#ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2010 / 2013 / 2016 December 2015 Cumulative Update #PS2010 #SP2010 #PS2013 #SP2013 #MSProject

December 9, 2015 Leave a comment
Paul Mather
I am a Project Server and SharePoint consultant but my main focus currently is around Project Server.
I have been working with Project Server for nearly five years since 2007 for a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in the UK, I have also been awared with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award 2011.
I am also a certified Prince2 Practitioner.

This article has been cross posted from pwmather.wordpress.com (original article)

The Office 2016 December 2015 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://bit.ly/1NaR2rX

Project 2016 December 2015 update:
http://bit.ly/1IE0nK1

The Office 2013 December 2015 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://bit.ly/1NaR2rX

Project Server 2013 December 2015 CU Server Roll up package:
http://bit.ly/1NaR5nw

Project Server 2013 December 2015 update:
http://bit.ly/1IE0mpm

Project 2013 December 2015 update:
http://bit.ly/1NaR5nA

Also worth noting, if you haven’t done so already, install Service Pack 1 http://bit.ly/1uorn2C first if installing the December 2015 CU.

The Office 2010 December 2015 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://bit.ly/1NaR2rX

Project Server 2010 December 2015 CU Server Roll up package:
http://bit.ly/1NaR5nC

Project Server 2010 December 2015 update:
<no specific Project Server 2010 update>

Project 2010 December 2015 update:
http://bit.ly/1IE0nK5

SP2 is a pre-requisite for the Office 2010 December 2015 updates.

As always, fully test these updates on a replica test environment before deploying to production.

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Great new #Enhancements to #ProjectOnline

December 4, 2015 Leave a comment
This is to quickly share about 3 excellent new enhancements to Project Online rolled out today.

1. Email Notification

Email notifications in Project Online keep you on top of what’s coming, let you know when things are due and what’s currently on your plate.

This feature is available from today.

2. Project IDs
This was much awaited!
Until today I have to use JS or other solutions, in order to generate unique ID for each project.
This is now going to be available as OOB option, and can be configured as part of the Enterprise Project Type (EPT) settings. 



Each EPT has its own project ID definition. You can specify a fixed Pre- and Postfix, Starting Number and Minimum Digit Padding. The project ID can be added to a number of views throughout PWA and in custom reports. It can also be programmatically updated using CSOM.

Note, that this feature is still in final touches mode, and yet to be released.


3. Increasing custom field limits for reporting

This enhancement is simply overwhelming. 
Reporting from Project Online was an issue with prior limitation of 45 custom fields.
With this new enhancement introduced, increased new limits on ALL custom field types are:
Project custom fields
Timesheet custom fields
Task and Resource custom fields, combined
450 text fields
450 text fields
450 text fields
450 lookup tables
450 lookup tables
450 lookup tables
450 of all other custom field types (cost, date, duration, number, flag)
450 of all other custom field types (cost, date, duration, number, flag)
450 of all other custom field types (cost, date, duration, number, flag)
This change is valid from today.
Complete details are available here: http://bit.ly/1XDIPVk
Life is getting better with Project Online :)

via All about Enterprise Project Management (EPM) http://bit.ly/1XDIPVl

Khurram Jamshed
The author of the blog has an extensive experience of working as an EPM Consultant. Currently he is located in Dubai, UAE and working for Microsoft partner organization as Project Server specialist. He has a thorough experience of providing Project Management technical/functional consultancy to all sort of organizations. He is a certified PMP, a Project Server MCITP, and also received a MS community contributor award 2011.

This article has been cross posted from khurramjamshed.blogspot.com/ (original article)

Want to capture your #Project team / staff morale? #ProjectOnline #ProjectServer / #SharePoint #PPM #JavaScript #jQuery

December 1, 2015 Leave a comment
Paul Mather
I am a Project Server and SharePoint consultant but my main focus currently is around Project Server.
I have been working with Project Server for nearly five years since 2007 for a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in the UK, I have also been awared with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award 2011.
I am also a certified Prince2 Practitioner.

This article has been cross posted from pwmather.wordpress.com (original article)

This is a supporting blog post for a new JavaScript file I have published to the Microsoft Gallery, it can be downloaded here:

http://bit.ly/1ltpYdS 

This script enables you to capture the the team / staff morale each day – your team members just need to click one of the smiley faces:

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In the example above I am logged in with the tenant admin account called “admin admin”. When a user clicks one of the icons it creates an item in the “ProjectTeamMorale” list in the PWA site:

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If they click the happy faces it sets the item status to Happy, if they click the sad face it sets the status to Unhappy.

