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Q: I heard about some deprecations from the Project Portfolio Server 2007, could you be more specific?
A: In Project 2010 we have unified the two server products from 2007 release into single one – this brings many benefits for end-users, IT professionals and developers. We have also introduced new functionality in the Portfolio Analytics that will help you identify resourcing issues in your ideal portfolio. If you will miss something – be advised that Project Server 2010 is built on the powerful and extensible platform of SharePoint Server 2010. We have released number of solution starters that will help you get started quickly implementing the desired business process on Project 2010. You can also consider 3rd party solutions if you implementing partner does not have a solution already. But again the document has more information.
The comprehensive Project Portfolio Server 2007 Migration Guide.
If you are familiar with previous versions of Microsoft Project Server, the following sections describe features and functionality that have changed in Microsoft Project Server 2010.
Project Portfolio Server changes
Project Server and Project Portfolio Server are no longer two separate products. Relevant portfolio functionality from Project Portfolio Server has been merged into Project Server 2010. The following Project Portfolio Server 2007 features and functionality were discontinued or changed for Project Server 2010:
- Application portfolio management This includes tracking and managing applications.
- Audit Trail Workflow activity was previously made available from the Audit Trail link in the Workflow module. In Project Server 2010, this information is available in the Workflow History list, which can be accessed from the Additional Workflow Data link in the All Workflow Stages section.
- Benefits estimating This includes estimating and tracking financial and non-financial benefits.
- Organizational hierarchy and aggregates This includes a security-based hierarchical data grouping and aggregation. In Project Server 2010, departments have been added to enable hierarchical data grouping based on organizational structure.
- Dynamic charting This includes the Chart Wizard, which allows for ad-hoc interactive chart creation, including bubble chart modeling. In Project Server 2010, Excel Services support has been added, providing a new method of dynamic reporting.
- Financial management This includes time-phased budget, actual, and forecast cost tracking. In Project Server 2010, use custom fields and Excel Services to enable cost functionality for simple estimation, tracking, and forecasting costs. Solutions for more complex estimating, tracking, and forecasting costs are offered by Microsoft partners.
- Insight analysis This enabled users to get specific details into the factors that impact a specific portfolio selection.
- Decision dashboard This enabled users to make selection decisions supported by a rich dashboard with live grouping and charting.
- Sensitivity analysis This enabled users to take a portfolio selection through various what-if scenarios and figure out how close a project was to being selected.
- Snapshotting and versioning This enabled users to create cost, resource, and benefit snapshots at any given point in time. In Project Server 2010, reporting and baselining can be used to capture data snapshots.
- Surveys This includes flexible, user-definable survey forms, on subjects related to risk, architectural fit, and operational performance.
In addition to the portfolio functionality changes, the following list describes other changes implemented in Project Server 2010.
- Outlook add-in The Outlook add-in for Project Server has been discontinued inProject Server 2010. The existing add-in can still connect toProject Server 2010, however it has not been updated for this release. Instead, Project Server 2010is integrated with Exchange Server, so that users no longer need to download a separate COM add-in. The timesheet functionality that was present in the Outlook add-in has been discontinued.
- Activity plans and personal projects included the ability to create and manage activity plans, also known as lightweight projects, and personal projects from within Project Web Access. Instead,Project Server 2010 supports editing any project on the server using a rich, new grid control in Project Web App.
- Color indicators on the My Tasks page Color indicators on the My Tasks page have been replaced with the text from the tool tip for the indicator, paired with a background color for the text.
- Data analysis The underlying technology used for data analysis in previous versions, Office Web Components, has been discontinued. In Project Server 2010, this technology has been replaced with Excel Services.