What is the impact of “Software As A Service” (SaaS) on the PPM world? Will a cloud solution give you the flexibility and results that you need? Small and mid-size businesses can now use high-end systems such as Microsoft Project Online without the steep cash outlay or the need for internal IT support. Regardless of the organization’s size, it is now possible to choose between a private, customized application in the cloud or a standard setup focused on core capabilities.

SaaS ImageGood News: SaaS means more options for organizations that already perform PMO functions and for those just getting started. It also means the benefits of using PPM technology are now available to those who previously found PPM tools too complex or intimidating. With the launch of Project Server and Project Professional inside of Office 365, Microsoft has taken a giant leap into SaaS for the PPM world. This is a great answer for many organizations and, for those who want to go to the cloud but need a custom setup, there are custom options available.

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Transition Issues Do you need more reporting capabilities than Project Online offers? Do you need to interface your PPM system with other applications? If IT isn’t going to manage your PPM system, who will?

Most of the problems with system upgrades, backups, disaster recovery, etc. will be handled by your hosting provider but who will handle all of your end user questions that used to go to an IT Help Desk? Who will take care of security (roles and permissions), new feature introduction, reporting requirements, and so forth?

Microsoft Project Online

Project Server

If you’re interested in testing or subscribing to this solution, we’ll help you set up a configuration that makes sense for you. Project Online with Microsoft offers a basic PPM solution inside of Office 365, which is a great way to get started with PPM in a simple setup without the hassle of buying servers and training staff to support the software.

Whether your need is for a short-term pilot or a long-term solution, let us help you decide which option is best for you. Contact Us to learn more.

Remember: If you are not interested in a cloud option, we are happy to help you with an On Premise setup.

Project Hosts

ProjectHosts

We’ve partnered with Project Hosts for many years to provide a private cloud experience for customers. With Project Hosts, we can customize your configuration with virtual or physical hardware, third-party add-on software, and reporting designed exactly as you need it. When an off-premise environment is the answer, QuantumPM and Project Hosts work as a team to bring you the highest quality of services for configuration and management of your SharePoint and PPM solutions.