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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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Microsoft
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1975
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" 1178/5000 Ideal for project portfolio management."

What do you like best?

The availability of 24x7 access

the stableness of the platform

The administration of users and permissions

The ability to visualize the projects globally or individually via the web without the need to have the program installed.

It has many functional report templates to measure resources, people, hours, efforts and budgets in different languages

the integration you have with other management tools and reports

I greatly improved the license before it was broken down into O365 licenses of project Lite, Online and Pro, this is now unified in online project Primiun

What do you dislike?

MS Project has always been expensive, so the cost of licensing is something that does not stop affecting the moment of making the decision, but nevertheless it is worth it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

who try to use Microsoft Project although it is a costly solution has the best benefits in the market for project management and project portfolio for a PMO

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The management of the portfolio of projects, opportunities and reports of resources, Personal, ROI, Etc.

It also allowed us to save data center space and onpremise server administration since all the service is in the cloud.

the assignment of licenses is very easy and allows us to have a better licensing control for the users that have the assigned product.

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"Excellent To Manage Your Portafolio Project, Still Number One"

What do you like best?

Microsoft project have a good functions and is very easy to integrate with Microsoft suite software like sharepoint and lync. These help you a lot to manage resources and the time of each one. Easy to integrate with all Microsoft suite, making you more efficient to manage your portfolio project. Still Number One, the best

What do you dislike?

The direct support from Microsoft is hard to contact and you have to pay an extra for each case you open, and on my experience you maybe not solve the issue that you have. You have to contact a expert to take the best of the project and could do a good integration with the ecosystem, this is a mandatory that you have to do to have a better experience at least you have an expert in your company.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Find a good Microsoft partner with experience in implementation and integration with your actual environment. You can implement only the project very easily the best to explore all the capabilities is integrate with your exchange, office, lync, etc.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have always favoured MS Project releases over other project management tools on the market. The reason is simply due to its ease of use and wide capabilities. Its a simple fact that majority of IT projects can easily be managed by the platform, whether it be a single project, a programme with multiple subprojects or a global portfolio of deployment projects.

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"Microsoft Project"

What do you like best?

Once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy to use. I like that you can organize descriptions on the left and see a physical timeline on the right, it helps visualize what you need to get done.

edit - I have now lost my timelines 3 separate times because it doesn't save or there's an error and I can no longer open or see them. This software is AWFUL and I DO NOT recommend.

What do you dislike?

So far I can't figure out how to compare multiple project timelines, I don't know if I just am not looking correctly or it isn't available. It's also kind of confusing how to nest different levels of tasks, and changing them around messes with all the due dates and such.

edit - The amount of times if attempted to edit a date or length and the software refuses to update to the date I input, and leaves a date a year ahead (already passed) is INFURIATING. I have also lost my timeline 3 separate times because the software doesn't save or there's an error and I can no longer see or open them. DO NOT USE THIS SOFTWARE unless you want to be rewriting timelines over and over again.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

May be more useful to have a tutorial or quick training session before you waste a bunch of time doing trial and error to get the hang of it.

edit - fix the bugs in the software. make it more user friendly to update. and actually SAVE DATA CORRECTLY.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm a project engineer, so I use it to organize and set out timelines when projects need to be done.

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"Microsoft Project S"

What do you like best?

Microsoft Project is a software that has been very useful in recent years to organizations worldwide, adapting to their needs for all types of companies according to their sector, size, activity or type of projects; being a tool of great importance for the management of projects and allowing to have an adequate administration of the human, technological and economic resources when it is used.

What do you dislike?

Its high cost and investment to install, comparing it with other software GanttPRO, Team Gantt, Celoxis, among others.

It is a software that only works for Windows platforms.

It has numerous options to use and therefore less than 20% of them are used. It is usually used to make Gantt charts.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

For the creation and management of a project, there is a great error of not having enough information that makes bad decisions, for this reason it is recommended that before creating or managing a project there is a previous and sufficient approach during the initial phase, as well as having a good communication with the participants or sponsors of the execution of the project.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Thanks to the use of this tool within the organization has allowed to facilitate:

Development of project plans for the work and interrelation of the different teams.

Assign time resources and their completion cycle.

Be able to track and progress the work plan.

By creating Gantt charts and show the board, schedule tasks and resources, among others.

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"Microsoft Project Server 2017"

What do you like best?

