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The Project Admin Blog
Jan Kalis & Project Partners
Jack Dahlgren MVP
MS Project Experts
Microsoft EPM Solution, PJ
Project Professional 2013 and Project Online / PWA are distinct tools which work together, empowering businesses to deliver winning projects while effectively executing and achieving strategic priorities. People across the organization regularly update statuses, manage resource allocations, report progress and balance strategic objectives. These people need different capabilities at different times.
Project Professional 2013 is the project manager's everyday workhorse. They can easily plan projects and collaborate with others from virtually anywhere, staying organized and keeping projects on track with the only project management system designed to work seamlessly with other Microsoft applications and cloud services.
Project Online and PWA for Project Server link the team together and allow everyone to manage everyday work and collaborate effectively. Management also uses Project Online or PWA to access powerful strategic tools like Project Portfolio Management (PPM).
One of the easiest ways to understand the differences in these tools is to look at their output. Project Professional gives project managers the ability to manage complex project plans and easily synthesize information to guide teams in the right direction and report progress to management. Out-of-the-box reports present project data in an easily consumable format. Each report can be easily customized in an Excel-like experience. Sharing is simple, since reports are optimized for copy/paste.
Most project managers use Project Professional 2013 for the many complex necessities of managing projects and Project Online / PWA when they are away and need to work with their projects. PWA is also ideal for team participants to update their everyday work and collaborate from virtually anywhere. The richness of Project Professional 2013 is seen below, with a few features highlighted to illustrate the unique capabilities of the desktop client.
The Team Planner is a particularly powerful tool within Project Professional 2013 which makes it easy for project managers to identify and resolve potential resource overallocations. Issues can be fixed with the click of a button as the scheduling engine automatically moves tasks to avoid schedule conflicts, or manually with drag and drop.
Task Path Highlighting
Define Local Custom Fields
Team Planner Overallocation Highlighting
Team Planner Prevent Overallocations
Edit Master Projects
Summary Task Assignments
Automatic / Manual Scheduling
Edit Large Projects
Import from SharePoint
Cost and Material Resource Assignments
Fixed Work Tasks
Edit Assignment Fields
Edit Task Type
Another important set of distinctions between Project Professional and Project Online / PWA are the user interfaces and variety of views available to visualize and format project data. The web-based interface is ideal for access from virtually anywhere and works in most web browsers, and the Project Professional 2013 desktop client takes advantage of the extra power of the Windows environment to deliver a rich and immersive interface. Here we can see a sampling of additional views available only in Project Professional.
Paste with Task Hierarchy
Team Planner View
Task Information Dialog
Team Planner Custom Formatting
Team Planner Unassigned Tasks
Task Hierarchy + Indent / Outdent
Sorting / Filtering
View / Edit Custom Fields
High Fidelity Gantt Charts
Status Change Updates
Cut / Copy / Paste
Zoom In / Out
Microsoft Office Fluent User Interface
–Mark Sargeant, Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Project
How is the data synchronized between Project Professional where project files are being edited offline on a desktop and PWA? In other words, how do we maintain consistency of project information given that project files can get edited offline and conflicting changes can be made to the same project in PWA?
Great question, Lashan! I think the short answer is that our engineers are brilliant -- when you sync your project plan back up to the cloud, Project will look for any differences between the two versions and usually be able to merge them together. But if there are any conflicts, you get a dialogue warning that task xyz has been changed and it'll ask you which version of the task you want to keep.
To see the sync process, take a look at our video introducing Project Online: aka.ms/.../at-sync
To edit a project that is in the PWA, whether you are editing it online or using Project Pro, you must check it out. Once it is checked out, it cannot be edited by anyone else...even by you using a different interface (PWA vs Project Pro). Once complete, you check the project back in and publish it. Does this answer your question?
Project Professional 2013 и Project Online / PWA – отличные инструменты, расширяющие возможности компаний в части управления успешными проектами и эффективного достижения стратегических целей. Люди во всей организации регулярно обновляют статусы