Congratulation to Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management Partner of the Year 2012 – SharkPro Software!
SharkPro Software built a unique solution that reduces the time, cost, and complexity of project and portfolio management deployment – yet by building on top of the Project Server 2010 – customers can seamlessly grow in their Project and Portfolio Management maturity. SharkPro Projects offers flexibility to be easily accommodated to customer business needs. The scale of SharkPro Software extends through PPM Partner community and it’s becoming a world-wide solution for Microsoft Project 2010. Shark Pro’s offering integrates with other Microsoft products – like Dynamics and SharePoint – and thus offering customers a complete platform experience.
Interested to find out what makes this product so special? Nothing simpler – BeMo is the only SharkPro hosting partner that allows you to sign up and be ready to fully take advantage of SharkPro Software in less than 30 min. Simply go to http://www.bemopro.com/Cloud/SharkProProjects.aspx and start experience it right now!
Again, congratulation SharkPro Team from everyone @ BeMo
June 29th 2012, Seattle WA and Dublin Ireland – BeMo a leading SaaS company and specialist provider of hosted EPM solutions today joins forces with Storm Technology one of Ireland’s leading Microsoft partners and well respected business technology consultancy firm.
The partnership sees the launch of a locally supported and best in class hosted EPM solution in Ireland. The hosted solution, which is based on Microsoft Project Server 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, brings all the benefits of enterprise-grade project management to clients but negates the need for costly infrastructure investment.
“We have long been great advocates of enterprise project management and helping clients maximize their return on investment from project initiatives by adopting an end-to-end approach to project and portfolio management. Our relationship with BeMo helps us take this one step further, enabling client to get all the benefits from EPM without incurring heavy infrastructure costs” comments Karl Flannery, MD of Storm Technology.
Storm Technology is a leading expert in enterprise project management and Ireland’s only company selected for Microsoft’s Virtual Technical Solutions Professional (V-TSP) Program for Microsoft Project and Project Server based solutions.
“We hand selected Storm Technology as our partner based on their prestigious list of satisfied clients and status with Microsoft as a managed partner. We strongly believe that our partnership will be pivotal to increase the Project Server footprint in Ireland and beyond.” commented Joel Lachance, VP of business development at BeMo.
Built on the success of BeMo Cloud – the world’s first on-demand hosted Microsoft Project Server 2010 ready in less than 30 minutes, BeMo is pleased to announce the general availability of SP Cloud – on-demand hosted Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Enterprise.
SP Cloud a multi-tenant platform along with BeMo dedicated server plans for SharePoint enable businesses of any sizes to tap into the full power of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Edition by taking advantage of features such as Business Intelligence, Dashboarding, Access Services, Excel Services, PowerPivot for SharePoint, InfoPath Form Services, Visio Services and many other advanced search and indexing capabilities, all unique to this edition of SharePoint.
As we delivered with our hosted Project Server platform, BeMo SP Cloud can also be provisioned in less than 10 minutes and with 3rd party add-ons like Nintex Workflow which adds a drag-and-drop workflow designer, connectivity and advanced workflow features to the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 platform. Additionally, BeMo allows maximum file size, list length and number of site collections to satisfy the needs of the most data hungry customers.
Monthly prices start at $8USD for our dedicated server solution and at $19 for BeMo SP Cloud. As usual BeMo does not have any setup fees and do not require long term contracts.
Please visit our website at www.bemopro.com to learn more about BeMo SharePoint Enterprise hosted solutions or to try free for 30 days BeMo SP Cloud provisioned with Nintex Workflow.
Hello BeMo user, We would like to notify you about the following scheduled maintenance on: June 25, 2012 between 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM PDT (UTC-7)
Control panel updates and fixes
Admin dashboard enhancements
UI and usability fixes
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.
BeMo is very proud of the new book written by James Bulmer for project managers / project planners who are responsible for developing and maintaining projects and programs using either Microsoft Project Professional 2010 connected to Project Server 2010 or Project Web App (PWA). The book explains the Project Server administrative options that control the actions project managers can and cannot take when using Project Server 2010. It also covers Project Server’s Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) and Business Intelligence (BI) capabilities.
Best of all “Microsoft Project Server 2010 for Enterprise Project Management” solves a major pain point for anyone that wants to learn and practice as they go since it is based on the BeMo Content Pack. The BeMo Content Pack is based on the fictional Contoso Company and delivers a similar experience as documented in numerous publications on Project Server 2010. Being deployed as an option on BeMo Cloud, the BeMo Content Pack does not require any special hardware or any virtualization software. All you need is Internet Explorer and an internet connection. The BeMo Content Pack comes with:
8 Role-based logins
120+ enterprise resource pool
20+ projects and proposals all with customized project sites
Two sample programs, one of a inserted three project schedules and one of two inserted project schedules
The out-of-the-box Project Server Sample Workflow
A Project Portfolio Management (PPM) strategy that is linked to the Sample Workflow.
A customized Business Intelligence (BI) experience (requires BI service option on your BeMo Cloud )
Did you know that Microsoft customers with internal-use Volume Licensing could bring their own licenses to BeMo and deploy their applications either on BeMo dedicated physical or virtual servers?
Yes, this is absolutely the truth and while one of the main benefits is to enable customers to save a lot of money by using the licenses they have already paid for, it also allows them to get their services deployed very quickly. This is all possible since BeMo is a Microsoft Authorized Mobility Partner.
How did that happen?
Up until recently, Volume Licensing (VL) was the only option allowing customers to deploy OS and applications on dedicated physical servers either on premise or outsourced (hosted) and SPLA was the only option for shared applications (Fig. 1).
