Time and Task Management in Project Server 2010

Have you ever wonder how time and task management work in Project Server 2010? To better help you understand these important concepts, BeMo has compiled Microsoft Technet best practices and is also inviting you to sign up for BeMo Cloud risk free for 7-days so you can put these new learnings into practice right away. To find out more about this offer please visit our Time and Task Management topic at http://www.bemopro.com/Learn/BestPractices/TimeandTaskManagement.aspx

Don’t forget you can also Take a free tour of Project Server 2010 which also feature BeMo Content Pack.

BeMo helps realizing the benefits of hosted Microsoft Project Server 2010

BeMo just revamped its website and has compiled a bunch of useful information to help decision makers, implementers and users realize the benefits of hosted Microsoft Project Server 2010.

Amongst other things, BeMo included high-level video demonstrations of Microsoft Project, Comparison chart for hosted services, Best Practices from TechNet (Business Intelligence, Demand Management as well as Time and Task Management) and an overview of BeMo hosted services.

We strongly believe this compilation along with our “Take a free tour of Microsoft Project Server 2010offering will help various stakeholders by providing them concise documentation which they can share to introduce Microsoft Project Server and have straight-to-the-point conversation with their management.

Go to http://www.bemopro.com/Learn.aspx  and start realizing the numerous benefits of hosted Microsoft Project Server 2010.

Project Server 2010 made easy by BeMo- Review by Project MVP Gerard Ducouret

On December 18. 2011, Gerard Ducouret, Project MVP from Pragma-soft (www.pragma-soft.com) published a nice article in French about his review of BeMo Cloud – you can find the original article @ http://www.pragma-soft.com/faq2010/faq.htm?lien=28.htm

Here is the English translation of the same article

Tempted by hosted solutions, we tested BeMo Cloud hosted Microsoft Project Server by BeMo. BeMo was founded by two former Microsoft employees: Joël Lachance and Bruno Lecoq. Joël Lachance is francophone, which will reassure some French decision makers 🙂

BeMo Cloud is a solution delivering Microsoft Project Server 2010 hosted on shared servers (Multi-tenant). This offering is ideal for 1 to 100 users (and can be deployed in less than 30 minutes). The package we tested included the following features:

  • High availability
  • Project Server 2010 Business Intelligence (BI)
  • 1 GB of data storage per user.

We were particularly interested by the response time. They are quite satisfactory. For the Project Server functions that are not required for Business Intelligence, we found the response time similar to those of an ‘in-house’ deployment. For Business intelligence functions which involve Remote Desktop Services (formerly Terminal Services), the response time was slightly longer, but remain quite good for you to still have a good experience with the product. We appreciated the responsiveness of the BeMo technical support because the setting of everything that revolves around BI is not very straight forward; workaround were always provided within few hours after the submission of the problem.

With BeMo hosted solutions, complication normally associated with setup and maintenances are now things of the past.

We also tested the access to our database through the BeMo Lite application running on an iPad 2. It is extremely handy and allows easy monitoring of the tasks progress via your iPad. There is not yet the management of the time sheets, but this feature is promised (at the date of December 15, 2011) for the coming weeks.

We believe this solution offered by BeMo can significantly interest small and medium-sized businesses which do not have the financial means to finance an IT department.

For more information about Project Server 2010 by BeMo, please visit the page http://www.bemopro.com

Nintex Webinar Invitation – What’s New in Nintex Workflow 2010 V2.3 – Powerful Connectivity to Your Business and the Cloud

What’s New in Version 2.3

Powerful Connectivity to Your Business and the Cloud

Nintex Workflow 2010 V2.3 will be unveiled on January 10th.  Please join this webinar to hear how Nintex has improved the integration tools available in Nintex Workflow V2.3, making it even easier to leverage your in-house business data and systems. Nintex Live, an online catalogue of powerful cloud services you can use in your workflow designs, has also been added to Nintex Workflow V2.3. With its growing set of cloud-based actions, Nintex Live extends your workflows to Office 365 and allows you to integrate a wide selection of online services directly into your business processes.

This month’s short webinar will offer a tour of the most exciting additions, including:

  • Leveraging cloud-based, real-time actions in your business processes
  • Connecting your on-premise workflows to Office 365
  • Using Nintex Live to enhance your SharePoint mobility
  • Testing and query tools that make integration even easier

Join our Nintex Workflow Product Marketer, Eben Illingworth, in this 30 minute session with an opportunity to pose questions at the close.

We are running this webinar three times to reach everyone across the globe. You may attend any of these sessions as the content will be the same.

