Tune and optimize performance of your Office 365 connection

Microsoft has announced new resources to help Office 365 customers receive optimal performance when connecting to Office 365. As a software as a service (SaaS) offering, Office 365 has a number of layers between the servers that Microsoft manages, and the end user.

http://blogs.office.com/2014/10/29/tune-optimize-performance-office-365-connection/

The Chicken-Egg Problem with Organizational Change

“Timing is critical for successful organizational change. What you do first and the sequence of actions that follow can make or break your effort. But in many cases, it’s not completely clear whether one step causes another or vice versa. Like the classic “chicken or the egg” dilemma, you’re left asking yourself: Which should come first? Here are two examples of this problem:”

by Ron Ashkenas

A great post from the Harvard Business Review (HBR) Blog Network

Project Challenge 14/15 October 2014

I will be at Project Challenge, London Olympia, on Tuesday and Wednesday 14/15th of October.

During the show my colleagues and I from TPG The Project Group will be available to discuss and demonstrate Project Online, Project Server, Project Web App, and Project (desktop).

We will also be available to discuss and demonstrate TPG products for integration with line of business systems, and products that extend Microsoft Project, Project Online and Project Server.

TPG’s customer – Orange Business Services – will be presenting on Tuesday 14 October 2014 at 11:30

“How Orange consolidated and integrated multiple data streams in to a single global project solution” with Graham Freak, Global PPM Practice and Des White, Global PPM Practice

Where did the BI Center site go in Project Online?

Recent improvements to Project Online include easier access to sample reports and data connections. The Business Intelligence (BI) Center site will no longer be created automatically for new Project Online sites, and new lists/libraries are used for reporting content.

Read this article to learn more about these changes, including what to do if you want to continue using your old BI Center site.

Replicate Project Online Reporting Data to a SQL Server database using the OData protocol

This link describes how you can use SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) to replicate your reporting data from Project Online to a separate SQL Server database, using the Open Data protocol (OData).

It explains how to install the add-on, the high level details of the replication process and how to get started in Visual Studio with the Integration Services project template to create a project that automatically pulls your data based on a schedule.

While Project Online: SSIS package for OData delta sync provides an example SSIS package that demonstrates how to perform a delta sync to reduce download times. The package retrieves Project Web App (PWA) data only for projects that changed since the last sync. This sample applies to Project Online reporting when report data is replicated to a local SQL Server database.