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We do plan to answer those for you at the end of the session today. All right, we’ll go ahead and get started. We’re very happy to welcome back Leonardo Nogueira and Larry Mead today. Leonardo is a senior executive at Prosperity with solid skills on building Teams, managing and growing people, and experience in business portfolio, and Project management, marketing, sales, and cloud services. He’s a PMI chapter founder, Microsoft-certified professional and IIL Blue Belt and Orange Belt certified.

Larry has over 15 years of enterprise account management and cloud solution sales with premiere Microsoft high tech partners and clients. Focused on data-driven decision making, Larry holds a bachelor’s in MIS and in international business. He is a PMP and holds several Microsoft and six Sigma certifications. Welcome back, guys, and at this time I’ll go ahead and hand it over to you, Larry, to introduce yourselves a bit more and get us started with today’s session.

Larry Mead: Fantastic, thanks Kyle. Go ahead and share my screen. Welcome everybody, should have my opening title screen out here of Best of Microsoft Inspire 2019.

Kyle: Looks good. Yep.

Larry Mead: Awesome. Thank you. Well, this is pretty exciting, especially if you didn’t get a chance to go out there this year. We’re about five years into CEO Satya Nadella leading this and the changes you’ve seen across the board with Microsoft. This used to be the worldwide partner conference and it is really the gathering of thousands of Microsoft partners as well as the sellers and executives from Microsoft to interact for a few days.

In this case, it was out in Las Vegas. We’re returning here from a pretty successful trip and I’ll show you what we … It is very specific to Project. Kyle’s already done a great introduction for Leo and myself, Larry here, so we’re going to keep moving and get right into what happened at Inspire and what we plucked out of there, specific to the new Project services being referred to as the … This is the largest event for Microsoft partners.

It’s annual, it is an opportunity to do speed dating, as they call it, from table to table. You can set up 30-minute connect tool meetings with various other partners as well as the Microsoft attendees, and then combined later on after the 20,000 of us who were together in Vegas with something called Ready, which was specific to the Microsoft technologists and sellers as well, and it brought up a number of Microsoft industry folks up to over 40,000 in Vegas during that time: July 14th through the 18th.

Some pictures of that going on there. Why go? It’s something we’ve been to every year for several in a row, and it is an opportunity there to celebrate part of the ecosystem, connect with other partners and the Microsoft sellers, and also attending these sessions, the core note session is attended by [inaudible 00:04:22] and all of his leadership team to release these core notes and explain exactly what their new fiscal year is looking like for the new technologies that are being released.

One of my main reasons, they always have a good headliner at the end of the session, so this drew me in. I had an opportunity to see the new and the old, not only a Project but also Queen, so Adam Lambert’s now singing for them. They were on tour, they brought them in to sing in front of all the Microsoft folks, and I think most of hands raised down there below were iPhones videotaping the entire thing.

Actually, the main reason Prosperity went out there this year, not only to gain information and insight into everything, Microsoft Project, but it also collected awards. It’s been a pretty good showing for us; this year was the partner of the year specific for Project and portfolio management and special award ceremonies that were attended in between sessions and keynotes and core notes. That is probably one of the main draws for partners around the world.

Come together, and then specific to their categories, Project and portfolio management in this case. All right, we end up with, of course, the main topic here was Satya Nadella leading off with [inaudible 00:05:42]. His theme was technical intensity or tech intensity, and then he had a formula about adoption multiplied by capability with the exponent, if you look down here, is trust. Just a wonderful job; he really helped Satya …

Really brought together an environment of trust with the hard facts around technologies. As he mentioned in this opening keynote, it was about the rise of AI in most organizations and some of the new visions and solutions and fundamental values that Microsoft wants to have for ensuring the trust of users. It’s his number one priority and it’s something that he’s got clear, ethical principles that he’s brought forward, guided, regulated the AI, but also a layer of cyber security to make sure that there’s a part of that in everyday engineering.

It was fantastic to see everything wrapped around this opening statement as we went through the days out there. The next piece that he really highlighted was around numbers. It’s formulas and calculations and equations and then he actually brought in the 100:17:7. These are specific to his 100,000 Microsoft employees that have either direct or dotted line to 17 million partners around the globe, and then have an impact on seven billion people on the planet and how those are all connected.

