Connecting Project desktop client to Project Online – 2013 deprecated

Update 30th January 2017: Deadline extended to 30th June 2017

As of the 28th February 2017 the following versions of Project will no longer be able to connect to Project Online

  1. Project Professional 2013
  2. Project (Pro) for Office 365 (2013)

You will need to have deployed the following to connect Project to Project Online

  1. Project Professional 2016
  2. Project for Office 365 (2016) aka Project Online Professional / Project Online Premium

You should carefully review and read the full article:

This is what worked for me (I haven’t tried other combinations) from a clean install:

OPP = Office Pro Plus (the click-t0-run version of Office)

  1. Installed OPP2013 (2013) & Project for Office 365 (2013)
  2. Installed Project 2016 which upgraded OPP to 2016 (no choice)
  3. Uninstalled OPP 2016
  4. Re-installed OPP2013
  5. Now I have Project Online Desktop Client 2016 & Office 2013

I have not tried this via SCCM or similar deployment methods.

Updates to follow (5 JAN 17)

Abanca centralizes management of their projects with Microsoft Project Online

The company, a major financial institution in the Spanish market, with a presence in nine countries, will benefit from the possibilities offered by Microsoft Project Online.

Abanca is reinforcing its commitment to Microsoft and continues the transformation of the business model within its commercial network.

Abanca has chosen Microsoft Project Online, the PPM (Project Portfolio Management) of Office 365 for managing their portfolio of projects, with the aim of providing a centralized management of its corporate portfolio. The financial institution, present in eight other countries (France, Mexico, Panama, Portugal, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Venezuela and Germany), has a strong commitment to a service model that reconciles the best of traditional banking with the attributes of a bench edge.

The ultimate goal of Abanca is to offer a unique service to its customers and therefore needed to strengthen the alignment of its portfolio with strategic objectives, improve visibility of the execution of portfolio for informed decision-making at the right time, increase the productivity of project teams and rationalize the use of resources.

With that premise, Abanca, which already manages its project portfolio through Microsoft Project Server on-premisesdecided to take advantage of the management capabilities provided by the latest version of Project Online.  This has allowed Abanca to improve management of its portfolio of services and operational. Abanca opted for this solution as a logical step in its growth that also meets the objective of facilitating the integration of the service with other bank systems.

During the second half of 2015, supported by Aula Informatica Complutense, a Microsoft Partner, it began the implementation of Microsoft Project Online in Abanca.  The project was carried out in phases during which users were adapting to the different capabilities of the solution gradually. All this thanks to the creation of two associated sub-implementations: one for parameterization and configuration of the tool; and another to update the interfaces with other systems in the bank. This has allowed no breaks in the daily operations of the organization during transition.

Abanca also expressed their willingness to continue working on this tool in order to reach a comprehensive solution for managing the corporate portfolio, from which an initiative is born until it closes, certifying the return on investment.

A great advantage of Project Online is that senior management can have an updated each project report, obtaining a global view.” said Juan Manuel Sánchez-Quinzá, director of the Project Office. “Before we invested considerable time and resources in creating these reports. Now the address information is quick and agile without forgetting safety for us is key.” he stressed.

Microsoft Project Online: flexibility, immediacy and safety

Microsoft Project Online is a flexible, cloud solution for managing project portfolios . Project Online, available through Office 365, enables organizations to get going, plan their activities, prioritize investment project portfolios and deliver the expected business value from virtually anywhere and on almost any device. All this with the benefits of not having to undertake an investment in infrastructure.

In addition, Project Online offers a level of security and privacy to respond to organizations of any size, with support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and compliance with a growing list of certification standards such as FISMA, ISO 27001 and HIPAA.

Original article:

Project Online: Notifications even if you don’t have Exchange Online

Microsoft are just rolling out some changes – and they should be hitting all Project Online tenant sites by now – which allow for Project notifications and reminders to be sent to accounts outside of Exchange Online.

As long as you have a ‘Work email’ configured with the desired address for the user they can get alerts for new task assignments and various levels of reminders.  There is a setting that governs notifications working even if you do have Exchange Online – and this would need turning on too – so I’ll start with there.

Go to PWA Settings, Additional Server Settings and scroll right down to the bottom – and the Turn on notifications option will be found.  Check the box if it isn’t already checked.

Full blog post here:

Project Online: Notifications even if you don’t have Exchange Online


Project updates at Ignite 2016

It was an exciting week for Project at Ignite 2016. We had some great sessions, which are now available online. If you were not able to attend Ignite, these online sessions provide a great overview of the latest happenings in the Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management space.

Along with these sessions, we also had engaging discussions with several attendees at the Project booth. We take all the feedback and use it to improve our product. As always, please continue to engage with us and provide feedback through our UserVoice site.

Announcing the availability of Office 365 Project Time Reporter

The Office 365 Project Time Reporter iOS app announced last fall is now available in the Apple Store. This app enables team members to submit timesheets and report progress on tasks tracked in Project Online.

The original article can be found here

Announcing the availability of Office 365 Project Time Reporter image

With the Office 365 Project Time Reporter on your iPhone, you can add new assignments or non-project work to your timesheet or create new personal tasks in the Timesheet view. Timesheets can be saved, allowing you to return later and send in for approval. You can also keep track of your current or overdue tasks in the Tasks view, filter and sort tasks to find the right ones, and submit status updates.

Want to learn more? Read “Getting started with Office 365 Project Time Reporter” for more information.

Android and Windows Phone versions of the app will also be coming to the Google Play Store and Windows Store soon.

Ready to install the Office 365 Project Time Reporter iOS app? Download it from the Apple Store to get started!

Agility, engagement & success

I supported an EVA / PPM event in London on the 16/17th June 2016 and was asked to write an article, which you can find here:

Agility Engagement and Success in Managing and Delivering Change


Agile with Project

Here’s how you can use Project and Project Online to manage Agile projects

The following is taken from: Implement Scaled Agile Framework® to support epics, release trains, and multiple backlogs

As enterprises are benefiting from individual agile teams, the question now is how do we scale these practices across teams and gain a portfolio view of the progress of agile teams throughout the enterprise? To address these needs, many businesses are using the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe™).

If you’re interested in using SAFe, you can configure projects created with the Scrum, Agile, or CMMI processes to track SAFe criteria. Moreover, just as your Agile tools support Scrum and Agile practices, it can support SAFe and large numbers of teams to work together on epics that span releases.

In this article you’ll learn how SAFe concepts map to your Agile tools, how to plan and track SAFe projects using your Agile tools, and how to configure your Agile tools to support SAFe.

If you’re familiar with Scrum but not familiar with SAFe, these videos at Scaled Agile Framework Foundations from Inbar Oren, the Lean Samurai, are a good way to orient yourself.


The Total Economic Impact™ Of Microsoft PPM

Read the full report by clicking here

Cost Savings And Business Benefits Enabled By Microsoft Project And Portfolio Management

Microsoft commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study and examine the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by deploying Office 365 Project and Portfolio Management. The purpose of this study is to provide readers with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of Office 365 PPM on their organizations.

To better understand the benefits, costs, and risks associated with an Office 365 PPM implementation, Forrester interviewed four customers with multiple years of experience using Office 365 PPM. Microsoft Office 365 PPM is a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering that helps organizations improve resource management, increase project management performance, and improve visibility into projects, programs, and portfolios. As a cloud-based solution, Office 365 PPM also reduces infrastructure costs and removes the need for costly software upgrades. Additionally, Office 365 PPM easily scales with business growth while providing synergies with Office 365 products and integration with SharePoint and Power BI.