How to Migrate Projects to PWA & Retain Cross-Project Dependencies

Posted By Posted by: Dan Stopher on April 22, 2015

Context: As we work with clients to leverage the benefits of Project Server, clients frequently ask how they can migrate locally-saved master schedules to Project Server while retaining cross-project dependencies. The objective of this blog is not to cover the broader topic of schedule migration and general best practice, or how to create cross project dependencies (great

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Help, I’m Unable to Add an Existing Task to a Timesheet – A Project Server Timesheet Issue Resolved

Posted By Posted by: Peter Williams on March 12, 2015

I thought I’d share a resolution to a baffling timesheet issue I encountered this week. When I went to add an existing task back into my timesheet, I was confronted with the following error. The error in the ULS was rather vague (as it often is). It stated the following:- System.InvalidOperationException: Error during serialization or

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EPM Partners Upgrades its Cloud Platform EPMonDemand

Posted By Posted by: Laith Adel on February 17, 2015

EPM Partners is excited to announce that it has successfully completed a major upgrade to its cloud platform EPMonDemand. The upgrade ensures better performance and introduces some new features. “The most important aspect of the upgrade is EPM Partners’ strategic decision to move EPMonDemand platform to Microsoft’s Azure Australia datacentre”, says Laith Adel EPM Partners’ General Manager. “Moving to Azure was an

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What To Do When the Queue Job Project Workflow Check-In Gets Stuck and Fails

Posted By Posted by: EPM Partners on February 9, 2015

Short answer: Restart the “Service Bus Gateway” and “Service Bus Message Broker” Service on the server where Workflow Manager is installed. But you didn’t come here for that did you? This has happened to me and a colleague so I thought that the solution is worth sharing. So here is the detailed description. On Project Server

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Three Minute Guide to Department Field Usage

Posted By Posted by: EPM Partners on November 26, 2014

Here is a very brief summary of how Department Field is commonly used in Project Online, Project Server 2013 and Project Server 2010. You need to have some values in “Department” lookup table to get any advantage from it.   1-    Filter Custom Fields in a Project. Assign a department to a project level custom

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Accessing a SharePoint Document Library from Windows Explorer

Posted By Posted by: Dan Stopher on November 6, 2014

A frequently asked question by clients who utilise document libraries in SharePoint to store documents is – can I access them directly from my Office Applications like Word, Excel or Windows Explorer? The good news is yes and it’s not difficult to do if you follow the below steps: 1.        Browse to the desired Document

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How to Manually Edit an Actual Cost in Project Professional

Posted By Posted by: EPM Partners on October 9, 2014

By default,  the Actual Cost column is locked down in Project Professional both at the task and assignment level. Actual Cost is calculated from Actual Work and Fixed Cost values. This way, the relationship with Work done and cost accrued remain consistent. Ground realities are many times more complex and actual costs involve Journaling, currency

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How Do I Configure PPM for Demand, Pipeline and Ideas Management?

Posted By Posted by: Laith Adel on September 10, 2014

Demand management is one of the key areas in Microsoft’s PPM platform, however there are few ways to configure the tool to manage “Demand”, or what most organisation call “Pipeline”, which is basically a set of initiatives, projects or ideas in a queue waiting to be approved (or executed). The main areas that Microsoft PPM

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It’s a Wrap….Highlights from the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC)

Posted By Posted by: Dan Stopher on August 11, 2014

The annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) was in early July.  Senior consultant, Dan Stopher, attended on behalf of EPM Partners and joined more than 16,000 people in Washington DC to gain valuable insights into the direction in which Microsoft is heading. Dan reports the conference was an amazing experience. Senior Microsoft Management representatives –

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How to Archive/Hide a Project in the Project Centre

Posted By Posted by: EPM Partners on May 1, 2014

Environment: Project Server 2007, Project Server 2010, Project Server 2013 Solution: There are two options to hide projects in the project centre as per below:   Option 1: Set the project filter for the project centre view based on enterprise custom field. For instance, custom field has the following values – Archived, Live, On-hold. Below are the steps

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