Chapter 1. Understanding Project Server
Discovering Project Server
Determining whether you need Project Server
Planning the implementation of Project Server
Because you’re reading this book, we can safely assume that the products or services your organization provides are best accomplished in a project environment. We can also safely assume that you have a limited staff available to complete all your projects. In an organization where most of the work happens in a project environment using the same resources, the organization needs to manage the management of projects to maximize productivity and profit.
Enter Project Server. Project Server answers the needs of an enterprise to manage multiple projects that draw their resources from a common resource pool. This chapter describes the basics of how Project Server functions and how to approach using Project Server.
What Is Project Server?
Project Server provides your organization with one central database, located on a Web server or in a server farm on your company’s local area network (LAN) or intranet, in which you store all projects and all resources for your organization. Using Project Server, you can
View a project’s Gantt chart
Enter and view timesheet information
Update assignments with progress and completion information
Send status reports to the project manager
Receive notices about task status
Receive, refuse, and delegate work assignments
Manage resource allocation across your organization ...