One Week Left – Enter the Island


There is one week left for the tournament… As you all know, Microsoft Middle East & Africa team is running this cool campaign for all professionals in the region including Saudi Arabia. Participating in the tournament is easy and fun. There will be 3 lucky winners who would enjoy a free trip to Mauritius Island and the announcement on winners and the prize details will take place early May.

Spread the word in your respective communities and let’s have winners from Saudi J

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Contest website: http://www.microsoft.com/middleeast/enterisland/

Terms & Conditions: http://www.microsoft.com/middleeast/enterisland/terms_and_conditions.html

Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Enter-The-Island/323584735302?ref=ts

Project Server 2010 Resources


With the imminent virtual launch of Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Project and Project Server 2010 on May 12th (http://www.the2010event.com) we wanted to remind  you what key Project 2010 resources are available today depending on your role (Business Decision Maker, end user, IT Professionals, Developers etc…) A popular medium for this release are interactive content such as videos and webcasts (see the two links below).

For instance today you have access to:

·        All the recorded sessions from the last Project Conference 2009 in Phoenix, 110 hours of content

·        Microsoft Project Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) webcast series introducing key 2010 capabilities: 11 hours of content

·        IT Professional webcast series presented by expert consultants from Microsoft Consulting Services who have been working with customers on 2010 beta deployment: 8 hours of content

·        Developers, Developers, Developers webcast series as announced by Jan this week a total of 17 webcast so about 18 hours of content will be delivered by the end of June

·        Project 2010 Ignite Video Interviews – I’m 2010 Ready, Are you? – 5 hours of content

 

In summary you have access to about 150 hours/6 days of Project 2010 content today! But wait there is more planned J ; we have completed last week the recording of the Project 2010 Ignite content (will be available on May 12th  on our newly launched Project 2010 site) as well as working on webcast series and whitepapers targeted at BDM/TDM on Demand Management, Portfolio Strategy, Better Together with SharePoint 2010, etc… so subscribe to all the RSS mentioned below to stay on top of content release.

 

Beside the videos mentioned above, please remember that a lot of Project 2010 questions are answered today on our main product portal as well as TechNet and MSDN so use at will you favorite search engine: BING.

For instance you can learn all about these specific 2010 topics:

·        What’s New and Version Comparison for both the desktop and the server are available: http://www.microsoft.com/project

·        Upgrade and Migration on the dedicated resource center on TechNet: Upgrade and Migration Resource Center for Microsoft Project Server 2010

·        Business Intelligence and Reporting capabilities check out the Business Intelligence in Project Server 2010

·        Options and how to create a custom workflow check out the SDK resources

·        Etc…

 

Last but not least if your customers and partners still have 2010 questions tell them to leverage the Microsoft Project Forums:

·        Project 2010 – General Questions and Answers, Customization and Programming

·        Project Server 2010  – General Questions and Answers, Setup, Upgrade, Administration and Operation, Customization and Programming

 

Listed below are the key Microsoft assets but as usual there are a lot more content on partner sites/blogs and organizations like MPUG.

 

Product information

·        Main product site: http://www.microsoft.com/project   

·        Project Team Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/project 

Interactive content – Videos & Sessions & Webcasts

·        http://www.microsoft.com/showcase/en/US/channels/microsoftproject

·        http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/epm.aspx  

Project Professional 2010 and Project Server 2010 Demo Image:

·        Download: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9713956 

·        Hosted Virtual Lab: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9713654

IT Professional related

·        TechCenter @ TechNet: http://technet.microsoft.com/ProjectServer

·        Admin Blog:  http://blogs.technet.com/projectadministration 

Developer related

·        Developer center @ MSDN: http://msdn.microsoft.com/Project

·        Programmability blog:  http://blogs.msdn.com/project_programmability

Additional questions? Project 2010 Forums!

·        http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/projectserver2010,projectprofessional2010/

SharePoint 2010

·        http://sharepoint.microsoft.com  

Microsoft Project Server 2010 Demand Management Webcast Series – Mark your Calendars


We are happy to announce the upcoming Microsoft Project Server 2010  Demand Management four webcast series targeted at end users during May 2010. These webcasts will introduce the concepts of Demand Management; explain the framework for the project/program phases of plan, manage, and close, and explain how to integrate information paths and strategic objectives; and provide use-case examples that showcase the enterprise-wide benefits Demand Management feature in Microsoft Project Server 2010. On the same topic, the following whitepaper produced by Advisicon will be published in May: Microsoft Project Server 2010  – A look at Demand Management, A whitepaper for stakeholders in a program ecosystem.

Please register and mark your calendars!

Title

Date/Time

Description

Presenter

Project Server 2010 Demand Management (Part 1 of 4): Overview

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

This is the first webcast in a four-part series in which we discuss the concepts of demand management in Microsoft Project Server 2010. In this webcast, we highlight the new Demand Management feature in Project Server 2010. Topics we cover include how demand management in Project Server 2010:

·        Offers positive business impacts for multiple departments.

·        Enhances strategic visibility into portfolios, programs, and projects across the enterprise.

