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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Uses EPM Live to Improve Visibility and Reduce Costs

As a center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is responsible for space missions exploring Earth, the solar system and the universe beyond. The laboratory employs approximately 5,000 people and is running a large number of projects at any given time.

The organization was using Microsoft Project Professional within the laboratory to give project management teams access to project schedules. However to share the schedules, JPL’s Project Schedule Analysts (PSAs) needed to create portable document files (PDFs) and then place them in a file share directory for access by project team members.  This meant that the schedules viewed by team members were a static image of project status at any given point in time, and did not provide any ability to drill down into items or make changes. When engineers needed to make a change they had to coordinate with the PSAs, creating additional work for both roles.

JPL decided to deploy WorkEngine from EPM Live, an Enterprise Project Portfolio and Work Management solution that integrates Microsoft SharePoint Server and Microsoft Project Server to achieve improved schedule visibility, greater collaboration, and reduce costs.

Various projects are being migrated to the WorkEngine solution, including plans and schedules for major upcoming flight projects. With EPM Live’s WorkEngine solution, project schedule visibility has been transformed from a static view of the project at any given time into real-time access for all project teams to review and status.

By deploying a project management solution that is integrated with SharePoint Server, JPL is able to create project workspaces where teams can access schedules and other key project information in a single location. This has improved collaboration within the teams, as employees can work together on documents, calendars, tasks and other items, removing version control issues. Project teams have real-time access to data, which boosts productivity among employees.

As well as benefiting from improved collaboration and visibility, JPL anticipates significant cost reductions from moving to an enterprise project management solution. A PSA can create approximately 30 PDFs of schedules during an update cycle, including the top level schedule and a version for each Cost Account Manager. Using the web view will save PSAs up to half a day’s work each week. JPL will also create cost efficiencies through improved collaboration by integrating its projects.

To learn more about how we work with other government agencies, contact us.

Implementing Enterprise PPM for a Multi-maturity Organization

The Project Portfolio Management (PPM) evolution has made great leaps and bounds over the last few years. For this reason, I believe there are still a few common misconceptions that remain linked to the topic of PPM discussions everywhere. Before diving into misconception #1, it is important for you to know that PPM CAN be for everyone, regardless of maturity. If you have a multi-maturity organization, join us for our upcoming webinar to see how you can have a one size fits all PPM solution tailored to meet the needs of every user within your business.

Systems are put into place to resolve pain points, address challenges and return a positive value impact on the underlying need for PPM within the organization. PPM success factors could be defined by an increase in resource productivity, a decrease in spending or the general ability to be able to do more with less. Here’s where the misconception comes in; PPM is, for the most part, known as a complex discipline. In many organizations, PPM systems are often defined and used by those within the organization who are mature enough to understand the data that goes in and the meaning of the data that comes out.  Well, understanding the data is one thing, validating the data is another.  PPM systems will net a much greater return if all resources (those who are managing the work and those who are performing the work) are using the tool.  It is no longer fair to assume that the true PPM practitioners within your organization are the only ones qualified to use a PPM system.  Notice that I said “those who are managing the work”.  In order to have a complete portfolio that reflects true spend, every user must be included.  I’m happy to say that in today’s PPM world, that is possible.  In fact, EPM Live has brought PPM to thousands of users and has met the individual maturity needs of each and every client.  So now that we got the misconception out of the way, let’s talk a little about maturity.

What is a PPM Maturity Model and why is it so important?  PPM Maturity Models have played an important role in history, preparing organizations and IT leaders to better their Project and Portfolio Management processes. The ability to practice these types of strategic disciplines to better align with your organization’s strategic objectives is called Organizational Project Management Maturity.

In today’s competitive market it is critical for organizations to leverage their IT infrastructure to better these processes and continue to move up the maturity curve. It is proven that organizations with higher maturity can expect to see better return and performance on their project portfolio and could potentially lead to competitive advantage. Why? Because a portfolio that is managed in accordance with a PPM Maturity Model, such as Gartner’s, can help organizations identify their weaknesses, determine and set priorities, and play a key role in establishing goals to better the overall organization.

