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#ProjectOnline Project Center updates #O365 #PPM #PMOT #MSProject

April 20, 2017 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)

Further to the announcement the other week regarding great improvements coming to Microsoft’s Office 365 PPM tool Project Online : http://bit.ly/2nQpAJx

You may have noticed that on your Project Online PWA instance you now have two new checkbox options on the Project Center Projects ribbon to improve page load times if needed:

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Rollups: image

Gantt Chart: image

A small change but one that will help improve page load times for users.

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#ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2013 / 2016 April 2017 Cumulative Update #PS2013 #SP2013 #PS2016 #SP2016 #MSProject

April 11, 2017 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 April 2017 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://bit.ly/2owkl3V

Project 2016 April 2017 update:
http://bit.ly/2o1aAXu

SharePoint Server 2016 / Project Server 2016 April 2017 update: 
http://bit.ly/2owBFWn & http://bit.ly/2o1kgRH

The Office 2013 April 2017 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://bit.ly/2owkl3V

Project Server 2013 April 2017 CU Server Roll up package:
***No Server rollup package this month – install other SharePoint 2013 patches as required***

Project Server 2013 April 2017 update:
http://bit.ly/2ownFfq

Project 2013 April 2017 update:
http://bit.ly/2o12BtK

Also worth noting, if you haven’t done so already, install Service Pack 1 http://bit.ly/1uorn2C first if installing the April 2017 CU on 2013.

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

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#ProjectOnline issue with #PowerBI and the #OData URL with [] now fixed #PPM #BI #PMOT

April 11, 2017 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)

Just a quick post to highlight that the issue with setting the credentials for a Project Online OData connection that contained the [] for localisation is now fixed in the Power BI Service. If your OData URL contained the [] to specify the OData localisation you couldn’t set the credentials in the Power BI Service for the data refresh, you would see the error below.

For the details on the error see a previous post of mine, see the Note halfway down the post: http://bit.ly/2l2u5kS

It’s good to finally have this issue fixed in Power BI. The Project Online Power BI report pack I created will now refresh / work as expected in the Power BI Service: http://bit.ly/2ivjxct

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Awesome update for #ProjectOnline – create and manage up to 30000 projects #PPM #O365 #PMOT #MSProject

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)

A new announcement on the Office blog today detailed some changes to Microsoft Office 365 PPM tool, Project Online. It will be possible to create and manager up to 30,000 projects. This is a great news as the 5,000 limit was an issue for some organisations. What is also coming is the ability to have a project site for each project, the limit previously was 2,000 project sites. This is achieved by setting the site collection to host the project sites per EPT as the limit per site collection is 2,000 sites. Be aware though, with the new solution the user sync and task list sync is only supported for Project Sites that exist in the same site collection as the PWA site.

There are also some new options in the project center to improve the performance for page load times when you have lots of projects by turning off the data roll up and Gantt charts.

For details see the blog post here: http://bit.ly/2ov25sx

The Project Online software boundaries and limits article has been updated: http://bit.ly/2nXhYU2

The article on tuning Project Online performance has also been updated with the new options: http://bit.ly/2ov4jrX

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#ProjectOnline – 1 PWA site collection for all or 1 per department? #O365 #PPM #PMOT #Office365 #MSProject

March 20, 2017 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)

A question I hear a few times from organisations is “We have a new department or business unit coming on-board with Project Online, do we need a new PWA instance for them or can we use the one we already have?” The answer isn’t normally a straightforward yes or no. This post aims to cover most of the questions you need to ask when considering using the existing PWA site collection or creating a new one for a new department / business unit.

The first thing to consider is the Project Online limitations for the data such as number of projects per PWA site, check out the limits here: http://bit.ly/2nXhYU2. Check how many projects you currently have in the PWA site collection and how many more the new business unit expect to add into the PWA site collection – if you are going to be reaching the limits on a PWA site collection then consider a dedicated PWA site collection for the new business unit. The number of PWA site collections in each Office 365 tenant will not be an issue – you can have up to 9,999. Just because you can have lots of PWA site collection doesn’t automatically mean the answer is a new PWA site collection each time!

One PWA site collection will support different PWA configurations for each business unit or department (custom fields , Enterprise Project Types etc.) by making use of the Department functionality to separate those configuration items. So for example, the R&D department only see configuration items relevant to them. So if the new business unit has different custom field / EPT requirements, that shouldn’t be a problem using a single PWA instance.

Whilst talking about configuration items, there are some items that are at the PWA site collection level that can’t be configured / tailored to each business unit or department. These would be some of the Time and Task Management options such as Time Reporting Periods, Timesheet settings and Task settings. Also some settings under the Operational Policies such as Additional Server Settings. If the new business unit has different requirements for time capturing they would need a dedicated PWA instance.

Another important aspect to consider is – will these different business units require access to the same enterprise resources to assign to tasks? Will they need to view the true resource demand / availability for these resources in one place? If this is the case then the easiest option is for the new business unit to use the same PWA site collection.

If there is a requirement to see the data from each business unit together in PWA, for example in a project center view then a single PWA site collection would be required. Similarly, if both business units projects needed to be included in the organisations portfolio strategic analysis for cost and resource requirements, a single PWA site collection will be required.

Reporting is another key factor, if the reports need to show data from all business units / departments then a single PWA instance is easier but it is still possible to generate reports that use data from multiple PWA site collections. With multiple PWA site collections this is something that can be worked around providing there was common metadata between the PWA site collections to enable projects from both PWA site collections to be viewed in the same report.