Its compatibility with Office 365, Skype and Sharepoint. In fact, integration with Office 365 is the number one driver for SMB project managers wanting to invest in MS Project, MS Project shares a familiar interface with other Microsoft products, such as Excel, which makes the program intuitive for many users. This is important for companies that work with clients as client preference or level of familiarity with a certain tool or operating system.

What do you dislike?

COST, The high cost of MS Project is a recurring complaint we see in both user reviews as well as hear from SMBs looking to replace the system. The cost for the desktop plans (Project Standard, Project Professional and Project Server) is such that SMBs can only reasonably expect to purchase a handful of licenses. This in turn causes issues with collaboration and sharing information in real time with both the project team, executive stakeholders and external clients.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

There are for users in another way as well: The number of tutorials and guidance videos available online is astonishing. When searching for videos on YouTube.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Project Standard, Microsoft offers Gantt charts for project planning and timeline visualization, the ability to link dependent tasks or create sub tasks and the ability to set baselines for tracking progress. From there, capabilities scale in the higher-tier packages, Project Professional and Project Server.

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"Effective, but cumbersome"

What do you like best?

It captures all the necessary information and is almost infinitely customizable to your needs.

What do you dislike?

It's very cumbersome and takes a long time to set up, deploy, and update schedules. My users and teammates are constantly giving me negative feedback about how confusing the system is and how long it takes them to update their schedules.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Be ready to spend a lot of money on a consultant to get you up and running unless you have dedicated staff with knowledge about how to deploy, customize, and administer this product.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Keeping track of 80+ projects at 10 different universities across the country. It helps us have a central schedule for all these projects that we can publish to the National Science Foundation (our main funding source), the public, and potential future researchers to plan when they want to do their projects.

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"Gets the job done, has many features"

What do you like best?

It has many features to modify and track your projects in many ways such as dates, status, Gantt charts that show tasks and progress on those tasks, etc.. It provides style options to differentiate projects and tasks.. It has a lot of shortcut buttons on the toolbar so you don't have to manually create new projects or tasks. You can auto schedule or manual schedule tasks and projects. You can track whether a task is invoiceable or a milestone and generate a calendar for other shareholders to see the statuses. You can track how much work has been done on a project and how much time is remaining on it. You can link outside software and trackers to coordinate with your file.

What do you dislike?

It's possible that there are too many options and features that sometimes it gets confusing and you have to click in a lot of places to find options to modify.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's very useful for tracking any aspect of a project and will offer any possible aspect of project management you may need,

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Managing project deadlines that are customer-focused, communicating invoices and project milestones.

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"Great tool"

What do you like best?

I like that with project I can keep up with my own projects. I love that I am able to put in a certain date and the tool will tell me when a project should complete based on the timelines I have in place.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I would say it that the product could look a little more up to date.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Just keep advancing towards what's new.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am solving the business issue of being able to know exactly when a project should complete.

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"Microsoft Project"

What do you like best?

I like that Microsoft Project as many different project you can use it for. It isn't just geared toward the IT side of projects.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I would like to see integrted are more graphs. There are many things you can plug in with the software thought.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Take your time to learn it. I was managing everything in Excel, so it took me a little bit of time to get used to the product. Use google for any questions and remember to use the version you have assigned to you.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Having everything in a central location really helps in the bigger projects.

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"Project Planning and Tracking Software that hasnt kept up"

What do you like best?

If you are Microsoft eco-system this is very well integrated with all the different Microsoft products. It nicely integrates with sharepoint, produces nice reports and has ability to trace and track using the interface.

If you have worked in thick clients and in particular Microsoft office suite you will fee right at home.

What do you dislike?

Newer project management tools have better and sleeker interfaces, they seem better suited to manage Agile projects and have ability to integrate them self end to end right from project planning to deployments

I feel that Microsoft hasnt put enough focus on Microsoft Project.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

There are better products currently available in the market.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has help manage and track complex projects . Its one of products that we have been using extenisevly in the past but are moving away from it now..

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Information Technology and Services
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"Couldn't live without it!"

What do you like best?

The simplicity of using the product. I run our company's PMO all based on this software. I like the way the raw data is easily transformed into reports and always available.

What do you dislike?

We have struggled with finding a way to link up to our finance software (QuickBooks) so there are some manual steps in the monthly billing cycle.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's a great product, developed over more than 2 decades so you can rely on it to perform. Make sure you know exactly what you want from it before setting it up.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We run our operations through this platform. All users are tracked via the timesheet facility and our billing is issued off the back of this. We have set up reports to show a myriad of things from forecasting, billing, resource allocation and much more.