How, from that formula, he’d like to continue with the ability to keep that trust centered, have it earn an easy day, but also fulfilling that to make it empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. That is something that has been a longtime theme with Microsoft, and to enable and empower so many, but the one thing that was touched on with the trust is around the entire elements of GDPR and a renewed digital trust, making trust a priority to make sure we don’t lose confidence, a personal concern.

Then, as he says here, his quote, “You can’t claim trust, you have to really earn it each and every day,” so this was something that, as you see the technology unveil during Inspire, you really pull it together and now we talk about the advancements of this year, but how he wanted to continue advancing with everything in the trust area. The other piece that was a pretty neat announcement was all about the acquisition of GitHub, so 36 million developers on GitHub.

The company’s out of Redmond, they’re part of Microsoft now, and mentioned that the developers and technologists, how they influence every function in sales marketing and HR and Microsoft’s going to be infused with that for more agility going forward. Their centerpiece will be a lot around that. He gave some examples about the automotive industry, heaven knows. The number of software engineers is expected to triple the number of mechanical engineers this year alone.

Just show you where the technologies are going and the advancement of something as mechanical as an automobile. Pretty exciting times, and a nice centerpiece with everything that was going on out there. Now, Leo and I were able to come in for a pre-day before … Everybody gathered at Inspire. Before that Monday started, we come in on a Sunday morning and we were able to walk through a working lunch, the hands-on with the new Project service, got to log in to a demo.

Unfortunately, it’s under NDA, so we were sworn to secrecy, couldn’t even have a … You could have a risk of having a phone taken if you’re taking screenshots through this. The good news is, though, there’s a lot that has been released and that’s what these next slides, the Project sessions we went through, and some of the screenshots we can show you today are outside of that NDA. In fact, we have the links at the end of this presentation.

Happy to share this slide deck with you, which will take you … Even if you’re not registered for Inspire or didn’t go, you don’t need to sign in; you can actually go out to the website, so we’re going to share with you and pull down videos, slide decks, and so on about the sessions. The two key were around modern workplace. That is the beauty of where Project is going. It’s centerpiece to Office 365, integrated, part of a modern workplace going forward.

Then, a little bit of feedback, hope that’s not coming from my monitor, but let me know. These active URLs, these are active and live, so you can type them in right now and we’ll send you this and they’re active links to these slides, to learn a little bit more about the adoption of new Project service. You notice we’re not saying Project online or PPM, Project service, and then the new set of teamwork opportunities that go with Project service as we go forward.

Teams is going to be a centerpiece. I’ll show a little bit more, exactly how and why it is. If any of you remember SharePoint, so long ago. Fastest-growing product out of Microsoft Teams is accelerating beyond that speed right now and becoming a very similar fast-moving product that SharePoint was, and Project is going to be a center of all that. The actual release is going to come shortly this year, you’re going to learn more about the adoption scenarios.

Again, this entire session and the slide deck and went with it, by George Boleyn, a chief engineer out of Microsoft in the product team, has that all up there and ready to go as well. Okay, so we’re going to give you that, and then if we go into the adoption scenarios themselves, Bernardo, who runs the US sellers Teams and marketing and sales for Microsoft Project and the future Project service, discusses those adoption strategies.

A lot of them you’ll be hearing about will be to help out the occasional Project managers, and that could be someone that moved into that role accidentally, or it was a critical need for someone who’s been managing along with Excel spreadsheets and other tools and find themselves in a new arena where they have to work with Project, but they need a little bit more intuitive if they’re going to make that quick move for adoption from Excel into Project.

As we all know, Excel is still the competitor with our scheduling engine, and it doesn’t have a scheduling engine, so what we’re going to see is a little bit of opportunity, more options to use Microsoft Project, and activate that schedule and engine only when you need to. No more auto scheduling turned on or off and manually scheduling and you’ll see quite a bit of changes there that just fast-tracks the adoption in that learning curve.

All right, so the platform’s about the business data and we’ve moved pretty quickly from an area where Project has been amazing for tracking anything from supply chain and shipments into change request, issue and risk logs, forecasting, of course, and then looking at demand and capacity management accounts. Precedent here is more connected. There’s an emotional side, there’s a soft side, the way this starts tying together is something like this: where you do have the ability to ad hoc tasks and people are involved in new decisions.