Does this mean that every organization should set a goal of going from level 0 maturity to level 5 in 90 days?  Absolutely not, in fact, quite the contrary. Moving up in maturity at a rapid pace will only introduce risks and ultimately result in low adoption or acceptance for all those involved. Organizations must realistically assess where they reside in the maturity model and set practical, incremental goals that are achievable and obtainable through gradual adoption. The Gartner PPM Maturity Model involves 5 core dimensions and 6 levels:

5 Core Dimensions:

  • People- Your most valuable asset on any project is the people. Their skill set, their involvement or availability and their ability to follow processes and deliver on projects are all crucial characteristics of project management maturity
  • PPM Processes- Processes are the activities, tasks, or workflow that is used to establish an end result. The granularity and complexity of the processes we use through project management disciplines whether it be portfolio management, resource management, time management or task management have a great impact on the end result
  • Financial Management- All project related work, in addition to materials, have a direct impact on your projects bottom line. How you track and manage this information will most definitely play a role in your project’s success
  • Technology- This one is a sweet spot for EPM Live. Technology is critical. How and with what tool you will manage every aspect of your portfolio will ultimately determine your ability to improve productivity which in turn affects your resources, your dollars, your time and the quality in which you deliver
  • Relationships- This one seems to require little explanation. The relationship we have amongst our stakeholders (project teams, customers, leadership) can make or break a project. Communication is key and the way we collaborate and nurture these relationships is of utmost importance

So how does EPM Live technology stack up against the Gartner PPM Maturity Model?  EPM Live believes that PPM Maturity is critical for project success. We also understand that most organizations fall between level 0 and level 1 maturity.  EPM Live provides the tools necessary to help organizations improve their PPM maturity while at the same time aligning with the organization’s strategic goals as you transition up the maturity ladder. For this reason, EPM Live offers a solution path to success that will help you determine where you are in organizational maturity, where you want to be moving forward and a roadmap to get you there!

How EPM Live Aligns With the Top 10 Project Management Trends of 2012

I recently stumbled upon an interesting article on PM Hut that identifies and describes the top 10 project management trends of 2012, as determined by ESI International senior executives and subject matter experts.  At EPM Live, we strive to keep our products and services ahead of the curve, and in alignment with industry best practices and standards.  It was with great delight, though without surprise, to see that EPM Live’s products are right in tune with many of the top 10 trends for this year.

As said by ESI International, “custom-made project approaches, innovative project tools and smarter resource management will be essential for driving the greatest business impact.”  Yes, we agree!

1.  Program management will gain momentum, but resources remain in short supply

With EPM Live tools, you can effectively plan resources from initial high-level role based planning down to detailed work item assignments, and ensure that the right resources are appointed.  When resource scarcity is an issue, plan and assign resources accurately to maximize their availability without over-allocating them to too much work.  Maximize resource allocation by ensuring the right resources are assigned to the right work at the right time.  Some of these tools include our Resource Planner and Analyzer, Resource availability reports, what-if-modeling for resource assignments, and more!  Click here to read more about resource management available with EPM Live.  To view PortfolioEngine Resource Management capabilities click here.

2.  Collaboration software solutions will become an essential business tool for project teams

“Collaboration is central to project management and having a site which allows project artifacts to be created, shared, and distributed within a repository that provides Web-based access and critical functions such as automatic distribution and notification, version control, and user authentication, greatly enhances productivity.”

EPM Live offers many ways for project teams to easily collaborate with one another and communicate efficiently.  The EPM Live solutions are built on SharePoint, so we’re able to start with all the well-known collaboration capabilities, and then add EPM Live’s collaborative tools.  Share knowledge and better collaborate with your work teams to increase productivity and efficiency through various modes of communication.  Some of these examples include comments threads on work items, workspaces for teams to focus on project-specific collaboration, easy statusing of work items, flexible alerts and notifications, and much more!  Click here to see many of the collaboration tools available from EPM Live.

3.  Learning transfer will become the new mantra, but with little structured application

4.  Agile blends with waterfall for a new “hybrid” approach

EPM Live offers pre-built templates that allow teams to manage projects using a variety of methodologies.  This includes Agile & Waterfall joined as a hybrid approach, as well as the same solutions independently.

We have a related blog on this topic.  Click here to read more about Waterfall plus Agile as hybrid planning with EPM Live.  To see some of the work template offered with EPM Live’s WorkEngine, click here.

