Managing Project Schedules in Project Professional vs. PWA

Posted By Posted by: Laith Adel on June 10, 2013

We used to say that one of the main things you can’t do in PWA schedule PDP is baseline. In 2013 you can actually baseline a project in PWA. But if you are wondering what the difference is between scheduling in PWA and Project Pro in 2013, then here is your answer:

Project Management Feature Comparison

Project Web Access (PWA)

Project Professional

Resource Levelling

Available

Recognize and correct resource overall   location scenarios using automatic resources levelling techniques.
Task Path Highlighting

Available

See how tasks come together and   identify which are most critical to a project’s success.
Split Tasks

Available

Split tasks and show them as   split in the Gantt chart.
Task Inspector

Available

Additional analysis to resolve   scheduling conflicts.
Define Local Custom Fields

Available

All users can define local   custom fields.
Time-Phased Editing

Available

Edit plans and work on a   day-by-day basis.
Team Planner Over Allocation   Highlighting

Available

Visual cues identify task over   allocations, which can be automatically levelled or manually corrected with   drag and drop in Team Planner.
Team Planner Prevent Over Allocations

Available

Automatically move tasks so   that resources cannot become over allocated in Team Planner.
Inactive Tasks

Read Only

Available

Tasks marked inactive in   Project Professional are read-only in PWA / Project Online.
Edit Master Projects

Read Only

Available

Master projects are read-only   in PWA / Project Online.
Edit Sub-Projects

Read Only

Available

Sub-project cannot be added to   a project, but can be edited separately from master projects.
Cross-Project Links

Read Only

Available

Dependency relationships with   tasks in other projects are read-only in PWA / Project Online.
Summary Task Assignments

Read Only

Available

Resource assignments on summary   tasks are read-only in PWA / Project Online.
WBS Codes

Read Only

Available

Custom Work Breakdown Structure   codes are supported, but definitions are read-only in PWA / Project Online.
Multi-Resource Assignments

Available

Available

Assign more than one resource   to a particular task.
Automatic / Manual Scheduling

Available

Available

Use the Project scheduling   engine to automatically schedule tasks, or do it manually.
Task Linking

Available

Available

Create, edit and delete task   dependency relationships.
Project Information

Available

Available

Edit project-level fields and   properties.
Edit Large Projects

Available

Available

No limit to the size of plans   that are editable.
Import from SharePoint

Available

Available

Import data from a SharePoint   project task list into a project plan.
% Complete

Available

Available

Mark task progress as a   percentage of the assigned work that is complete.
Cost and Material Resource   Assignments

Available

Available

Ability to assign Cost   Resources or Material Resources to tasks.
Task Calendars

Available

Available

Define a custom calendar   associated with a task.
Fixed Work Tasks

Available

Available

Define the type of a task as   fixed work.
Timeline

Available

Available

Build and customize the   timeline view to visualize schedule details and communicate with   stakeholders.
Edit Assignment Fields

Available

Available

Edit assignment views.
Create Baselines

Available

Available

Create a snapshot baseline of   the current project plan.
Task Deadlines

Available

Available

Create deadlines for a task.
Edit Task Type

Available

Available

Change the type of a task.
Effort-Driven Tasks

Available

Available

Scheduling engine support for   scheduling a task as effort driven.

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