Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 top 10 benefits

Office Project Server 2007 enables organizations to more effectively manage and coordinate work from one-time projects to complex programs across the entire project lifecycle.

Here are the top 10 ways the Office Project Server 2007 together with its clients, Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007 and Microsoft Office Project Web Access, can help you intelligently manage your organization’s work:

reason 1

Enhance your business intelligence.

Office Project Server 2007 helps you monitor performance, visualize trends, manage risks, and identify investment gaps. Use Reporting Data Services to share information through common business reporting tools such as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. The pre-built data cubes are extensible, and it provides a data link for building scorecards and dashboards to facilitate informed decisions about existing projects, tradeoffs, and new opportunities.

reason 2

Collaborate and coordinate easily.

Ensuring teams share common goals and work together effectively becomes more vital as organizations become more geographically and culturally diverse. Project Web Access provides Web-based access to timely, business-critical project information stored by Office Project Server 2007, so teams can share knowledge, collaborate smoothly to complete tasks and deliverables, and adjust activities quickly to accommodate project changes and updates.

reason 3

Manage resources effectively.

Many organizations struggle to deploy resources effectively, leading to higher costs and project delays. Office Project Server 2007 helps you accurately assess needs to effectively deploy resources today and create future plans across your organization — so you have the right people on your high-priority projects for optimal delivery. You can track availability, utilization, and work progress through time sheets.

reason 4

Manage the entire project lifecycle.

Propose and initiate projects in Project Web Access. Promote these proposals to operational projects, and then manage them through completion and maintenance. You can get a comprehensive view of your organization's work at all stages of the lifecycle for better decision-making.

reason 5

Manage the simple and the complex.

For one-time projects, you can use Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services or Project Web Access. As these gain approval or grow into more strategically important initiatives, you can then “promote” them to the centralized Office Project Server 2007 for tracking of budgets and resources that might otherwise go unnoticed. For large scale “programs,” you can easily manage multiple sub-projects and their dependencies in a coordinated fashion.

reason 6

Promote continuous improvement.

Organizations are increasingly standardizing their processes to improve operational efficiencies and more effectively manage project complexity. Office Project Server 2007 enables you to implement repeatable processes as templates, refine them based on your best practices, and capture these improved processes within a custom Project Guide. You can apply an automated workflow, resulting in lowered costs, faster cycle times, and increased quality.

reason 7

Hire strategically.

Without understanding long-term workloads and capacity, companies can experience inefficient hire-fire cycles, resulting in higher overhead, lost knowledge, and poor employee morale. By providing visibility into overall work commitments and resource capabilities, Office Project Server 2007 helps you create resource plans to align your strategic recruiting and outsourcing with your long-term business objectives.

reason 8

Get more from existing technology investments.

Office Project Server 2007 leverages Microsoft Windows Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and Windows SharePoint Services, so you can get the most out of your organization’s skills in these Microsoft technologies. Office Project Server 2007 also includes pre-built integration with the Microsoft Office system, ERP applications, the Microsoft collaboration platform, and Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server 2007. The well defined Office Project Server API, Eventing Model, and other tools make this a flexible and extensible platform to manage your work.

reason 9

Drive real return on investment.

By enabling increased employee productivity, faster cycle times, reduced costs, and improved time management, Office Project Server 2007 and its clients provide a positive and sustainable return on your investment. In IT portfolio management, software can cut costs 2-5 percent, improve productivity 25-20 percent, and shift 10-15 percent of budgets to more-strategic projects. In developing and bringing new products to market, the best performers — those who have applied rigorous process and technology to their research and development and go-to-market activities — can reduce time to market by more than 30 percent.

reason 10

Gain a complete Office EPM Solution.

You can form the complete Office EPM Solution and gain additional portfolio management functionality using the bi-directional Project Gateway. This allows you to use Office Project Portfolio Server 2007 to complement Office Project Server 2007. This expands the value of the solution beyond operational management into strategic decisions on alignment of investments with business objectives.

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Applies To: Project Server 2007

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