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  1. Add PeoplePicker fields as custom field type

    A new field type in the manner of the SharePoint People/Group column type would help to gather information for reports and workflows. The best would be if you could select either from the entrerprise resource pool, selected categories/groups or from the SharePoint user pool or groups.
    A point on top would be, if user selection could also be used in the security model.

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      5 comments  ·  Custom Fields and Lookup Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hello everyone,

      This is definitely something we have heard a lot of requests for. We will be looking into this as we go forward.

      Thanks again for the great suggestion! We love to hear what everyone has to say.

      Sincerely,
      The Project Team

      As an aside, the definitions for our UserVoice statuses are the same as the Visual Studio’s forum, which can be found here:

      https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/content/content.aspx?ContentID=30487

    • Provide support for backup and restore of a single project

      Back in the day, in Project Server, there used to be a feature that allowed Project Managers to backup their Projects at a stable state, make as many changes as they want, and in case things go south, restore the project from its previously backed up state.

      Can we please have that functionality for Project Online? This is Microsoft cloud after all. How difficult can a backup be?

      128 votes
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        8 comments  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Implement versioning in Project Online

        Similar to the functionality available in Project Server on premise, please implement automatic and nightly backups and the ability to restore from backup project schedules in Project Online.

        This way, if a user's schedule becomes corrupted or inadvertently publishes erroneous data, an administrator will be able to restore a previous copy of the schedule to the Project Online tenant without causing Timesheet and data anomalies.

        104 votes
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          9 comments  ·  Admin Operations and Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Show Hijri Date in Project Center / PDP

          In the Middle East, we can't show the Hijri Date in Project Center (Project Server 2010/2013/2016 with Arabic Language Pack) for the following:

          1. Start Date, End Date, End Date and custom field with date type in PDP.
          2. Timeline Date.
          3. Gantt chart.
          4. Views

          If we changed the calendar regional setting in site setting, and go back to Project Center We got the below error:

          "Sorry, something went wrong
          This feature requires either a Gregorian calendar or a calendar that uses a Gregorian recurrence pattern.

          Make sure your calendar is correctly set in:
          https://mqassas.sa/_layouts/15/regionalsetng.aspx?Type=User

          Also, check with your…

          102 votes
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            16 comments  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Ability to permission control PDP pages and certain custom fields.

            Clients often want to allow certain fields to be edited by (for example) project managers but not all fields.

            The ability to select certain PDP pages or fields and toggle which security groups can modify which fields and pages would be excellent.

            99 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Custom Fields and Lookup Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow Administrators to modify the Status Manager without requiring manual intervention from the resource who created the task.

              Currently, a status manager must log in to Project Server in order to update the status manager for a task. It would be easier if there was a category or global permission assigned to the Administrators group that would permit someone else to change the value.

              93 votes
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                6 comments  ·  Project and Task Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Ability to convert Risk to an Issue

                Presently, there are 2 tabs/pages for a project to log both Risks & Issues. However, there is no feature to convert an existing Risk to Issue which happen most of the times.

                When this is available as a feature it becomes easier to see the trail from Risk to Issue and the mitigation's which taken/not taken which caused this risk to convert to an issue.

                When this conversion happens the risk should be closed referring to the Issue ID so it also becomes intuitive for the users and will definitely help the project managers and the project teams to manage…

                82 votes
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                  7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Strong portfolio financials

                  Currently we are very weak in portfolio financials. We need to have capabilities around funding, detailed budgeting, capex and opex cash flows, allocation curves, cost breakdown structure, period financials etc. This is a great way to open the door with key decision makers.

                  80 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  Portfolios and Programs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Having history for the project plan and custom fields

                    Be able to rollback to old version. or compare new schedule plan with old one.
                    Also view plan actions log, like who saved or published new version.
                    Same idea also for custom fields

                    75 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Admin Operations and Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Clone Project Online PWA instances

                      Provide the ability in Project Online via the SharePoint Admin Center to clone one PWA instance into a new blank PWA instance so that you can have replica PROD / DEV / TEST PWA instances. This would be good out of the box via the SharePoint Admin Center UI without needing any tools.

                      72 votes
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                        6 comments  ·  Admin Operations and Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Enhance Capacity/Engagement Heatmap to include assignments without engagements

                        I think that the Resource Capacity/Engagement Heatmap is an enormously useful feature – I’ve built very similar reports for my customers in the past.

                        However, the current iteration of this report only shows capacity that is accounted for by engagements, and doesn’t account for any assignments that do not have proposed or committed engagements.

