Hosted Microsoft Project Cloud Exceeds Expectations with Application Integration to Outlook, Excel and other Applications

September 16, 2014

Application Integration in the Custom Cloud

Whether you work within an enterprise organization or government agency, Project Hosts ensures that your goals and expectations are exceeded with a Hosted Microsoft Project Private or Hybrid Cloud solution. With these solutions, employees throughout the organization have immediate and secure access to critical information 24×7 and have a holistic solution that operates seamlessly with applications such as Outlook, Excel and Marketing Automation Systems. In addition, users adoption and training are much less of an issue as these solutions benefit from Microsoft’s highly familiar and intuitive user interface. Click here to see an example of this in our case study with BBC Worldwide.

Your cloud success depends not only on a strong solutions architecture, but on a rich set of applications that are tuned for your business, and backed by the app provider. Working with leading app providers, we extend standard cloud app capabilities by offering:

Standard Public Cloud services, plus,

Full trust code for 3rd party apps and Microsoft add-on apps

Custom Web Parts

OS and DB admin access privileges on dedicated servers for apps providers and tech terms

Hybrid Solutions that connect Public and Private Clouds to on-premise applications and resources

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Project Hosts offers Private, Custom Cloud solutions for hosted Microsoft Project Server, Dynamics CRM cloud solutions and applications-enabled Sharepoint deployments.

“The Project Hosts CRM Custom Cloud solution has helped us achieve our business goal of putting clients first, and fully enabling customer relationships. The hosted Microsoft Dynamics CRM solution gives our employees the ability to better support and service clients, while delivering seamless integration with our Outlook email and marketing automation solution. Project Hosts provides all the capabilities of an on-premise private cloud, but without all the costs and complexities.”
Thuy Long,  Assistant Vice President, Marketing Database Manager, Bridge Bank

Click here to read the entire Case Study.

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Microsoft Project Server and Dynamics Private Clouds Deliver Dedicated Solutions Architecture Advantages

September 9, 2014

 

Dedicated_SolutionsOne advantage that enterprise customers and government agencies will gain with a Private Cloud is their own Dedicated Solutions Architecture.

Unlike a Standard or Public Cloud solution, a Private Cloud is a type of cloud in which physical or virtual servers are dedicated to a single customer.  With Private (Custom) Cloud solutions, customers and partners gain a higher degree of customization and support to meet their precise business and application integration needs, security requirements, and real-time reporting customizations. A PPM/CRM Custom Cloud, from Project Hosts, delivers the same degree of customization as an on-premise “Private Cloud”, but without all the IT costs, complexities, staff allocation and training, maintenance and support.

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Since 2003, our teams of hosting experts and business partners have been delivering 99.9% uptime from SAS 70 II / SSAE 16 / and ISO/IEC 27001 certified data centers. We offer all the capabilities of a standard cloud with the following extensions:

  • Standard Public Cloud services, plus:
  • Virtual or physical dedicated servers
  • Separate development/test environments
  • Dedicated active directory domains
  • Automated user provisioning
  • Custom backup plans

To read about all the advantages of a Private (Custom) Cloud, click here.

 

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“We are very, very pleased with Project Hosts’ PPM Custom Cloud service. Their quality of service and personalized support has allowed AutoTrader to fully meet our Project and Portfolio Management needs, and with only one internal IT person allocated at 50%. We think of Project Hosts as our virtual IT department – managing our PPM infrastructure while assuring world-class availability and uptime.”

Donna Woodruff,  Director of IT Planning and Governance, AutoTrader

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Project Hosts offers a unique customer experience with Person-2-Person Support

September 4, 2014

P2P_CustomCloud_cntrdIn this age of automated self-help systems, community bulletin boards and FAQs, Project Hosts is proud to offer a unique Person-2-Person Support service. Our Person-2-Person support puts you in direct contact with our support staff, which will review and respond to your request via email or phone.

We have experienced engineers working around the clock to respond to your support requests quickly. The time required to resolve a support issue varies depending on the severity and nature of the issue. We categorize support issues into three severity levels, and each level has its own target response time.

“The response time for customer support was outstanding. We would gladly recommend Project Hosts to others.”
David Lendry, Director Program Management Network Planning & Engineering, FairPoint Communications

Project Hosts ensures your overall cloud success and complete satisfaction with our financially-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee, Person-2-Person™ support and built-in business flexibility. The result: A scalable, reliable, secure and high-performance cloud solution that is built to meet your business needs, and your users’ needs. Find out what makes us different than other Microsoft Cloud solution providers by visiting our Project Hosts’ Customer Cloud Advantage page.

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SaaS and Hosted Private Clouds deliver benefits over On-Premise Environments for Enterprises

August 26, 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.

The growth and popularity of cloud-based enterprise applications has been accelerating. Recently published research has found that growth in the adoption of cloud computing applications or software-as-a-service (SaaS) is running between 20 and 30 percent per year. Leading enterprises, government agencies and medium-sized businesses have come to rely on Microsoft Project Server Private Clouds from Project Hosts.

With a PPM Custom Cloud from Project Hosts, enterprise customers gain a secure, reliable and cost-effective cloud solution eliminating the need for an on-premise deployment that is managed by their in-house IT staff. Many of our partners and customers report that they are up and running in about ½ the time and at ½ the cost as compared to a similarly configured On-premise deployment.

Time and cost are at the center of why more organizations are seeking hosted cloud solutions. Enterprise IT organizations, regardless of size, that choose to build their own private cloud must make a large and ongoing investment in managing the core hardware infrastructure, even if procured as a service. More importantly, they must develop the advanced IT expertise to configure and manage the system and application software necessary to create the PaaS and SaaS layers. Alternatively, enterprises can partner with Project Hosts and our partner network to specify, design, build and configure the entire solution and provide on-going management and support. The result is a custom-tuned cloud that:

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  • Delivers a dedicated solution architecture that meets an enterprise client’s needs
  • Is highly integrated with existing on premise systems and processes
  • Supports the required add-on applications and custom code
  • Delivers the customized business intelligence (BI) and reporting tools
  • Is highly secure, scalable and reliable

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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.

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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.”

 


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