Components of Microsoft PPM – Overview

Enterprise-Wide Project Portfolio Management

Microsoft Project Portfolio Management (PPM) was known as Enterprise Project Management (EPM) until version 2013 was published. Microsoft PPM solutions provide capabilities across the entire project life cycle to help organizations effectively initiate, select, plan and deliver projects on time and within budget.

The Solution out of the Box: Microsoft PPM Components

Microsoft PPM for enterprise-wide project management comprises the following project and portfolio management products out of the box:

Microsoft Project Professional – The Planning Tool

Microsoft Project Professional (versions 2016 / 2013  / 2010 / 2007 / 2003) as a client solution includes all of the functions of the MS Project Standard version, but unlike the latter is able to communicate with the Microsoft Project Server. The Microsoft Project client enables you to plan complex projects and view current information at any time. It also allows you to manage project work, schedules and finances, coordinate members of project teams, and be more productive.  

Project Online Professional Client is the streamed version out of the Microsoft cloud. It has all the functionalities of MS Project Professional.

Project Professional makes your work easier with powerful reporting functions, integration in Microsoft Office applications as well as interactive planning assistance, wizards and templates.

Microsoft Project Server – The Platform Solution

Microsoft Project Server (version 2016 / 2013 / 2010 / 2007 / 2003) is a flexible platform solution that provides support for resource management as well as functions for planning, reporting, and project team collaboration. The Project Server gives organizations a centralized and unified repository for storing all their project and resource data.

It can also be integrated with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (Version PPM 2010 / PPM 2013 / PPM 2016) or with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (Version PPM 2007). This delivers functions for file management and efficient team collaboration. 

The Microsoft Project Server 2016 / 2013 / 2010 solutions also include complete portfolio planning capabilities.

Microsoft Project  Web App / Web Access (PWA)

In addition, users can access role-related data and functions via their web browser with Microsoft Project Web App / Web Access (PWA). The Project Server 2016 / 2013 / 2010 solutions even enable users to make comprehensive changes to schedules via the Microsoft PWA.

Project Online – The Cloud-Based Version

Project Online is a cloud-based solution and is part of Microsoft Office 365, which gives users complete flexibility to work on their projects while they are out of the office. Project data on the server can also be stored offline if required, making them easier to carry around and work on without a server connection. Once the user connects to the server again, the updated information on the local device is synchronized to the server.

Extending Products for Microsoft Project

TPG The Project Group advises companies on project management and multi-project management solutions based on Microsoft PPM. TPG then develops systems that usually include additional functions for specific use cases, and these functions are provided by TPG's Project Management Tools based on Microsoft technologies. The result is a solution that makes the users’ work easier is therefore quickly accepted.

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