#ProjectOnline #PPM #PowerBI Project Compliance Report Pack #BI #Reporting #PowerQuery #DAX #Office365

October 22, 2018 at 9:29 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Functionality, Information, Reporting | 3 Comments
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This is a supporting blog post for a new Project Online Power BI Report Pack that I have published. This report pack provides examples for a project compliance / audit type check to ensure your projects follow certain planning standards. This follows on from the previous report packs that I published: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/projectonline-ppm-powerbi-report-pack-v2-bi-reporting-powerquery-dax-office365/ This new report pack follows the same theme / styling. The compliance report pack can be downloaded from the Microsoft Gallery, the link to download the report is here: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Online-Power-BI-Compliance-b45b657c

The report pack consists of two reports, a summary report for project level checks and a detailed report for tasks, risks and issues checks. These can be seen below:

Summary Page:


Project Details (Select a Project from the filter):


Same report but with a different project selected:


These reports only use default intrinsic fields so it should work for all Project Online deployments.

Once downloaded, the report pack data sources will need to be updated to point to your target Project Online PWA instance. To do this you will need the Power BI desktop tool installed. This can be downloaded here: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/desktop

Open the downloaded PWMatherProjectOnlinePowerBIAuditComplianceReportPack.pbit template file in Power BI Desktop and follow the steps below to point the data sources to your Project Online PWA instance:

  • In the parameter window that opens, enter the full Project Online PWA URL without the /default.asp – such as https://tenant.sharepoint.com/sites/pwa
  • Click Load
  • The data will now start to load and you will be prompted to connect
  • On the OData feed window, click Organizational account and click Sign in and enter credentials as required
  • Click Connect
  • On the Privacy levels window set the privacy as required
  • Click Save
  • The data will load – this may take a few minutes depending on the dataset size in Project Online
  • Access the Project Details page and select a project from the project filter
  • Save the report

Please note, some of the steps above might not be seen if you have connected to the Project Online instance from Power BI Desktop previously. This file can either be emailed around to colleagues with details on how to update the credentials to their own or what would be better is to create a Power BI app workspace and give users access: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/service-create-workspaces

The checks in this pack are just examples and might not be applicable to your organisation but it will give you a good starting point it you do not have any compliance / assurance type reports today.

I will plan to update this in the future, so feel free to add comments for any suggested project compliance checks, provided they are generic enough and possible using only intrinsic fields, I will look to add these in a later release.

I hope you like it Smile


#ProjectOnline reporting on task Predecessors and Successors #O365 #MSProject #PPM #PMOT # Excel #PowerBI #OData

October 13, 2018 at 9:23 am | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Fixes, Functionality, Information, Reporting | 3 Comments
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A few times I have heard this topic come up so I thought it was worth a quick blog post to give two examples for getting access to this detail. Firstly a quick look at my sample project to see the data and task links:


As we can see, all tasks are linked. The predecessor and successor details are not available in the OData reporting API by default: ({PWASiteURL}/_api/ProjectData).

The first option we will explore is using the REST CSOM API ({PWAURL}/_api/ProjectServer). To access this is not a simple read from one endpoint like it would be in the OData reporting API if the data was there. When using the CSOM REST API you have to first get the project then from there you can get the task details and task link details. Below we walkthrough this process and view the results. I am just using the browser to return the data for ease. Let’s have a look at this Project data using: {PWASiteURL}/_api/ProjectServer/Projects(‘a28bf087-2acb-e811-afb0-00155d143a0e’) where the GUID is the project GUID for the project seen above. This returns:


Here you can see all of the related endpoints and then the project properties below. I have outlined in red the two related endpoints that are useful to us, the TaskLinks and Tasks.

