Back on Sept 20th my boss and I were invited to a one day conference down at the Microsoft offices in Alpharetta, to learn more about Project Server 2010. We have looked at it a couple of times before and I have installed and configured it in development for our project managers to test out and see if they liked it, but I personally had not gone much further than getting the bits installed and going.
I was fortunate to meet some great folks and learn some new things I‘ll have to go try out in development when I get back to the office. Mainly the items related to timesheets and resource tracking. I think both of those areas are something we can take advantage of.
The one thing I do see that could be frustrating is how Project Server 2010 handles permissions. It almost seemed like there was a whole different subset of users that you would have to keep track of that would be using Project Server separate from AD. That gives me stomach pains immediately. And at this point for me, it would be a deal breaker with the product. I think I need to do some more research on this before passing any kind of judgment.
In the meantime I want to thank all of the speakers who gave sessions there and I really enjoyed the event. Here is one thing on Project Server 2010 I came across that I thought was a good reference, but also exceptionally well designed. Kudos to whoever thought this up!