What exactly is a Project Server Private Cloud Solution?

August 19, 2014

CapGemini-CloudTypesFor over a decade Project Hosts has been assisting enterprise customers and government agencies with their private cloud hosted solutions. Today, Project Hosts’ cloud deployment, called “Custom Cloud,” give clients looking for a cloud-based project and portfolio management (PPM) system, a hosted Microsoft Project Server solution that delivers the advantages of both a private cloud and a public cloud.

When considering a cloud-based Microsoft Project solution, many customers believe that the only way to get a customized solution that delivers an optimal fit to their needs and business processes, is to build and host such a solution on-premise. This perception is reinforced by the fact that a “public cloud”, such as Project Online (a shared multi-tenant cloud), doesn’t support the degree of customization and security typically required by most enterprises. In reality, there are several Microsoft Project Server Cloud options available for enterprise clients seeking a solution that is highly tuned to their business; these include a partnered hosted “private cloud” and a “hybrid cloud”.

A private cloud is a cloud in which physical or virtual servers are dedicated to a single customer to facilitate a higher degree of customization through applications support and integration. Private clouds are not only cost effective and reliable, but can be implemented very quickly and typically results in more successful deployments. Like private clouds, hybrid clouds offer a high degree of integration with on-premise applications and data sources delivering a more business-tuned deployment.

project-server2013-custom-cloud-business-manPrivate clouds continue to be popular with enterprises and government agencies because they have such a high success rate. The key to a highly successful project and portfolio management (PPM) solution is that it must be intuitive for its users to facilitate quick adoption. This often means the solution must be integrated with industry or function specific PPM and-on applications. The range and scope of applications available for private clouds are far greater since private clouds support both “full-trust” and tightly integrated applications in addition to the lightweight and loosely coupled apps supported by standard public clouds.  The benefit of integration also includes the use of “hybrid clouds”; clouds structures where the organization manages some of its resources in-house and others through external service providers. Hybrid set-ups can also take the form of maintaining data both onsite and offsite, with a virtual private network providing a secure channel for pulling the two data sources together.

 

 

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PPM, CRM and SharePoint Private Cloud Hosting Provider, Project Hosts, Recognized in Top 100 Most Promising Microsoft Solution Providers by CIO Review

July 28, 2014

CIO-Review-AwardWe’re delighted to have been recognized by CIO Review magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Promising Microsoft Solution Providers for 2014.  As quoted in their Microsoft Technology Special edition:  “The software giant partners with about half a million vendors, ranging from multinational corporations to smaller players and specialist providers.  Existing within this universe of Microsoft partners are a select few who are a step above the rest, and through this edition of CIO Review, we will help clients gain more insights into the capabilities of the major global service providers who are strong in Microsoft Technologies.”

Project Hosts was one of thousands of partners evaluated, and selected based on the skills to handle complex challenges.  As reported by CIO Review magazine: “The companies featured have showcased an in-depth expertise in delivering integrated and innovative technologies to streamline operations across the Microsoft landscape.  A distinguished panel of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, industry analysts and the editorial board of CIO Review selected the final 100 companies that are the forefront of tackling today’s challenge in the Microsoft ecosystem.”

A hearty “congratulations” goes out to the entire Project Hosts team for the exceptional work they’ve done hosting Microsoft Project Server, Dynamics CRM and SharePoint Clouds for Enterprise Customers, U.S. Government agencies, and a host of other businesses.  With more than 11 years of Microsoft hosting experience, Project Hosts continues to be at the forefront of hosting custom private clouds and hybrid cloud solutions for organizations that demand the most secure, highly-customized, flexible and cost-effective cloud solutions.


Project Hosts Achieves a Microsoft Gold Hosting Competency

July 16, 2014
Project Hosts achieves Gold Hosting competency from Microsoft - placing it an elite group of the top 1 percent of Microsoft's partner ecosystem.

Project Hosts achieves Gold Hosting competency from Microsoft – placing it an elite group of the top 1 percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.

