Get the REAL Microsoft Project Server!

I have been following the activities of several competitors on the various digital channels for the past few months and I find it an honor to see how competitors are mimicking our product names, messaging and positioning to sell a product clearly different from ours… On one hand it’s always a good sign to see copycats and people mimicking a leader, but on the other hand I am worried that customers get confused and abused with a brand that is not Microsoft and potentially a product of lesser value that does not meet their business needs. Similar to politics it’s interesting to see competitors make inaccurate statements and for instance compare their offer against an older version (yes 2007 is “passe” and 2010 is OUT) or when they compare their server/online offering to our desktop product, so easy and cheap but so wrong…I am hopeful that in this day and digital age customers will hopefully find out the truth. So watch out for vendors using “EPM”, “Project Server”, etc… and do a thorough evaluation before signing the check! To sum it all, get the real Microsoft Project Server and Microsoft Project or at least look at our latest stack before making a purchase decision. We are transparent and offer free trial, so go to for the product information you need! Happy purchase decision

Microsoft IT Cuts Costs, Gains Greater Consistency with Project Planning Software

Another great new case study thanks to Joyce and Tad: Great job MS IT! Microsoft IT, which manages technology resources for the global software company, wanted to improve the consistency of decision-making processes across planning governance bodies. Assisted by Microsoft Services consultants, Microsoft IT implemented Microsoft Project Server 2010. It used Project Server 2010 to plan its fiscal year 2011 new-program budgets and will expand that scope. It is also building workflows, dashboards, and other customizations using Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and complementary technologies. With Project Server 2010, Microsoft IT is consolidating its toolset to reallocate training budgets and cut support costs. It is also improving the quality and visibility of its IT project portfolio planning, more effectively tracking benefits through projects’ life cycles, and establishing a single source of truth for reporting on project management data. Favorite Quotes : My number-one benefit is cost reduction. Using Project Server 2010 to simplify our toolset, we have been able to reallocate our training budget for next year. All employees can use Project Server 2010 to see the strategy more easily—to see why certain programs are chosen, and how each program benefits each line of business. With all of our project data available in Project Server 2010, we save people time when they’re looking for information. Also check out the picture on Arpan’s blog A Great Week at the PMI Global Congress , good to see lots of attendees at the Microsoft Project booth compared to others For more Microsoft Project Server case studies go here:”project%20server”

Microsoft Project Family is getting bigger- Welcome SharkPro and BeMoPro

With the PMI Global Congress this week in Washington DC, two new offerings have been officially announced today on Microsoft Project 2010. It’s very exciting to see partner creating new offerings on our stack, a great testament on the value of Project 2010 and how extensible it is. SharkPro Software ( ) BeMo Project Intelligence ( ) Additionally check out this other announcement from Arpan Shah on the main Project Blog: Project 2010 Customer Success and Dynamics SL 2011 Integration

Project 2010 Customer Success and Dynamics SL 2011 Integration

My name is Arpan Shah and I’m the Director of Microsoft Project Product Management at Microsoft. I moved into this role this past June 2010 having led Technical Product Management for the SharePoint team for the SharePoint 2007 and 2010 releases. I’m especially excited to lead the Project Product Management team given the exciting new in-market Project 2010 technologies, the strong partner ecosystem, passionate customer community and fascinating vision! With a customer base that exceeds 20,000,000 Microsoft Project users and over 10,000 organizations that use Microsoft Project Server, it’s definitely a great place to be! Since launching Project 2010 in May, we’ve seen a tremendous amount of excitement from Project Managers, partners and decision makers. We’ve had an incredible number of downloads of the beta and evaluation software and we’re getting positive feedback from users on new client features like the Ribbon UI, timeline view and SharePoint sync, just to name a few. When it comes to Project Server 2010 , enterprises such as Volvo , Amdocs and Marquette University are deploying Project Server 2010 today to manage their IT portfolios, reduce costs, maximize resource allocations and improve workflows. Along with great customers, we have a large skilled Microsoft Project partner community and you can learn more about them at . What makes the Project 2010 release special is how it enables individuals, teams and organizations to manage all their work, not just projects. It’s a vision we strongly believe in and something we’ll continue investing in the near and longer term. To execute on this vision of providing a holistic set of Project Management technologies, one of our focus areas is to integrate with other key systems such as the Office, SharePoint, SQL BI capabilities, Team Foundation Server and Dynamics. Integration with other technologies helps users seamlessly manage and maintain all their projects across systems. In fact, just last week, the Dynamics team announced that Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 will be generally available in March 2011 across North America and will have out-of-the-box integration with Project Server 2010. This will bring together project management and project accounting for mid-sized project-driven organizations through functionality that reduces redundant data entry, provides synchronization of project and accounting information, as well as the creation and viewing of budgeting and net profit information. This release continues a long history of Project and Dynamics integrations beginning with the 2003 release. So what’s next? Over the next few months, you’ll continue to see innovation coming from Microsoft, our partners and customers. We’d love to hear from you through our blog, forums and at events. In fact, this week, we’re one of the key sponsors for the PMI Global Congress conference in DC. So if you’re here, swing by our booth (#1001), try Project 2010 and tell us about your Project Management experiences! You can also visit and watch videos, download a free trial and get more product information. Arpan Shah Director, Microsoft Project

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: