The Project Support blog today published a post about a pretty nasty bug that has been found in Project Server 2013 and until very recently in Project Online that could cause you to lose resources across schedules.
Full details of the bug and the actions you can take to address the issue if you have encountered it can be seen at http://blogs.technet.com/b/projectsupport/archive/2014/02/06/project-server-2013-and-project-online-what-happened-to-my-resources.aspx.
If you have encountered any issues with lost resources including resource names turning into numbers, or mysterious material resources appearing, I would highly encourage you to read the above blog.
2013 was certainly a massive year both personally, professionally and in the world of Project. With the Project & SharePoint Conferences just around the corner, I am sure 2014 is shaping up to be bigger!
To all my readers, thank you for your support in 2013 and I wish you a happy and prosperous 2014 (and a few more blog posts).
In the past few days an update has been pushed out to Project Online to improve some of the navigation elements of the Project Center.
If you look closely above you will see after each Project Name a new context menu elipsis (…) has been added which when you click on it will open up a notification giving you key pieces of data about the project.
From the screenshot above you can see the Project Name, %age complete, the project start date and end date as well as the Owner and Last Published date.
The bits I really love though are the commands available to me now directly from within the context menu. Now I can open the Project, Share it with other team members or if I hit the second context menu, Delete the project, Edit Resource Plan, Build Team or the ability to get to the Project Site.
Unfortunately the project site link is a little buried still needing me to click twice to get to the option, guess it may be a good candidate App for the Appies. For now the update is for Online only, hopefully we will see this come back into on-premises in a future release.
I am pleased to confirm that I will be speaking at the forthcoming Project Conference in Anaheim in February 2014. For those of you that haven’t been to a Project Conference, I absolutely recommend you do your best to get to one, the quality of speakers, presentations, networking and all round Project and SharePoint knowledge under one roof is second to none.
Once again I will be representing Nintex, a silver sponsor of the conference and presenting a session entitled:
Implementing your organisational process in SharePoint, Project Server and Office 365 with Nintex
With SharePoint and Project Server 2013, organisations have never before had such a rich platform to manage projects, ranging from lightweight project sites in SharePoint through to Project Server 2013 and even Office 365. Ensuring this platform can be customised to meet your exact process requirements is essential to get the most out of your investment. In this session you will learn how Nintex products can be leveraged to quickly, simply and effectively enhance and augment SharePoint & Project Server 2013 to meet your organisational needs.
I am hard at work building some awesome demos and content to knock your socks off. So please make sure you get along to see how Nintex can help.
It’s not too late to register, so head on over to www.msprojectconference.com and I hope to see you in Anaheim.
In case you had missed the news, Microsoft have announced The Appies, a competition around creating an awesome app for SharePoint, Office 2013 or our favorites, Project Server, Project Online or the Project client (Jeremy had the scoop a few weeks ago and coined the Appies name which I think is pretty apt).
To qualify for the Appies, all you need to do is submit a new app or update an existing app between November 25th 2013 and January 31 2014 to be automatically entered.
So what can I win you may be asking?
Well, if you’re an app developer or vendor, the prize is pretty awesome, expanding the reach and promotion of your app by being:
- Featured in the App Village for all of the attendees to view.
- Featured in the Office Store.
- Part of a specific marketing app awareness campaign as part of SharePoint Conference 2014
- Featured in a video produced by Microsoft that will be presented to everyone in the Microsoft field
Each app entered will be judged in six different categories, so there are plenty of chances of winning:
- Best User Interface
- Most Interesting Scenario
- Most Business Value
- Most Downloaded App
- Peoples Choice App
- Best International App
So what better way of spending some of that downtime around Christmas than by getting cracking on building an app and entering. To get you started, here are some useful links:
Building your first Project Server app – http://epmsource.com/2013-apps/
The SharePoint 2013 App Playbook session from TechEd Australia
dev.office.com – Microsoft’s dedicated site for all Office app development
Apps for SharePoint – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/dn448479
Apps for Office – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/dn425028
Project Task Pane Apps – http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905469
In case you missed the announcement, the sessions for the Microsoft Project Conference have been released with some stellar speakers and sessions planned. If you’ve not registered yet, head on over to msprojectconference.com now and do so immediately. ;-)
Join over 1,200 Project Managers, Executives and Technology Professionals from different industries to learn about the powerful capabilities included in Microsoft Project and our project and portfolio management (PPM) solution, available on premises and in the cloud. Earn professional development units (PDUs) for attending! Nearly 100 sessions are now available at msprojectconference.com, and it’s time to start finding the content that’s best for YOU.
Once you’ve seen the world-class content we’ll be delivering at Project Conference, the next step is to register! Project Conference comes to Anaheim on February 2-5, so the time to act is NOW. Your next big project is coming up, and Project Conference is here to help.
I am looking forward to coming out to Anaheim and talking all things workflow and Project Server with you :)
Earlier in the week I was lucky enough to be interviewed for the MS Project Podcast by Prasanna Adavi and David Fletcher.
The interview was a little about Nintex Workflow for Project Server, some Office 365 and a fair dose of my love of all things Project Server.
The episode is available at ttp://www.msprojectpodcast.com/post/65349292852/ep-2-nintex-workflows-project-server-2013-and or you can subscribe to the ongoing podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/msprojectpodcast
This is a great initiative by Prasanna and David and I encourage you all to get subscribing and sharing your Project stories with them