This list will need to be created manually with the following details:

List Name: ProjectTeamMorale

Columns:

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The Date column setting defaults to Today:

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Once the list is set up the script can be added to the PWA homepage using a content editor web part:

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Reference the location of the project_team_morale.js file – in this example I added the JavaScript file to the Shared Document library in the PWA site:

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That is it. The script can easily be updated to use different images or include more than two statuses etc. In this example I have done this for PWA but this could be added to a SharePoint intranet site to capture the staff members morale rather than just the project team in this example.

You can then generate a report to view the team / staff morale over time.

Try it out :)

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#Project Online and #ProjectServer – Reporting Enhancements

November 27, 2015 Leave a comment
Reporting is an integral factor to any successful PPM deployment, and Microsoft is continuously investing in reporting capabilities, making it bigger and better.

In this blog post, I will bring together few recent updates to reporting options that can help get the best out of Project (online and on-premises) data, and will share links to all the sources available.

1.      SSRS – SQL Server Reporting Services

SQL Server Reporting Services are amazing, it enables you to create interactive, tabular, and graphical or free form reports from relational, multidimensional, or XML-based data sources. SSRS is the most powerful tool to surface data on to reports till date, from simplest to highly complex reports, SSRS is your tool.

And now there are some good new related to SSRS devotees, Microsoft has recently announced about the number of enhancements to Reporting Services in SQL Server 2016.


SQL Server 2016 preview version is already available for some time now, and Microsoft SQL team has released number of new Reporting services features to preview version:
Few of the highlighted items are as below:

·       Pin Reporting Services report items – Including charts, gauge panels, maps, and images – to Power BI dashboards. Dashboard tiles always show up-to-date data thanks to scheduled refresh. Click a dashboard tile to drill through to the complete Reporting Services report.
·      Design reports using Visual Studio 2015 with an updated version of SQL Server Data Tools.
·       ·      Uses .NET Framework 4.x code in report expressions, report code, referenced assemblies, and extensions for report security, data processing, rendering, or delivery.
Some more details here:
·      ·      Position report parameters the way you want : I am quite excited about this particular enhancement, for the first time ever, you see the Parameters pane in Design view, handing you, the report author, design-time control of parameter positioning:
·       ·      Export reports to PowerPoint
·       ·      Create Treemap and Sunburst charts
·       ·      Design reports in an updated version of Report Builder with a modern theme
·       ·      View and interact with reports in modern browsers (thanks to a new HTML5-based renderer)
·       ·      Print reports from modern browsers (without installing an ActiveX control)
Below is the summary of all the information published till date:

1.      Power BI and Project Online

Power BI is around for some time now, Microsoft Power BI is a collection of online services and features that enables you to find and visualize data, share discoveries, and collaborate in intuitive new ways.

In new Power BI experience, Power BI displays dashboards on the Power BI service that are interactive, and can be created and updated from many different data sources. Based on the same technology as Power View, Power BI Desktop supports existing Power View reports and provides the future path to a HTML5 based interactive report experience on-premises.

In this blog post, I am particularly interested in mentioning how the Project world can take leverage of Power BI offerings.

Lately Power BI team has introduced a Power BI pack for Project online users. The Project Online content pack for Power BI allows you to explore your project data with out-of-box metrics such overdue projects or a burn-down of current project work.

Also with new SSRS capabilities as mentioned above, Pin to Dashboard, we can now pin any existing Project chart to Power BI dashboard very easily. This help an end user in particular, to quickly put together a nice dashboard using several existing SSRS reports without seeking support from technical wizards.

Glimpse of few project reports from Power BI pack are below:

 



via All about Enterprise Project Management (EPM) http://bit.ly/1MIhFEl

Khurram Jamshed
The author of the blog has an extensive experience of working as an EPM Consultant. Currently he is located in Dubai, UAE and working for Microsoft partner organization as Project Server specialist. He has a thorough experience of providing Project Management technical/functional consultancy to all sort of organizations. He is a certified PMP, a Project Server MCITP, and also received a MS community contributor award 2011.

