Enterprise Project Management (EPM) is a highly-disciplined, enterprise-wide approach to project management that helps organizations manage all of their projects and all of their project resources (i.e. people) in highly coordinated manner.
EPM introduces standards in terminology, processes, Project Manager training, structure, and reporting formats which make this level of coordination possible. A familiar adage says that: "A rising tide lifts all boats". EPM is capable of broad organizational impact--in a relatively short time. Unlike more limited piecemeal efforts to improve project management, EPM can be the "rising tide" that can lift every "boat" (i.e. every project and every project management process) in the organization.
Since 2002, hundreds of organizations worldwide have been using Microsoft Project Server©, Microsoft's industry-leading Enterprise Project Management (EPM) system. Project Server© is an enterprise-class Project Management system which is capable of managing all of the projects in your organization as a coordinated "portfolio of projects".
Project Server© is installed in your organization's Data Center (i.e. on-premise) and is highly configurable and customizable to your organization's precise business and IT requirements. In 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016, Microsoft has provided new releases of this powerful software--adding new features and convenience. Installation of Project Server (i.e. planning and installing the necessary hardware, system software and the Project Server application) and the related deployment activities (e.g. configuration, testing, user training) can take 6-8 weeks or more--depending on your organizational readiness.
Since 2002, large corporations and government agencies have been benefiting from Microsoft Project Server©, software that runs on their own servers and makes it possible to manage all of the projects in a corporation in a highly coordinated fashion. This so-called "on premise" installation of Project Server is extremely powerful and highly configurable to the company's needs. It puts companies in total control of both: (1) the underlying IT infrastructure and (2) the Microsoft Project Server© application.
Now--Project Online© provides this very same capability as a Cloud Service--priced on a pay-as-you-go basis (i.e. per user/per month or per user/per year). The really good news—with Project Online©—is that companies are now relieved from the responsibility—and significant cost—of the underlying IT infrastructure (e.g. servers, system software, infrastructure staff, infrastructure processes, etc.). Companies can now let Microsoft assume the infrastructure responsibility and cost, while they focus on configuring and managing Project Online© to serve their precise business needs.
Now—thru Project Online©, even Small & Medium Businesses (SMB) can manage projects using the very same EPM/PPM software which has historically only been affordable by Fortune 500 companies and Federal agencies.
Now, large corporations who are getting started with EPM/PPM—or extending EPM/PPM to other parts of their organization--can easily, quickly, and inexpensively stand-up a new Project Online© environment and start the "organizational learning" process unavoidably associated with every new IT system.
More good news! Project Online© is highly and quickly scalable and you pay for only what you need. As an example, your "Pilot Deployment" may consist of only 5 users within your Project Management Office (PMO). But later in your "Production Deployment"--after you have done some "organizational learning" and are ready to involve 50, 500 or even 5,000 additional users, this can be done quickly and inexpensively—with no additional time and no additional cost to scale-up your supporting IT infrastructure.
And--when you need to scale-down, Project Online© will scale-down quickly and inexpensively. For example, when you should choose to install Microsoft Project Server© in your own IT shop, the Project Online©scale-down can occur quickly and inexpensively--with no additional time and no additional cost to dispose of or reallocate your supporting IT infrastructure.
Project Online! Now, even Small & Medium Businesses (SMB) can manage projects like the big guys do!