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"Adequate for basic needs...not ideal for complex projects."

What do you like best?

MS Project works well for simple and basic scheduling needs. The software is intuitive and user-friendly. There are resources readily available when assistance is needed.

What do you dislike?

MS Project does not work well for more complex or intricate scheduling needs. There are many limitations in terms of resourcing (loading and leveling). It appears that the software tries to make assumptions for the user at times, which are not always accurate.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

MS Project is an inexpensive way to satisfy your basic scheduling needs. The software is user-friendly and easy to use. However, there are limitations when attempting to use the software for more complex scheduling needs.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

MS Project allows me to create and maintain an integrated schedule to keep track of several different projects at once.

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"Great tool!"

What do you like best?

I love that I am able to track all of my projects with this tool. I can set perimeters and know exactly when I started this project as well as when the project should end based of my timeline.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the dates can get jumbled up and it’s hard to make accurate changes.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

A great tool, take advantage of the dates and timelines available to you.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to follow all of steps based on my project timeline. I can give my clients a date as to when the project should end.

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"Microsoft Project Server"

What do you like best?

I enjoy the ease of use and adding as many variables as possible. Entering date ranges are very helpful in creating a timeline.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that I can't make the timeline itself interactive. There is software that you can upload your Microsoft Project Data too like Workzone - where you can better integrate interactive variables on your timeline. On MP, the Timeline is one solid line or a Gant Chart. I would like more area to edit and show breaks/holds.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Having interactive timelines and ability to add Holds, and reasons why variables, would most faster in completion.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are trying to show project timelines, what holds up a project and what makes the project spearhead faster. Gathering this data is very important for current projects and even more so when starting new building plans.

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"Apply PMI to your Enterprise"

What do you like best?

Ability to track multiple projects, resources and time for your organization. My experience is with the 2010 version and Project server allows us to track our project schedules, resource capacity and support schedules it one place.

What do you dislike?

Security of Project server is often difficult to understand. The reporting is lacking out of the box and a few custom settings must be made to prevent users from removing tasks and get a better master view of the overall portfolio.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Make sure you use a good partner to implement PS and understand good project management skills. We currently use a SAS model and lease our PS space, and our host is not very good. I would recommend an On-Prem or Project Server Online deployment.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With demands of a busy IT department coming from within the department and outside, being able to manage larger infrastructure, software and SharePoint projects is key to our success. Project server allows us to effectively manager our enterprise resources in a single location.

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"The essential tool for projects!"

What do you like best?

We must recognize that Microsoft Project Server software is the best project management tool on the market. Being the first that any professional learns to use when it starts in the area and projects. With this tool it is possible management, resources, costs, the rich and manage them! And reporting to internal internal customers. All in one application!

What do you dislike?

I have nothing to complain about!

Because throughout the project management process I can go from start to finish!

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Consider KPI for managing presentations!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Resolving conflicts with resources for me is undoubtedly a crucial point in using this tool! And being able to present the spending report and compare them to what we're actually using is undoubtedly one of the biggest benefits!

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"Powerful Project, Portfolio, and Resource Management Tools"

What do you like best?

The project scheduling engine, including the ability to assign personnel at a summary or extremely granular detail, provide powerful insights into deliverable dates, forecasted slippage, forecasted personnel needs, and forecasted costs and cash flow. Administrators / power users find the system to be very customizable and expandable.

What do you dislike?

The web interface -- which most people use for interacting with project and resource information -- leaves a lot to be desired. Power users can make it work and get the information that they need, but day-to-day / casual users struggle. Expect to deliver training to the general user community or heavily customize the interface for better user experience.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Microsoft Project Server is a very good tool... IF it is properly implemented. This is not a tool that you can simply install -- or subscribe to -- and expect it to meet your needs immediately without some planning, configuration, and training. This tool needs to be taken seriously in order to avoid frustration by all parties involved.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Some organizations use Project Server to simply provide a centralized view of all projects and timelines in their portfolio, and others use it to get a handle on personnel utilization and see over allocations. Project delays caused by personnel scheduling conflicts are highlighted, and future demand on personnel roles can help managers make hiring decisions. Strategically, senior managers and executives can centrally review, evaluate, select, and prioritize projects to make the best use of limited project funds.

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"Easy to use for professionals at all levels"

What do you like best?

