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Frequently Asked Questions for Project Server Support, Inc.

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Microsoft Project and Project Server Training

Microsoft Project and Project Server Consulting

Microsoft Project Server and Microsoft Project Professional Features

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Class Room Workshops: 

  
Work Thru Project Management™ - with or without Microsoft Project (3 - 4 days)

 
Think Thru Project Management™  - with or without Microsoft Project  (3 - 4 days)

 
Microsoft Project Overview  (2 - 3 days)

 
Microsoft Project “Think & Explore”  (2 days)

  
Microsoft Project / Project Web Access as Client - Initiating, Planning and Tracking in the Enterprise  (2 - 3 days)

 
Microsoft Project Server and Administration  (3 days) 

 
Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Boot Camp (5 - 6 days)

     
Microsoft Project Server Installation & Deployment   (2 days) 

  
Microsoft Web Access for Project Managers, Teams, and Stakeholders  (4 hours) 

  • Do you have onsite training? Yes, PSSI is always available to provide onsite training.  We will even customize the training session as well as customize the training materials for your organization.   

  • Do you have public course training? Yes, currently we offer public EPM boot camps each month in Tampa, Florida. We limit enrollment to six participants and we do not cancel our workshops for low enrollment. Please visit our training page for schedule and additional information.  

  • What type of training material is included? We have five training material kits for Administrators, Project Managers, Resource Managers, Executives and Team Members.  Each kit contains the appropriate workbook(s) for their role in the organization, job aids, handouts, posters, access to a reference portal and depending on the workshop tool like Process Bridge. Process Bridge is an add-in to Microsoft Project and provides the bridge between industry-accepted management tools and techniques as outlined by the Project Management Institute in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) and Microsoft Project. 

    We can also provide your organization with customized and tailored training materials.  These are designed to meet your project management requirements as well as meeting your unique process and methodologies.

  • Do you offer a complete administration course for Microsoft Project Server? Yes we do offer a complete administration course for Microsoft Project Server or EPM. We have a 3 day administrator's public or on-site course that can be augmented as a full 5 to 6 day boot camp.    

  • Do you provide “Role Based” training? Yes we do provide for role based training.  We can provide specific training for Executives, Directors, Project Managers, Resource Managers, Team Members and Administrators.

  • Do you provide onsite consulting? Yes we do provide onsite consulting.  Our consulting philosophy is to provide customers the utmost quality and comfort in planning and the physical implementation of all their project management needs. Our consultants are recognized the World over in their field and have contributed significantly to the field of Enterprise Project Management. We offer the most competitive rates of any top tier consultancy and stand by our work. 

  • What type of consulting can you provide for installation and configuration of software? We offer complete support to assist your organization to plan, implement and guide your effective implementation and use of the Microsoft Project Server.  We can assist your organization as well as augment your implementation team, or perform the entire implementation.

  • Do you provide Enterprise Project Management consulting? Enterprise Project Management Prototype: We can setup and then train you to run an effective EPM prototype so that you can "try the system on for size" before investing in pilot and deployment.

Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Pilot: This involves all activities involved with setting up the Microsoft Project Server 2003 / 2007 / 2010 on a company or hosted server. Customization includes custom templates, security settings, share point services settings, and project professional settings as per company requirements. The EPM pilot is designed to run a select portfolio of projects to infer the quality and quantity of information gathered from the system and to evaluate the effectiveness of an EPM application.

Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Deployment: EPM rollout is the next step after the successful implementation of EPM pilot. It involves training, server modifications, standardization of procedures, performance management, cross complexities of resources and management and a strict code of enterprise functioning within the project management domain.

Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Audit: Our Project Server System Audit is a technical and functional review of your implementation. Our technical audit ensures that all Project Server functionality is operational. During our functional audit we review your Project Server configuration and provide recommendations to improve and mature your system. We also guide you in the proper use of the Project Server Enterprise software.

  • What is Microsoft Project Server 2003 / 2007 / 2010? Project Server 2003 / 2007 / 2010 is the server application that provides the business logic for the portfolio management, resource management, and collaboration capabilities in the EPM Solution. Project Server 2003 / 2007 /2010 enables organizations to store project and resource information centrally and consistently. It also integrates with Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services for file management and collaboration capabilities, helping team members to work together more effectively. Project Server 2007 is fully integrated with WSS. Project Server 2010 is considered by some experts to be a Windows SharePoint Services app.