Lets have a look at the TaskLinks first – we have 4 links in the simple plan displayed above, this matches what we see in the TaskLinks endpoint:



For each link we can then access two other endpoints /End and /Start and see two properties for the link, Id and DependencyType. Id is the TaskLink Id and DependencyType is the internal dependency type value, the enumerations for the dependency type can be found here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.projectserver.client.dependencytype_di_pj14mref.aspx. Looking at the data returned, I have 3 links with a dependency type of 1 (Finish to Start) and 1 link with a dependency type of 3 (Start to Start). Now for one of those TaskLinks, we will look at what the /End and /Start endpoints provide. I will use the TaskLink with a Start to Start dependency type for this. Firstly the /Start endpoint:

{PWASiteUL}/_api/ProjectServer/Projects(‘a28bf087-2acb-e811-afb0-00155d143a0e’)/TaskLinks(‘0d7da2b3-2dcb-e811-9328-1002b5489337’)/Start – where the 2nd GUID is the TaskLink GUID


This returns all of the data for the starting task, in this example it is task T2 (I’ve updated the REST call to just return the task name:


Task T2 is the task starting the link as seen in the project plan:


The /End endpoint, as you can guess will return the same details but for the task ending the link:

{PWASiteUL}/_api/ProjectServer/Projects(‘a28bf087-2acb-e811-afb0-00155d143a0e’)/TaskLinks(‘0d7da2b3-2dcb-e811-9328-1002b5489337’)/End – where the 2nd GUID is the TaskLink GUID – I’ve update the REST call to just return the task name:


This returns T3 from the example project:


As you can see, using the TaskLinks endpoint once we have the project, we can then navigate to find the task details for the linked tasks.

Now lets look at what the /Tasks endpoint can do for us to find the linked tasks. Accessing the {PWASiteUrl}/_api/ProjectServer/Projects(‘a28bf087-2acb-e811-afb0-00155d143a0e’)/Tasks endpoint will return all of the tasks in the project (based on the project GUID used in the REST call):


For each task in the project we can see the task properties but also navigate to another endpoint to view more related data for that one task. For example, we can then navigate and view the /Predecessors and /Successors. I will use task T3 for this walkthrough by passing in the Task GUID for T3. Accessing the predecessors data for task T3:

{PWASiteUrl}/_api/ProjectServer/Projects(‘a28bf087-2acb-e811-afb0-00155d143a0e’)/Tasks(‘b3433ba7-2dcb-e811-9328-1002b5489337’)/Predecessors – where I have passed in the task GUID for T3:


This returns the TaskLink details for the predecessor task – from that point we can then use the /End and /Start related queries to get the linked task details. The same goes for the /Successors endpoint for the example task T3:

{PWASiteUrl}/_api/ProjectServer/Projects(‘a28bf087-2acb-e811-afb0-00155d143a0e’)/Tasks(‘b3433ba7-2dcb-e811-9328-1002b5489337’)/Successors – where I have passed in the task GUID for T3:


This returns the TaskLink details for the successor task – from that point we can then use the /End and /Start related queries to get the linked task details.

As you can see, trying the get that data for all linked tasks in a report using Power Query wouldn’t be a simple query to one endpoint but it is possible to follow it through to get the data needed.

The next option to look at is creating two task level calculated fields so that you can get the predecessor and successor details in the /Tasks endpoint in the OData reporting API ({PWASiteURL}/_api/ProjectData/Tasks). Whilst this is simplifies the reporting experience there is a performance cost to this – certainly for large projects with many tasks. Also this will use 2 of the recommended maximum 5 task level calculated fields! In PWA Settings > Enterprise Custom Fields and Lookup Tables, create two new Task level text fields that use formulas, one field will be for predecessors and one for successors. In the predecessors field formula use [Predecessors] and in the successors field formula use [Successors]. The predecessors custom field can be seen below:


The next time you publish your project/s you will then see the data available in the OData Reporting API:



Hope that helps!