I recently graduated and began my career in project management. Although my experience working with Microsoft software is extensive, my interaction with project server was minimal. Despite this, it has been incredibly easy for me to learn in a short period of time. The ease of use is wonderful.

What do you dislike?

I don't have many dislikes or issues with project server.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is a great option for us because we are a large company and is very useful from an admin perspective. I'm not sure what the cost-benefit relationship is for a smaller company and from the view of a project manager/similar role.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a project coordinator, so I focus more on admin for a very large company with many projects. This has been a wonderful resource for me because I am able to view all projects to get requested info and edit them in one place.

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"Great for handling my projects, but not very user friendly in the web version"

What do you like best?

Organizes my projects very well and gives me an easy way to review resource needs across all projects.

What do you dislike?

Not very user friendly in the web version. It is very slow and not all of the options are available for creating status reports.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Scoping project resources and timelines for stakeholders and VPs.

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"MPS "

What do you like best?

The ability to track multiple project were working on with different carriers

What do you dislike?

I find that often times the program doesn't run as quickly as a millennial like myself would like

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We work with 30 to 40 core carriers and work many different projects with each them so to have this all in one place and viewable to the whole team makes it a simple solution and a convienent way to manage the project data.

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"Project Server for Project Management"

What do you like best?

Microsoft Project Server is a great tool for most organisations as it is used in conjunction with a family Office product, Microsoft Project Professional. Project Server allows organisations to manage their portfolio of projects using familiar tools. Each project has the ability to have a Project Site that can also be used for documents and standard RAID logs. Project Server also allows team members to submit timesheets for approval that can also feed back into the plan.

What do you dislike?

Project Server can be complex to setup and requires configuration to meet the business needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Discuss your requirements with a Microsoft Gold Partner to ensure your project is a success.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving our resourcing and timesheeting issues. Being a consultancy our project managers are always looking for consultants to work on their projects. By have a central resource pool all staff have visibility

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"Integration"

What do you like best?

I like that I can use Project Server in conjunction with Power BI to keep executives up to date on an enterprise portfolio dashboard with easy but powerful visuals.

What do you dislike?

There are some limitations until full O365 functionality is implemented for my tenant.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Need to have an active tenant to realize full value.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Project reporting and coordination made easy, reduction in maintenance and duplication to keep track of multiple projects. Automation is enabled.

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"Project Server 2013"

What do you like best?

Excellent product for enterprise & resource management. Can give good insight into resource, task, project and portfolio -level information.

What do you dislike?

Can be difficult to configure and requires significant end-user training to start. Not a good product if you need to use custom line classifications for billing purposes and also not great if you want to book resources for a fixed week, without creating multiple tasks for each week booked.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Will the product be used for internal projects or will they be used to track external work (e.g. for another customer or client)? Will you need to invoice off of timesheets, if yes, do you use more than one rate per resource, task, etc.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Trying to track time spent with various clients on product implementations and support. We use project server as the basis of our invoicing process. We are currently able to see how and where time is being spent by day, task, and project to create invoices and track progress.

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"The ideal platform to support and embed Project Management as a business critical function"

What do you like best?

The ability to promote and ensure compliance with best practise Project Management processes

What do you dislike?

Loss of Outlook Integration is a backward step in making the solution accessible and valuable to users

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is not a silver bullet solution but if you are realistic and engage with an experienced partner you can make big strides in your project maturity and realise significant benefits in a short space of time.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Effective resource management and visibility of current workload and the ability to produce meaningful and timely reports that help management make informed decisions with confidence.

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"I've used this product from 2007 onwards, Installing, configuring and administrating"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to create custom fields including RAGs and other calculated fields. Also the ability to create repots on almost anything

What do you dislike?

I dislike it when you get useless error messages in the queue and have to crawl through the ULS logs to find the problem

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would use Project Online rather than Project Server, Microsoft take the main out of managing servers you can alos include other o365 applications including BI which makes reporting look a lot neater and tidier

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We solve many business problems mainly including global visibility to stakeholders and better project management

Microsoft Project Server Pricing

Project Online Essentials
Project Online Professional

Microsoft Project Server Features

  • Task Creation and Assignment
  • Due Dates
  • Task Prioritization
  • To-Do Lists
  • Collaborative Project Planning
  • Comments

MS Project Server User Ratings

7.2
Ease of Use
Average: 8.6*
7.8
Quality of Support
Average: 8.6*
6.4
Ease of Setup
Average: 8.4*
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