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Hello, everybody. Welcome to the five minutes PM. Podcast today Directly from Phoenix, Arizona United states' from the Microsoft Project Conference 2009 are the most important Congress for Microsoft products held by Microsoft 1300 people, 750 different companies, 48 different countries. So it's a huge Conference for one product. It's not only a management Conference; it's not a project management conference, but a winning product.
Conference this shows how powerful Microsoft project is and also how powerful is Microsoft doing business in the product management field. It's really, really interesting. And the first presentation from Ludo from the general manager of Microsoft pros, a business unit, one of the first slides, showed some numbers that I became chocolate first 20 million users of Microsoft products, 10,000 enterprise project management solutions. Our EPM solutions implemented 10,006,000 certified professionals in Project. So it's really, really a very big number. And the conclusion that I took from here is that first, Microsoft is very powerful. And second, and for me, even better, its project management is on the spot with these numbers. Minutes project management is a really, really key thing for business results, and they discuss it, all those investment areas in the highlights of all those investments will be the new Microsoft present, what they call 2010 or 2010 Microsoft Project. It was the first public announcement of the new release. They are not launching the product right now. They will be launching in meat 2010, but it was the first public presentation; like took many, many pictures of the screens enough, the presentations, and all of them are in my flick album. So if you want to take a look and understand a little bit better about the comments that I'm making right now, you can see the pictures I took during the presentations. And one thing that for me was the best. It's a simple and intuitive approach. This, for me, built all the success of the Microsoft Project. Since the first book I published about Microsoft Project in 1998, I highlighted that the key thing of Microsoft Project is that right. Speaker 1 (2m 48s): To how easy Speaker 0 (2m 50s): Is to use and create Project plants and manage projects using Microsoft Project. And now, in that 2010 version, it's even better. All the rebound concepts, the rebound concept that is now in office 2007, will be in Project 2010 second. It's a Chris Capossela, the senior vice president of Microsoft that is responsible for all the pro's that business unit p**s said that the most important two for project management is Excel, Microsoft Excel, and all the new pro's that it's Xcel like one thing that I like most, for example, the duration field in up to 2007, you need two to write, to put one day, two days, 10 days, one hour a week, one week. Now you can put talk to the client. You can write a test, which becomes much more flexible if you don't have this, but you want to highlight some information regarding the duration of one task. The second thing you can make is a top-down list to mating. This is great. For example, you built all the WBS, and you can boot a lot for each phase. And then you can drill down this to the tasks up to 2007 in the process is the opposite. I need to insert durations in the task, and then they will calculate for the top. So it's really interesting when you are preparing an initial draft of a project plan, and you want to create a scalpel that will not be extremely sharp cattle order. I think it's the timeline view. It's amazing. You can build a timeline, extremely visual, and you can export to this timeline veal to PowerPoint, to any other office components, and ink. When you insert this in a Microsoft word document, it's an office art, so you can edit, change callers, and everything. It's not a JPEG; it's not a beat map. Be true. It's office art. It's really, really, extremely easy to use. The other thing that was a highlight for me is the concept that the planner is a new future. The thing plan is that you can see our scuttle and your resources in You DRAC the task two, the resource, this would mean assignment. So it's you will not use the typical assignment when you click the task and assigned resource; it's a drag and drop. So it's much more simple and intuitive. This was for me, the most important thing for me regarding the project professional regarding the service side, all the Project Server and the portfolio server became only one product, Microsoft project server 2010 or so all of the service side, it knows one server, of course, the SharePoint we'll be together regarding documents and workflow, but everything you will do in one server from the portfolio concept, Project preauthorization, and everything to drill down, to assign teams and track time and track cost for each task. So it's very powerful portfolio analysis, and it's a shame that up to now, they didn't create the AHP concept, the analytical hierarchical process from Thomas sat. It's a very important process that we use for periodization for Project periodization, but they created a very interesting process for doing that all the periodization and selecting the right process in all the workflow. So it's really, really powerful. And all of this with the power of SharePoint SharePoint, I was listening to the presentation. SharePoint was the first product of Microsoft to reach the billion-dollar status in the shortest time. So it's more than we know more than what we offer. So it's very powerful. So all the SharePoint concepts, including the Project server, will create for 2010, a very extremely good product for project management and bottom line. For me, of all these days here in Phoenix, it's something happening in the project management area. So everything everybody is looking to become more simple, become more intuitive to spreads the mass, such good project management and to show to the people that project management is not one more bureaucratic process, but one process that will make the difference for your projects for your business also. So I hope you enjoy this podcast and see you next week with another five minutes PM. Podcast bye.