Project Hosts is delighted to report that it has attained a Gold Hosting competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.  In addition to the Gold Hosting competency, Project Hosts also has a Gold Project and Portfolio Management competency.

To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams (resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals) to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. They also must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects (along with implementing a yearly customer satisfaction study), meet a revenue commitment (for most gold competencies), and pass technology and/or sales assessments.

Project Hosts delivers Custom (Private) Cloud hosting and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions that, unlike Public clouds, provide dedicated infrastructure with the customized security, applications and real-time reporting requirements that enterprise customers and U.S. Government agencies require.

Project Hosts --- Custom Cloud Initiatives

Project Hosts — Custom Cloud Initiatives

“By achieving a gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top 1 percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology.”

“The Gold Hosting competency is yet another example of our leadership position within Microsoft’s cloud ecosystem and our commitment to delivering best-in-class hosting services for Microsoft Solutions,” said Scott Chapman, CEO and Co-Founder of Project Hosts.   “In addition to Microsoft competencies, our private cloud solutions are also certified by other industry agencies such as the ISO, SAE and soon by the U.S. Government FedRAMP authority.”

 


Microsoft Project Server (PPM), Dynamics CRM and SharePoint Clouds From (CSP) Project Hosts Achieve “Readiness” Status For FedRAMP SaaS-Level Cloud Authorization

June 13, 2014

"Cloud First" FedRAMP Authorization for Project Server, Dynamics CRM and SharePointWe’re excited to announce that we have achieved “readiness” status by the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board to undergo the FedRAMP SaaS authorization process for our private cloud solutions for U.S. Government agencies.

As a Cloud Service Provider (CSP), Project Hosts is on track to be the first vendor to deliver SaaS-level FedRAMP authorization for Microsoft Project Server, Dynamics CRM and SharePoint private clouds. Currently, we deliver private cloud solutions for government agencies on a FedRAMP authorized Platform as a Service (PaaS) environment.

FedRAMP Authorized SaaSIn this next phase of the FedRAMP process, Project Hosts will achieve an Authority To Operate (ATO) as a Cloud Service Provider (CSP) for Software as a Service (SaaS), making the company eligible to do business with any government agency seeking cloud hosting services for Microsoft Project Server, Dynamics CRM or SharePoint clouds.

“By becoming FedRAMP authorized at the SaaS level for PPM, CRM and SharePoint, we are removing a huge IT burden and expense for any government agency that elects to host these applications on a FedRAMP PaaS authorized environment,” said Scott Chapman, CEO and Co-Founder of Project Hosts, Inc.  “A FedRAMP SaaS-level authorization means that we have already implemented the hundreds of additional security controls required for a government PPM, CRM and SharePoint cloud, thus relieving them from having to do so.”

For information on our status please visit the cloud.cio.gov site.


SSRS Reports for Project Online – The Faster, Easier Way

May 29, 2014

We’re delighted to announce that our SSRS Report Enabler for Project Online and SharePoint environments is available.  This Project Online solution was originally  announced and demonstrated in the keynote at Microsoft Project Conference 2014.

The SSRS Report Enabler for Project Online is the fast, easy and affordable way to implement SSRS Reporting with your Project Online service.

Project Hosts’ SSRS Report Enabler for Project Online is a online service that allows customers to create Business Intelligence (BI) reports using Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and Analysis Services (SSAS – aka OLAP).

The user experience is completely seamless — users view reports by simply clicking on a link in Project Online and then view SSRS and/or SSAS-powered reports of their Project Online data, without any additional logins.  This gives customers the ability to create and use powerful SSRS and SSAS database reports to gain better program visibility, reduce risk and improve ROI.

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Why Choose The SSRS Report Enabler (as opposed to building it yourself)?