There is e-mails interfering with everything, but is required to be looked at, and then just things like underlying the talent, the skill sets, what type of collaborative messaging and meetings can we pull together? It’s all being looked at in the landscape of Project service going forward. The unique position to bring them all together, we really did tie the cloud abilities with Azure, and the ability to look at the dynamic side of the people and the customer relationship management, and then everything built into the Office suite of products tools that allows you to come up with a connected work management platform that is really …

You’re going to hear the term, not only “Project service” but “the power of platform.” Even Satya references this; I’ll show you a quote here in a couple slides, but to have the Project service as an integral part of the Azure boards, and then in Dynamics 365, a lot of this was built directly with the Dynamics team. They did a fantastic job bringing over the common data service, additional to what Project is already using.

The opening of power app, which many partners already started creating to add that flexibility. You don’t need a portfolio analytical tool in Project, you don’t necessarily have to turn it on unless you want to bring that power app into that sequence, or maybe it’s stage one of your capability maturity model where you’re bringing Project through, and then the integration of just something as simple as Outlook and the To Dos.

Just imagine your To Do is now tied back into Planner, up into your team’s channel, still being represented up on Project is the scheduling engine, it does its forecasting and ability to give you some type of time-faced data. These are exciting times with a full integration suite for Project and then opens up that opportunity, as you’re seeing a lot of companies that we are, customers are rolling out Office 365 very quickly.

That’s why I know exactly what to do with Project, the Project manager that’s sitting over there in the PMO, or off on a steering committee, or a portfolio review board and Heaven adopted to the full Office 365 suite yet, but now the botanicals and the attachments with Project are being pulled in each one of those areas. The other side of that is looking at the ability to expand onto the entire suite of 365, which gives us an opportunity at the highest level to talk about Roadmaps.

I’m going to show you a couple of screenshots here that have been released; again, they are up on URLs we’re sharing with you, and it talks a lot about modern groups. Those modern groups have been around for a little while up on Office 365 in the security context. Well, actually Planner. If any of you work with Planner and you start creating tasks within there, you’re actually creating new, modern groups.

It can get a little bit unwieldy, tough to manage, and so what you’re seeing now is the Project and Planner and Teams being brought together and that tied back to Roadmaps, which is also the underlying work from something called Flow, which is also within Microsoft Project 365. The collaborate section, we’re going have to Project plans intact, so I just mentioned coming together through there.

Then the ability to get those To Do tasks, starting your day with Outlook, can also migrate and sink into anything Project, with the option of standalone task versus “We want to prioritize these into Project work themselves. Now, a couple first views into Project.

Leonardo Nogueira: Larry?

Larry Mead: Yes. Go ahead.

Leonardo Nogueira: Okay, it’s Leo, and my first comment on this session. What I think is important here, we can see that Microsoft is doing a lot of development to bring a really strong and connected platform to PPM. We are not talking about silos and application that, of course, we can do a lot of integration and connect one to for another one, but when bring into Microsoft cloud all those tools together, in a really good platform for PPM, that you can go to collaboration and planning and task management and financial and Roadmap and reporting.

Have all those data, easy to get it, and to really work on PPM needs, and also to extend it. I think you’re now going to go through it, each of the products, right? We can talk a little bit more about that. Go ahead, Larry. Thanks for the time.

Larry Mead: No, good feedback on that. You’re absolutely right, that’s a good way to look at it: just the removal of silos, and that’s, I think, what we’re going to see more of here as we walk through modern work management with Microsoft Project. Make sure I didn’t skip one ahead here, sorry about that. Nope, we’re good. Okay, so within Microsoft 365, notice right away … What we’re seeing here, our web-based grid or web-based Gantt charts, timelines, may even find a couple different optional names for the Gantt chart as well as we go forward.

Same scheduling engine, but not activated, as mentioned earlier, until you’re ready to use it. This brings you into more of a control over the auto schedule, any challenges with driving dates and interdependencies and time with something that’s a little more friendly for the occasional PM, I like to call them at this point. Gives you a chance to plan and manage, best method for your Project as well as collaborate with your Office tools.

