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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 »
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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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.
Consultant
Assistant Consultant - Project Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 01 2017

What do you think of Microsoft Project Server?

What is most valuable?

Demand workflow Resource management SharePoint site integration

How has it helped my organization?

Project management.

What needs improvement?

Permission management needs improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than nine years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: A seven out of 10. Technical Support: A seven out of 10.

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

No.
Consultant
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 project, resource management, overview of portfolio… 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 allocation and time spent on each project, along with… 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 algorithms or multi-objective generic algorithms with more… 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 licences for access. Important and often problematic… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 like Trilio, etc.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, I did not evaluate other options.
Vendor
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 unified the information into just one source to report… more »

What needs improvement?

I think that "earned value calculation" could be improved, and also the relationship between time and cost, that sometimes does not allow adjustments during execution.

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

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

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

We did not use any previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

I wasn’t involved during implementation.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate alternatives.
Vendor
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. …
Maciej Wrzód
Real User
Vice President at MVProject
Feb 07 2017

What is most valuable?

Microsoft Project Professional is the best client application (and is also used in competitors’ solutions) because it has: * Good scheduling engine * Nice reports in the… more »

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us a clear view for the whole portfolio of our projects.

What needs improvement?

* Resource reservation workflow * Financial management

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

This is probably the cheapest TCO enterprise PPM solution on market.

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

I did not previously use a different solution. I have always used Project Server.

What other advice do I have?

I advise not doing it by yourself; use an experienced Microsoft PPM Partner.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, I compared it to Planview and HP PPM.
Vendor
Project Management Analyst at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees
Sep 01 2016

What is most valuable?

This product gives the ability to have all project data in one location and look across information while still giving PMs the flexibility to manage their project and have a tool to use with their… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Dashboarding of information has given the organization insight, so we can move to be more proactive versus reactive.

What needs improvement?

Risk Management: Risk and issues are stored in the project SharePoint but there is no real auto communication of assignments (unless the end user sets it up); there is no mechanism for automatic… more »

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

Pricing varies according to many variables (on premise, MS hosted, third-party hosted, etc.)

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

We used Business Engine Network for 12 years. Business Engine Network was bought by Planview and sunsetted. We were geared up to implement Planview’s product when the opportunity arose for us to look… more »

What other advice do I have?

Having a PM business process in place prior to tool implementation to support that project not only makes it easier to configure the tool but makes it easier to grow the tool and become more mature in… more »
Consultant
Analytics & Technologies Consultant at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Mar 17 2016

What do you think of Microsoft Project Server?

Valuable Features:

There are a few valuable features for us, including the dashboards, the reports it can generate, the projects function, and the timeline feature.

Improvements to My Organization:

It's certainly increased our productivity. It also helps each of our business groups with maintaining transparency and to keep track of projects and tasks. We're able to share information with each other as well.

Room for Improvement:

There are formatting issues that haven't been resolved. This needs improvement as it's annoying.

Deployment Issues:

We haven't had any issues with deployment.

Stability Issues:

We haven't had issues with stability.

Scalability Issues:

We haven't had issues with scalability.
Vendor
ERP Project Manager at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 06 2015

What is most valuable?

It provides us with complete visibility of resource allocation on a global team.

How has it helped my organization?

It forced the organization to implement standard project management practices.

What needs improvement?

Make transitions easier to implement, e.g. if a new portfolio comes along, it should be easy to integrate to the existing portfolios.

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

No previous solution was used.

What other advice do I have?

Plan, plan, plan. Make sure you understand your organizational needs and you know the process forward and backwards. The software is just a tool, if you do not understand what you're fixing, there is… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at SAP PPM.

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.
Also known as
MS Project Server
Microsoft Project Server customers
Magnachip, Gwinnett County Schools, CLEAResult, Medbit Oy, Intelbras S.A., ETS, CORE Construction, Keller Foundations
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