#ProjectOnline Supporting Projects and Programs Part 3 #PPM #MSProject #Office365 #PMOT #PMO #SharePoint #PowerBI

October 1, 2018 at 6:27 pm | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | Leave a comment
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In part 3 of this mini series of blog posts we will look at a basic report example to support projects and programs making use of the configuration changes in part 1 and 2. For those of you that missed part 1, see the post here: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/projectonline-supporting-projects-and-programs-part-1-ppm-msproject-office365-pmot-pmo/ and part 2 here: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/09/21/projectonline-supporting-projects-and-programs-part-2-ppm-msproject-office365-pmot-pmo-sharepoint/

Now that we have done some very simple configuration changes in PWA and the Project Sites and then populated some example test data in the PWA instance we can look at example reports. We won’t cover creating these reports from start to end as this isn’t the purpose of the post, it is purely to highlight how to make use of the configuration changes to give to the program level reporting. These reports are also not engaging or showing casing Power BI, so you will want to create much better looking reports as these are just used to show examples of the data!

Firstly, lets look at the Project Center so you get an idea of the Project data I have in this test instance:


Notice I have two projects tagged and 1_Program projects but one in each program. These are the projects that will provide the data in the first page of my Program report:


The slicer is using the Program custom field:


To limit the data on this page, I have added page filter using the Project Plan Type field and filtered to “1_Program” projects:


So this page shows data for the project tagged with “1_Program” in the Project Plan Type field and in this case, the project tagged with “IT Transformation” which in my data set is the “IT Change Program” project. I don’t have much data on this page but this is just to show the data is for the program level project.

The next two pages show similar details for the program, one shows the details and the other shows some charts (just to add some colour!) but they both work the same way in filtering data that is only relevant at the program level:



On these pages there are no page level filters set, the tasks, risks and issues visualisations all have a filter applied to only display tasks, risks or issues that are requiring attention at the program level. On the tasks visuals we are using the task level “Escalation Level” field and filtering to only include tasks tagged with “1_Program”:


On the risks and issues visuals, we do the the same but use the “Category” field and filter to only include risks or issues tagged with “1_Program”:


This provides quick access to data relevant to the program. As we can see, these are very simple examples but the concept can be applied to larger datasets with more fields and data but the first page / report example will only work providing you one have 1 project plan per “program” value tagged with “1_Program” in the “Project Plan Type” Project level field.

That’s it for this short series – I hope that you found it useful!

#ProjectOnline Supporting Projects and Programs Part 2 #PPM #MSProject #Office365 #PMOT #PMO #SharePoint

September 21, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | 1 Comment
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In part 2 of this mini series of blog posts we will look at the configuration on the Project Sites to support projects and programs. For those of you that missed part 1, see the post here: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/projectonline-supporting-projects-and-programs-part-1-ppm-msproject-office365-pmot-pmo/ 

As the Project Site are SharePoint sites, this also has many configuration options but this needs to be considered careful based on your reporting requirements. Whilst all of the data in SharePoint is accessible for reporting not all data on the Issues and Risks lists is available in the Project Online OData Reporting API. Only the data from default list columns Microsoft include on the Issues and Risks are included in the Project Online OData Reporting API. Other data from custom columns on the lists is accessible but only via the SharePoint list REST APIs but this can be tricky to report on for a cross project report. Here is an example for accessing this data in Power BI reports: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/want-to-query-cross-project-site-sharepoint-lists-in-projectonline-projectserver-powerbi-powerquery-bi-office365-excel-ppm/ As we want to keep this as simple as possible, we will ensure the data we need in synchronised to the Project Online OData API. The Category column on the Issues and Risks lists is the ideal default column to use for our requirements. By default this contains the following values:

(1) Category1
(2) Category2
(3) Category3

We will update these values for the Category columns to match the lookup table values we created for the Project Plan Type and Escalation Level PWA custom fields:



This is done on each list, for example access the Risks list, click the List tab then List Settings. Scroll down the page to the columns and click the Category column and update the values. Repeat for the Issues list then repeat for the other project sites. You need to be careful updating some of the default Issues and Risks columns as you can break the synchronisation processes to the Project Online reporting schema which the OData Reporting API uses. If you do break this sync, you will see queue errors in the PWA Manage Queue page. Changing just the choice values as I have will be fine and not cause sync issues but fully test changes to ensure the data syncs as expected with no queue errors. As the Issues and Risks use a list content type, these change need to be made in the site template so new project sites get new values and manually or via code in the existing project sites but that is beyond the scope of this post but here is a post that might help get you started: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/access-projectonline-project-sites-using-powershell-and-sharepoint-csom-office365/ or https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/projectonline-projectserver-project-site-provisioning-using-office365-pnp-remote-provisioning-sharepoint-powershell/ When updating existing project site lists, you will need to consider existing data on those lists as they might be using values you are wanting to remove.