  • It’s Fast – If you want to use SSRS Reports with your Project Online solution, you’d have to set up a separate SQL Server (either on-premise, or in a cloud), and configure it to accept periodic inputs from Project Online through SQL Integration Services (SSIS). You would also have to set up a way for your Project Online users to authenticate to the report server. We do all that work for you, and give you a ready-to-run and fully integrated solution.
  • It’s Easy – We set up the authentication so your users’ Office 365 accounts automatically log in to the SSRS Report Enabler service. This gives them a truly seamless experience – they simply click on a link in Project Online, and view SSRS and/or SSAS-powered reports of their Project Online data, without any additional logins.
  • It’s Affordable – Eliminate anything to do with procuring IT infrastructure, setting it up, configuring it and supporting it. We give you a ready-to-run environment with two flexible and affordable plans based on the size of your data and number of users who need SSRS Reports.
  • It’s Supported – And because it’s from Project Hosts, you’ll have access to real people via email or phone, who can help you with your questions, or problems. Our Renowned Person-2-Person support department is here to help you personally, as opposed to some community web-support facility.

To learn more about this service, to get pricing or place an order, please email:  sales@projecthosts.com for custom quote.


Delivering Microsoft Project 2013 Value Faster and at a Lower Cost with PROJILITY’s ProjectWare 2013 in a Private Cloud

April 30, 2014

ProjectWare - Custom CloudThis morning we made a joint announcement with PROJILITY — that we have teamed up to provide pre-configured Microsoft Project 2013 solutions in a private cloud to speed deployments while lowering costs.  Called ProjectWare 2013, by PROJILITY, and hosted in a private cloud by Project Hosts, the solution is designed specifically for PMOs, project and program managers, and project teams in enterprises, and government agencies.

This Project 2013 cloud-based solution delivers enhanced visibility and controls, a streamlined user experience for project teams, and pre-built best practices.  ProjectWare 2013 by PROJILITY leverages Microsoft Project Server, SharePoint and includes role-based dashboards, an enhanced touch-friendly user interface, and over 60 pre-built best practice reports.

“By delivering ProjectWare 2013 by PROJILITY in a Project Hosts Custom Cloud, our clients can realize the benefits of the cloud while leveraging their existing Microsoft investments. Real results include reduced deployment timelines and dramatic increases in productivity and adoption for the Microsoft PPM suite,” said Jose Marroig, CEO of PROJILITY.  “Combined, our companies offer a proven approach and cost-managed, full-featured PPM solution that helps bring customers of Microsoft Project 2013 to the cloud, quickly and easily.”

“We’re excited to provide hosting services for PROJILITY and their new suite of ProjectWare applications on a Project Server 2013 and SharePoint private cloud platform,” said Scott Chapman, CEO and Co-founder of Project Hosts.  “PROJILITY has long been known as a leader in delivering highly-tuned project solutions to businesses and now with its ProjectWare product, they have created a means to deliver pre-configured solutions faster and at a lower cost.  This is a win-win for customers.”

The ProjectWare by PROJILITY family of products includes: ProjectWare 2013 by PROJILITY, ProjectWare LiveWindow  and ProjectWare Connect.


The IBM System/360 is 50 Years Old – Provided a Scalable Architecture; a Precursor to Today’s Inherent Cloud Value!

April 7, 2014

The IBM System/360 is 50 years old today, according to a LinkedIn post by IBM.  They even plan on having an event in New York tomorrow (April 8th) to celebrate this 1964 business computing breakthrough – more information about the System/360 event and live stream.

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The System/360 was unique because it delivered a powerful (at that time), centralized computing platform that offered a scalable architecture.  This gave businesses the ability to buy in at one level, and then scale to a larger system when they needed it; without losing their (real) investment in applications development and business data.  Sound familiar?

Your Cloud, Your Way

Your Cloud, Your Way

It’s nice to see that over time, some things never change.  Today’s cloud computing platforms, like Project Hosts’ Custom Clouds for Microsoft Project Server, SharePoint and Dynamics CRM offer the same fundamental value.  Businesses can buy in at one level, and scale the environment and user base as needed.  The only difference between then and now is they don’t need to a make a massive investment in all the infrastructure or develop specific in-house IT expertise to configure, customize and maintain the application software.

Funny how some things never really change… except what we call it: I haven’t heard the word “timesharing” used in a long, long time.

And stay-tuned for an upcoming announcement about the 25th Anniversary of the Internet – also this year!

 


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