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I have a very simple question to ask but I think many people are confused with it.
I wanted to pick your ideas and understanding around why one should be using Project Online Professional and not Project Service Automation. Also, there are other Project Management tools by Microsoft such as Azure DevOps and MS Project. I am sure there are more ;)
Can we talk about Microsoft strategy around all of these please?
I know when I look at its features, there are differences and Azure DevOps is more for Developers and agile product development. However, it will be great to hear about what you have to say around these existing Microsoft's project management products portfolio.
Thanks a lot for your attention.
Hi Pradeep Kandel,
There indeed are quite many project and task management applications in the MSFT stack. With Project Online and PSA merging, the direction with the new Project service is to have a new, modern project management and portfolio management tool. Some differences on a high level and in short:
Project OnlineOnline solution for project portfolio management (PPM) and everyday work. Delivered through Office 365, Project Online provides powerful project management capabilities for planning, prioritizing, and managing projects and project portfolio investments.
D365 for Project Service AutomationProspect to cash and sales to delivery focused project management application, which is at its best in professional services scenarios. Has a strong emphasis on the creation of financial data and transactions, which are then pushed to an ERP/financial system for invoicing. Strong resource management and resource planning capabilities.
Azure DevOpsBuild, test, deploy, package repository, run agile projects.
Thanks a lot for your response Antti. I'm still un-settled between Project online and D365 for Project Service Automation. Did you mean that D365 for Project Service Automation integrates more with D365 BC more than Project online can?
Anytime. Glad I could help. With PSA, financial data around time and expense entries and milestones is usually integrated, so that they can then be invoiced in an ERP. This usually includes integrating various different entities such as projects, orders and actuals. Depends on the case at hand, naturally.
With Project Online, it's a bit different. TPG lists some uses cases here.
POL and PSA are fundamentally different applications for different use cases. With PSA, everything revolves around customers, customer value and running a sales to delivery to invoicing process. POL is about project and portfolio management.
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