Now our project sites have the correct Category values for Issues and Risks, we can tagged the items as needed as seen below on an example project:





You could also update the Risks and Issues view to and views that filter to just Program or Project or group by Category etc. Now the project sites are updated, when Issues and Risks are created these can be tagged with the correct category to make these visible in Program level reports.

In the final part of this blog post series we will look at using this data in example Power BI reports.

#ProjectOnline Supporting Projects and Programs Part 1 #PPM #MSProject #Office365 #PMOT #PMO

September 19, 2018 at 7:57 pm | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | 2 Comments
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Microsoft’s Office 365 PPM tool, known as Project Online is a very flexible tool in that it is fully configurable to support your organisations PPM requirements. An intro to some of the configuration options can be found in my getting started guide I wrote a few years back: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/getting-started-with-projectonline-round-up-ps2013-office365-project-ppm-sharepointonline-pm-sp2013/ 

In this mini series of blog posts we will look at an option for supporting a simple project hierarchy of projects and programmes – known as programs across the pond. Due to the flexibility Project Online offers, there are several ways this can be done – there is no right or wrong way. The right way is the way that works for your organisation. In this example we will use custom fields to support projects and programmes, these will be at the project level, task level and also the issues and risks lists. But you could do this with Enterprise Project Types (EPTs) with different project site templates and custom fields but for the purpose of this blog post we will just use the fields and all projects are under that same EPT. In this series of posts we will look at the minimum required PWA configuration, the SharePoint configuration and then finish off with some simple example reports making use of the configuration changes we implement.

Firstly we will look at the PWA custom fields then the Project Site columns. In PWA navigate to PWA Settings > Enterprise Custom Fields and Lookup Tables. I created a new lookup table to hold the following values to determine the level, I called this Project Plan Type:


I created another lookup table called Program to list the programs used in the organisation:


As you can see, I just created two test / example program values just for the purpose of this blog post. Next I created two project level custom fields, one call Program linking to the Program lookup table and one called Project Plan Type linking to the Project Plan Type lookup table:


These are used to tag the projects with the correct project type and associate the projects to the correct program.

I also created a task level field called Escalation Level and linked that to the Project Plan Type lookup table:


This task level field is used to escalate / highlight tasks or milestones from the project plans up to the program level if needed.

These are the only fields I need to add to support my simple project / program scenario.

Next up I will configure a Project Center view to support my projects and programs, in PWA Settings navigate to Manage Views and create the new view/s as required. In this example, I copied the default Summary view, called it Programs. I then edited this new Programs view to include the two new project level fields – Program and Project Plan Type. I then added a grouping to group by Program then by Project Plan Type and sort by Project Plan Type:


Which results in – these are just test projects for the purpose of this blog post:


This view enables us to easily see the project and program data as well as aggregate the data to the summary grouping rows where applicable.

I then updated the Task Summary Project view to include the new Escalation Level field so that this new field can be used in PWA. It could also be added to an Enterprise Global view so that it was available by default in a Project Desktop client view/s. The updated view can be seen here:


Next, ensure the two new Project level fields are present on a Project Detail Page (PDP) so that users can set the values as needed.


We are now able to capture the schedule data required to support this simple scenario for projects and programs. The details for each project are managed as normal in the “2_Project” type projects, any tasks or milestones that need escalating to the program would be tagged correctly and viewed in reports. Program level activities are managed in the “1_Program” type project, all of the program level summary details such a Status Summary as seen on the PDP image above are added to the program project. In the next post we will look at how we can support this on the Issues and Risks lists on the Project Sites.