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Scheduled Maintenance Dec. 27: 1AM-5AM PST

Hello BeMo user, We would like to notify you about the following scheduled maintenance between Dec 27, 2011 – 1:00 AM PDT (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-8) and Dec 27, 2011 – 5:00 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-8)

Main Purpose:

  • Update of Supervising service (uptime tool)
  • Bug fixes in BeMo Control Panel

Impact:  During this period BeMo Cloud services and BeMo website may be interrupted multiple times for short periods. We can appreciate that the maintenance may not be convenient for everyone, but it is being performed in the interest of continuing to provide you with the best possible experience. Thank you for your understanding.

The BeMo Team

www.bemopro.comsupport.bemopro.com –  support@bemopro.com

Phone: +1 702 529 0820

See BeMo Cloud in action on MPUG Web-Radio Network – hosted by PM Providers on Dec 15, 2011

Don’t miss this great interactive MPUG ProjectTalk session hosted by Matthew T. Davis, PMP, MCTS, MCITP from PM Providers on Dec. 15 entitled “It’s Budget Time! What’s In Your Portfolio? – Part 2”.  During this web-radio talk show Matthew will be using BeMo Cloud (hosted Project Server 2010) with BeMo Content Pack to demonstrate some key concepts related to portfolio management.  Click here to register and save 10% on your next order with BeMo.

Click here to find out more about BeMo hosted solutions.

Sign up now for BeMo Cloud or BMo Cloud Lite hosted Microsoft Project Server 2010 – ready in 30 minutes* and ulock the full power of Microsoft Project Server 2010.

Scheduled Maintenance Dec. 9: 1AM-5AM PST

Hello BeMo user, We would like to notify you about the following scheduled maintenance between Dec 9, 2011 – 1:00 AM PDT (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-8) and Dec 9, 2011 – 5:00 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-8)

Main Purpose:

  • Migration and reconfiguration of web services
  • Post SP1 migration fine tuning
  • Administrative tool updates

Impact:  During this period BeMo Cloud services and BeMo website may be interrupted multiple times for short periods. We can appreciate that the maintenance may not be convenient for everyone, but it is being performed in the interest of continuing to provide you with the best possible experience. Thank you for your understanding.

The BeMo Team
www.bemopro.comsupport.bemopro.com –  support@bemopro.com
Phone: +1 702 529 0820

BeMo December Newsletter

   

News

December 8, 2011

Volume 1, Number 2  

In This Issue:

BeMo Enterprise Project Management Partners:

BeMo has a number of world class EPM Partners that are available to provide organizations with capabilities that have been tailored for specific roles such as executive stakeholders, portfolio and project managers, team members, resource managers, and IT managers.

The most recent addition to this list is PM Providers.

For more details on anyone of our EPM Partners please visit

http://www.bemopro.com/ and select the Partners tab

BeMo Content Pack:

BeMo has just released BeMo Content Pack. This is a refreshed and upgraded version of our BeMo DeMo. BeMo Content Pack is a fully configured and populated Project Server 2010 image. It was developed to provide hands-on capability for the training of project managers / planners who will be working with Project Professional 2010 connected to Project Server 2010 in an enterprise-wide project management environment.

It can also be used as a demonstration framework to illustrate the features and functions of Project Server 2010.

The image has a 120 + Enterprise Resource Pool, over 20 projects and proposals, including a two comprehensive programs, all with customized Project Sites. The out-of-the-box Project Server Sample Workflow is fully integrated with a comprehensive cost-based Portfolio Analysis strategy. It also includes customized BI (Business Intelligence).

Most importantly the BeMo Content Package can be accessed using IE and your own copy of Project Professional 2010 — no virtualization hardware or software and no special disk drive.

For more information send an email to sales@bemopro.com.

BeMo Mobile Applications Update:

  • iPhone — update to V1.2 which will offer timesheet functionality right from your iPhone; available end of December.

    For more details on this application see Vol. 1 Issue 1

  • Android — Version 1 is entering the final stages of development. We expect to release it at the end of December, around the same time as the iPhone update.

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Interview with Joel Lachance

In this the second issue of BeMo News we are featuring Joel Lachance, our VP Operations. Joel is one of the Co-founders of BeMo, along with Bruno Lecoq. Joel spent 12 years at Microsoft Corporation in a number of positions including managing a PMO, as well as supporting various enterprise wide initiatives.

Question: Joel, what makes BeMo a fun place to work?

Joel: From our napkin design in early 2010, to the release of BeMo Content Pack and upgrade this week to Project Server SP1 along with our participation in the PMO Symposium in Orlando last month, BeMo has always been driven by a ‘can-do’ attitude from the entire team. This approach gives everyone at BeMo the fuel needed to aim higher every day and to delight our customers through our personal touch, innovation and cost effective solutions.

As you may imagine, Microsoft Project Server is a complex offering and we are never short of opportunities to address customer needs and learn new tips and tricks. In order to meet current and future customer expectations we must continuously apply a combination of talents from our technical sales, engineering, IT operation, marketing and finance people. This multi-disciplinary approach with very closely knit teams is what makes BeMo such a fun place to be.