Roadmap, Power BI fully integrated in here as well, and hopefully some of you use the Roadmap if you’ve had access to the later versions of Project. It gives you really a chance and opportunity there to summarize … Look ahead at a high level and something you can share out with others, and your Teams are getting the task details and being able to manage it at that summary level. The extensions are going to go out into PowerApps, as Trey mentioned.

You’re going to hear a lot about PowerApps and how to use those, how to pull those down from the marketplace and share them among partners, and also back to the flow in some of your workplace. The security and compliance and manageability will be driven in there as well.

Leonardo Nogueira: Yes, just remember that we received a lot of information on the pre-day, but it’s under NDA, so what you’re sharing here, it’s all the information that’s public on the sessions on Inspire, that you can watch the whole session on Inspire in the link that Larry showed before, and the whole idea on the new Project services that was announced today and it’s on the session is like it’s more Excel and easy to use.

I think that it’s simple, the key word here, it’s a new tool that’s really clean and easy to use, and you can see … I remember George Bullock telling us at the session, “This is an old screen, so this is not the final screenshot of the final version,” and as Larry told, it’s going to be fully extensible, and partners and customers are going to use Microsoft Flow and PowerApps to do it. Also to remember that this will all develop over the common data services, so the CDS.

That’s another option to extend and really be integrative of the data, of the Dynamics, and everything around Microsoft cloud. Go ahead, Larry. Thank you.

Larry Mead: Very good. Yeah, I think it highlights … Yeah, that’s one thing I didn’t call attention to, is the screenshot as well. This is up on the public website and it is …

Leonardo Nogueira: Just remember this: This is the screenshot of the new product servicing bare bed inside of Microsoft Teams. It looks like there’s some integration coming to have you scheduling side Teams.

Larry Mead: There you go, perfect, and that continues. Here we see, again, with Microsoft Planner. With Planner actually being tied back into the Project itself, but also if you work with Teams, you’re familiar with seeing what this menu bar and ribbon look like within Teams, what’s the type of plan, how we have a bit of an Azure border, Kanban boards that you can move through. These are really referred to as Project service boards going forward.

Put your Planner on top of your Project. It’s control setup flexible boards, and it really is there to support … This one very specific to the occasional Project managers. They can come in, see the actual notification presence levels of teams that are working with them, drag-and-drop capabilities, and simple ways to filter and group and chart an entire Project, okay? It’s only visual work management.

The teams themselves, it is a hub and that’s going to be the hub for all the teamwork, and it is an opportunity to track your Projects, your Planner, but also notice the chat. You have a history now of your chat, your files that may be associated with this, ability to extend and collaborate. Our apps are going to be a significant part of this, and then we’re back to working security, of course, the underlying piece of all of this.

The interesting thing, a little side note here just to interrupt, everyone may have heard of Slack. It’s a cloud-based collaboration software. It came out just about 10 years ago, it is a chat tool for … Actually, it’s for a gaming technology that’s fairly defunct, that specific technology anyway, but Slack had enough time to gain a ton of currency among enterprises, broadening the collaboration platform into the millions before Teams was even born.

As I mentioned before, fast outpacing the growth of SharePoint, and Teams already approaching 15 million, 13 at this point in time a couple weeks ago, but they’re leaving Slack behind. You may hear those compared from time to time, but the investments continue with Microsoft Teams where, like I mentioned, the technology has been deprecated here with Slack, giving the opportunity for Teams to grow.

All right? Let’s keep moving here to the To Dos. In Outlook, to get this on your mobile devices, there’s ways to do that now, but they’re not too … To have that pulled directly into milestones and deadlines, into Microsoft Project, Teams view again of your To Dos, your Planner, your Flow, and your Projects, as well as your team channels and any types of meetings you’re holding throughout the day.

Again, those silos, as Leo mentioned, gone. The integration piece with visibility. We talked a long time. We made a living, a lot of myself of trying to break down silos and disparate data systems, and it’s really … This year, and in the past one or two years, it really has opened up the view of a single pane of glass and everyone’s wanted visibility to move seamlessly between products, and then the last piece on the Italian, from To Do, is to bring those To Dos open to the Azure board areas.

