Microsoft Enterprise Project Management Specialized Partners have taken time and
effort to provided customer references for deploying, developing or training on
the Microsoft EPM solution.
The Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM) solution is a flexible, end-to-end
platform, used across a broad variety of industries to select and effectively deliver
the right project portfolios.
All major technology and business-process initiatives require a framework that guides
the initiative through major life-cycle phases. Microsoft recommends using a strategy
that begins with an analysis of business requirements and that culminates with the
controlled deployment of a solution throughout the organization.
The Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) can be used to deploy an EPM solution. The
following diagram illustrates the major phases of the MSF strategy. The following
table summarizes each of the MSF phases.
The team defines the vision and scope of the EPM initiative based on the business
needs. The team organizes the initiative as a project and creates an approved Vision/Scope
document. The team also creates other artifact documents such as a risk and issues
log and initial project structure.
The team gathers and analyzes requirements that lead to the development of the configuration
settings specification and the architecture design specification, as well as an
inventory of the business processes that must be implemented along with the technology.
The team also develops a detailed project plan that includes development, testing,
communication, and other tasks for the EPM initiative.
The team installs and configures the Microsoft EPM components. The project-management
business processes that are new or changed are documented into procedures.
The team tests the Microsoft EPM configuration and hardware performance.
The team trains all Microsoft EPM system users and ensures that appropriate functions
are available for each user. The new and changed business processes are introduced
to the user community by means of training and ongoing support.