The schedule is the most representative element of a project, and the Gantt chart is its most recognizable visual representation. The schedule is the blueprint of the project—it represents the tasks and deliverables that need to be completed to deliver the project on time. In addition, the schedule provides project teams with a map for project execution and delivers a baseline for tracking progress and managing change.
The Microsoft® Enterprise Project Management (EPM) solution provides organizations with a comprehensive scheduling system with familiar and flexible capabilities to support both the occasional and the professional project manager. The Microsoft® Fluent™ Ribbon interface in Microsoft® Project Professional 2010 and Microsoft® Project Server 2010 provides a consistent experience and ensures that the tools managers need to plan and manage projects are always at their fingertips.
The new user-controlled scheduling feature of Project Professional 2010 blends the ease of use of a tool like Microsoft® Excel 2010 with the powerful Project 2010 scheduling engine to provide flexible planning solutions for any project manager. Project Server 2010 empowers the mobile workforce by bringing the power of Project Professional 2010 to the browser with Web-based project scheduling. Managers can take advantage of Web-based project scheduling to quickly build both simple and complex schedules online and conveniently edit the project in the browser from any location.
The EPM solution further simplifies managing and controlling schedules with improved analysis and visual tools, so that project managers can focus on deliverables and spend less time manipulating the project schedule. Similar to the spelling checker in Microsoft Word, potential issues and inefficiencies in the schedule are visually identified by red and green wavy underlines. Project managers can use the improved Task Inspector to diagnose and overcome identified issues. Multi-Level Undo and Change Highlighting are now available in the Web-based schedule to help managers model schedule changes, online or from the desktop, with minimal risk and to quickly see all affected tasks.
Using Project Professional 2010, managers can easily generate a Timeline view that gives a high-level view of the major activities in the schedule, and which managers can copy into other Office applications like Microsoft Outlook® and Microsoft PowerPoint® to share with stakeholders and team members.
EPM Solution Capabilities
The EPM solution is a comprehensive PC and web-based project and portfolio management system. Learn how the EPM solution helps organizations to automate the main PPM capabilities and drive results:
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