Leonardo Nogueira: Larry? Just adding some information. You definitely can see that Teams is starting to be the Microsoft hub for collaboration, and when you talk about integration and talk about To Do, there’s a Planner To Do integration. You can see all the tasks from your Planner boards on To Do, and that’s the kind of integration you’re going to see. If you just manage your tasks, it’s going to bring tasks over from Planner, and probably on the filter from other tools.

On the To Do, you can really complete those tasks and know what you need to do. Also, when you go to have all those integrations from Planner and other tools, and also on the hub, on the teams, so this is the kind of thing you’re talking about on Microsoft platform. You have specific tools that could be chosen for each of the person as the best tool for them to manage their job. If my team member, I only care about my To Do tasks, I feel like I’m really not the end, the person that has to ask the manager and not a PM trainee if they can use Planner.

If I’m a formal PM and I need to do scheduling and all the detailed planning and go to Project and, by the end of the day, the idea is to have all those informations flowing naturally to the system in an integrated way. That’s what Microsoft’s talking about, this new platform and how to have this new PPM platform on place. That’s the main idea. That’s my thoughts about what I’m listening from their speech. Okay, Larry. Go ahead.

Larry Mead: Yeah, no, that’s good. It segues into this next slide, which Microsoft has really gone a little further than the entire PMI. [inaudible 00:28:24] Project management book of knowledge. We’ve always talked about initiating a Project, then planning it, executing it, keeping some change controls going in it and then closing it. We’re going a little bit left of initiation now where the ideation piece is, trying to get the new ideas, the new releases that could be coming out.

These things are competitive and moving fast, so Azure boards is specific to that area here, and the ability to have Kanban boards and backlogs and an overall dashboard, that ideation area, so your early development and early discovery, but you don’t want to lose track of those. They may not be ready enough as PMI says to initiate a Project, but you do want to have an opportunity there where any type of early developments and code changes can at least be looked at and code back on perspective and then prioritize later.

This is what you have, the daily scrums, very quickly, as well. Where you’re building, you’re moving sprints. We can have the 15-minute stand-ups in the morning and have a quick snapshot of exactly what to do, what’s new, what’s active, and then also your insights into Project itself, the overall status of it.

Leonardo Nogueira: The Azure board, Larry, I think you can see another piece of integration that Microsoft’s talking about. I don’t know which of these … They’re attending the session today that used Roadmap, but Roadmap is a future way you can see information coming from the Project online and Azure boards and maybe, in the future, from Jira and other tools so we can have your developers work inside Azure boards and using the Kanbans and just do sprints and work with items.

You can see the executive level seeing all this information from Azure boards and Project and new product services and Project Online and Jira and all the other tools in the same place and have a strategic review of what’s happening with the portfolio and the Projects.

Larry Mead: Yeah, that’s good mentioning Jira as well, because you’re right. This does eliminate the need to have a Jira integration if you’re doing that type of devops work right here in this solution here. You can imagine Planner and Jira working together, or just Planner with the devops and the boards here. Okay, all right, so PowerApps, a little bit on … Just touch on those. If you haven’t all talked and heard about the Power platform by now, this is it.

Partners are out there already driving it, some partners are being born in the PowerApps world. It’s really about this mode-based canvas, a very immersive model of apps, and then being considered across web, mobile, and standalone. Specific to add enhancements to anything you’re doing in your planning day, so these are the underlying platform for whatever work may be going on within your To Dos, your Planner, your Flow, your Project service.

The opportunity here is to automate those, and speaking of automated knows, the tie-back end is we haven’t touched on Flow a lot, but another part of the Office 365 solution.

Leonardo Nogueira: Just back on the PowerApps, please, Larry. When we talk about PowerApps, the important thing when we are relating that to Microsoft Project and PPM and new product services, is PowerApps, the tool that is going to help us to build the capabilities that are not available on the tool. If you want some feature that’s not going to be delivered on the new product services and you want to extend that, you can do that really easy with PowerApps.

Also, CDS and Flow that Larry is going to talk later, and that’s what I remember on the couple first slides that Larry talked about the keynotes. It’s all about infuse every company with more agility. That’s a tool that’s based on that, so you can really develop application and connect it with the data that’s on the Office 365 and other tools easily, and extend your needs and business needs on the platform. Go ahead, Larry.

