Christophe Fiessinger's Blog Updates on Microsoft's Enterprise Social Networking (ESN) and Project Portfolio Management (PPM) offerings
Executive email send by Bob Muglia, Senior Vice President, Server and Tools Business, Microsoft Corporation:
Helping companies build information systems that empower employees to drive business success is one of Microsoft’s most important priorities. Our goal is to deliver technology innovation that provides the foundation for flexible IT infrastructures that automatically align computing resources to strategic business objectives as business conditions change. This is a vision we call Dynamic IT.
Today, virtualization is providing powerful new tools that will play a critical role in helping us realize this vision. Virtualization is already helping companies reduce costs and improve compliance and continuity. Over the long term, it will help us transform business agility for our customers by making IT systems more flexible and more responsive to changing business needs.
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For more information about Microsoft Vitalization solutions please refer to this page: http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/default.mspx
The Project Initiation phase is different for every customers and organizations. It typically requires a set of custom attribute to be filled in a custom form and then it needs to go through a custom approval process workflow reviewed by all key decision makers. While preparing for a session I will deliver on this topic at the next Office Developer Conference I wanted to give you a preview on how to create a custom Project Initiation Form using InfoPath.
This picture shows an InfoPath form that uses the Project Server Interface to populate required attribute to create a project, please note that since this form got deployed to Forms Services it's web based and thus does not require InfoPath to be deployed on the users' desktop in order to use it:
This following picture shows the properties of PRJZ01 after it got created and published using the above InfoPath form:
Expect more to come on this subject in the near future.
An new version of the popular Tied Mode between Timesheet & My Tasks solution starter was published on CodePlex:
Project Server 2007 Timesheet Tied-Mode Service and Event: http://www.codeplex.com/AutoStatusService
This new version give you the ability to import saved Timesheets into My Task in an asynchronous manner. For instance all TS imports could be scheduled during off peak hour at night for instance.
The functionality is the same as the initial solution starter; how and when the updates are processed is what changed. This new version significantly improves the timesheet queue throughput as well as the overall system stability by reducing the load on Statusing.
A special thank you to Mike Shughrue and Steven Haden from the EPM WW COE for creating and testing this solution starter.
With the upcoming release of Windows Server 2008, please find below useful blogs you might want to subscribe to, in order to ramp up on W2K8:
Do you ever need to do an audit of your Project Server 2007 data (prior to a migration, to cleanup unnecessary data, to track the historical volume of data...)?
Please find attached a T-SQL script that will retrieve the following information:
General Project statistics (number of projects, number of resources...)
Custom Fields and Lookup Tables statistics:
Detail Project statistics (useful to pull into a spreadsheet to further analyze project inventory, it includes the last time it got saved, published ...etc)
The attached script will need to be executed directly against the Published database.
If you are an existing EPM partner and would like to learn about EPM opportunities/skills please check the following resources:
Help your clients maximize productivity and reduce costs —and earn your company a share of the US$10 billion* partner services opportunity. All through the Enterprise Project Management (EPM) specialization: https://partner.microsoft.com/US/program/competencies/iwsolutions/epm
Enterprise Project Management Specialization Learning Path This document outlines the readiness resources currently available to assist you in exam preparation, as well as information to help you continue to build and maintain your skills for this upcoming Information Worker Solutions Competency specialization.
With the numbers of databases required in EPM 2007, it's key to have a well tuned and maintained database server. The following TechNet page gives a recap of all SQL Server Best Practices:
Get the real-world guidelines, expert tips, and rock-solid guidance to take your SQL Server implementation to the next level. These SQL Server best practices draw on the extensive experience and expertise from respected developers and engineers at Microsoft, who walk you through the specifics on solving particularly difficult issues.
Happy new year 2008!
Following Joel Oleson's 12 Things to do over the Holidays from a SharePoint perspective, here is my list from an EPM perspective. In no particular order:
A common question asked after successfully installing SP1 is how do you verify the version numbers of the components updated.
To verify individual Project Server 2007 DLL (and Office Servers) please refer to this knowledge base article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936984
Overall after you applied SP1 versions are either: 12.0.6211.1000 and 12.0.6218.1000 for Project Server.
For more information of Service Pack 1 for Project Server 2007 read this.
Thank you to Jim Corbin for helping out put this together.
Pick up Office 2007 power user tips from Microsoft founder and chairman Bill Gates himself.
People are often curious about which applications and technology I use, and if there are features in the new version of Office that have changed the way I work. Without a doubt, the 2007 Microsoft Office system enables me to get my work done more easily and quickly than before.