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Over the last 5 years I’ve spent a fair amount of time working with Microsoft on deployments of its Project Server system. Microsoft refers to its entire solution as the Microsoft EPM (Enterprise Project Management) Solution as it encompasses much more than just Project Server. To consider the total solution we think of a “stack” of technology. There is Microsoft Windows Server 2003 to start with. Part of Windows Server that’s critical to this kind…

I’d have missed it frankly because it’s not a massive announcement but I confess I was tickled pink to see HMS Software on page 26 of the July/August issue of Oracle Magazine announcing the naming of HMS Software as a Gold Partner in the Oracle Partner Network.  The magazine is also online and you can see our 15 minutes of fame in the July/August Oracle Partner News segment on the Oracle website.

Want to try Project Server2010 for free? The best way to do that is to get a free hosted trial.  Ah, but where would you find such a fabulous deal?  Right here, that’s where.  HMS Software, Microsoft and Project Hosts have teamed together so you can enjoy a free trial of Project Server 2010.  Just go to the HMS Free Project Server 2010 Trial site to take a look at the latest Project Server!

Everything old it seems is new again. One of the earliest programmatic approaches to project scheduling was invented in the heyday of the Cold War. Propelled by inter service rivalries on one side and by the threat of Soviets in the arms race on the other, PERT was born. The Program Evaluation & Review Technique looked beyond a simple Critical Path Methodology (CPM) analysis to introduce the notion of risk into the project schedule. The…

One of the first things I need to do whenever I go into a company to talk about Enterprise Project Management (EPM) is to get some kind of a consensus of what it means. I can hear some of you laughing. “Surely after all this time,” you’re saying, “we have a common understanding of such a basic term in the project management industry.” No, I’m afraid not. It’s perhaps remarkable in an age when we…

Project Management systems – it’s about deployment. Sure, there are lots of functions to consider and everyone wants to know your “methodology” but if you are committed to having projects fit into a an organizational system, it all comes down to deployment. Can you assemble a system that will actually be accepted and used by the end-users who will have to use it. Deployment includes all of it: developing the concept, buying or writing the…

In our last issue I talked about determining your requirements for a corporate project management system. This month we’ll talk about creating your plan for the deployment of your project management system. What?! You don’t have a plan? Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is, you’re not alone, many project managers have attempted to deploy their project management system without a plan. The bad news? You’re not alone, many project managers…

So, it’s time to bring it all together. You’ve used your talents thus far to choose the perfect project management software system; to implement it perfectly within your organization and to train your personnel within an inch of their lives. Now, it’s time to fulfill on some of those promises you made to management when they approved the budget in the first place and to integrate the project management system with other systems in the…