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Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server

By: Tanya Foster

I have had several people ask me about Project Portfolio Server, so it seems that this may be a good time to start blogging about the subject.  Let’s start with Microsoft TechNet.  You can find documentation and How To info on just about anything you want (Microsoft related of course).  Here’s the link in case you want to visit the site http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/projportserver/default.aspx

One of the main things that I like about Portfolio Server is that it can be tightly integrated with Microsoft Project 2007.  Let’s start there and talk about how it all works together.  Portfolio Server has a Project Server Gateway.  This gateway provides a link to Project Server 2007 so that you can import, export, and synchronize information between the two environments.  Information such as schedule phases, milestones, resource requirement info, resource availability, and even enterprise fields.    It also meshes with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 for document storage.

Now that we have our information in Portfolio Server from Project Server, we can begin to look at our portfolio of projects and determine which ones are viable and which ones can be put on the back burner or canceled all together.  Now this blog entry is all about the high level stuff.  The next few blog entries will be diving a little deeper into the Portfolio Server subject…. So stay tuned!

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