New Work Viewer #App for #ProjectOnline & #ProjectServer #PS2013 #SharePoint 2013 #Office365 #PM #PMO #Project #BI

March 31, 2014 at 11:24 am | Posted in Add-on, Administration, App, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | Leave a comment
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CPS’ 3rd app is now available in the Microsoft App Store. The app is called “Work Viewer” and can be downloaded here:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/store/work-viewer-WA104239103.aspx

The Project Server Plus Work Viewer app will give users instant visibility of resource assignments and availability for the chosen resources over the selected timeframe.

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The app will quickly alert the user to over allocations and availability using the customisable colour formatting options which are fully configurable per user and are persistent.

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By default, resource plan work and proposed bookings are excluded from the data. However, these assignments can be added back in by simply checking the relevant box to aid accurate resource management decisions. Assignment information is available in the tooltips detailing the availability, remaining availability, project name, task names, the assignment type and the booking type.

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At the click of a button the user can also see the resource’s line manager (timesheet manager) and the project owner. The app features a host of additional innovative features including Lync integration. The user can quickly see the Lync presence and easily communicate to either the resource, the line manager or the project owner using the Lync integration feature.

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Download today and take a look using the free trial.

To see the CPS app store click the link below:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/store/dashboard.aspx?AssetId=PN104172071

Look out for more new apps coming soon.

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#ProjectOnline data via #ODATA and #SSIS in #SQL database table on-premise #MSProject #SharePointOnline #BI #SSRS #Office365 #Cloud

March 26, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Installation, Reporting, T-SQL | 10 Comments
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Following on from my post earlier today regarding the SSIS component that enables you to extract data from ODATA feeds in Office 365, I have created a blog post that demonstrates this new functionality. See the steps below:

Firstly I installed the SQL Server data tools and Integration Services feature on my Test Project Server / SharePoint 2013 box (only server I had available at the time). Once you have access to SQL Server data tools, download and install the ODATA SSIS component from the link below:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42280

Also if this isn’t on a SharePoint / Project Server 2013 server – which in reality it wont be, you will also need the SharePoint client DLLs, these can be downloaded here:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=35585

When I tried the new SSIS component on the SQL 2012 Server the connection failed and it complained about the SharePoint.Client.Runtime.dll:

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I didn’t test deploying the SharePoint client components to the SQL Server but I guess this should work.

Once everything is in place, launch SQL Server data tools for SQL Server 2012 and create a new Integration Services project:

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Click OK and you will see the following screen:

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On the control flow tab, at the bottom you will see Connection managers. Right click and create a new OLEDB Connection to the target database:

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Before I created this, I did create a new empty SQL database:

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Create another connection to the ODATA feed URL using the New Connection > ODATA option:

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Create the ODATA connection to your ODATA tenant:

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Specify an account that has access to the ODATA feed. Notice the Service document location is just the base ProjectData ODATA URL.

Click the All button and change the Microsoft Online Services Authentication to True:

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Test the connection to confirm it is successful then click ok.

Add a Data Flow Task to the control flow:

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Double click the data flow task and you will go to the Data flow tab:

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Drag ODATA source from the toolbox to the data flow sheet:

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Double click the ODATA source to see the properties:

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Complete the details, selecting the ProjectOnlineODATAFeed connection and you will see the Collection property load the collection, in this case it is the tables on the ODATA feed:

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Once loaded you will see the familiar ODATA entities:

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In this example we will only use the Projects feed:

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Click the Columns page on the left hand side and select the columns you want:

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Click OK.

Drag the Destination Assistant from the SSIS toolbox to the Data Flow sheet and the new destination window will open:

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Select the previously created SQL Server OLE DB connection:

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Click OK.

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Link the ODATA Source to the OLE DB Destination component using the blue data flow, then double click the OLEDB Destination component to load the editor – click yes to the warning / pop up:

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Click the New button next to to the table details to create a new table, give the table a name, replace “OLE DB Destination” with the table name you want:

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Click OK. At this point if we look at the SQL database we will see the new table and columns:

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Back in the SSIS package click the Mappings page, here you can see the field mappings from the ODATA feed to the SQL table:

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Click OK and you will see the following flow:

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Run the package using the green arrow:

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Once run successfully you will see the following:

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If we switch back to the SQL server and see what is stored in the table you will see the project data from your Project online tenant:

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Now the data is local you can use SQL Server Reporting Services to create reports, you can integrate this data into other LOB systems or create a custom OLAP cube etc. Once you are happy with the package you can set the package to run on a schedule to periodically copy the data down. There are plenty of references on the web for creating SSIS packages so have a search.

This is a basic example but hopefully gives you the idea of what is now possible Smile

#Odata #SQL SSIS component now available for SQL Server 2012 #ProjectOnline #SSRS #SharePointOnline #SharePoint #BI

March 26, 2014 at 9:16 am | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting, T-SQL | 1 Comment
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Quick post to let you know that the SSIS component to export data via ODATA that was mentioned here is now available for download, see the link below:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42280

This will enable you to copy data from Project Online into a custom SQL database, from there you can easily create SSRS reports, custom OLAP cubes, integrate into other LOB systems etc. Look out for more details soon.

#ProjectServer #PS2010 / #PS2013 bulk #Project site creation using #PowerShell 3.0 or later #SP2013 #SP2010

March 5, 2014 at 11:18 am | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, PowerShell, PSI | 4 Comments
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I recently had to bulk delete and then bulk create project sites for a client. Rather than engaging one of our devs I wrote a PowerShell script to do this. This does need PowerShell 3.0 or later to work. This post covers the bulk create script as this is generic, the bulk delete was specific to the client so I haven’t published that. The script can be downloaded from the script galley below:

http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Bulk-create-Server-Sites-784f7b29

The web service proxy URLs will need to be updated for your PWA instance, replace the http://vm753/pwa with the correct URL.

The script can be seen running and creating sites below:

From the PowerShell ISE:

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From PowerShell:

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Project Sites are created using the correct site template that is associated to the EPT.

If all projects have a site associated, the following is returned:

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Test this on a test / dev farm before running a live production farm.

CPS’ #Office #Project Task Auditor #App wins first place at #SPC14 App #Awards #SharePoint

March 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, App, Functionality, Information | 2 Comments
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The Task Auditor app from CPS won first place for the “Most Business Value Project” App at the SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas:

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This is a free Project task pane app, go try it out and see what you think Smile

See the links below for details:

App store: http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/task-auditor-WA104172076.aspx

Product site: http://www.projectserverplus.com/apps.html 

Blog post: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/free-project-2013-app-from-cps-office365-office-apps-projectserver-projectonline/

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