Christophe Fiessinger's Blog Updates on Microsoft's Enterprise Social Networking (ESN) and Project Portfolio Management (PPM) offerings
Following a week of staged announcements that started last week: Welcome to the New Microsoft Office, we have disclosed the next version of your beloved project portfolio management (PPM) solution during the past week, a must read: The new Microsoft Project.
It’s exciting to finally be able to talk about what we have been working on in Redmond for the past little while. It’s hard to contain my excitement and put in words what I think about this upcoming release in a single blog post!
I have worked with Project Server since the 2002 version (shortly after Project Central) and the next Project and in particular Project Online is a LANDMARK release that will change the course of history, it’s a magical moment for all of us… Regardless of your industry, your location, your role or your PPM maturity, this upcoming release (it’s a Preview) brings massive innovation to your day to day PPM activities. Demand management, portfolio analysis, ALM, apps, social, anywhere access on any device, resource management, multi-tenant SaaS, agile to name a few random key innovations… Project Portfolio Management will never be the same.
The breath and scale at which we will deliver multi-tenant PPM capabilities into a secure and reliable SaaS (Software as a Service) is unmatched in the industry! The new Project Pro for Office 365 service will change the project management world! I’ll stop talking and will provide you a few key links to help you get started and learn about the Preview. The journey just started last week and expect a lot more content in the coming weeks/months!
The Project Online train is leaving the station, please don’t miss it!
Please find below a summary of the Microsoft Project and Project Server presence at both the upcoming Microsoft TechEd North America 2012 in Orlando June 11-14 and at Microsoft TechEd Europe 2012 in Amsterdam June 26-29. Beside sessions listed below, yes we will have a Project booth staffed by product experts so don’t be shy and ask questions about your favorite Project Portfolio Management (PPM) solution at the booth.
PS: I’ll personally be attending TechEd Europe.
I am pleased to announced the release of two Microsoft Project Server 2010 reporting solutions on TechNet Gallery: Project Burn and Forecast Report and Project Spend Report. Both solutions can be deployed and tested with the Microsoft Project Server 2010 v2 Demo Virtual Machine. These reporting solutions leverages Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services and were created by Emmanuel Fadullon, a Principal Consultant for Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS).
Please note that these reporting solutions are not supported by Microsoft Premier Support and instead are meant to demonstrated the rich reporting capabilities of Project Server 2010. We recommend working with Project & Portfolio Management (PPM) Partners or MCS to modify these solutions to meet your specific reporting needs.
PS: while on the reporting topic, I also recommend to check Alex Burton’s recent post: SQL Server 2012 & Project Server, Part 2– Business data visualisation with PowerView
Following yesterday’s announcement on the main Microsoft Project blog: Microsoft Project Conference 2012 Session Recordings Are Live! please find below the full list of sessions (by code, presenter’s company and title). I have also attached an Excel spreadsheet with this list to this post (navigate to the end).
Grab you favorite beverage and snacks and enjoy the shows!
PS: there are four outstanding recordings we are still in the process of publishing and I will update this list once they are live.
Now that Project Conference 2012 is behind, I’ve just deployed he recently released April 2012 Cumulative Update (see this post from Brian Smith: Microsoft Project Server and SharePoint Server 2007 and 2010 April 2012 CU Announcement). I’ve put below a few screenshots of the updated products versions. Don’t forget to attend the webcast tomorrow: TechNet Webcast: Information about Microsoft Project and Project Server April 2012 Software Update
Following an awesome Project Conference 2012 (#mspc12) first day yesterday in Phoenix, please visit the Project Conference virtual press room.
There are lots of great stories I’d like to share with you regarding this week, so please stay tune for future posts!
PS: if you want to get a feel for the event’s pulse and news, please look at the following tag on Twitter: #mspc12
I’m looking forward to see you next week! Safe travel.
Exciting day, a few links to get started:
PS: less than three weeks until Microsoft Project Conference 2012, don’t miss it and see you soon!
To wet your appetite here is a sample of in depth topic of interest with brief comments delivered by Microsoft and outside experts:
Hard to stop enumerating sessions, but you will hopefully get the point that WE HAVE TECHNICAL CONTENT FOR YOU! The beauty of all these topics is that I believe in sense they are version agnostic and hence it’s never too late to strengthen or fill knowledge gaps on the 2010 platform. But wait there is more (!), you feel like you know it all, how about taking certifications on site? How about attending the dedicated partner pre-event which will have in depth technical sessions delivered by experts (agenda is here from Jan’s blog); how about attending PC12 post-event training). A master at all of the above then how about learning about ALM, PLM, IPM, and Dynamics/ERP integration?
In summary as a consultant, IT Pro. or Dev. you have no excuse not to attend #MSPC12 and get ignited again!
See you soon!
With less than a month away before the start of the Microsoft Project Conference 2012 (#MSPC12), March 19-22 in Phoenix Arizona, I wanted to take a moment and re-iterate why this is the event you cannot miss next month. As the all-up content owner for this conference I have had the pleasure to review about 170 submissions during the Call For Content phase; and lately I have started doing content reviews with speakers, and trust me there are so many great stories that I just can’t wait to see attendees excited about the quality of sessions we’ll have in Phoenix.
To date we have 97 sessions (including instructor lead labs) and these alone are 97 reasons you need to come to #MSPC12!
Dux did a great write-up on his Top 7 Reasons You Should Attend #MSProject Conference 2012 #mspc12 #pmot, in particular I completely agree this is a unique opportunity to Network with customers, partners, MVPs (experts) and last but not least with Microsoft employees that build, support, sale, deploy and market your favorite product everyday. I personally have made a lot of marketing projects decisions following face to face meetings with attendees, and expect to do many more for the coming year…
As Dux mentioned mentioned in his #5 reason: Keeping up with the Joneses, trends and news is also a very strong reason to attend. Some of you might argue that staying in the office in front of a computer is sufficient to hear and see the pulse, I actually think events like this will give you a much better vision of trends and news with respect to PPM/PM etc… Another fact to support this point, is look at these sessions we’lll have from the two leading PPM analysts: Dan Stang & Matt Light from Gartner: The Gartner perspective: PPM Industry Trends and Adoption Best Practices and Going Beyond PPM – Effectively Manage Your Entire IT Portfolio Decisions with Project Server 2010.
I also think considering the above plus free certifications, training etc. it’s a relatively cheap event with a very strong ROI (return on investment) to one should consider for their business (if you are a partners for instance) or as a career if you are an individual. As my colleague Brian mentioned in this post: To All Aspiring Project Ninjas “Project Conference won't be hosted every year and there won’t be another worldwide Project Conference elsewhere”, so register today instead of regretting tomorrow! And yes we’ll also also lots of fun at the event, stay tune for more information
The first Project Conference I attended was back in January 2006, and I have attended every single one since (October 2007, September 2009) plus dozens of Microsoft lead events like (SharePoint Conference, TechEd, Summit of various sorts etc…) and I truly believe next month will be very unique Project Conference and I expect to see you all there! A bientot!
PS: an adaptation of the #MSPC12 theme I did during the last Seattle snow storm, feel free to use it in your email signature/blog posts etc…