I have always been a big fan of MS Project Server. Project Server provides the ability to manage project schedules, budgets, and metrics across the enterprise, using the #1 project planning tool (MS Project) as the core engine for the platform. However, even though we (Cardinal Solutions) are a Microsoft Managed Partner, there has been limited interest from our customers in Project Server implementation services. In my opinion, this is primarily due to the fact that the Enterprise Project Management tools space is crowded with some very big players (Oracle, CA, Compuware, Planview, and HP to name a few). Although Microsoft has always had one of the leading stand-alone planning tools in MS Project, they did not seem to be “all in” in the EPM space. As a result, Project Server has traditionally lagged a bit functionally, as well as from a usability perspective. I think the other problem has been with the EPM solution space itself.
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