Project Server vs Project Professional RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi, Is it possible to eliminate the use of Project Professional 2010 with Project Server 2010 with Office Web Apps. 

    We are trying to evaluate the overall cost involved in setting up a Project Server instance. The goal is to see if Office web app can provide the ability to create and modify project plans with using the desktop version.




    Monday, July 18, 2011 9:41 PM


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  • Hi,

    Depending on your usage scenarios you may not require Project Professional for all tasks. The Project Web App has a high level of functionality, but does have a number of limitations like not being able to baseline. It also is missing some of the more advanced interfaces that make updating and using schedules easier, such as the team planner, or the timeline view.

    MS released a document outlining the limitations of the web vs desktop project here http://www.microsoft.com/project/en/us/web-based-project-management-comparison.aspx. These have also changed recently with the introduction of Service Pack 1, most notably changes to support fixed work tasks http://blogs.msdn.com/b/project/archive/2011/05/20/project-2010-sp1-improvements-to-project-scheduling-in-project-web-app.aspx

    I would suggest reviewing your usage, and determining if PWA will meet all your requirements, or whether you can simply reduce the number of Project Professional licences required to those that need those capabilities not in the web app, and leave the remaining users with the web app.

    Hope this helps,

    Alex Burton
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    • Marked as answer by srituraj Tuesday, July 19, 2011 4:30 PM
    Monday, July 18, 2011 10:08 PM
  • Hi RRS

    As Alex quite rightly outlined in his excellent answer there are limitations amending your scheudle using Web App. I guess it does depend on the usage but in my experience you will not be able to manage your projects without Project Pro. Some users may not require it, but for longer and complex projects you will need it, espeicially if you would like to manage resources in your schedule.

    Hope this helps

    Marc Soester [MVP] http://marcsoester.blogspot.com
    Tuesday, July 19, 2011 3:07 AM