Saturday, December 27, 2014

Project Online (O365) Explained : Microsoft Project Online vs. Microsoft Project Server 2013 On-Premises

Lot of people have confusion about the terminology Project online, hence decided to blog on this topic. This will be useful to the customers who are planning to purchase Project online / Project pro for O365 and provides clear information about the terminology.

What is Project Online?

Project Online is an integrated solution of Microsoft O365 environment for project and portfolio management.  In other words, Microsoft provides "Project Server 2013" to customers through Software as a Service (SaaS), it is basically meant for the customer who plans implement Enterprise project management (EPM).

Microsoft maintains the servers in a highly secured environment on robust servers with high end backup and disaster strategy.

About the License & subscription

Project Online
Server Edition, Web based access (Project Server 2013)
For team members, project participants and business decision makers
Project Pro for Office 365
For project managers, resource managers, PMO, business decision makers.
For project managers, resource managers
Project Online with Project Pro for Office 365
For project managers, resource managers, PMO, business decision makers
Project Lite               
For project team members to manage their tasks and timesheets, and collaborate on projects.

 Project Online Vs On-premise:

Project Online
·         Portfolio managers, project managers, and team members can access Project Online from anywhere with an Internet connection.
·         Users can check the status of a project anytime using online dashboards and mobile devices
·         Servers are deployed in Microsoft data center, hence all operational maintenance activities are handled through the Project Online support team.
·         No upfront infrastructure costs and licenses are purchased as per user basis
·         Customer has to deploy their servers with appropriate network privileges to publish the PWA to internet.

·         Cost involved as it requires additional hardware accessories.

·         Customer has to purchase high end servers and hire support professionals to maintain the servers to get max. Up time.

·         Since it’s a dedicated server, need to purchase the license for Operating System and SharePoint / Project Server 2013

Reference: (White Paper)

Summary: Use this white paper to compare the differences between implementing Project Server 2013 through an on-premises or cloud solution.
This white paper, created by Rob Bowers (Microsoft Senior Consultant), provides guidance and best practices for those who plan to implement Project Server 2013 in their organization. It provides an analytical comparison of both the Project Online solution versus implementing a Project Server 2013 on-premises solution, and describes scenarios in which you would select one solution over the other. The target audiences for this white paper are partners, consultants, decision makers, and technical personnel who need to understand what is required to successfully implement Project Server 2013 in their environment, whether it be an on-premises solution or an online solution with Office 365.

A feature/function comparison of Project Online and Project Server 2013

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