Wednesday, April 13, 2016

I'm now (again) Microsoft P-Seller for Project!!

Back in 2014, I wrote this post "I'm now a Microsoft P-Seller for Project!!" which was surprisingly one of the most popular on this blog, talking about being nominated as P-Seller Project for Québec province. I don't know if it is due to some spamming on the blog or because there is only a few blog talking about being P-Seller, but anyway, it was a successful article!

Going to the point, back in France, I'm now again P-Seller for South-West French area for Project.

I’ve located this text, which explains the program:

"The Microsoft P-Seller (former VTS-P) is a select group chosen from the elite in Microsoft’s partner community, whose focus is to augment Microsoft’s internal Technology Specialist team. Their primary role is to communicate the value of Microsoft Solutions to customers and to provide architectural guidance for Enterprise Integration solutions. The Microsoft P-Seller program was designed to create a deeper relationship with Microsoft Partners, the Product Teams at Microsoft Corporate, and Regional Microsoft Offices, in order to provide highly skilled solution specialists to Microsoft customers. It is designed to enable a high performance team of partner-based resources to deliver pre-sale activities and resources to empower customers and help them meet their solution and integration needs."

I now get access to information on the Microsoft corporate network such as knowledge bases, technical articles, training materials, and other resources. I also get guest access to Microsoft facilities, and priority for participating in Microsoft marketing events. This is a really great opportunity, I'm proud to be a part of this elite community, and I look forward to all that comes from it. 

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Resource engagement: utilization calcuation setting


If you are using Project Online or Project Server 2016, you might have activated the resource engagement new feature. In case you are not familiar with this functionality, you can read this post I wrote when the feature was released. It comes in replacment of the resource plans. An interesting capability of the resource plan was to set wheither the capacity/resource utilization was calculated from the project, the resource plan or both (specifying a transition date). 

Now where is this parameter? Navigating in the PWA capacity plans from the resource center, I couldn't find it. Got this answer thanks to the MVP distribution list, you have to set it using MS Project Pro, going to the project information. Note that the setting is available only for the published projects.

The "project plan until" still has the same behavior. This will trigger the utilization calculation from the project plan on a short term horizon until the specified date and then from the resource engagements.

Got it?

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