5.  Smarter project investments will require a stronger marriage between project management and business process management (BPM)

“The more impact the project has on reducing internal costs, the higher it will be ranked. The “smart” money will be spent on driving costs out of the business.”

With EPM Live, organizations gain visibility across the portfolio, and can utilize tools to ensure the right projects are selected and managed, in accordance with important business-wide drivers and priority scoring.  Capture and determine the right mix and sequencing of proposed projects and ideas to best achieve the organization’s overall goals. View various reports to evaluate which projects bring the most value to the business.  Click here to read an EPM Live white paper about successful portfolio planning.

6.  Internal certifications in corporations and federal agencies will eclipse the PMP®

7.  More PMO heads will measure effectiveness on business results

“To judge business effectiveness, PMO heads need to determine if their work has had a positive, quantifiable effect on the business in terms of troubled project reduction, lower project manager attrition, and faster time to market. In 2012 the practice of measuring the outputs, not the inputs, of project management will gain traction.”

Reporting is essential to see not only how the business is doing with regards to their active portfolio of projects and work, but also to see how successfully they closed out completed projects, for metrics & future improvement.  EPM Live has many out of box reports available, and the capabilities to modify existing and build new custom reports.  Click here for more info about reporting & business intelligence from EPM Live.

8.  Good project managers will buck unemployment trends

9.  Client-centric project management will outpace the “triple constraint”

“The new definition of project success is that a project can exceed its time and cost estimates so long as the client determines that it is successful by whatever criteria they use. In today’s environment, project value is determined by the “recipient”—or client—not the “provider.””

EPM Live offers flexible & configurable project success criteria and business drivers.  This allows your organization to determine how you will grade your projects and requests, objectively scoring them in accordance with those business drivers.  This can also be done in terms of determining the final success of an active or closed project.  Take those same capabilities of the project selection scoring, and incorporate them as objectively scoring the success of the projects.   Click here for more about the portfolio management capabilities available from EPM Live.

10.  HR professionals will seek assessments to identify high-potential project managers

 

Note: All quotes are from the PM Hut article.  To view the full article posted by ESI International on the PM Hut site, click here.

 

2012 Resource Planning – Download a Free White Paper

Employees are the most valuable asset and the biggest expense for most organizations.  Any organization that fails to manage their resources to ensure sufficient capacity is available, and that they are being assigned and managed efficiently, risks losing control of its project and work costs and having its business activities seriously constrained.  The ability to deploy employees effectively against often conflicting projects and other work priorities enables organizations to optimize their return on human resource investments. In order to maximize both task throughput and company morale, resource and project managers need an efficient system to place the appropriate staff on the right teams at the right time.

Over the past year EPM Live has had the opportunity to work with thousands of users to improve their overall effectiveness of delivering projects within their organizations.  Given the current economy and status of many businesses today, there has been an overwhelming need to improve Resource Management planning and processes throughout 2011.  In the spirit of the New Year, here are a few tools to help you with your 2012 resource planning!

Download a Free Resource Management White Paper

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EPM Live Launches PortfolioEngine at the Gartner ITxpo!

We at EPM Live are very excited to be participating in the Gartner IT Expo event!  The Gartner IT Expo allows us to network with key IT industry leaders, and access to over 450 sessions.   We are enjoying connecting with our customers at our booth and learning moreabout the major trends that are shaping the IT landscape from Mobile, Context, Cloud and Social.

At the event, we released our new PortfolioEngine product line.  PortfolioEngine is our SharePoint-based, top-down Project Portfolio Management (PPM) Solution that empowers executives to make critical business decisions with confidence.  With PortfolioEngine you know which projects deliver the highest ROI while maximizing your company’s resources.  Key new features include:
  • Stage Gates: PortfolioEngine allows you to optimize your business performance through pre-built workflow templates for approvals and stage gating. Streamline project approval through workflows to automatically initiate project execution. Easily customize your business processes to meet your approval needs.
  • Portfolio Analytics & Prioritization:  Leverage portfolio analytics tools to make better decisions when selecting projects and work for execution.  Gain real-time insight into rich analytics such as color-coded heat maps and portfolio modeling capabilities.  Prioritize based on financial value, strategic alignment, risk or any other business case criterion.