Then there is the management of the PWA site collection/s. It might be that the organisation has a central PMO function that administers the PWA site collection – adding another PWA site collection will increase their workload.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, here are just a few of the things to consider when deciding on using the existing PWA site collection or a new PWA site collection when a new business unit / department are coming on board.

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#ProjectServer and #SharePoint 2013 / 2016 March 2017 Cumulative Update #PS2013 #SP2013 #PS2016 #SP2016 #MSProject

March 15, 2017 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 March 2017 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://bit.ly/2msEbZ5

Project 2016 March 2017 update:
http://bit.ly/2nnzxAE

SharePoint Server 2016 / Project Server 2016 March 2017 update: 
http://bit.ly/2msrNZ7 & http://bit.ly/2nnFJc0

The Office 2013 March 2017 updates and cumulative updates are now available, please see the links below:

http://bit.ly/2msEbZ5

Project Server 2013 March 2017 CU Server Roll up package:
http://bit.ly/2nnFH3S

Project Server 2013 March 2017 update:
http://bit.ly/2msrQ7f

Project 2013 March 2017 update:
http://bit.ly/2nnpaN5

Also worth noting, if you haven’t done so already, install Service Pack 1 http://bit.ly/1uorn2C first if installing the March 2017 CU on 2013.

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

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#ProjectOnline #PowerBI Currency Conversion Project Cost Report Part 2 #PPM #BI #Office365 #PowerQuery

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)

Following on from my first post on currency conversion found below:

http://bit.ly/2mYg9Xz

This post walks through a different option for working with multiple currencies. This post will create a similar report as seen below:

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This report enables the project cost to be calculated based on project currency and rate for the year. In this example I have two projects that should be reporting costs in Euros,the PWA site is set up using Pounds (GBP) as are the resources that are used on those projects. So for those two projects in PWA the projects display a EUR symbol but there is no conversion to calculate the Euro rate from the GBP resource rates used.

In the steps below we walkthrough how to set up this example. Firstly in the Power BI Desktop client add the Projects OData feed:

  • Click Get Data > OData Feed and add the Odata URL for your PWA site: <PWASite>/_api/ProjectData/Projects and click OK
  • Click Edit to launch the Power BI Query Editor then click Choose Columns and uncheck Select All to deselect all the columns then select at least ProjectId, ProjectName, ProjectCurrency and ProjectType and click OK
  • Click the dropdown menu on the ProjectType column and uncheck 7.
  • Change the table from Query1 to Projects

The Projects table is now completed.

Now we need to create a currency table, still within the Query Editor see these steps:

  • Click Enter Data and create 4 columns, Currency, Master, Date and Rate then enter the data as required and click OK, for the purpose of the blog post here is the data I entered:
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  • On my PWA instance, GBP is the default currency used for this demo / blog post so this is set to 1.00 then I have a example currencies / rates for Euros. The project data in my PWA instance ranges from 2016 to 2018 so I need rates to cover those years
  • Click Add Column > Custom and enter the name “Year” with the formula of  Column Date.Year([Date]) and click OK
  • Right click on Master column and change the type to True / False
  • Change the table name to CurrencyData

The currency table is now completed.

Now we need to get the Task Timephased data, still within the Query Editor opened from creating the currency table table, see these steps:

  • New Source > OData Feed and add the OData URL for your PWA site: <PWASite>/_api/ProjectData/TaskTimephasedDataSet and click OK then OK again
  • Click Choose Columns and uncheck Select All to deselect all the columns then select at least ProjectId, TaskCost, TaskIsProjectSummary and TimeByDay and click OK
  • Change the table from Query2 to TaskData
  • Click the dropdown menu on the TaskCost column, if it states “List may be incomplete” click load more and then uncheck 0. In the advanced editor check the filter is ([TaskCost] <> 0)
  • Click the dropdown menu on the TaskIsProjectSummary column and uncheck false
  • Click Add Column > Custom Column and enter the name “Year” with the formula of Date.Year([TimeByDay]) and click OK
  • Click Merge Queries > Merge Queries, in the Merge window select Projects then select ProjectId in the TaskData table and ProjectId in Projects table:
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  • Click OK
  • In the New Column column heading, click the Expand button, select just ProjectCurrency and uncheck the use original column name option:
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  • Click OK
  • Click Merge Queries > Merge Queries, in the Merge window select CurrencyData then  hold the Ctrl key down and click Year and then ProjectCurrency in the TaskData table and then Year and then Currency in the CurrencyData table like below:
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  • Click OK
  • In the New Column column heading, click the Expand button, select just Rate and uncheck the use original column name option:
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  • Click OK
  • Click Add Custom > Custom Column and enter the name “TaskCost_Converted” with the formula of [TaskCost] * [Rate] and click OK
  • Right Click the column heading for TaskCost_Converted column and click Change Type > Decimal Number:
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The TaskData table is now complete. Click Close & Apply > Close & Apply. Check the table relationships are correct, it should just be Projects linked to TaskData using ProjectId.

Now design the report as required. For the purpose of this blog post I created one table with the following fields:

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Ensure TaskCost and TaskCost_Converted fields are set to Sum and all other fields on the table are set to Don’t summarize. If you need to work with multiple currencies in reports, try this out and extend it for your specific needs.

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