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  • Blog Post: Project and Portfolio Management Readiness Sessions for Microsoft Partners

      The Microsoft UK Project and Portfolio Management team have worked tirelessly to organise various readiness sessions, aimed at Microsoft partners. These sessions include sales readiness training, tailored for sales and pre-sales employees, describing the common pain points customers experience...
  • Blog Post: Project Management for Microsoft SI Partners - Timesheets

    As many Microsoft partners (particularly SI partners) organise their customer engagements into short to medium term projects, they may benefit from some of the capabilities provided by the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management solution. The purpose of this series of blog posts is to highlight a few...
  • Blog Post: Recorded EPM Demo Part 5: Planning Projects

    Part 5 of the Click Through Demo shows how the Microsoft EPM solution can be used to help Project Managers and Resource Managers plan projects. This includes looking at resource availability on Project Web Access , assigning resources to a project stored on Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 .  ...
  • Blog Post: Are you using the UK SI Partner Toolkit?

      If not, why not?!   At the beginning of 2009, your intrepid team of Partner Technology Advisors worked night and day to create and collate all of the best resources for SharePoint, Enterprise Project Management, Unified Communications, Business Intelligence, Security and Management and Virtualisation...
  • Blog Post: EPM VPC v4 available now! Upgrade today!

    The last PPM/EPM 2007 VPC v4 based on Project 2007 is out! The current v3 will expire mid-August, so you want to get v4 as soon as possible!   Project and Portfolio Management (PPM/EPM) VPC v4 VPC version: 4.0 Expiration date: 11/1/2010 Size: 18GB / 10GB (compressed) Products version: 2007 SP/CU...
  • Blog Post: (Lots and lots of) Recently Published EPM Content

    Thanks to Christophe Fiessinger (Senior Technical Project Manager for EPM) for compiling a list of all the EPM content published since December 2008, separated out by audience. There's an awful lot of content available - have a quick look through and see if any is relevant to your EPM development.  ...
  • Blog Post: Recorded EPM Demo Part 6: Managing Projects Effectively

    Part 5 of the Click Through Demo focuses on how the Microsoft EPM solution can help Project Managers effectively manage their projects. This includes demonstrating how project team members can record the time spent working on project tasks by reporting task progress and by completing timesheets, and...
  • Blog Post: Recorded EPM Demo Part 7: New features in Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007

    The final part of the EPM Click Through Demo showcases some of the new features in Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007 , including change highlighting, multi-level undo, task driver information, visual reporting capabilities and recurring status reports.     Download this video here...
  • Blog Post: Recorded EPM Demo Part 3: Selecting a Prioritised and Optimised Portfolio of Projects

    Part 3 of the EPM Click Through Demo focuses on selecting a prioritised and optimised portfolio of projects that meet a company's key business drivers. Using Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007 , executives within one business can prioritise the business drivers, resulting in a list of key...
  • Blog Post: EPM Update

    Just a couple of quick Enterprise Project Management (EPM) updates... If you haven't already, check out EPM Connect . It's a great website for any Microsoft EPM partners, and contains lots and lots of useful product information including Project Server and Portfolio Server as well as Innovation Process...
  • Blog Post: Become a Demo Master!

    2010 isn’t too far away, and EPM partners need to act now to make sure they’re fully equipped to provide amazing product demos. Watch this video, produced by certain famous faces in the EPM product team over in Redmond, to find out the recommended hardware and software setup for demoing 2010.  
  • Blog Post: Recorded EPM Demo Part 2: Creating Standard Project Proposals

    Part 2 of the recorded Click Through Demo focuses on standardising project proposals across the enterprise. By using Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007 , a business can ensure that the same information is captured for each project proposed. This allows projects to be prioritised against other...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Project Conference + Microsoft Project 2010 Ignite

    By now, I'm sure you have all registered for Microsoft Project Conference (Phoenix, AZ - 14th to 17th Sep 2009)! We're also inviting Microsoft partners to the Microsoft Project 2010 Ignite Airlift. This is an added value to Project Conference and is at no additional cost ! This is a fantastic opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007 SP2 is finally here!

    Taken from Christophe Fiessinger’s blog :   We are happy to announce the release Project Portfolio Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)! Before you install this service pack it is essential that you read the following two knowledge base articles, and thoroughly read the guidance and test out the patch...
  • Blog Post: Project and Portfolio Management Demo Images available to Microsoft Partners

    A little while ago we announced v4 of the EPM VPC – a downloadable, populated demo environment that partners can use to demonstrate the Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management solution to customers. This can be downloaded from the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN).   As well as the standard EPM...
  • Blog Post: Partner Learning Paths

    There's an awful lot of information available from Microsoft! Too much, I'm sure some partners would say! The sheer volume of resources, training courses, exams and specialisations can be overwhelming for new Microsoft partners, or even for existing partners looking to include a new technology area in...
  • Blog Post: EPM Partner Commercial Day 19th Jan 2009

    An EPM Partner Commercial day is taking place at Microsoft TVP, Reading on 19th January 2009. It's a great opportunity to learn more about Microsoft's EPM offering and to network with Microsoft employees and other EPM partners. Don't miss it!   Please contact Julie Cooper asap (details below) if...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Project 2010 upcoming webcasts - mark your calendars!

    We are happy to announce the following upcoming webcasts on Project and Project Server 2010. These webcasts will be delivered by members of the product group and Project MVPs. Expect other webcasts in the coming months. Tittle Description Presenter Date/Time Overview of Microsoft Project Server 2010...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Project developer-related Webcasts and available On-Demand training

      Attention all EPM partners! There are some great developer-targeted webcasts coming soon. We also have some fantastic on-demand content, including a recording of the EPM University training. Details below.   Upcoming Project Webcasts Reporting (BI and Data Analysis) Date Name Description...
  • Blog Post: Project Server Report Pack 2 – Webcast today at 4pm

    Slightly short notice, but there will be a webcast today (4pm – 5pm BST) around the EPM 2007 Report Pack- well worth watching, particularly if you or your customers are interested in EPM reporting. Register for the webcast here . Event Overview The Microsoft Office Enterprise Project Management (EPM...
  • Blog Post: Project Management for Microsoft SI Partners - Project Workspaces

    As many Microsoft partners (particularly SI partners) organise their customer engagements into short to medium term projects, they may benefit from some of the capabilities provided by the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management solution. The purpose of this series of blog posts is to highlight a few...
  • Blog Post: Recorded EPM Demo Part 1: Executive Level Overview

    I hope all of the EPM partners out there know about the EPM Click Through Demo available from EPM Connect . For those that don't, it's essentially an advanced PowerPoint presentation, which walks you through various project selection and management scenarios where the Microsoft EPM solution can provide...
  • Blog Post: Recorded EPM Demo Part 4: Advanced Analysis on the Project Portfolio

    Part 4 of the EPM Click Through Demo is around the advanced analysis that can be performed on the portfolio of projects. It follows on from selecting an optimised portfolio in part 3.   Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007 allows some advanced analysis on the selected portfolio. This includes...
  • Blog Post: Project and Portfolio Management Demos now hosted on TechNet

    My previous post told you all about how Microsoft partners can download Project and Portfolio management virtual PCs. Another option available is to make use of the hosted virtual labs available on TechNet . TechNet Virtual Labs: Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Test drive Microsoft Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: Project Server 2007 Performance Testing White Paper and Performance Lab Kit

      Apologies for the recent radio silence – a very hectic schedule has unfortunately left little time for blogging. But fear not, I have been storing all blog-worthy news and announcements like nuts for the winter, and now present them for your reading pleasure!   First up is the fantastic Project...