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Do we need EPM 2010 RRS feed

  • Question

  • in our PMO - Hardware we have a MS Access database that manage our hardware projects that covers the following:

    project no, project value, equipments, project status such as (pending, acceptance, cancelled, closed...etc) 
    invoicing (manually entering invoices numbers that received from erp admin)
    , risks, lessons learned , project sector, project type, sales persons

    the cycle is simple the PMO Admin initiate the project details using access by entering basic information , then manually send email to owner of the project then the cycle continues by updating the status of project and anyother information till the end of the project.

    and basically the data is getting bigger and security, maintainability, reliability and web-enabled is a requirments now, after a small meetings we decided to go with project server 2010, does it recommened with this simple requirements to go with EPM 2010 or just we need a custom web application either asp.net or sharepoint 2010 to make these tasks as we think to enable notifications on project initiations , integrating with the ERP to get invoices automatically ....etc

    a recommendation is highly needed from experts

    Have a nice day


    • Edited by SharpRan Monday, April 9, 2012 1:50 PM
    Monday, April 9, 2012 1:48 PM

Answers

  • Hi there,

    It really depends on the level of planning detail, resource management, portfolio management etc etc. Just using SharePoint might be sufficient. Some links with details on just using SharePoint are below below:

    http://epmsource.com/2010/06/16/sharepoint-2010-and-managing-projects-a-match-made-in-heaven/

    http://www.microsoft.com/project/en-us/sync-sharepoint.aspx

    I would recommend engaging with a Project Server / SharePoint partner to work out your requirements to find the best solution for your needs.

    Thanks

    Paul


    Paul Mather | Twitter | http://pwmather.wordpress.com

    • Marked as answer by SharpRan Tuesday, April 10, 2012 5:50 AM
    Monday, April 9, 2012 9:03 PM
  • In Addition to Pauls excellent answer, you will also need to look at your organisational Project Managment maturity. Ensure to understand what you require for now and the future. If the high level requirements you have can be met by your current system great, if not you need to check out other offers, one of them beeing Project Server. An EPM system does not determine your PMO process, it only acts as the enabler. Ensure that you have sound processes in place and if this is the case you can map these processes to the technology. But above all, I fully agree with Paul, ensure that you engage a Partner that you trust.

    Hope this helps


    Marc Soester [MVP] http://marcsoester.blogspot.com

    • Marked as answer by SharpRan Tuesday, April 10, 2012 5:50 AM
    Monday, April 9, 2012 11:00 PM

All replies

  • Hi there,

    It really depends on the level of planning detail, resource management, portfolio management etc etc. Just using SharePoint might be sufficient. Some links with details on just using SharePoint are below below:

    http://epmsource.com/2010/06/16/sharepoint-2010-and-managing-projects-a-match-made-in-heaven/

    http://www.microsoft.com/project/en-us/sync-sharepoint.aspx

    I would recommend engaging with a Project Server / SharePoint partner to work out your requirements to find the best solution for your needs.

    Thanks

    Paul


    Paul Mather | Twitter | http://pwmather.wordpress.com

    • Marked as answer by SharpRan Tuesday, April 10, 2012 5:50 AM
    Monday, April 9, 2012 9:03 PM
  • In Addition to Pauls excellent answer, you will also need to look at your organisational Project Managment maturity. Ensure to understand what you require for now and the future. If the high level requirements you have can be met by your current system great, if not you need to check out other offers, one of them beeing Project Server. An EPM system does not determine your PMO process, it only acts as the enabler. Ensure that you have sound processes in place and if this is the case you can map these processes to the technology. But above all, I fully agree with Paul, ensure that you engage a Partner that you trust.

    Hope this helps


    Marc Soester [MVP] http://marcsoester.blogspot.com

    • Marked as answer by SharpRan Tuesday, April 10, 2012 5:50 AM
    Monday, April 9, 2012 11:00 PM