Leverage Online Project Management for Flexible Scheduling Tools

With EPM Live’s online project management solution, users are able to choose the best tool for their online schedule management requirements.

When creating a project workspace, you will want to choose whether you are going to use the EPM Live Project Planner or Microsoft Project  – which you may already have installed – to manage your project schedule and plan. As a third option, you can also simply use “Tasks” to track the work you need to do in a flat list, which I’ll cover more in a follow-up post.

Most commonly, experienced project managers are creating a hierarchical schedule, or need complex dependencies or assignment-hours detail. If that is you, you will want to choose one way or the other to manage your project plan in the long-term within the project management products which EPM Live has made available.

There are several points for comparison in this decision process, but here are a few key things to consider:

EPM Live’s Project Planner

  • Completely online – no software installation necessary
  • Create a hierarchical tasks list with assignments, set baselines, track actuals
  • Supports custom views unique to each user within the Planner

Microsoft Project 

  • Must install both Microsoft Project and the EPM Live Project Publisher add-in
  • Create a hierarchical tasks list with assignments, set baselines, track actuals
  • Supports custom views stored locally within your Project

A final tip on making your selection easy: just set the Default Planner option to your choice the first time you edit the project inside the workspace.  The default setting will apply to either the Project Planner or Microsoft Project.