Microsoft Project Server 2010 is a landmark release for Microsoft, and for PPM prospective users and existing Project Server customers, because it is in this release in which Microsoft includes SharePoint 2010 as a the foundation for workflow, document management and collaboration. Adding SharePoint 2010 is a game-changing move for Microsoft. It underscores the software vendor’s focus of SharePoint as the cornerstone of its Enterprise Project Management (EPM) solution, which includes, among other things, the use of Office applications, including Project Professional, as well as other Microsoft components, productivity applications and software. Project Server 2010 also includes enhanced project creation features that do not require the use of Project Professional. Service Pack 1 (SP1) for the 2010 release of Project Server is due for public availability and consumption at the end of June 2011. From a license fee perspective, Microsoft Project Server 2010 can be one of the more cost-effective on-premises and/or hosted PPM systems. Microsoft relies heavily on its partner network to manage implementations and consulting services for Project Server 2010. The inclusion of SharePoint 2010 as part of Project Server 2010, more seamless integration with the portfolio management capabilities of the product, the cost-competitive pricing, and advancements in native project creation capabilities independent from Project Professional earn Microsoft a Strong Positive rating.
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