Project Conference: It’s all about “online”

At the Microsoft Project Conference last week in Phoenix, there was a lot of talk about hosting, online, and cloud-based solutions.

In his keynote, Project GM Ludo Hauduc brought onstage Shannon Kirchoff with Fireman’s Fund who talked about how her company’s EPM deployment has helped them get a handle on skyrocketing IT costs. She described how Pcubed’s consulting services combined with Project Hosts’ hosting allowed her to get up and running for over 1,000 users far faster than if she had to make deploying EPM yet another project for her overworked IT department.

Of course the big story was the unveiling of Project 2010. It’s web-based project management, native portfolio functionality, and incredible BI capabilities had companies wondering how soon they could get it. But the fact that Project 2010 requires 64-bit hardware, Windows 2008 and MOSS Enterprise made some companies realize that their IT department might not be ready for it right away. No problem — they realized they could start hosted and always move onsite later.

Later, there was a lot of buzz about Project Migration Online — a service that migrates companies from 2003 to 2007 (and later 2010) for a flat $10,000. It’s hard to say which was more popular — the flat fee or the fact that the migration would be done by EPM engineers who had already done hundreds of other migrations.

Business applications are moving online, and Project is no exception!

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