Microsoft Project Server 2010- Why Should You Upgrade

As a trusted Microsoft Partner and a long time implementer of Microsoft Project Server, EPM Live offers a few valuable tips to aid in your Microsoft Project Server 2010 decision making process.

Is it worth upgrading to Microsoft Project Server 2010? Are there any risks involved in the upgrade? What are the changes in Microsoft Project Server 2010 as compared to previous versions? If these questions have entered your mind at any point during your technology roadmap planning, you’ve come to the right place.

Microsoft will always be a top performer in business productivity applications.  Is it realistic to think that every release will be better than the last?  In this case, yes.  Microsoft Project Server 2010 has topped expectations this time around offering many upgrade benefits to current Project Server users.  Below you will find only a subset of the exciting new benefits that Microsoft Project Server 2010 has to offer.

1. Enhanced and Simplified User Interface
The User Interface of Project Server 2010 is far more simplified and intuitive as compared to its predecessors. For example, the web-based UI for time reporting is now standardized in order to shorten the learning curve and enhance the overall user experience.

2. Unified PPM Capabilities
Project Server 2010 combines best of breed Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) capabilities into a single tool. By upgrading to Project Server 2010, you no longer need Portfolio Server as a standalone system.  Microsoft Project Server 2010 is the only application you need to meet your Project and Portfolio Management needs.

3. Flexible Workflows
Workflows are the USP of Project Server 2010. It’s easy to configure workflows and setup checkpoints in order to encourage greater accountability amongst all stakeholders involved in the workflow process. The tool provides accurate audit records that management can leverage to understand the bottlenecks and performance overheads in any workflow.

4. Strategic Portfolio Management
It is crucial for an organization to adopt a well defined strategy for managing their portfolio and resource utilization. Project Server 2010 helps define business strategies and align them with an organization’s portfolio. It also allows for pro-active rescheduling of Projects in order to derive optimal resource utilization. Project Server 2010 is capable of conducting what-if analysis under varied constraints in order to help an organization choose its best-suited portfolio.

5. Web-Based
Project Server 2010 handles all your project scheduling needs through a web browser interface. Project Server 2010 offers the flexibility of editing and collaborating on all project schedules directly on the web.
6. Enhanced Reporting
Enhanced Reporting is one of the most important features of Project Server 2010. It offers custom dashboards, comprehensive reports and easy integration with leading business intelligence tools.  To ensure you receive maximum ROI, the outputs of the tool are critical.

7. Better Integration with other Microsoft Technologies
Project Server 2010 lets you tap the potential of other Microsoft technologies including Exchange Server 2010, Office 2010 and most importantly, SharePoint Server 2010. These tools help increase the overall productivity of the solution and promote flexibility in choosing alternative tools based on customer requirements. In fact, Project Server 2010 is built on SharePoint Server 2010.

To summarize, Microsoft Project Server 2010 represents the next wave of innovation in the PPM space. If you are not planning to upgrade to Microsoft Project Server 2010, you are missing out on a great opportunity.