Microsoft is introducing two new solutions for Project Server and SharePoint at SPTechCon: Innovative-e’s “Microsoft Project for the Masses” and Jornata’s “SharePoint Lifecycle Management Solution with Project Server 2010.”
Dux Raymond Sy, managing partner of Innovative-e, will lead the demonstration of his “Project for the Masses” solution. Sy wrote a book called “SharePoint for Project Management” and often speaks about project management. He said that this solution is “taking it beyond the book.”
He created “Project for the Masses” to help businesses with common problems, basic collaboration and as a resource for organizations that don’t have a lot of maturity with SharePoint. Innovative-e’s solution with Microsoft is a set of resources that includes a white paper that can help businesses learn how to, among other things, deliver visibility into project schedules and resource loading, a portfolio view of all projects, and improved resource/staff forecasting.
When coming up with the concept, he created a “fictional narrative based on common problems that clients work with. We did internal consulting as if it was a real consumer,” Sy explained. Innovative-e created a scenario for a mid-sized organization that has complex resource and schedule management challenges, but without formal project management processes, training and tools.
Scott Jamison, managing partner and CEO of Jornata, will lead the demonstration of “SharePoint Lifecycle Management Solution with Project Server 2010.” Like Sy, Jamison is also an author of a few books on SharePoint.
“SharePoint Lifecycle Management Solution with Project Server 2010” is a no-code solution for larger organizations. It provides guidance for managing SharePoint business requests such as new sites, workflows, custom applications, Web Parts and business intelligence dashboards.
The solution includes two white papers and a sample data set. The first white paper has business and technical instructions, and the second has instructions for developers.
Jamison said that this new solution is helpful because “before this solution, they would have to coordinate on Excel or whiteboards, but when you do that, you are only guessing. This tool makes it more predictive and objective. It’s prioritizing in a way that is more formulized.”