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Roman Nedzelsky, MVP
Real User
Senior Consultant | Architect at DHL
Mar 22 2017

What is most valuable?

From my point of view, there are many features that are valuable for portfolio management, such as linking between company strategy and each… more»

How has it helped my organization?

After implementing this product, the biggest improvement was with timesheet compliance with company rules, because resources had to write their… more»

What needs improvement?

There is definitely room for improvement with the algorithms that are used for resource allocation. There should be options for using generic… more»

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

Well, for the on-premise version, there are only CAL licences, not any other types, so you only need to buy a Project Server licence and then CAL… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I did not previously use a different solution. Some customers use Excel to drive projects, some of them use Primavera or some cloud-based products… more»
Anonymous User
Consultant
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… 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… more»
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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… more»

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… 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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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… more»

What other advice do I have?

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

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?"… more»

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… more»
Luis Urrego
Real User
PMO Professional at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 26 2017

What is most valuable?

* Ease of use. * Adaptability. * Stability.

How has it helped my organization?

* The centralization of all projects baselines in Project Server gave us control over the process. Additionally, we… more»

What needs improvement?

I think that "earned value calculation" could be improved, and also the relationship between time and cost, that sometimes… more»

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

Scope your needs carefully, in order to get exactly what you want.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did not use any previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

I wasn’t involved during implementation.
Farid Peymandoust
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… more»

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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have previous experience with Algera.
Anonymous User
Consultant
Sr Technical Consultant at a tech company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 26 2017

What do you think of Microsoft Project Server?

What is most valuable?

The project management, scheduling and resource management features are most valuable to us.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved the structured PMO process and implementation in our organization.

What needs improvement?

The stability and performance in enterprise-grade farm implementations needs to be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the current version for the last four months. The old versions I have used for around six years, i.e., 2010 and 2013.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There are issues with bugs and things break, when the scale is increased.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We encountered scalability issues, i.e., the features were breaking. …
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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