The missed link between PMI/Prince2 and MS EPM

My clients for MS EPM keep asking for a real and challengeable features. They are mature enough in the scenes of Project Management concepts up to the level for asking to implement there customized methodologies (PMI or Prince2). off course scene we are talking about MS EPM 2007 then it is required to all levels of customization using the existing features or even developing and extending new features .

Back to PMI or Prince2 methodologies, in both there are some workflows that connect between different phases. In workflows, the data is simply gathered during the workflows steps and pushed accordingly while maintaining the different states that the processes should pass.  Predefined criteria shall be considered in order to control moving projects among the customized Projects Life Cycle.

Saying so, we are talking about data being gathered in MS EPM itself and another another Methodology related data being gathered through the Project Life Cycle workflows. Technically speaking we are talking about data being gathered through MS EPM 2007 itself and data being gathered through SharePoint WSS. Now  I am expecting you now to say:

“Hey man, what is about Project Workspace, it gives you what you need, it is the link between MS Project Server and WSS”.

I will reply immediately:

“It is not a link because the WSS lists that I am talking about are not hosted in any of the provisioned MS Project Workspaces. Those lists are hosted directly on the PWA.”

If you got my point so far then it will be easy to say that you must have faced the situation where there is no link between MS EPM PWA data and WSS lists data, and I can feel your disappointment when get the truth that there is a missed link over there.

The good news here: I will be working in developing some solution to open the bridge in two ways between PWA and WSS. I will keep you updated about that.

Best Regards

Bilal Okour

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