To date, Microsoft Project is considered an expert tool for experienced project managers within IT as well as Research and Development. At its 2019 Ignite Conference, Microsoft has now released a new version that also incorporates use cases of “Opportunity Project Managers” within Marketing, Sales, and HR environments. Initial assessments from the user's perspective appear promising.
Anyone planning a project in the company today often still reaches for an Excel spreadsheet. The reasons for this are obvious: The application is well-known, the functions are familiar and the project participants can handle it intuitively. With ever greater frequency, however, this tool – originally created for calculation work – is reaching its limits in this area of application. But making the switch to Microsoft Project is quite difficult for many people who do not need to plan projects on a daily basis.
This has also been identified by Microsoft and, thanks to the radically simplified planning module “Project for the Web” and the building blocks “Project Home” and “Roadmaps”, a new product generation for company-wide project and portfolio management has been published. Further expansion stages for larger application scenarios are due to follow in 2020.