This article has been cross posted from khurramjamshed.blogspot.com/ (original article)

Announcing Availability of #SharePoint and #ProjectServer 2016 BETA 2 versions

November 25, 2015 Leave a comment
A while ago I have shared about the release of SharePoint and Project Server 2016 preview versions, available for users to install only for evaluation purposes.
And here comes another great news, Microsoft has recently announced general availability of Project Server and SharePoint 2016 Beta 2 versions.

Earlier this month, November 2015, at European SharePoint conference 2015 Microsoft’s top leadership has made this big announcement. Jeff Teper, Microsoft’s corporate vice president OneDrive and SharePoint, has announced in a conference that:
SharePoint 2016 Beta 2 will be released before the end of November, and should be out before US Thanksgiving (November 26). It will be 99 percent feature complete, so we should get a better view of what SharePoint 2016 RTM will actually look like.

The Beta version is available to download and use, only for evaluation purposes. You can find links to relevant sources at end of this post.
Now as Microsoft has announced that it’s a 99% feature complete release, which means that we can safely anticipate about what we going to receive as RTM release in next year. I would like to quickly bullet point the updates to Beta version since the Preview version.

·       Profile synchronization with Microsoft Identity Manager
·       ·       Data Loss Prevention
·       ·       Extensible Hybrid App Launcher
·       ·       Profile Redirection
Please note, for Preview version users, that you will not be able to upgrade from SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview to Beta 2. You have to implement it as a fresh installation.
And here are the links to all the sources and download page for SharePoint and Project Server 2016 Beta:
Title
SharePoint 2016
Project Server 2016
Download SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2, this also includes Project Server 2016 Beta 2 binaries as an improvement to the current deployment process. Project Server will be available as a service just like other SharePoint services.
Announcement about SharePoint Server 2016 and Project Server Beta 2 Versions Quick Start Guide
Explore SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2
Explore Project Server 2016 Beta 2

via All about Enterprise Project Management (EPM) http://bit.ly/1QHT2f1

Khurram Jamshed
The author of the blog has an extensive experience of working as an EPM Consultant. Currently he is located in Dubai, UAE and working for Microsoft partner organization as Project Server specialist. He has a thorough experience of providing Project Management technical/functional consultancy to all sort of organizations. He is a certified PMP, a Project Server MCITP, and also received a MS community contributor award 2011.

This article has been cross posted from khurramjamshed.blogspot.com/ (original article)

Office 365 is trying humour … will you recognise the quote from ?

November 18, 2015 Leave a comment

After the first funny quotes started some years back with the 404 not found pages showing “oops… something happened”, making them more friendly and less scary, it seems that the whole IT industry is trying to have humour, even on “serious” screens like Office 365 Admin center…

I think I like it!  better have fun at work, right? (and with all the TV geeks in SharePoint, it makes sense…)

Office 365 has humour

Office 365 has humour

via François on SharePoint & more http://bit.ly/1NbbPyF

François Souyri
French native Sharepoint Consultant living in London. A crossway between a designer, developer and system architect. Prefers stretching the limit of out-of-the-box features rather than breaking them into code. When not working with Microsoft Sharepoint François is often found on Web2.0 News sites and related social networking tools.

This article has been cross posted from sharepointfrancois.wordpress.com/ (original article)

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#ProjectOnline #PowerBI content pack available #BI #Office365 #PPM

November 18, 2015 Leave a comment
Paul Mather
I am a Project Server and SharePoint consultant but my main focus currently is around Project Server.
I have been working with Project Server for nearly five years since 2007 for a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in the UK, I have also been awared with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award 2011.
I am also a certified Prince2 Practitioner.

This article has been cross posted from pwmather.wordpress.com (original article)

The Project Online Power BI content pack is now available – take a look today!

Log in to your Power BI site, click Get Data then click Get on the Services card under the Content Pack Library:

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Scroll down the list and you will see Microsoft Project Online:

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Click the tile:

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Then click Connect and type the PWA URL – I connected to one of our demo instances:

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Click Next and change the Authentication method to oAuth2 and click Sign in:

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When prompted, enter the credentials.

The content pack will then be deployed to your workspace, it will first import the data as displayed in the top right hand corner:

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Once completed you will see the Microsoft Project Dataset, Report and Dashboard accessible in the left navigation pane:

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There are default reports for Issues:

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Risks:

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Portfolio Status:

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Project Compliance:

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Then there is a dashboard that displays some of this data:

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Awesome work from the Project team at Microsoft :)

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