Reporting on #ProjectOnline Resource Cost Rate Tables #Office365 #PPM #PowerBI #Excel #PowerQuery #MSProject

August 10, 2018 at 4:18 pm | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | 1 Comment
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The resource cost rate table details are not available in the Project Online / Project Server OData Reporting API (_api/ProjectData) but they are accessible using OData but from the CSOM REST API (_api/ProjectServer). In this blog post, I will walkthrough getting this data into an example Power BI report. It wont look pretty, that’s not the idea of this post!

To get this data you need to use the _api/ProjectServer API as seen below in the example for cost rate table A:


Which gives the detail:


To get all of the resources different cost rate A details, you would need to dynamically pass in the RESGUID. In the steps below we look at doing this in Power Query so this would work for either Power BI or Excel but for the purpose of the blog post, I’m using Power BI.

In Power BI, create a new OData connection using the Get Data > OData option. Use the following URL:


Update with the correct PWA URL and a valid resource GUID from that PWA instance. Edit the data so it loads the Power Query Editor:


I renamed this to fn_getResCostRateA as this will become a function. Open the advanced editor:


The code needs to be updated to:


Click done and you will see the following:


No need to do anything with the parameter or buttons. Now we need to add another data source in for the resource metadata. Add a new new OData data source in from the Power Query Editor window and use the following URL:

{PWAURL}/_api/ProjectServer/EnterpriseResources?$Select=Id,Name&$Filter=ResourceType ne 3

Update with the correct PWA URL. This will get the list of resource GUIDs to pass into the function and also the resource name to be used in the report. I renamed the connection to Resource Details – Cost Rate Table A:


Once you have edited the query as required a new custom column needs to be added to invoke the function created earlier. Click the Add Column tab then click Custom Column. Give the column a name such as GetCostRateADetails then enter the following: fn_getResCostRateA([Id]) as seen below:


When clicking OK, this might take a while depending on how many resources you have as this will invoke the function for each project and call the REST API, passing in the Id for that row and bring back the cost rate A table records. Once completed you will see the tables as below in the new custom column:


Now the column needs to be expanded, click the double arrow in the custom column heading and expand the cost rate fields:


Click OK and the data will refresh / load then display the data for the cost rate fields:


Notice for those resources with multiple cost rate table entries there are multiple rows per resource. These are just resources from the Microsoft Project Online demo content with updated cost rate entries.

That’s it, now load into Power BI and create the report – a basic table example below:


For other cost rate tables, repeat the process but replace the A for the other cost rate tables such as:


This dynamic function process is the same process I’ve used and detailed before in previous blog posts for Power Query such as this one: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/projectonline-powerbi-report-include-html-formatting-ppm-pmot-powerquery-odata-rest-part-2/

#ProjectOnline PWA Stats with Snapshot #JavaScript #jQuery #PPM #Office365 #PMOT #MSProject

July 2, 2018 at 10:55 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | Comments Off on #ProjectOnline PWA Stats with Snapshot #JavaScript #jQuery #PPM #Office365 #PMOT #MSProject
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Want to view simple PWA stats and capture the data to then build simple trend reports? This simple JavaScript and jQuery solution starter might be a good starting point. The output can be seen below:


Each PWA entity can be expanded to see the stats:



Then each week or month etc. you can take a snapshot of the data using the Snapshot button, this creates an item on the snapshot list:


The solution starter code has been published for download. The code expects the SharePoint list to already exist but that is covered in this blog post. The solution starter code can be downloaded from the Microsoft Gallery using the link here: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Online-PWA-Stats-and-eb56e6bb

The code does make use of jQuery and jQuery UI, these are loaded from the jQuery CDN but you might want to download them and store them locally etc.:


The code expects a list called PWASnapshot in the root PWA site collection:


This can be updated to a different target list in the root PWA site collection, just change the listTitle variable as seen above. The following columns are required to already exist on the target SharePoint list in the PWA site collection:


They’re all default column settings apart from DateCaptured, this defaults to Today’s Date. If you do not need the snapshot capability, you could just comment out / remove the snapshot button from the code.