Larry Mead: Yeah, and Leo, do you see a lot of those being available up on Azure Marketplace, or maybe on app store stores?

Leonardo Nogueira: Yeah, you can download the PowerApps and view the apps and the partners can build the apps and also create a package that can be sent to the customers. I’m not sure about the PowerApps store, and I’m trying to remember here from the sessions I watched, I think they are creating some special place or you can download those all those PowerApps in a PowerApps marketplace, but I’m really not sure to say that right now.

For the partners and also the companies, you definitely can create the PowerApps and deliver that as a package for other tenants and for whatever you need. It’s a really easy way to create apps. I used to say that the PowerApps … Microsoft doesn’t like when I say that, but PowerApps for me, it’s the Microsoft Access on the cloud, so you can imagine, before you have to build all those Microsoft Access application on the ’80s, but those are all disconnected.

With PowerApps, you can create all these new applications for business and that’s going to be managed and it’s going to be on the cloud and it’s going to have security and everything that’s necessary so we can really bring power to the end users to create their own apps and with Flows and all connected with the data that we have available.

Larry Mead: Yeah, I like that. Okay. Well, I think that’s where the Power platform, like I mentioned you, like you said, we’re talking about a specific site or portal [inaudible 00:34:37] shared, and we’ll probably hear more about the Power platform. Okay, so this one here, with Flow, if we think about it, we already touched on the Roadmap. It’s built in this benefit inside of Project Online and we could start leveraging those Roadmaps as a line item in Flow, to automate your business process, stage gate approval, simple automations, advanced scenarios and loops.

It also can trigger those actions, as I mentioned, maybe a challenge or an approval, and get notifications. There’s stuff already available, it just hasn’t been leveraged a lot with the Project service, but now with the Roadmap integration back to that, it is the big bat in Roadmap really to have [inaudible 00:35:31].

Leonardo Nogueira: Yeah, Roadmap, it was built on Microsoft Flow. I remember the three key information from Satya’s corenote, one of them is telling about trust. We can see that Microsoft’s really batting from the same platform that they’re asking us to bat our products and our development, so they built Roadmap on Flow, so we can see that’s the tool that you use there, and Microsoft Roadmap, it’s built on this platform and this technology that’s also available for us to extend our needs and create our Flows and our PowerApps and use all these Power platforms that they’re providing.

Larry Mead: Yeah, that’s where you’re seeing their Kanban, their mobile devices, as well as the configuration for Flow. All right, and then the engine behind a lot of that is the CDS, the common data service. Jump-starting apps, this is really where business rules are governed. It is the common data model. It’s been a centerpiece of many of the products over the years, but now it’s developed to really have a Dynamics and Office and Azure integration, as I mentioned at the beginning of that slide.

It breaks down those barriers between the three. It’s not a triple cloud approach anymore as much as it is an integrated cloud. Last year at the same time, we’re talking about Microsoft’s free clouds, Azure, Dynamics, and Office, but now we’re seeing that the doors have been opened between those three, and the CDS for those apps is exactly where all the governance, process and business and technology rules, will be within that common data model. All right, anything on that, Leo?

Leonardo Nogueira: No, that’s what looks like it’s Microsoft … It’s all the data on the cloud or on CDS. It started with Dynamics, it was announced last year, the new product service is going to be deployed over CDS, so the data is going to be on the same place and that’s going to facilitate a lot of integration and also with this standard data model without application that really will be quite fantastic for this PPM platform.

Larry Mead: Yep, and just put an exclamation mark behind that. Satya agrees with exactly what you just said specific to the Power platform, and it is one of the biggest beds of 2019. Across the Office cloud and the Dynamics cloud, on top of Azure is the core. You can see this whole article from earlier this year in January and exactly what they’re going to be doing, there’s a company around those three with Power platform at the top.

All right, so now to reach out just a little bit on the imagination level of Project itself as we get closer to wrapping up here and showing you what we’ve learned and what we’ve seen out there. It may be a more subjective view instead of objective on the technologies, where the future is and where Project can be used and leveraged within teams of people as well as teams logically on your devices.

