In my previous post, I wrote about an Idea Management Community built with Spirit’s new Community Services Suite v1.2 release. Here we’ll look at second solution which is a Portal for an IT Project Management solution. I’ll follow the same format, some text graphic and video.
Our Project Portfolio Management application is very popular. It is very flexible and allows you to build project based solutions with project, portfolios, and PMO’s distributed across your SharePoint environment. With this Portal component, however, we add a new dimension that brings it all together – the Portal, a project user community, mobile access, Snaplets from the various sites. The Spirit CSS provides the foundation and the community services elements for this complete solution.
Below is a screenshot of the Home Page of the Portal. If you watched the Idea Management Community video you’ll note that it is a different brand and UI – easy with the CSS styling options of Spirit Communities Services Suite.
Next is a screenshot of the Project User Community. You’ll see this in the demo of the Portal. However, here it is shown within our PPM project site. The key is that this community can be distributed to any SharePoint site, and thus, provides the glue for all project users working anywhere in the solution to collaborate. Note how they can create articles and upload documents from anywhere and socialized this information across the community. We’ll point out uses in the video.
With the core functionality of the CorasWorks PPM and the easy to use, web experience of the portal based upon Spirit CSS you have the best of both worlds for a great IT Project Management solution. I believe this solution is a good example of an emerging approach that blends functionally-rich business applications and easy-to-use community services/social collaboration. There is a lot of productivity to be gained by work sharing vs. information siloing. Getting to an effective balance is the key.