Project Server 2010 defines its market segment

One of the Microsoft bloggers has provided the software requirements to run the forthcoming version of Microsoft Project Server 2010, which is:

Project Server 2010 will be 64-bit only
Project Server 2010 will require 64-bit Windows Server 2008 or 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2
Project Server 2010 will require 64-bit SQL 2005 or 2008
Project Server 2010 will only support Internet Explorer 7 or 8 (IE 6 will not be supported nor other browsers)

What this effectively announces is that Project Server is aimed at the large enterprise organisation (over 1000 users), and that Microsoft will not be continuing with an enterprise project management (EPM) solution for the mid-market. I would see that as an indication that Microsoft believes it should be competing with Oracle’s recently acquired Primavera product, rather than with products like Sciforma’s PSNext.

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8 thoughts on “Project Server 2010 defines its market segment

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    • Hi – to understand my mid-market statement you need to appreciate that I blog from a South African perspective, therefore to me a mid-market company is 100-500 users.

      We work with a lot of manufacturing companies in that space and they run large, complex applications quite satisfactorily on 32-bit platforms. In addition, we are seeing a number of project-oriented clients with around 100 users who are looking at better project systems.

      For both of those types of organisations, they don’t have any need or plans to move to 64-bit. And I’m sure the same applies to other companies in developing and developed economies.

      So my view is that, by putting Project Server 2010 on 64-bit only, Microsoft will miss out on the potential market of mid-sized companies who will be running on 32-bit for some time to come.

  2. The Project Server offering is a scalable and configurabel platform and can be used by small 5 man teams right up to 10,000 users.

    The configutation is defined by the needs of the user group and this flexibility has always been its strength.

    Configuration can be organisationally defined or utilise best practice defaults.

    There are two ways a customer can deploy the project server stack, either onsite or online. For the online offering we have a number of partner solutions in the market place that define the in market software + services offering. These are being used in all market segments.

    To see examples of mid market offering I recommend you view http://www.easierwithproject.com/uk/Pages/workgroup_home.aspx

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