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MS Project 2010 - multi user scenario RRS feed

  • Question

  • I confess to knowing nothing about MS Project, so I hope someone may be able to help.

    We are a small business that are looking to purchase MS Project 2010 - what I am trying to find out is how Project works in a multi-user scenario and how we can mitigate costs.

    We have three users that need to be able to view and update projects. I am guessing, but if all three users have MS Project Standard installed on their workstations, we can then create projects and store them on a shared drive. In this scenario, I assume that only one person will be able to edit the project, while other users will still be able to view the project, but in read-only mode. Is this correct?

    I have looked at Project Server - does this allow simultaneous access and editing for projects? This is probably going to be prohibitive in terms of cost for us as I see it needs to run on a Windows 2008 server, entailing high additional costs.

    Thanks if anyone can help.

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011 10:11 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    First question: yes that's how it works

    Second question : No even with Server no simultaneous updating is available.

    Greetings,

    • Marked as answer by James Hurrell Wednesday, October 12, 2011 1:13 PM
    Wednesday, October 12, 2011 10:45 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi,

    Most Server features do not (directly) rely on Sharepoint.

    When you store ("publish") your projects on Server they are readable through IE by people not having MS Project Professional; from there a lot of reporting factilities are available; Security parameters allow you to grant access to different categories of users; Resources can enter actual work through a timesheet system; most of all true IT specialists adore the fact that data are available in an SQL DB such that they don't have to know MS project..

    There's probably more but I'm not a specialist.

    About the investment: the effort of starting it up and implementing it is what counts. Compared to that cost, licences are relatively small...

    Greetings,

     

    • Marked as answer by James Hurrell Wednesday, October 12, 2011 1:13 PM
    Wednesday, October 12, 2011 11:51 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi,

    First question: yes that's how it works

    Second question : No even with Server no simultaneous updating is available.

    Greetings,

    • Marked as answer by James Hurrell Wednesday, October 12, 2011 1:13 PM
    Wednesday, October 12, 2011 10:45 AM
    Moderator
  • Thank you Jan.

    Ref.  Server version, i've read the marketing blurb, but what are its specific features that make it a worthwhile investment? Is it simply its collaborative nature being built on Sharepoint?

     

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011 10:57 AM
  • Hi,

    Most Server features do not (directly) rely on Sharepoint.

    When you store ("publish") your projects on Server they are readable through IE by people not having MS Project Professional; from there a lot of reporting factilities are available; Security parameters allow you to grant access to different categories of users; Resources can enter actual work through a timesheet system; most of all true IT specialists adore the fact that data are available in an SQL DB such that they don't have to know MS project..

    There's probably more but I'm not a specialist.

    About the investment: the effort of starting it up and implementing it is what counts. Compared to that cost, licences are relatively small...

    Greetings,

     

    • Marked as answer by James Hurrell Wednesday, October 12, 2011 1:13 PM
    Wednesday, October 12, 2011 11:51 AM
    Moderator
  • Thanks Jan for both of your informative replies.
    Wednesday, October 12, 2011 1:14 PM