One of the areas is just about all the companies that need those agile methods more than ever as they choose their own tools, and then having some type of forecasting and predicted Project management, and there’s a bit of autonomy and independence with regards to seeing everything. If you follow LinkedIn news stories, everything from a core that is about remote use, the millennial approach to a lot of work spaces.

This fits nicely with exactly what we’re seeing moving forward with Project, and given that empowerment to the people that are using it for Project. Okay, the visual is a big one, the workforce 50% now millennials in 2020, which is just around the corner, and 2025 it’s the majority, so the simple visual tools starting fast. I know that it’s a big part. I have a couple millennial children myself.

One of them actually works as an event planner out of Atlanta now and she’s seen a big intake of an entire round table meeting taking place with visual artists being brought in, not in technology or graphic imaging but sketching throughout and then leveraging those sketches into graphic images to play the storyboard later, and then move that into a Project. This visual piece is now getting more and more important as well as being built in.

If you pull up some of the Deloitte VPs down here and future work and their expectations, you can see more on exactly what that means. Then spanning enterprises; we don’t want to isolate small groups. Sometimes we have with PMOs, but having cross-functional collaboration so that everybody’s part of these projects, and large orgs when they go non-IT staff and they’re all going to want to choose and be an integral part, as well as non-ITs …

Maybe IT projects, but non-IT staff are the ones that are, a lot of times, performing with integrations. Automation, adaption, and then choosing their own tools, so it’s a pretty simple. You get to choose your tool, simple, the process is-

Leonardo Nogueira: Larry, I think that can summarize the Microsoft strategy for the new products services. It’s a platform where everyone can choose their own tools, they need to be simple and visual, and they need to be spent on the full and entire enterprise, so everyone can use their tools with an easy way and you have try the results you need to PPM. Now I’ve just learned to remember you, if I remember the sequence of the lights.

We are on NDA on the Project pre-day so we cannot talk a lot about it in the new set of slides. I think the idea is just to share with them the screenshots there are available on the mSpy session. If you go into mSpy, you can download this deck where we have those slides with information. With those screenshots, I’m sure you’re sharing so you can have an idea of what Microsoft already showed, but you cannot really talk about features or anything that’s beyond this screenshot that they provided on the mSpy slide deck.

Just go to the slides, Larry, and unfortunately, we cannot talk a lot about that and you can also go to the mSpy/sessions and all those decks and watch the presentation from Georgia Public. Let’s go to the screenshots and go ahead.

Larry Mead: All right. This is going to be a silent movie for a couple minutes, I’m just going to walk you through these, but you’re absolutely right. Even if we can show the visuals, we can’t give you any details behind them. We can take it in, you can imagine, review it. Probably, even, if I see some questions popping up in the chat box, we probably won’t be able to answer a lot of them, what you’re seeing here, but go ahead and put those in there.

Talk a little bit on Azure boards and what those could look like here in the future, and again, pull this stuff down yourself, read into it, watch the videos that go along with those, and they’ve been [inaudible 00:43:44] carefully for removing any type of NDA areas to get ready for this new release. All right, and then we have a little bit here as we go into the typical Gantt timeline grid. You probably see it named different things as we go forward as well, but pretty exciting stuff.

It’s very visual, and I think with that, we are coming to a close. If there are questions.

Leonardo Nogueira: Yeah, I’m seeing some questions here.

Larry Mead: All right. Let me just wrap up this last slide. It’s Leo saying goodbye, this is a centerpiece. This is 20,000 people in the T-Mobile Arena. It was weird out there in Las Vegas, and finished up with the band and then heading out, their flights home. I stuck around too long and took a red-eye home.

Leonardo Nogueira: Last piece with Larry, and it’s good to see that was really close to the corenote. Let’s see some of the questions here. I’m seeing the first one: how does the new product service differ from the current Microsoft Project platform? As Microsoft already announced it, it’s a new service, it’s developed on CDS, and it’s totally a new product that’s going to be launched. Unfortunately, by the NDA, I cannot go in details or features or anything.

As announced before, it’s a different platform, it’s a new product. Does the new modern Project have the ability to track resource hours like Planner? You’ve seen some of the screenshots. That’s the most that I can talk because of the NDA, but you can take your consideration with the screenshots that inspired that. What happens to Microsoft Project, Standard, Pro, Online in light of the upcoming Project service? Where do they stand, fit in?