    What-If Analysis

  • Demand Management & Portfolio Selection:  Capture and determine the right mix and sequencing of proposed projects and ideas to best achieve the organization’s overall goals. View various dashboards of proposed work to evaluate which projects bring the most value to the business.

 

  •  Top-Down Planning: PortfolioEngine offers top-down planning capabilities that are supported with our bottoms-up detailed project and work management capabilities resulting in better business outcomes.

 

World Leader in Manufacturing Selects WorkEngine for PPM in New Product Development

Congratulations to Vectron International and EPM Live trusted partner PM Providers for implementing a successful WorkEngine PPM Solution for New Product Development!

“WorkEngine was a great choice for us.  We’ve been able to bring project teams together from across the globe and improve collaboration.  Our executives love the ease it has provided to roll up multiple projects at a glance, and the seamless data integration with our other business systems,” said Dave Chandler, Vectron Product Manager.

Vectron International is a world leader in the design and manufacture of Frequency Control, Sensor, and Hybrid Product solutions including crystals and crystal oscillators, frequency translators, clock and data recovery products, Crystal filters and other components used in telecommunications, data communications, frequency synthesizers, timing, navigation, military, aerospace and instrumentation systems.

Headquartered in Hudson, NH and with operating facilities and sales offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Vectron International is known for its technical capabilities in crystal oscillator and SAW filter design. The innovation and capability provided by the company reflects technologically sophisticated integrated solutions.

Vectron’s continued innovation curve is dependent on highly skilled engineering resources with specific domain expertise.  As a result, Vectron’s ability to develop and drive new products and custom applications to market is directly tied to the availability of these valuable and limited engineering skills.  In order to more effectively balance the need for new product development with customer-specific custom orders, Vectron needed a way to understand and model the entire project portfolio with specific focus on product development road-map projects to ensure that adequate resources continued to be focused on future product development.

In addition to developing and tracking the portfolio of projects in the pipeline, Vectron also needed a way to account for production support activities, resource allocations across the portfolio, and actual work accrued against projects across three business lines and four development sites in the US and Europe.  The development of good project scheduling techniques, product development process adherence, enhanced collaboration and communications, and time reporting were essential elements for driving improved performance, accountability, and resource capacity optimization.

Vectron knew they needed to deploy a Project Portfolio Management System (PPM) to address their business challenges but were concerned with introducing too much complexity for employees.  Vectron entrusted PM Providers, an EPM Live partner, to select the ‘right-fit’ PPM solution for their business.  PPM tool selection was a critical step to ensure system acceptance and data integrity.  After evaluating Microsoft Project Server, EPM Live’s WorkEngine, and PM Providers’ EPMLite solutions, Vectron selected WorkEngine as having the right mix of functionality and ease-of use for the organization.

With the WorkEngine Solution Vectron was able to rapidly develop business-centric views of their project portfolio with dynamic, real-time reporting including resource utilization and capacity analytics.  In addition, WorkEngine’s user-friendly timesheets and timesheet compliance reports allowed Vectron to quickly evaluate resource efforts across business units and projects and adjust allocations to meet shifting priorities.  Built on proven Microsoft SharePoint Technology, WorkEngine was clearly the right-fit solution for Vectron International.  Now Vectron is able to effectively monitor and control project resources and direct key staff efforts to strategic roadmap projects without compromising existing customer project support.

WorkEngine #Agile Management – Expanding Iterative Planning Outside of Software Development

The Agile trend has been rapidly increasing now that the practices are more easily understood and adopted, and tools have become more increasingly available.  While Agile is definitely more prominent within the software development community, we’ve found customers finding new and innovative ways to leverage iterative planning outside of software development projects.  Since WorkEngine supports both standard waterfall scheduling approaches, along with iterative planning, organizations have been able to leverage one solution across multiple departments.

