Just a quick post to highlight a couple of exciting new capabilities for Project Online that have appeared in the Office roadmap, that you may have missed.
The following two items have been added under the launched category. The first
Bulk updates in Project Online
Workflow creators in Project Online can bulk update project custom fields with a single service request. Previously, each custom field update required a separate service request. This results in much faster transition between multiple demand management phases.
Improvements to Demand Management in Project Online
Through effective use of demand management workflows in Project Online, you can decouple project site creation from project publishing. This results in Project advancing to the next stage in the workflow much faster.
Finally, there is one new Project Online relevant item under development which is pretty exciting and certainly something I have heard people ask for again and again
Task Notifications in Project Online
In Project Online, team members can opt-in to receive email notifications. Team members will receive email alerts whenever a new task is assigned to them. They will also receive daily email reminders with a list of tasks that are upcoming or overdue.
A little late, but I thought I would post information about this great resource from Brian Smith. If you’ve ever had to hunt for details of which CU contained a fix for an issue and had to sit there in Google and Bing aggregating results, hunt no more, Brian has created a single page that contains details of all the Cumulative Updates for Project and Project Server 2013 on-premises in a single location over at the Project Support blog.
Details of Project & Project Server 2013 CU’s – http://blogs.technet.com/b/projectsupport/p/msp13.aspx
Of course if you want to know a little more about updates to Project Online, well unfortunately there isn’t a simple single view, but a page I would encourage you all to bookmark is the Office 365 Roadmap. The page itself details features that are currently launching or rolling out to Office 365, including Project Online. A couple of things that Peter Kestenholz noted are coming include the Resource Engagement Workflow and Capacity Management Capabilities. When you dig a bit deeper in the roadmap, you’ll also notice another gem…
Apps for Project Pro for Office 365 Write Support
An update to the App Model for Project Pro allowing Apps to write back data to the Project Plan (at the moment it can only read). This will open up a stack of scenarios for app developers who are limited to just reading and highlighting issues in a plan, now they can correct them.
I am looking forward to these changes rolling through Office 365 and Project Online in 2015. It’s going to be a big year