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Bridging project management and development organizations.

In June Microsoft will announce the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server-Project Server 2007 Connector. This provides (in theory) a deeper level of integration between TFS (Team Foundation Server) and Microsoft Office EPM 2007 by streamlining the flow of data between TFS and Project Server 2007.

The connector builds on the Project desktop integration and is another step to help customers bridge the gap between project management and development organizations and to eliminate inefficiencies between the two groups.

By improving the flow of data between TFS and Project Server 2007, the PS-TFS Connector gives customers the holistic view and up-to-date information they need to more effectively manage software development projects across their organizations, the company said.

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Enterprise Project Management presentation

Tommy Fu from Microsoft, Doreen P. Fagiano from Profit Quest Consulting and I presented at New York University on enterprise project management- EPM.

About 60 people filled the room and listened to the what, how and who benefits from EPM.

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Integration with Office SharePoint Server 2007

Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 integrates with the core platform and advanced components of MOSS. MOSS includes several server products and components that are built on the Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 platform.

Because PS 2007, MOSS , and related products are built on the common SharePoint Products and Technologies platform, developers can use a common set of development tools and techniques to integrate and extend all of the products.

Components of MOSS

MOSS aggregates services and applications that were previously separate products. For example, the functionality of Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS) 2002 are now part of Office SharePoint Server 2007. In addition, MOSS adds new administrative, collaboration, business process management, and business intelligence features along with Excel Web Services, Enterprise Content Management, a common search architecture, and workflow.
The figure below shows the major application features and components of MOSS and the shared application and administration services.

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Changes in Project Server 2007

This topic lists the changes in Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 from Microsoft Office 2003.

Authentication
Description: Project Server authentication is replaced by Forms authentication. This requires setting up a forms virtual server. Users will not be able to set up the equivalent of Project Server authentication without a forms virtual server.

Reason for change: This enables users to authenticate against any data store that supports Forms authentication, not just Office Project Server 2007.

Migration path: Users of Project Server authentication will be migrated during the upgrade to Office Project Server 2007. Administrators can use the PJFormsAuthUpgrade tool to add users to a membership store.

Project versions
Description: The creation of Project versions codes and the ability to save multiple versions of a project with the same name is removed.

Reason for change: This was a low-use feature, and this change, along with the new alternate routes to obtaining version functionality, provides greater simplicity for customers.

Project Web Access: Microsoft Software License Terms
Description: Users must no longer accept the Microsoft Software License Terms when first using Office Project Web Access.

Project Web Access: MUI
Description: Some pieces of Office Project Web Access might not plug in at run-time.

Publish by Resource
Description: Publishing new and changed assignments for a selected group of resources is removed.

Reason for change: This was a low-use and low-awareness feature. This change simplifies the user interface and decreases functional complexity.

Restore
Description: A command line tool that restored project-level data from a restored copy of the Project Server database is removed.

Migration path: Backup and restore now occurs from a user interface that is supplemented with a new command line tool, stsadm.exe, which enables automation outside the user interface.

Site links
Description: The code that supports the up to link in Project workspaces is removed.

Reason for change: The architecture has changed, so the Web pages now fall back on the root site to support this feature.

Migration path: Upgrade removes the SharePoint site URL.

Update tasks
Description: Updating tasks from Office Project Server 2007 to Microsoft Office Project 2007 is changed from client/server to all server-side. Customers can update project plans based on data submitted using Office Project Web Access. In Project 2003, customers could move updates from Project Server into Project Professional, view or modify the updates, and then decide whether to save the changes. In Office Project 2007, users can preview their changes in Office Project Web Access, but in Web client preview they have fewer tools to use in examining the results than they had in the Project 2003 Professional preview.

Reason for change: This change was based on customer feedback. Customers wanted the ability to update projects by working on the server only. This change significantly improves the performance of the update process. It also enables customers to create custom business processes to automate the update process.

Migration path: As part of the migration process, customers must update all project plans before the data migration process begins.

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Microsoft Looks to Boost Project Software’s Appeal

CIO India – Microsoft Looks to Boost Project Software’s Appeal: ” Print-friendly E-mail this

This article struck a cord with me, as SharePoint is the star of the Microsoft show at the moment.

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Office Server: What You Need to Know

Office Server 2007 – What’s it all about?

A lot of clients ask me about this, and I explain that it’s a bit more than a desktop application now. I think at the last count it had 28 desktop, server and service components….Yes we all remember when it was just Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

This article explains Office 20007, and a few of it’s components very well. – click here

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