Every day we all are involved in some sort of project management, everything from completing simple tasks to building a complex project with a large team. There always seems to be a newest and greatest project management tool to help in this process. In this Play by Play, we look at starting from the very beginning of a project using Microsoft Project Online with Dux Raymond Sy, Microsoft MVP.
Play by Play is a series where we sit down with industry experts and discuss a specific problem or issue in real time - unscripted, unrehearsed, and unfiltered. This edition of Play by Play is about getting started with Microsoft Project Online. Dux Raymond Sy, CTO of AvePoint, talks through the process of getting up and running with Microsoft Project Online, Integrating Microsoft Project Pro, and Reporting on Projects. This session is for the reluctant or new project manager just trying to take the simple approach to getting up and running.
Dux Raymond is the Global Vice President of Customer Strategy & Solutions for AvePoint. He is responsible for leading the development and delivery of strategic customer solutions that drives positive business transformation and enables organizations to achieve their overall mission.
Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts
Introduction Well, Dux, thank you for joining me today. I want to introduce you to everyone who doesn't already know you. This is Dux Raymond Sy. He is the CTO of AvePoint, a Microsoft MVP and just an overall international man of mystery and project and SharePoint guru, so thank you for joining us today. Oh, thank you, Gary for this opportunity and I'm very excited and I just, you know, want to chat with you and see how we can help you on project management. Yeah, so today we're going to get started with using Project Online and I am an amateur project manager. So for me, like when it comes to doing a project it's using email, it's using Excel. I mean, I don't, I haven't used any of these complex projects out there. What are the tools out there? What I can do? Where should I start as an amateur? So, first of all, you're not an amateur because you're not alone. A couple things. The number one project management tool today is actually email and it kind of scares me because it's 1973 technology and a lot of projects rely on it. So the landscape of project management has truly changed because if you think about it, everybody is a reluctant project manager. You don't have to be a full-blown, gone-to-school, certified project manager. We all work on projects. So just to kind of paint the picture and before I show you how you can get started quickly, if you look at Microsoft for example, or any other technologies out there, there's a lot of option and a lot of choices. The beauty is if you're taking advantage of existing Microsoft tools, like you said email where some people look use Outlook or use Microsoft Office, Excel you mentioned. There's tools out there today just like Project Online in the Microsoft Technology Stack that can work with it and let you get your project management much more efficient and much more useful. So when we think about Microsoft there are a lot of options. Microsoft Project is one of them. Certainly you can use email, Excel, SharePoint. It just depends on where you are in the scheme of things around project management and how big or how small the project entails. So let's talk about Project Online. So for those that may not know, you know, Project Online is actually the Cloud version of the Microsoft Project family of products, just like how we have SharePoint Online in the Office 365 Stack. Project Online is part of the broader Office 365 technologies and when we think about Project Online, it's actually two projects. One, it's Microsoft Project Professional. That's the traditional Microsoft Project tool everybody knows. You install the computer and you get that as a part of Project Online. In addition to Microsoft Project Professional you also get what's called Project Web App and this technology is the classic project server that everybody knows and installs in their environment, but the beauty of this is, since now it's up on the Cloud, literally you can get up and running quickly. So for you to quickly get started, obviously first and foremost you sign up and you go to Office 365 or just do a quick search on Project Online. You'll be able to sign up. Swipe your credit card and you're be ready to get started.