Microsoft announced that they were going to collect this, at least for a time, so we still have the Standard, Pro, and Online, and also the new product services coexisting for a time, that’s the more I can talk. I would like to share more, but sorry, we cannot do it. Have they published a potential release date? No, they talked a little bit, but they have not published the date. I’m going to talk about my feelings.

It’s not any information from Microsoft, but I expect to be on the second quarter of this fiscal year, and why I’m telling that? Because we have the Microsoft Ignite coming in November, and also the Dynamics usually launch a new release on October. It’s a separate product, the new product service, but says on the CDS, I think that they’re going to be launching something on the second quarter of this fiscal year, but that’s only my thought; there’s no information from Microsoft there.

Does Microsoft give any timeline as to when they’re rolling this out to [inaudible 00:47:13]? As I told, this is a new product, and I’ve seen George Bullock talk in the session that, if you have a Project Online license, you’re going to have all those features. I don’t know a lot, I cannot talk about license. I think when this get launched, if you have the PWA, you’re going to receive those new product services on your Instance.

Could you please post the link to access the Inspire sessions? Yeah, the link, it’s over there. There is sharing. This is mSpy, Microsoft.com/Sessions. You can just look for Project, and it’s going to be filtered this, too, or also use the codes that are on the top of each of those sessions that Larry just shared. Okay, any more questions?

Larry Mead: I think that was it for questions. Thanks Leo, I appreciate you taking those. While we have this screen up here, just a reminder to everyone watching live, at the top of your viewer window there’s a screenshot icon. If you click that, it’ll take a snapshot of what you see on the screen here. That way you don’t have to scribble it down real quick, so we’ll give you a second to take a screenshot of that so you can reference the link and the codes later.

Leonardo Nogueira: Okay. I think that the most important tips we can have from this session is to get those decks from Microsoft Inspire, and can also watch the session from George Bullock, the new product service, a new set of teamwork opportunities, that are available and that also, as those decks are available, we could share a little bit more than you thought we would be able to when you left Inspire, because they share all the screenshots and they also, on the session for George Bullock, there’s a lot of things that is telling there to us, that we probably wouldn’t be able to announce based on the pre-day.

Thank you guys very much. Larry, can you also share our contacts on the last screen, so if they want to contact us, they can just send us an e-mail and we can … Okay? That’s Larry’s and my e-mail. Anything you need related to Inspire or Microsoft Project, PPM, all the platform and PowerApps and Flow and Power BI, you can contact us and we will be really satisfied to help you guys. Thank you very much.

Larry Mead: All right, thanks everyone.

Kyle: Thank you for the session, guys. It was a great overview of the Inspire event. I know that for those of us that were unable to attend, we’re still very curious to stay in the loop with Microsoft and keep an eye on what’s coming down the pipeline. We really appreciate your time and sharing that info with us. For those of you claiming the PDU code for today’s presentation, I’ll put that back on the screen for you now: mpugwebnlearn081419 is the code you’ll use to claim PMI.

That’s eligible for one strategic PDU. If you missed any of today’s session or would like to go back and review or share with a colleague, whatever it may be, the recording will be posted to MPUG.com later today and you’ll receive an e-mail in just a couple hours with the link to that. MPUG members have full access to our on-demand library of webinars. With that said, that does it for today’s session. Once again, I’d like to thank you, Leo and Larry.

Thanks to everyone that joined us live or is watching this presentation on demand. We hope you have a great rest of your day, and we’ll see you back soon for our next live session. Thanks guys.

Leonardo Nogueira: Thank you. Bye-bye.


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Written by Larry Mead

With 15+years of enterprise account management and cloud solution sales with premier Microsoft high-tech partners and clients, focused on data driven decision making. This included leveraging IoT, machine learning and cloud based platforms across IoT, Iaas, Paas, Saas, XaaS, playbooks, with a strong, proven track record of solution selling, building consensus, and leading delivery teams with customer engagements leveraging Digital technologies.

Larry holds a MIS B.S., and (MIB) Masters in International Business, is a PMP, and owns several Microsoft MCP, MCITS, MCT and MCITP, and Six Sigma certifications.

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