Microsoft Project Server Reviews

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Senior Consultant, Financial Services - IT Advisory Services at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Nov 15 2018

What is most valuable?

I think the division between the onsite work on the cloud of Microsoft Office is something valuable. It is used for consulting assignments. I think that people are more used to the Microsoft inner-workings. They use Excel, and the other… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It improves the managing function with this product.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing was procured before my involvement.

What other advice do I have?

I think this solution is a more scalable, so people now will start believing that Microsoft can also be used. The comfort of using Microsoft products, which is likely for most of the clients, is that they use Microsoft Office as their… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I know that there are other solutions in this realm. Gmail is one that others are using right now. They are the main competitor. People are still have the view that not many of these run through Microsoft project. A lot of these will be… more»
IanRoberts
Real User
Hardware Development Manager with 51-200 employees
Apr 18 2018

What is most valuable?

The key things are * managing interactions * resource allocation * resource-leveling, enterprise and as a collaborative tool, because we use it across multiple projects at a time.

How has it helped my organization?

Traditionally, Microsoft Project has only been stand-alone, and we've never used it on a Web basis. Now we use it on a Web basis. It's been absolutely great in that sense, of being collaborative and… more»

What needs improvement?

I think they need more flexibility with licensing, because there are preconceived ideas that don't allow as much flexibility with the various licenses.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We've always used Project to some extent, but it was more stand-alone rather than enterprise. Now we're on an enterprise scheme, it's much more helpful because we've got a global 3D view of projects… more»

What other advice do I have?

Research it thoroughly and try to match benefits, rather than just buying features.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Smartsheet, I think we looked at that. We looked at JIRA in the early phase, but that wasn't portfolio. It was just the normal JIRA bug tracking. We do use that in the company, but not for project… more»
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Oliver Chitsamatanga
Real User
IT at a tech services company with self employed
Jul 24 2018

What is most valuable?

The graphical scheduling feature is very important for us.

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to know what we are doing, how much we have spent, how much time we've taken, and it tells us how much money is left for the project. It also tells us whether we are below or above our expenditures, whether we are below or above our budget.

What needs improvement?

It has to be more user-friendly. For instance, there should be some assistance, like when you go to certain sites, people pop up and say, "Can we help you? What are you looking for?" It's not interactive enough.

What other advice do I have?

It's a good solution but it does have limitations, as I said: The real-time interactions with the user are absent. That is the only issue that I would mention. Otherwise, I would recommend it. The most important criteria when selecting a vendor are that the product has to meet the budget. It has to… more»
David Tate, PMP
Real User
Project Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 06 2019

What is most valuable?

* Project management * One consistently updated and backup/secured location for all project data * Accurate project metrics are critical to being able to manage our… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One source of truth for project metrics, management, and financial reporting. Through additional dashboards and reports, we have developed a way we can distribute project… more»

What needs improvement?

OOB reporting is not very robust. We have utilized SSRS, Excel Services and Qlik Sense to expand the OOB reporting capabilities. We use a hosted on-premise version so that… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Engage an experienced and highly rated vendor to help in the discovery and planning of the implementation. Project Server is better priced than many of the higher-end… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

MS Project standalone version and SharePoint repositories were our previous solutions.

What other advice do I have?

Training for the userbase is a primary concern. Make sure there is a great training plan in place to ensure the userbase can be productive very early in the process.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.
Real User
Senior Project Control Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 21 2018

What is most valuable?

The Resource Manager feature is a good. It is very direct and keeps track of the resource usage. Also, Project Server gives you the whole idea of the project size. It is mainly used for looking up a project that you want to get the total view of the entirety of the project.

How has it helped my organization?

It enables us to view all of our projects, and that is really great. We can see how we are doing right now. It improved the resource management of the organization.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It may be considered expensive, but it has features that cannot be bought by other rivals, so cost does not matter.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have previous experience with Algera.
Jamie Priestly
Real User
Project Manager at a government with 10,001+ employees
Jan 16 2018

What do you think of Microsoft Project Server?

What is our primary use case?

It just works. Although, EPM 2010 UI seems a bit dated now that 2016 is available.

How has it helped my organization?

A single place for all our organisation's project records.

What is most valuable?

Deliverables List: Most useful to enable meaningful status reporting at an enterprise level. It enables a minimum viable reporting level for "accidental" project leads who are unfamiliar with scheduling techniques.

What needs improvement?

The new versions appear to address the current UX and an ability to better represent the application of agile management methodologies.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

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What is Microsoft Project Server?

Microsoft Project Server 2013 is a flexible on-premises solution for project portfolio management (PPM) and everyday work. Team members, project participants, and business decision makers can get started, prioritize project portfolio investments and deliver the intended business value from virtually anywhere. Requires SharePoint 2013, sold separately.
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MS Project Server
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