Deployment scenarios prior to License Mobility through Software Assurance
This approach left a gap whereas customers were not able to use their own licenses while taking advantage of the power, flexibility and efficiency of cloud computing. Now, with License Mobility through Software Assurance, customers have a solution to move certain VL licensed applications to a shared hardware infrastructure in the cloud or Virtual Machines (VM’s) provided it is still for that customer’s sole use. This new scenario, illustrated in Figure 2, gives the option to Microsoft VL customers with eligible[i] application server licenses that are covered by active Software Assurance to move certain application workloads to an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IasS) cloud as necessary. Eligible Volume Licensing programs include the Enterprise Agreement, Enterprise Subscription Agreement, and Microsoft Open Value Agreement, where Software Assurance is included, and other Volume Licensing programs where Software Assurance is an option, such as Microsoft Open License or Select Plus. As a customer, you must maintain appropriate Client Access Licenses (CALs) with Software Assurance in their Volume Licensing agreement for accessing the application servers.
License Mobility through Software Assurance customer implementation (IaaS)
Now, as a customer what are my options for going hosted?
Outsourcing: Customer with valid Volume Licensing Agreement can bring their own OS and application licenses to BeMo and have their solution deployed on dedicated physical servers
License Mobility: Customer with valid Volume Licensing Agreement with Software Assurance (SA) can bring their own application licenses to BeMo and have their solution deployed in dedicated private Virtual Machines (90 days min. per Microsoft requirement).
SPLA (Service Provider License Agreement): Customers who prefer to pay-as-they-go with no up-front cost can simply ask BeMo to provide all the software licenses for them.
Did anything change with the traditional outsourcing option?
Nothing changed, it’s still out there and it’s a great option to choose for any dedicated physical server deployment.
What is the process for License Mobility?
1. Assess Your Licenses
Work with your licensing procurement team or your Microsoft representative or preferred reseller to understand your license position. You will want to confirm:
The application server licenses you want to deploy with BeMo are eligible as identified in the current Product Use Rights (PUR).
The application server licenses you want to deploy with BeMo have active Software Assurance coverage.
2. Contact BeMo
Visit our website, request a quote or contact BeMo sales team by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +1 702 529 0820 option 1.
3. Deploy with BeMo
Eligible licenses can be deployed on any BeMo shared datacenter to help lower your cloud infrastructure costs by letting BeMo use your existing licenses.
4. Verify Your Licenses
Within 10 days of deployment, complete the License Verification Form available on the Volume Licensing website (scroll down and select “License Verification” in the Document Type box) and provide it to your Microsoft representative or preferred reseller partner representative, so s/he can submit your form to Microsoft. Microsoft uses the completed form to verify that the licenses for the workloads you deploy to the cloud are eligible per the terms of your License Mobility through Software Assurance benefit, and confirms this information to both you and your Authorized Mobility Partner.
Why should you go hosted with BeMo?
BeMo is a Software as a Service provider specialized in EPM solutions built on Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Project Server 2010, delivering cost-effective enterprise-grade hosted services from small to Fortune 500 companies. Our array of innovative solutions includes:
BeMo Cloud, our multi-tenant offering which is the only on-demand Microsoft Project Server 2010 in the world ready in less than 30 minutes.
BeMo dedicated server plans for Project Server 2010 and SharePoint 2010 which can be deployed in USA, Canada, Netherlands and Singapore.
BeMo Content Pack, the easiest way to get a training and demonstration environment for Microsoft Project Server 2010 – No special hardware or complicated virtualization software required.
BeMo Lite for Android and BeMo Lite for iPhone, mobile applications bringing the power of Project Server 2010 in the palm of your hand.
We provide significant discount for volume purchase, academic users and customers with a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. Visit our website or contact us for more details.
What else should I know?
Microsoft allows Volume Licensing customers to deploy certain Microsoft products into BeMo shared environments with License Mobility through Software Assurance. Any Microsoft Volume Licensing customer who has eligible application server licenses covered with active Software Assurance can elect to use License Mobility through Software Assurance. A customer’s application server licenses can be assigned to run server instances on shared hardware in a service provider’s datacenter. However, while sharing hardware, such server instances must be dedicated to that single customer, and cannot be shared with other customers.
Only eligible products covered with active Software Assurance can be deployed through License Mobility through Software Assurance. To see which products are eligible, see the ‘Software Assurance Benefits’ section in the Microsoft Product Use Rights (PUR) at http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/product-licensing.aspx. This section of the PUR contains additional information and the rights specific to License Mobility through Software Assurance.
[i] Eligible products are identified in the Microsoft Product Use Rights (PUR) under the Appendix “Software Assurance Benefits.” Microsoft Dynamics ERP products are not sold through Volume Licensing and are not sold online, but the License Mobility rules around provision for deploying in shared environments will still apply.
As reported by our 3rd party SLA monitoring (www.uptrends.com), BeMo Cloud for Project Server 2010 and SharePoint 2010 exceeded its Uptime SLA for May 2012 – 99.93%
For 2012, the BeMo monthly official year-to-date up-time SLA is 99.99%:
May 2012: 99.93%
April 2012: 100%
March 2012: 100%
February 2012: 100%
January 2012: 100%
BeMo had a very good 2011 year concerning our Project Server 2010 uptime SLA – an average of 99.96% over 12 months! We are very confident that we can compete very well against any BeMo competitors but also beat, hands down, most of any ‘In-House IT department’ managing their internal Project Server 2007 and 2010 solutions.
To all our customers, thank you for choosing BeMo for your Microsoft Project Server 2010 hosting needs!