·        Benefits governance control processes by allowing for multiple lifecycle styles, creation of a central repository for project/program documents and data, and more streamlined capabilities for collecting project data.

Tim Cermak, Senior Portfolio Advisor, Advisicon, Inc.

Project Server 2010 Demand Management (Part 2 of 4): Create and Select Phases

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

This is the second webcast in a four-part series in which we discuss the concepts of demand management in Microsoft Project Server 2010. In this webcast, we outline the framework for the project/program phases of create and select, and we explain how to integrate information paths and strategic objectives within the Demand Management feature in Project Server 2010. Topics we cover include cost, corporate benefit and strategic impact, organizational approach, utilization of necessary resources, risk assessment, defining conditions leading to project/program selection by outlining the business drivers, strategic priorities, scenarios, impact standards, and assumption/constraint analysis.

Tim Runcie, President, MVP, Advisicon, Inc.

Project Server 2010 Demand Management (Part 3 of 4): Plan, Manage, and Close Phases

Monday, May 17, 2010 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

This is the third webcast in a four-part series in which we discuss the concepts of demand management in Microsoft Project Server 2010. In this webcast, we outline the framework for the project/program phases of plan, manage, and close, and we explain how to integrate information paths and strategic objectives within the Demand Management feature in Project Server 2010. Topics we cover include: defining project structure of phases, identifying milestones and dependencies, development of resource management policies, monitoring actual values in comparison with planned values and forecasts, integrated change control processes, status reporting, issue/risk management progress, obtaining appropriate sign-offs, and completion and archiving of project documents forming organization assets.

Tim Cermak, Senior Portfolio Advisor, Advisicon, Inc.

Project Server 2010 Demand Management (Part 4 of 4): Test the Theory and Review

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

This is the fourth webcast in a four-part series in which we discuss the concepts of demand management in Microsoft Project Server 2010. In this webcast, we provide use-case examples that showcase the enterprise-wide benefits of the Demand Management feature in Project Server 2010. We also cover best practices for integration, implementation, and execution of demand management.

Tim Cermak, Senior Portfolio Advisor, Advisicon, Inc.

 

You need to register for the free of charge webcast by clicking the link; then you get emailed a link to sign on and participate in the web cast on its date and time (please note only the first two webcast are available for registration at this stage). Each TechNet webcast is recorded for later viewing which should be through the same registration URL.

 

Microsoft Project 2010 Resources

Product information

Interactive content – Videos & Sessions & Webcasts

Project Professional 2010 and Project Server 2010 Demo Image:

IT Professional related

Developer related

Additional questions? Project 2010 Forums!

SharePoint 2010

 

Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 has Released to Manufacturing!‏


We’ve Shipped!

We are pleased to announce that a short time ago, we officially released Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010 to manufacturing!

RTM (Release to Manufacturing) is the final engineering milestone of our product development cycle, and is a significant achievement for all of us. We could not have reached this point without the participation of more than 5,000 customers, partners, MVPs and dedicated individuals who have all worked with us on early deployment and testing of the products. The feedback that we’ve received from you has helped deliver a set of products we are very excited about.

Important Dates and Product Availability Information!

You can expect to see Office 2010 in retail stores in June, and can pre-order Office 2010 at http://store.microsoft.com/OfficePreorder today to receive Office when it ships in June.

Join us for the Virtual Launch Event – May 12th

As announced earlier, we will officially launch Office 2010 to our business customers on May 12 in New York City with a keynote from Stephen Elop, President of Microsoft’s Business Division. People around the globe can participate in a virtual launch by going to http://www.the2010event.com. The virtual launch will include product demos, customer and partner testimonials, and interviews with product managers and executives.

On behalf of the entire Office team, we thank you for helping us reach the RTM milestone!

Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Beta Program Team

Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Arabia


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I will be speaking in SharePoint Saturday India on Upgrading SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010, May 8th  12 pm – 1 pm IST (GMT+5.30) around 2.30 PM to 3:30 PM Riyadh time.  In this session I will cover how to prepare for upgrading from previous versions of SharePoint to SharePoint 2010.  What are the methods and Paths available to upgrade.  It will also cover the things that you need to know, prepare, plan and execute to upgrade your SharePoint 2007 portals to SharePoint 2010. 

Another great thing to know is that they will be using GoToWebinar which means no more audio disconnections while you are in Saudi Arabia or Gulf Region.  Everybody can attend great sessions.

There are no parallel session instead they have broken it into two days.

  • April 24th 2010 – 9 am to 5 pm IST ( GMT + 5.30 ) – agenda
  • May 8th 2010 – 9 am to 5 pm IST ( GMT + 5.30 ) – agenda

Moreover the  SharePoint Saturday India organizing team would be donating all the sponsorship from the event, to the Institute for Blind, Chandigarh, India. It is a very small step from Indian SharePoint Community to help for the great cause.

Please support the event, for the right cause. 

This is a must see and free, Register Now!

Follow on Twitter #SPSIndia, @Jerry_yasir

Looking forward to see you all there.