Create a new page on the PWA site to display the PWA Stats data, I created a new web part page in a library called “Pauls” in the root PWA site – this is on my test PWA site, hence a library called Pauls!


Download and update the solution starter as required – remember it is a solution starter so it could do with some code optimisations and better error handling etc. Upload the solution starter JavaScript code to the PWA site, in this example I uploaded it to the same library as the new PWAStats page. Edit the new page and add a Content Editor Web Part, update the Content Link to add the relative URL path for the JavaScript code as seen below in this example:


Update other web part settings as required then click Apply then click OK and stop editing the page.

As the data is loaded, the SharePoint modal dialog will appear:


This will close once all the projects are loaded as on my PWA dataset, the projects data is the largest.

Clicking the snapshot button will also load the SharePoint modal dialog:


This will close when the item is added to the list, then a message will display below the button to state the item has been added:


Trend reports could easily be created using Power BI consuming the snapshot list data to see how the data changes over time.

This could easily be extended to bring in additional PWA stats. I will probably write a blog post in the future to extend this to capture additional PWA stats.

The solution starter file contains HTML, CSS and JavaScript in the same file, for production you might want to split out the HTML, CSS and JavaScript into the separate files, reference the JavaScript and CSS files in the HTML file and link to the HTML file in the content editor web part but as this is so small having one file will be fine and is easier to manage.

Fully test on a DEV / TEST PWA instance first before using in Production. The script is provided "As is" with no warranties etc.

I hope you find it useful Smile

#ProjectOnline time phased data rollup for #OData reporting note #PPM #PMOT #BI

May 14, 2018 at 11:06 am | Posted in Administration, Configuration, Functionality, Information, Reporting | Comments Off on #ProjectOnline time phased data rollup for #OData reporting note #PPM #PMOT #BI
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Just a quick post to highlight a feature in Project Online when changing the rollup of timephased reporting data in Project Online as posted here:


As per the Microsoft support article below:


This mentions only the following endpoints in relation to this change:


You will also find that the ResourceDemandTimephasedDataSet endpoint is also impacted by this reporting setting if your projects are set to calculate the resource utilisation from the Project Plan / Project Plan Until. For example, if you have the timephased data setting set to Never as seen below and your projects resource utilisation is set to the Project Plan, the resource demand for those projects will not appear in the ResourceDemandTimephasedDataSet endpoint.


Just something to be aware of.

#ProjectOnline Project level #HTML fields to a #SharePoint list #PowerShell #PPM #Office365

January 27, 2018 at 10:01 pm | Posted in Add-on, Administration, Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, PowerShell, Reporting | 2 Comments
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Following on from my previous mini series of posts for including the HTML formatting in Project Online Power BI reports, this post is a supporting blog post for the PowerShell script I used in the 3rd post. For those that missed that mini series of posts, the links are below:

Part 1: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/projectonline-powerbi-report-include-html-formatting-ppm-pmot-powerquery-odata-rest-part-1/

Part 2: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/projectonline-powerbi-report-include-html-formatting-ppm-pmot-powerquery-odata-rest-part-2/

Part 3: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/projectonline-powerbi-report-include-html-formatting-ppm-pmot-powerquery-odata-rest-part-3/

This blog post is the supporting blog post for the script sample published to the Microsoft Script Gallery: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Online-Level-HTML-fields-5dc31a38

This PowerShell script will use the Project Reporting OData API to get all of the published projects in the Project Online PWA Site Collection, then for each project it will get the project level multiple lines of text fields that include the HTML from the REST API and then create a list item on the specified SharePoint list. The user setting up the script will need to make some changes to the script , this is covered in the blog post.

