Microsoft Project Online Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing
Microsoft Project Online is a project and portfolio management software available via cloud services. It enables users to keep track of their projects and stay organized with the help of integrated tools. They are able to get started quickly and execute projects easily with templates and tools. The online software is also accessible across devices, allowing project managers, team members and other stakeholders to collaborate, stay productive and receive the latest information. As a result, businesses are able to prioritize their initiatives while receiving insights how resources are used.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Project Management – Project Online has built-in customizable templates that is based on industry best practices. These help users to build plans but not start from scratch. It also has scheduling features like Gantt charts as well as prepopulated pulldown menus that simplify the project planning process. Multiple timelines show all project activities, including tasks and milestones. Other features include out-of-the-box reports that can be shared across the organization and viewed across devices, customizable timelines that represent specific data, native mobile apps, and more.
- Project Portfolio Management – The project management software also enables users to optimize their portfolio while keeping all involved on the same page. Integrated tools allow them to model different scenarios to determine the best strategic path. Tools like Power BI and Excel provide them insights across their portfolios. Other features include several shareable built-in reports and standardized processes that helps capture and evaluate ideas, build business cases and project charters for management review.
- Resource Management, Integrated Collaboration, and more – Project Online has integrated tools to manage resource utilization, to identify bottlenecks, forecast resource needs, and many more. The Resource Engagement module allows users to request and lock in resources, so that projects are adequately staffed. Capacity heat maps show how resources are used, and also help managers to identify overused or underused resources. Other features available are analytics that can compare resources across standard data, reports that help users monitor progress, integrated collaboration solutions like Skype that minimizes switching between apps, and integration with other Microsoft products.
Project Online is available as a cloud-based solution in several premium plans. The Project Online Professional is priced at $30 per user per month. It is accessible through desktop client and web browser. Like other Office 365 solutions, the Project client is automatically updated. Project Online Premium is priced at $55 per user per month with annual subscription. It includes features such as portfolio selection and optimization, demand management, enterprise planning and management resources, and others not available in Professional. Project Online Essentials is an add-on module for team members at $7 per user per month. It is available only to customers with either Professional or Premium subscription. Project 2016 with an Office 365 subscription is the latest version of Project. It is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7.
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Project Online is for project managers, team members, and decision makers in businesses of any size that need project and portfolio management software accessible through the Internet. It is ideal for those who subscribe to Office 365 and other Microsoft web applications.
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Some of their Clients
Clients include British Airways, Kraft, Target, Netflix, BMW, 3M, Toyota, Ernst and Young, Tesla, Intel, Amazon, and 21st Century Fox.
Joe DiVincenzo stated that by deploying the latest version of Project Server, they boost development activity by up to 40 percent, finish projects sooner, and lower project development costs. Also, since MS Project is the gold standard application for project management, most newly hired project managers know how to use it, which reduces training costs and helps them come up to speed more quickly.
Carolyn Bundey explained that their firm’s strategy is cloud first whenever possible. Therefore, with Project Online, they are able to report on projects using live data with a system that ties into other processes. They now have one tool for selecting, launching, managing and monitoring their IT project portfolio across the world, thereby saving up to 40 hours a month in creating reports.
Why Project Online
Project Online is for companies with a need for project and portfolio management that fully integrates with other Office products. It comes with Microsoft support, expertise and integration with its other products for a comprehensive and complete business solution.
Project Online is a product of Microsoft, a publicly traded multinational corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975. Its headquarters is in Redmond, WA, USA. It is known for its Windows operating system, Office productivity software and Internet Explorer browser. It has also expanded into hardware products with its Xbox console and Surface tablets. It has made its presence in the Internet with MSN portal, Bing search engine and recently with its Office 365 online suite and SharePoint collaboration application. The company is considered the largest software maker by revenue. Some of its most recent acquisitions are Skype, Yammer and LinkedIn.