Microsoft Project is one of Microsoft's oldest home-grown applications and has for over three decades been a leading desktop solution for project management. Microsoft Project has evolved into is a collaborative tool for planning and managing projects using critical-path scheduling, Gantt-chart visualization, and other techniques to track progress and costs and to allocate human resources, and equipment.
Microsoft Project and Project Server are offered with a perpetual license for a one-time fee. Microsoft Project Online, which stores Project information in a cloud-based SQL Server database, is available only on a subscription basis as part of the Microsoft 365 product family (formerly branded Office 365). Some Project Online subscription plans include a version of Project Professional called Project Online Desktop Client.
While Project is very strong as a tool for managing people-intensive projects such as product development or for tracking work on timesheets, Project is not intended as a materials requirements planning (MRP) solution for manufacturers, which is addressed by several applications within the Microsoft Dynamics family of business software.
Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers offer in-depth expertise in deploying and using Project, Project Server and Project Online and can provide a broad range of cost-effective online consulting services based on industry best practices to help businesses of any size to take full advantage of this powerful platform. Services available from Progent include project design, software configuration and upgrades, strategies for secure collaboration among local and remote users, network infrastructure optimization, and customized webinar training.
Microsoft Project 2021, 2019, and 2016 and Project Online
The server tiers of Microsoft Project 2021, Project 2019, and Project 2016 are offered with a perpetual license for on-premises environments and branded as Project Server. After activation, their licenses will not expire. Cloud-connected clients can use Project Online, a subscription service available in Microsoft 365. Core features of on-premises and cloud-based versions of Project are virtually identical when initially purchased. Project 2021 introduced filtering on the Board & Timeline views, greater control over scheduling modes, and improved collaboration for web projects. Microsoft Project 2019 and Project 2016 included a new Resource Engagements feature that allows you to lock a resource to guarantee its availability. Project 2016 also introduced Capacity heat maps for at-a-glance visualization of both under-utilized and over-utilized resources. The enhanced Timelines visualization allows independent start and end dates for each timeline, support for drag and drop between different timelines, and the ability to save editable objects to PowerPoint.
Microsoft Project 2013
Project 2013 incorporates enhancements in important areas including improved usability, collaboration, manageability, cloud-readiness, Microsoft Office and Office 365 integration, and support for mobile users. The older Project Web App user interface is revamped with a more modern look and feel based on SharePoint 2013. Project Server 2013 consolidates the traditional Draft, Publish, Reporting, and Archive databases into a single database with four schemas, cutting total cost of ownership (TOC) by reducing administration overhead and expanding web-based access. Project Server 2016 can also reduce TOC through its support for multitenancy when used with SharePoint Server 2013, allowing multiple departments or customers share the same SharePoint Server, Project Server farm, and infrastructure. With Project Online, operational maintenance and multitenancy are handled in the host Microsoft datacenters.
Project 2013 improved collaboration with built-in Lync features that provide convenient access to IM and presence capability. In addition, integration with SharePoint Server 2013 and Exchange Server 2013 allowed team members using Project 2013 to collaborate on task management data from mobile devices powered by current versions of Apple iOS, Google Android, and Microsoft Windows. Progent's mobile wireless consultants can help you integrate smartphones and tablets with Microsoft Project by providing services that include iPhone and iPad integration, Android phone and tablet consulting, and RIM BlackBerry expertise.
The headline feature of Project 2013 was enhanced reporting. Project 2013 introduced a rich set of predefined, customizable dashboard, cost, resource and progress reports for tracking the health and status of a project. For example, a powerful Burndown dashboard report displays a chart that shows at a glance a comparison of a project's work that is planned, completed, and unfinished. The burndown dashboard chart is updated automatically whenever the underlying data changes. Project 2013 also includes design tools for creating reports from scratch by simplifying the addition of charts, tables, text, and images. Project 2013 also includes design tools for creating reports from scratch by simplifying the addition of charts, tables, text, and images. There are a number of differences between the business intelligence (BI) features supported by on-premises Project 2013 Server and Project Online. For example, Project Server 2013 on-premises, unlike Project Online, gives authorized users the option to access Reporting tables and views through SQL Server so they can build reports the same way as in Project Server 2010. Project 2013 Server includes SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) integration. To find out about Progent's support for BI reporting, see Progent's BI reporting consulting. To learn about Progent's Microsoft Power BI expertise, visit Microsoft Power BI business analytics consulting services.
It is important to note that the only upgrade method from an older version of Microsoft Project is full database-attach. In-place upgrade is not supported. If you are running Project Server 2007, you must first upgrade to Project Server 2010 before upgrading your data to Project Server 2013. Progent can help you plan and implement an efficient from your legacy version of Microsoft Project to a current version.
Microsoft Project 2010
Microsoft Project Server 2010, which is built on SharePoint 2010, centralizes Microsoft Project information in a common SQL Server database and offers greater management control, enhanced security, and improved collaboration. Project Server 2010 also supports web-based clients, via Project Web Access, as well as users running the Microsoft Project desktop application. Microsoft Project 2010 offers a number of enhancements over Project 2007 in the areas of user interface, scheduling, monitoring, resource management, collaboration, and connectivity. New or improved features in these areas provided with the 2010 version of Microsoft Project include:
Because it is built on SharePoint Server 2010, Project Server 201o makes it easy to create reports and dashboards, use workflows to control document review and approval, and collaborate via Wikis, blogs, discussion groups, and My Sites. Project Server 2010 also takes advantage of SharePoint's powerful search capabilities for finding people and mining resources, tasks, documents, and other project data.
By including the capabilities of Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007, Project Server 2010 is able to provide comprehensive project and portfolio management (PPM) functions in a single server that streamlines administration and does away with the need for a Project Server Gateway.
For more information about Microsoft Project Server, visit Progent's Project Server 2010 consulting services.
Microsoft Project 2007
Microsoft Office Project 2007 provides a robust project management solution with a powerful combination of usability, power, and flexibility, allowing you to manage projects efficiently, collaboratively, and successfully. You can stay informed and control project work, schedules, and finances, keep project teams aligned, and be more productive through integration with familiar Microsoft Office system programs, extensive reporting, guided planning, and flexible tools.
The Microsoft Office Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution streamlines the management and prioritization of projects and resources across your organization. The EPM Solution includes Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007, Microsoft Office Project Server 2007, and Microsoft Office Project Web Access. Important features of Microsoft Office Enterprise Project Management include:
Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers can help you integrate Project with Project Server and with other Microsoft applications including SharePoint, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE engineers can help you build a fast and dependable network infrastructure to support your Microsoft Project environment and to allow authorized users to access Project files easily from local or remote desktop computers or smartphones. Progent's certified network security experts can help you define and enforce security policies that keep you Project information safe and allow you to comply with industry and regulatory standards. Progent can also provide custom webinar training to help individuals or groups manage and use Microsoft Project efficiently.
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