Controller! again containing the much acclaimed Microsoft Project Inside 2011 label:

    Microsoft Project 2010 Kinect Edition

    Happy Microsoft Project Inside 2011 purchases!

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