                        I think that enhancing this page to include information concerning assignments without corresponding engagements would be extremely valuable in two primary scenarios:
                        1) Identifying cases where resource capacity is being consumed outside of an engagement within the heatmap UX, especially considering that the stated intent of…

                        72 votes
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                          4 comments  ·  Resource Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Access to multiple PWA instances with Project tile

                          Scenario for a multinational company with several business entities with only 1 Office 365 tenant.

                          • As for now, to access any new PWA instance (different from the default PWA instance) through the Office 365 interface,
                          1) Tenant administrator has to create a new Custom Tile in the Company Profile in the O365 Admin Center (as described in article "Add custom tiles to the My apps page and app launcher" https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Add-custom-tiles-to-the-My-apps-page-and-app-launcher-1136115a-75af-4497-b693-640c4ce70bc6?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US and "Customising the App Launcher– Part Two–Custom Tiles" https://epmsource.com/2015/08/02/customising-the-app-launcher-part-twocustom-tiles/)
                          2) End-user has to **manually** add the new tile to its App Launcher

                          • The default Project tile (pointing…

                          57 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  UI and Look & Feel  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow an alias to be associated with Baseline, Baseline 1, Baseline 2 etc

                            Being able to associate and alias (or renaming) Baseline fields would provide highly effective ways to present and view current project data and baseline data in a more meaningful way. If set at the server level (using Project Online or Project Server) it provides organisational consistency in how baselines can be used. The aliases should be visible in usage views and in PWA views. Typical scenarios are when the baseline should be set at the end of each key stage gate milestone or at the end of specific process stages.

                            50 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Portfolios and Programs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • True Multi currency support in Project Pro and Project Online

                              Currently the currency setting is independent of the numerical value for costs. I would like to have project managers in different countries be able to plan and visualise project and resource data in their local currencies but then the roll up of data might show local currency (with other projects based on a different currency converted) AND have visibility of rolled up data with a global currency. At present there is only the option to have a single global currency (local currency setting is meaningless in the current version). And yes you can use custom fields to convert, but not…

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                                0 comments  ·  Portfolios and Programs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Support for Arabic language in Lookup Table Custom Field in Project Server 2016 / 2013

                                Problem

                                The search in Arabic in Lookup Table Custom Field is not working properly in Project Server 2016 / 2013.
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                                Scenario

                                In Project Server 2016 / 2013, I tried to create a lookup table with Arabic Entries by doing the following:

                                - Go to PWA Settings.
                                - Below Enterprise Data, Click on Enterprise Custom Fields and Lookup Tables.
                                - Scroll down to Lookup Tables for Custom Fields.
                                - Create a new Lookup Table with Text type.
                                - Add Arabic Entries.
                                - Go back to create a custom field that will get the data from the created lookup table.
                                - Add now your…

                                46 votes
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                                  8 comments  ·  Custom Fields and Lookup Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 38 votes
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                                    8 comments  ·  Exchange integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Support migration of PWA instances in Project Online

                                    Allow migration of data and configuration from on-premises (Project Server) to cloud (Project Online).

                                    Allow migration of data and configuration from one PWA instance to another within Project Online

                                    36 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Admin Operations and Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add Project Strategic Impact values to Odata feed

                                      Currently Project Online allows for a project to be assessed against the Strategic Drivers. These rankings however, are not able to be accessed in any Odata feed. My request is that these fields are provided so they can be included in reporting and Power BI visuals.

                                      36 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  Business Intelligence and Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Fill Categories by using Enterprise Fields

                                        Usecase:
                                        A Projectplan should be moved into a special Category once it is assigned to a defined Enterprise Field.

                                        Example:
                                        There is an existing Enterprise Field "Program". Values for this Enterprise Field are defined in a Lookup table "Programs", valueas are "Program A, Program B, Program C, etc.".

                                        If now a Project gets assigned to the "Program A" in the Enterprise Field "Progam" it should also be moved into a custom Categorie "Program A".

                                        Reasons for this feature:
                                        Can be used for extended User rights e.g. Users can view Projects from "Program A".

                                        32 votes
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                                          5 comments  ·  Admin Operations and Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add popular "S-curve" graph as a standard reports

                                          Since all Earn Value related fields (BCWS, BCWP and ACWP) are time-phased and change according to the "Status Date" to populate a S-Curve you need to copy then to Excel and use formula to change them to percentage (by dividing to Baseline Cost).
                                          Adding this feature will helps to avoid manual efforts, which especially is a pain in multi-year projects.

                                          32 votes
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                                            2 comments  ·  Business Intelligence and Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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