The account used will need access to the OData API in PWA, at least full read access to all projects and contribute access to the target SharePoint list. The SharePoint list will also need to be created beforehand with the required columns.

To get the script to work you will need to reference the DLL as seen in the image below:


This can be installed from the SharePoint Online Client components / management shell. I used the dll from the SharePoint Online Management Shell in this example.

Firstly decide what project level multiple lines of text fields you want to include, this will determine the list column requirements. Then create the SharePoint list in the PWA site collection with the required columns, for this example I created a list called ProjectMutliLineFields with the columns below:


I used the default Title field for the Project Name, ProjectId for the Project GUID then I created four multiple lines of text columns for my example project multiple lines of text fields. Set up the list and columns as required then update line 45 in the sample script to change the select query to include the correct project fields you need:

$url = $PWAInstanceURL + "/_api/ProjectServer/Projects(guid'$projectID')/IncludeCustomFields?`$Select=Name,Id,Custom_x005f_4d0daaaba6ade21193f900155d153dd4,Custom_x005f_3f9c814ca2ade21193f900155d153dd4,Custom_x005f_a801708ea5ade21193f900155d153dd4,Custom_x005f_70534c6aa2ade21193f900155d153dd4"

You will at least need to change all of the custom field GUIDs to be the correct GUIDs for your project fields. If you are unsure on how to get the correct custom field GUIDs, see post 2 in the HTML reporting series.

You will then need to update the list item creation part of the sample script to map to the correct SharePoint column names you created and the project fields:


Also ensure the variables have been updated correctly, placeholder values seen below:


Save and run the PowerShell script (fully test on a non-production PWA site collection before Production) to ensure the data is captured correctly in the target SharePoint list. This script could be run manually on demand or on schedule using a scheduled task if running on a server or a scheduled Azure Function or other methods.

Once the script is run you will see the data in the SharePoint list (data from our sales demo instance):


Whilst the purpose of this script was to enable us to get the data easily in Power BI in a such a way that supported refreshing in the Power BI Service, as you can see in the screen shot above, this list includes all of the HTML formatting in a central view – something you can’t get in a PWA Project Center view! Do keep in mind that this SharePoint list would not be security trimmed like a Project Center view though, so you might want to restrict access to the SharePoint list depending on your data / security policies for your PPM data.

Running the script multiple times will create multiple items for each project so you might want to set up grouping on the view or update the script to modify the SharePoint list item with the updated data so that you only have one list item per project.

The script is provided "As is" with no warranties etc.

#ProjectOnline #PowerBI Report – Include #HTML formatting #PPM #PMOT #PowerQuery #OData #REST Part 3

January 16, 2018 at 8:18 pm | Posted in Configuration, Customisation, Functionality, Information, Reporting | 4 Comments
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Following on from my 2nd post in this mini series on reporting including HTML formatting in Power BI, in this post we will look at a couple more options that will refresh in the Power BI App Service. If you missed the previous posts, the links are below:

Part 1: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/projectonline-powerbi-report-include-html-formatting-ppm-pmot-powerquery-odata-rest-part-1/

Part 2: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/projectonline-powerbi-report-include-html-formatting-ppm-pmot-powerquery-odata-rest-part-2/

The options we will look at in this post require a process to get the Project HTML data into a source that can be queried from Power BI with one call. Firstly I will demonstrate a simple PowerShell script that will get the data and write this to a SharePoint list on the PWA site. This is process is very similar to a Project Online snapshot solution starter script I published back in August 2016: https://pwmather.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/projectonline-data-capture-snapshot-capability-with-powershell-sharepoint-office365-ppm-bi/ Once you have a script running to capture the data on the defined scheduled you will see something similar to the screen shot seen below:


Here you can see my process has run twice, once back in August when I first wrote this script and just now when I ran it again. As this is based on sales demo data, you can see in the two expanded examples the data has not changed but in a real world usage I’d like to think the data would have changed / been updated! Having the data in one list enables a SharePoint OData call from Power BI, as I have included the ProjectId in the data on the list, this can easily be joined with the data from the main Project OData Reporting API. As this data is in a SharePoint list you might need to consider the user permissions / access to the list. If this was running on a schedule, either from a Windows Scheduled task if on-prem or maybe a scheduled Azure Function if you wanted to make use of Azure PaaS, set the schedule to run before the reports were due allowing time for this process to complete. I won’t cover the PowerShell script in detail here as I will create a dedicated post for that in a week or two, but I will highlight the changes required if you were to start with the OData snapshot example.