    Users can connect to Project Server using Project Professional (desktop program) or Project Web Access (Web portal) to save, retrieve, and interact with Project Server data. Users can also use Microsoft Office Outlook to synchronize their tasks from Project Server and view and report progress on their project tasks from Outlook.

  • What is Microsoft Project Web Access? Project Web Access (now called Project Web App in 2010) is the viewer software that enables you to connect to the project and resource information that is stored in SQL databases and collaborate on projects using Internet Explorer. Team members, executives, and resource managers—in other words, anyone who needs access to Project Server information but does not require the scheduling capabilities of Project Professional—can use Project Web Access through a Web browser to view, update, and analyze information.  Please note that Project Web Access is not a separate product. Rather, it is enabled by Project Server and acts as the Web portal in the EPM Solution. You must have a Project Server Client Access License (CAL) to use Project Web Access.  

  • What is Windows SharePoint Services? Windows SharePoint Services, a component technology of Windows Server 2003, enables users to create Web sites for information-sharing and file collaboration. Project Server 2003 integrates with Windows SharePoint Services for file management and project-related issue and risk tracking.  To enable Windows SharePoint Services capabilities—including file versioning and check-in/check-out—Project Server 2003 requires Windows Server 2003. Project Server 2007 is fully integrated Project Server 2007. Project Server 2010 requires Windows SharePoint Services 2010.

  • What is enterprise project management? The EPM Solution brings together client, server, and Web-based technologies to enable your organization, department, or team to manage company-wide projects and align business initiatives for better results. Project Professional 2003 / 2007 / 2010, Project Server 2003 / 2007 / 2010, and Project Web Access are designed to work together to make up the EPM Solution.  Check out the EPM Solution overview to learn more.

  • What are some of the MS Project Professional Enterprise Features? Some new features in the EPM Solution include:

Project Storage. Projects are stored and retrieved from centrally located SQL databases. Projects can be opened and/or edited by anyone with security permissions.

Enterprise Resource Management. Select resources from a defined resource pool. View assignments across projects. Evaluate past performance on projects, level workloads out into the near future and plan capacity.

EPM Security Model. Security selections determine which objects (projects and resources) Project users can see and edit, and what users can do in both Microsoft Project and Project Web Access.

  • What is the difference between Microsoft Project Standard and Microsoft Project Professional (Pro)? Microsoft Project Server is the base server product, used along with Microsoft Professional and Project Web App (Access).  PWA is used for team and individual collaboration and reporting along with portfolio management for managers and executives.

    Microsoft Standard provides all the core tools necessary to create projects and allocate resources and costs, but does not have the powerful enterprise project management capabilities.  Microsoft Project Standard is still the project management program of choice for project managers and planners who want to plan and manage projects from their personal computers.

Project Server 2010 Product Guide

User Role in the Enterprise

Products they typically use

Executives and Portfolio Managers

Project Web Access (PWA)

Project Manager

Microsoft Office Project Professional and PWA

Team Members

Project Web Access (PWA)

Administrator

Microsoft Office Project Professional and PWA

Resource Managers

PWA and possibly Microsoft Office Project Professional

  • Who are Executives, Portfolio Managers and Resource Managers? Executives, Portfolio Managers and Resource Managers are members of the Enterprise who are responsible for programs, projects and resource requirements to fulfill project execution.

  • Who are Project Managers? Project Managers are provided with a role as a Project Manager in Project Web Access and will also use all the Enterprise based features in the Project Professional version. 

  • Who are Team Members? Team members are individuals that work on projects and can have access to Project Web Access and the associated features via a browser based solution, internet or intranet.

  • Who are Project Administrators? Administrators are provided full access to all aspects of the Enterprise solution via a login to the Project Server.  They are responsible for governing all Server configurations, reporting structures, security, logins and passwords as well as arranging for role development.  This is done using Project Web Access to the Project Server.  This user can access administrator functions from the Internet or Intranet.

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