Info-Tech recently released a new research paper entitled, “Determine the Future of Microsoft Project in Your Organization” This research work focuses on Microsoft’s transition from Project Online to Project for the web and how organizations can best navigate this change.

In their Executive Brief, Info-Tech looks at the pivotal role Microsoft 365 plays in most organizations and the myriad of task management tools available from Microsoft. They highlight that the growth of Microsoft 365 both in terms of functionality and users has led to the adoption of a variety of work management tools and related collaboration capabilities. The paper encourages organizations looking to support multiple work styles and maturity levels to fully leverage these expanded capabilities to get the most out of the Microsoft 365 platform. For those looking for more sophisticated functionality Info-Tech highlights Project for the web as a tool that shows great promise even though it is not currently a functional replacement for Microsoft Project.

The article lays out a 4 step process for determining a path forward.

  1. Audit the current usage of the various Microsoft 365 tools that users have embraced to manage work.
  2. Assess the current licensing to best maximize this investment.
  3. Determine how to move forward – on your own or with the help of a Microsoft partner.
  4. Develop an implementation plan

OnePlan agrees with Info-Tech’s conclusion that the M365 platform offers organizations a wealth of options and capabilities to better manage work and assist in contributing key information to the overall portfolio. As part of the research project, OnePlan was interviewed and highlighted as a partner with a strong understanding of how to help organizations realize the benefits of the M365 platform and Microsoft’s various tools.

By working closely with Microsoft, OnePlan has created a solution that can seamlessly leverage MS Project (for those who need its rich capabilities), Project for the web, Planner, and Azure DevOps to create a single, unified PPM . OnePlan provides organizations with a rich portfolio and project management solution where you can define your corporate strategy and track its progress to create portfolios and programs that organize work and focus effort and investments efficiently.   

Time and Investments made in attempting to standardize tools are difficult to recoup and OnePlan’s solution avoids this issue by offering organizations the ability to support the tool of choice to end-users while providing them the key information needed by a PMO to navigate shifting resourcing challenges, provide timely status, and manage constrained budgets. This unified PMO experience can be delivered within Teams, the Power Platform, or Dynamics – providing flexibility to the organization and its chosen direction.

The Path forward

Info-Tech’s research paper includes a practical workshop engagement for organizations grappling with determining their path forward. We encourage Info-Tech customers to engage them in this workshop which is designed to guide your organization through the 4 steps outlined above, helping you identify how best to maximize your current investments while providing your end users with the tools they need to be most effective.