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Some really good things about Microsoft Project 2003 Server and 2007 Microsoft Project Server

#2: The really good news is Microsoft Project 2003 Server and 2007 Microsoft Project Server are really cheap. Think about it, a server application for a few thousand dollars! (Project Server 2003 was integrated with Windows SharePoint Services and that software was free with Windows 2003 Server. In 2007 Microsoft Project Server the integration is tight.) In fact all of the software that is a part of EPM is cheap. (Well, except Microsoft Project Professional at $1000 per license. We think that is pretty expensive for a product that hasn't changed much the past 10 years. The good news is that not everyone in the enterprise will need that license. By the way, we are not going to stand up and sing hallelujah because Microsoft Project 2007 has unlimited undos when we have been living without it for over 16 years. For 1K, we would expect this product to be much better than it is!)

Cheap product allows you to spend more money on maintenance and deployment. You are going to need those dollars to get this system to work the way you will need it to perform. The good news is you don't have to spend a lot of money on both the software and the effort it is going to take to stand it up and provide you some value.

But be careful, don't assume "cheap product" is the same as "easy to use" or "easy to deploy." Don't even think for a moment that you are not going to have to spend money on Microsoft Project Server training and Project Server consulting.

The really good news is Microsoft Project 2003 Server and 2007 Microsoft Project Server are really cheap.Experience: One of our international engineering and manufacturing customers has EPM it up and running across divisions. It is basically working for them, but they claim it cost them 10 times what they thought it was going to take to deploy. We believe that almost everyone underestimates what it will really take in terms of time, money, and effort by everyone involved deploying this system, or any enterprise system for that matter.

But be careful, don't assume "cheap product" is the same as "easy to use" or "easy to deploy." Don't even think for a moment that you are not going to have to spend money on Microsoft Project Server training and Project Server consulting.Tag: Even though the software is pretty cheap, don't buy more than you need. (We can see the Microsoft reps driving our street now!) Our observation is that people over buy because they have been sold the perception that this is a turn-key solution. That you can build it, turn it on and people will do what you need them to do. Nothing could be further from the truth. Buy the license you need for prototype and near the end of that phase purchase what you need for pilot, and so on. Sure, maybe it is cheaper in bulk, but right now there are more organizations than you can imagine that own hundreds and maybe thousands of licenses that are not being used because someone sold them on the idea that they could plan out the entire deployment, quickly get up to speed, and they would soon need all of those licenses. We wish we had a dollar for every license not used in just North America. 

Microsoft Project Server training and Microsoft Project Server consultingExperience: An aero space customer had over a 1000 licenses sitting idle the first time we were on-site and they were still months away from even starting to deploy. Our understanding was they hadn't been used in a year. We responded by saying, "Quick, go get your money back!" They rolled their eyes and said, "Sure."

 

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