For example,  one of our customers has a department with a need to manage their monthly publications.  Key requirements that influenced them to use iterative planning include:

  • Short cycles with repeated activities
  • Frequent releases of publications
  • Highest priority items are addressed first
  • Finish date is firm but scope might be changed
  • Need to easily move work items among iterations

To meet these requirements, each monthly publication is represented as an iteration within WorkEngine.  Users can create, name and time-box these iterations associated to publications for management and tracking capabilities.  Managers easily create tasks, sub-tasks and general activities and associate them to a specific publication (iteration).  They then define the complexity (points) or workload (effort) to a specific monthly publication and resource within their WorkEngine solution to balance the workload.  As such, managers now have the capability to plan and coordinate resource workload to ensure proper placement, expertise and efficiency for each publication (iteration).  Work items that don’t make a specific publication can be easily dragged into another publication iteration.

In addition, some articles may span several iterations.  WorkEngine’s Agile solution allows them to associate each article to several tasks or activities within each iteration(s).  Combine the powerful iteration planning WorkEngine offers, along with the other work management capabilities such as workflow/approvals,  content management and financial management and you have one simple to use solution to manage across multiple department needs.

EPM Live Gives Back- Bringing SharePoint Project Management to Everyone

It has been a great year for EPM Live! We have so many reasons to be thankful: a rapidly growing client base, healthy and dedicated employees, many noteworthy acomplishments, an endless supply of loyal supporters, and many, many more! It is for these reasons that we are honored every year to give back to our community. EPM Live donates tens of thousands of dollars in software licenses every month to aid non-profit organizations in planning, controlling and executing their projects and work to maximize their contributions to their causes.

Managing projects with minimum resources and little funding requires even more control which is why EPM Live has been supporting non-profits by giving them the tools they need to make their organizations successful. Some of the non-profit organizations that have experienced EPM Live’s give back spirit are listed below:

Operation ShareLove: Support Haiti Earthquake Victims:

The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake, with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne, approximately 25 km (16 miles) west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. The earthquake occurred at 16:53 local time (21:53 UTC) on Tuesday, 12 January 2010. By 24 January, at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. An estimated three million people were affected by the quake; the Haitian government reported that an estimated 230,000 people had died, 300,000 had been injured and 1,000,000 made homeless. They also estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had collapsed or were severely damaged. EPM Live donated free copies of Project Publisher to anyone that donated at least $50 to the cause.

Special Olympics:

The Special Olympics World Winter Games Committee needed a project management tool that would allow each venue to manage their tasks independently and have the ability to report their project status to one enterprise site. The Special Olympics World Winter Games Committee uses WorkEngine because the solution provides the highest level of capability and flexibility, with the greatest ease of use in functionality and deployment. With WorkEngine’s online Software + Services environment, the solution gave the committee the ability to be up and running within a few business days. “The solution came highly recommended from the team we were working with on our technology infrastructure. We are a sunset organization and did not have much time to implement and configure a complicated EPM solution. WorkEngine allowed us to add as many users as needed and tailor the solution to our unique needs,” said J.P. Benlian, Special Olympics World Winter Games Committee Member.

The Pink Party:

The Pink Party is committed to supporting breast cancer research, patient and family care, education related to environmental/biological causes and the importance of early detection. By bringing the community together to party for a cause, The Pink Party promotes celebration, survival, empowerment and education. The Pink Party used WorkEngine to provide volunteer coordination, event planning and execution, manage all donations and donors as well as establish a portal for all sponsorship communication and correspondence.

Hope for Gavin:

Tay-Sachs is a rare hereditary disease caused by a genetic mutation that leaves the body unable to produce an enzyme (known as Hex-A) necessary for fat metabolism in nerve cells. Without this enzyme, central nervous system degeneration ensues. The disease is named for a British ophthalmologist, Warren Tay, who first described the disease, in 1881, and a New York neurologist, Bernard Sachs, who first described the cellular changes and the genetic nature of the disease, in 1887. Gavin is a 5 year old boy who lives in San Diego, CA. In 2009, Gavin was diagnosed with Tay Sachs disease, a rare and fatal disease. The Hope for Gavin charity was created to provide support for Gavin and support for the Cure Tay Sachs Foundation. The Hope for Gavin team has been using their WorkEngine application to manage all fundraising events, sell tickets, control donations and sponsorships and provide a collaboration environment for all volunteers.