  • The first API called was updated in this example to change the select query to just return the ProjectId:


  • After the while statement, the script will start a foreach loop and set the ProjectId to a variable:


  • Then the REST URL is constructed and the ProjectId is passed in. The select query includes the Project Name, Project ID and the Multiline custom fields that I want to include. I then make the various REST calls in a try / catch block, firstly to get the data:


  • Then to write the data to the SharePoint list:


Once that runs successfully with an account that has full access to all projects and edit access the the SharePoint list, your target list will contain all of the projects along with the selected fields. As mentioned, I will post this full script in a week or two once I get a chance to tidy a few bits up in the code sample but hopefully the screenshots of the changes along with the snapshot example PowerShell script, there will be enough pointers to get started. Now the data is in a single source, it is very simple to use in Power BI.

In Power BI Desktop add a new OData feed, in the URL field enter the SharePoint list REST URL for the source list, for example the REST URL I used is: https://tenant.sharepoint.com/sites/PWA/_api/web/lists/getbytitle(‘ProjectMutliLineFields’)/Items    where ProjectMutliLineFields is the name of my SharePoint list. Edit the query to launch the Power BI query editor. In this example, my source SharePoint list contains duplicate projects but in my report I want to only see the latest. The steps below will transform the data so that the report only has the latest version for each project record. Rename the query to IDandDate then remove all columns except for the ProjectId and Created columns:


Now group by ProjectId and get the Max Created value, I called this column “Latest”:


That will give you a list of unique Project IDs using the latest record. Now add a 2nd OData feed and use the same SharePoint list REST URL as in the previous step. Remove columns that are not required, I removed all expect for Title, ProjectId, Created and the multiline fields. Then rename the columns to meaningful names if required:


This query will currently contain the duplicate project records based on my example list, next I will merge this query with the IDandDate query using the ProjectId column and the Created/Latest column:


Hold down the Ctrl key to select more than one column per table for the merge.

This will add the new column into the table:


Click the double arrow on the column heading to expand the column then select the aggregate radio button. On the dropdown menu next to Latest select Maximum:


This will show a date value for the latest records, where a null is displayed, there is a duplicate record with a later date:


Filter out the null records from the Max of Latest date column and that is it. For the purpose of this blog post, I also added a 3rd query to the Project OData API to show data from the two sources. Close and Apply the data then ensure the relationships are correct, I also set the IDandDate query to be hidden in the report view:


Then design your report as needed making use of the same HTML Viewer custom visual:


As you can see, this is just a simple example like the others just to highlight the HTML formatting being rendered in Power BI.

Another option without having to write and maintain any custom code or write the data to a SharePoint list does make use of a 3rd party tool that extracts the Project Online data into an Azure SQL database as the data changes in Project Online. This particular tool is developed by the Product Dev team I lead at CPS and is called DataStore. This product is part of our edison365 product suite but is available on its own. This isn’t sales pitch so I won’t go into details here but I just wanted to give another option as some people prefer no code solutions. There are also other software vendors that do similar products for Project Online but I’m not sure if they include the multiline project level fields with the HTML. So using this tool or similar (check they include the HTML fields), you can get all of your Project Online data into an Azure SQL database, as mentioned, the DataStore tool will also include the HTML data as displayed below in the example SQL query below:


Power BI can get data from the Azure SQL Server and this data will also refresh in the Power BI App Service.

Feel free to contact me if you have any queries or questions but hopefully that gives you some ideas on including the HTML formatting in your Project Online reports using Power BI!

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