Project Momentum 2010 Barcelona, Spain —an EMEA customer and partner event

You’re invited to Project Momentum 2010—EMEA, an EMEA customer and partner event, to be held in Barcelona, Spain on November 16 – 18, 2010. Key Highlights of Project Momentum 2010—EMEA: · Obtain unique insights from customers and partners into how Project 2010 delivers flexible work management solutions · Learn about innovative capabilities in Project 2010 that solve your organization’s unique and specific needs · Share best practices and learn new ways to win in challenging business scenarios · Understand how to leverage your investments across related Microsoft technologies · 15+ in-depth breakout sessions across business and technical tracks · Hands on labs and product demonstrations · Thought provoking keynotes and guest speakers · Connect and collaborate with industry practitioners, partners, executives, technologists, and the Microsoft Project team Called the most significant Project release in more than a decade. Come learn what the buzz is all about. To register, please select the “register now” button below. Registration for this event is $75.00 (USD). For more information about Project 2010, please visit . See you in November! Project Momentum 2010—EMEA Planning Team |

Project 2010 at TechED Europe 2010

As we announced earlier – Project 2010 will have a great presence at TechEd Europe 2010! Christophe has posted more session-related details today and you can check all the session on and start to build your session schedule using the schedule builder! Project 2010 Sessions OFS201 – Application Lifecycle Management – Microsoft Project 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010, Better Together OFS306-IS – Project 2010 Development for SharePoint Developers With Real-World Examples OFS224 – Project 2010 Demo, Demo, Demo – Overview for IT Professionals and Developers OFS305-IS – Project 2010 Deployment And Upgrade – the theory, the myth and the best practices Project 2010 Hands-on Lab OFS210-HOL – Project 2010 – End to End Project and Portfolio Management built on SharePoint 2010 – Self Paced Hands-on Lab Project 2010 Booth As usually we will have a Project 2010 booth staffed with the following experts ready to answer your Project 2010 questions: Bernhard Fischer ( ) Mike Wuebboldt ( ) Stefan Kiehne ( ) Christophe Fiessinger (Microsoft) Stephan Fasshauer (Microsoft) Jan Kalis (Microsoft) You can also look forward to the Project 2010 T-Shirts and USB keys with the Project 2010 Quick Start Training for offline viewing! Looking forward to see you all! Jan

Live Chat Announcement – Want to learn more about Office 2010 and Windows?

Would you like to learn more about the cool new features in Office 2010 and Windows 7 and what has changed since previous versions? Do you use Microsoft Office but would like to learn tips and tricks to be more productive at home, school or at work? Perhaps you are a new user who has questions on how to get started with Windows 7 or using the Office ribbon? Or would like to learn how to protect your computer from malware and viruses. Or perhaps you are just stuck and need answers. The Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) are here to help! The MVPs are the same people you see in the technical community as authors, trainers, user groups leaders and answerers in the Microsoft forums. For the first time ever we have brought these experts together as a collective group to answer your questions live. MVPs will be on hand to take questions about Microsoft Office 2010 or Office 2007 products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Project , OneNote and more. As well as the Windows 7 and earlier versions such as Windows Vista. In addition to Microsoft Office, the chat will cover Windows related topics such as upgrading, setup and installation, securing your PC, Internet Explorer, personalizing your computer desktop or having fun with Windows Live Essentials to share photos, make movies and more. All levels of experience are welcome from beginners and students to intermediate power users. Please join us for this informative Q&A style chat and bring on your basic and your tough questions! Project MVPs Andrew Lavinsky and Tim Runcie will be participating. When:

Using metrics to, you know, actually measure stuff?…that’s crazy talk!

A fundamental part of the work we do on our team is to measure things: the costs of deploying desktops, the business value of an application lifecycle management solution, the costs of managing a virtualized server environment, etc. In doing this, we aim to drive scenarios that amplify the value that our future products will have to our core customers. And to do that, it’s important to understand how our customers measure performance, costs, risk, and so forth and put that in a context of how our products are being used. In a recent survey I conducted of 45 developers, DBAs, and information workers and managers, I wanted to understand what metrics were being used measure the effectiveness of current processes and technologies across a set of application platform scenarios such as building composite apps, managing app servers, and data warehousing to name a few. What I found is that most respondents had very little sense of what measures were used to track the effectiveness of the work they do. This was especially surprising given the number of respondents who described themselves as having a very mature IT organization. In his excellent book: How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business , author Douglas Hubbard makes a compelling case for how it is possible to measure just about anything from a business context. The value of his message, in my opinion, is not that you can measure these things or even that you should. Rather, I think the biggest value here is how to measure. Without going into a lot of detail (and spoiling the thrilling end of the book!), he states that even if an organization doesn’t have a specific measure for some process or desired outcome, they will certainly at least have some observable way to detect an improvement that the business values . If not, you wouldn’t do it. Given that rather straightforward and somewhat obvious statement, it’s clear that every organization in a business context will have measureable processes, technologies, and/or outcomes whether or not they have specific metrics or key performance indicators (KPIs). What has your experience been in measuring your work against specific measures? How do you measure the effectiveness of your team’s work? Let me know at or feel free to post a comment. All the best, Erik Svenson, Application Platform Lead, War on Cost Team

Tips and Tricks: Change the month the fiscal year starts on

I get this question a lot: How do I change the month that the fiscal year starts on? First, to make sure you’re reading a blog entry that pertains to you, let me define a fiscal year. The fiscal year is the year-long period, at the end of which an organization’s accounts are completed and financial statements are prepared for stakeholders and for tax purposes. Compare this to the calendar year, which is the