We all get a lot of pride from the feedback we receive from customers and from the fact that BeMo is starting to have an influence on the EPM market in a big way. Our quick provisioning (Editor: Less than 30 minutes) and ability to deploy our dedicated server solutions on 3 continents, in 8 different cities. This means organizations of any sizes can simply and easily realize the full potential of EPM. After all as we keep reminding ourselves BeMo is Microsoft Project Server for everyone.

Take a Tour of Microsoft Project Server 2010

One of the requests that BeMo gets frequently is what does Project Server 2010 look and feel like when it is configured and has resources and project / proposals?

In response BeMo is now offering a FREE, NO OBLIGATION tour of a fully configured instance of Microsoft Project Server 2010. This tour, hosted on BeMo Cloud and provisioned with the BeMo Content Pack, allows users to “play” with and “experience” an absolutely real-life experience of hosted Microsoft Project Server 2010.

To learn more and try it go to www.bemopro.com
and click on “Take a free tour“.

BeMo’s Global Expansion Continues

Earlier this fall BeMo announced that its dedicated services could now be hosted in Amsterdam and Singapore. As of last week, we are proud to announce that we are now able to offer our dedicated hosting services in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

This addition gives unparalleled choices to our customers allowing them to choose amongst 14 different data centers located on 3 continents in 8 cities: Dallas TX, Houston TX, San Jose CA, Seattle WA, Washington DC, Kelowna, BC, Amsterdam and Singapore.

All of BeMo’s customer data is hosted in CISCA 5970 Type B or SSAE 16 (formerly SAS 70 Type II) compliant data centers.

Our Featured Product: BeMo PoC

BeMo is proud to announce a new addition to our family of dedicated server offerings — BeMo Proof of Concept (PoC). BeMo PoC is Microsoft Project Server 2010 in a standalone configuration, running on a Virtual Machine.

BeMo PoC is ideal for 10+ PWA (Project Web App) users. It is the most economical solution for getting a “sandbox” environment for Proof of Concept or for a small team requiring customization of Project Server 2010, plus integration with 3rd party applications.

Optionally BeMo PoC can be configured for Business Intelligence (BI), VPN, Active Directory, and Exchange or Domino integration.

BeMo PoC can be deployed rapidly in any of our 14 data centers and scaled up seamlessly to meet organizations expanding capacity requirements

With BeMo’s standard no setup fees, no support fees, no cancellation fees or long-term commitment, BeMo PoC’s monthly subscriptions start at $999.95 + $29.95 per users (min. of 10 users required) and includes 10GB of storage and multi-language support. For complete details including all of the options that are available please visit http://www.bemopro.com/Home.aspx.

BeMo at PMO Symposium 2011

BeMo was one of the exhibitors at PMO Symposium 2011. It was held November 6th to 9th at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando, FL, USA, which is on the grounds of Universal Studios.

The symposium was very successful – in fact the organizers had to close registration well before the start. BeMo was represented by Joel Lachance (on right in picture below) and James Bulmer. They meet a large number of people from the US and as far away as Belgium and New Zealand who wanted more information on our hosted solutions.


The dates and location of the PMI’s PMO Community of Practice 2012 Symposium have not yet been announced. We will publish the details in the Newsletter as soon as they are released.

Ask the Experts

Question: What are the rules / recommendations regarding the default Enterprise Custom Fields that are created when Project Server is deployed?

Answer:

When Project Server 2010 is installed it generates a number of Enterprise Custom

Fields — the screen capture at right shows the 20 default Enterprise Custom Fields.

These Enterprise Custom Fields are actually divided into two separate groups. Specifically:

  • The 13 that start with the word Sample, for example “Sample Approved Finish Date”.
  • The other seven (7) fields each of which has a defined use in Project Server 2010.

The fields starting with “Sample” are part of the out-of-the-box Workflow that is part of Project Server 2010. Organizations have the following options in terms of these fields:

  • Accept them and use as part of the installed Workflow.
  • Rename them and use as part of the installed Workflow.
  • Ignore them until the organization understands exactly what they want to do about the default Workflow.
  • Delete them which will result in the installed Workflow not working correctly.

The other seven (7) Non-Sample fields are very different than the 13 Sample fields. Organizations have the following options for these fields:

  • Use as intended by the creators of Project Server. For example if the organization wants to implement RBS (Resource Breakdown Structure) then use the predefined RBS custom field and its associated table.
  • Ignore them. For example if an organization does not want to assign RBS codes to resources then they do not enter this data for their resources.

What organizations must NOT DO is delete any of these seven (7) Enterprise Custom Fields. Project Server 2010 is built to require these fields and will fail to perform as expected if they are renamed or deleted.

We are looking for questions you would like answered in subsequent Newsletters. Just send your question to sales@bemopro.com. We will answer one or two in each of the upcoming issues.