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MS Project capability? RRS feed

  • Question

  • How many projects will MS Project 2010 handle?

    I am familiar with Project 2010 Professional and need information on capabilities. I currently have 3-5 projects running at one time, but am looking at adding up to 20+ at any given time.

    Would Project 2010 be able to handle that many without any corruption problems and same time multi-project reporting capabilities, or would an upgrade to Project Server be more safe\advisable? From what I've researched, viewing multiple projects status in one view has been a problem that has reviewers concerned. We would most likely stay within the office server network for Scheduler & PM access.

    For cost issue, would it be more advisable to upgrade to the new 2013 version? One aspect I believe we may use is the availability for Project Managers in the field to access\update their project info.

    Question 2: How do I find local qualified\certified Microsoft Project product technicians that would be able to setup & install the server network, program, etc. in Denver, CO area?

    Thanks anyone... BoeC

    Sunday, October 6, 2013 1:00 PM

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  • MS Project has enormous capabilities, it can obviously handle 20+ time at a time. Corruption could happen because of various reasons, it couldn't be seen as a limited capability of the tool. Multi Project reporting is possible too, Project could support 998 consolidated projects at a time. As you mentioned that files are shared across network, that could in some case lead to some corruption but that too is fixable by adopting few mentods. Standalone version has unlimited capabilties of handling simple to complex planning, provided that best practises are followed.

    Refer - http://office.microsoft.com/en-in/project-help/specifications-for-microsoft-project-HP010106565.aspx

    If you want to shift to Project Server it is also considerable as it gives additional capabilties and reporting functionalties. You can reach out to local companies/MS Office who could route to an expert consultants who can do the deployment for you. Based on your business need and other requirements a consultant could suggest the best implementation methodology.

    You could refer to following links for assessment of the Project Server 2010 and 2013 and consider based on your requirements.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/projectserver

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/project/project-portfolio-management-for-the-enterprise-project-server-FX103802061.aspx

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5691

    Hope this helps, please reach out for any further help.


    Sapna Shukla

    Sunday, October 6, 2013 3:02 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi BoeC

    In my experience, the amount of projects you can handle at one time will greatly depend on the size of those individual projects. I've seen Project 'tap out' with 20 files (each averaging 300+ tasks) inserted into a master file which were all connected to one resource pool. It became VERY SLOW and reporting was difficult due to the time it took to open/edit files within the master.

    If you Google 'Microsoft EPM rep' you should be able to find a list of partners that may be able to assist with an implementation.

    Ask for a demo first, so you can understand what you get with Server and maybe consider using a 3rd party to host your instance so you don't have to bother with a full-scale implementation if the amount of projects you deal with fluctuates between 3 & 20. 


    Shelleyb MCTS


    • Edited by shelleyb Friday, October 11, 2013 5:21 PM
    Friday, October 11, 2013 5:21 PM