PMI Chapters (Project Management Institute):

EPM Live has been offering all PMI Chapters the online WorkEngine product for over three years. PMI Chapters are using WorkEngine to run Chapter business including volunteer programs, conference planning and execution, board meeting minutes and action items, component dinner planning and execution as well as all other simple to complex project management needs. Because WorkEngine is built on SharePoint, users are able to collaborate easily and efficiently without the need for an elaborate training program. It also gives PMI Chapters the ability to incentivize volunteers by providing top of the line, best practice software to manage all of their programs, offering them the experience they need to improve their project management skill level. WorkEngine’s security is flexible and scalable so Chapter’s can collaborate not only with their individual Chapter but can share best practice information across other Chapter’s in their region as well.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year a huge success! Happy Holidays to all!

Resource Management in SharePoint

Employees are the most valuable asset and the biggest expense for most organizations. The ability to deploy employees effectively against often conflicting projects and other work priorities enables organizations to optimize their return on human resource investments. In order to maximize both task throughput and company morale, resource and project managers need an efficient system to place the appropriate staff on the right teams at the right time.

SharePoint can help organizations accomplish every stage in the resource management life cycle so that maximum allocation can be reached without introducing risks. The five stages of the resource management life cycle are:

• Resource Capacity
• Resource Allocation
• Resource Work Management
• Resource Collaboration and
• Resource Task Management

Capacity Planning helps to ensure that resource capacity meets current and future business requirements in a cost-effective manner.  In the Capacity planning stage you will need to identify all the roles needed for the given project or work effort at hand.  For example, which organizations or departments will be involved in your project?  This will help you establish the structure for your project and potentially how your tasks will be organized and even identify security constraints.  What disciplines and skill sets are required to complete your project?  Without the proper skill sets and expertise, particular tasks may require more training, longer term times, possibly even result in rework.   Effective resource management relies on the fact that these factors have all been considered prior to selecting your resources. Once you have determined your generic roles, you will need to determine the quantity of each role needed as well as the timeframe.  As this information is obtained, you will then be ready to analyze your plan, make adjustments and prepare for actual named assignments.  Let’s take a look at how you can accomplish Resource capacity in SharePoint.

1)  Build a resource plan directly in SharePoint:

2)  Use a resource modeler to perform what-if analysis, finalize portfolio selection and apply the right sequencing.

3)  Leverage resource capacity reports built directly in SharePoint to analyze your current resource needs and all potential risks associated.

To see how you can leverage SharePoint to manage the remaining four stages of resource management, download our “Resource Management in SharePoint” on-demand webinar by clicking on the link below.

View Resource Management in SharePoint- On-Demand Webinar

EPM Live Acquires EPK Group Product Line

EPM Live, a global leader in Enterprise SharePoint Project and Work Management Solutions, announced today at the Gartner ITxpo their acquisition of EPK Group’s EPK-Suite product line. The result of this acquisition and upcoming development efforts will produce an integrated system that truly revolutionizes the way organizations manage work using Microsoft SharePoint.

“WorkEngine and the EPK Group founders share a joint vision to evolve the traditional, powerful capabilities of EPK Suite Portfolio Management, Resource Management and Cost Management and extend the same value-driven concepts to all work areas of the business using Microsoft SharePoint,” said Joe Larscheid, CEO of EPM Live.  Earlier this year when they announced WorkEngine 2010, Joe stated, “This launch will not only confirm our commitment to an aggressive product roadmap, but will fill the gaps in the technology market allowing us to meet market demand and further enhance our market position.”  “The acquisition of the EPK products reinforces our commitment to take the necessary steps to add maximum value to the systems our customers require.  As an organization’s work takes the shape of all different sizes and complexity, WorkEngine will now be able to help meet the Portfolio Work Management and Resource Management objectives of most organizations, to increase growth and profitability for an overall competitive advantage,” Joe added today.

The EPK Suite acquisition and the product integration development already underway, will add an array of enhancements to WorkEngine and Microsoft SharePoint that will help address customers’ needs by offering a deeper level of portfolio work management, and highly functional resource management and cost management capabilities.

About EPK Group

 

 

The EPK Group founders average more than 30 years experience in the project management field, including consulting, implementation, and project management systems development. They have led the development and introduction to the marketplace of many of the project management systems used over the past 30 years, including the Enterprise Project system Microsoft acquired in August 2000. As part of the acquisition of Enterprise Project, they became members of the Microsoft product development team and participated in the development of Microsoft Project Professional and Microsoft Project Server.