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Just Released: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server – Project Server 2007 Connector

We are pleased to announce the release of Visual Studio
Team Foundation Server – Project Server 2007 Connector which is available at http://www.codeplex.com/pstfsconnector.

OVERVIEW

The Visual Studio Team Foundation Server – Project
Server 2007 Connector is designed to integrate the project management
capabilities of TFS with Project Server 2007. It’s been developed by the
Visual Studio Team System Rangers in response to significant customer demand
for a connector solution. Future versions of Team System will have native
integration with Project Server, in the meantime this Connector solution is
the best way to integrate the two Microsoft products. This solution builds on
the previous PS2003 VSTS Connector, published on GotDotNet. This solution is
intended to provide guidance, provided as source code that can be used
“as is,” extended, or modified.

BACKGROUND

Microsoft® Office Project Server 2007 and Microsoft
Visual Studio® 2005 Team Foundation Server (TFS) are two powerful
applications that are each used in different ways for management of software
development projects. Up-to-date project information requires a seamless
integration between the development environment and the project management
tool.

Managing projects, resources, and related information
for an entire enterprise requires a holistic view and integration of project
management data with the software development lifecycle. The Enterprise
Project Management (EPM) solution with Microsoft Office Project Server 2007
can help organizations effectively manage and coordinate people, projects,
and processes. The Microsoft EPM solution provides tools for strong
coordination and standardization between projects and project managers,
centralized resource management, and high-level reporting on projects and
resources. Through familiar tools and ease of integration with a broad range
of programs in the Microsoft Office System, the EPM solution promotes broad
participation for greater accuracy, accountability, and acceptance.

Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) provides a solution
for software development teams that integrates designing, developing,
testing, and managing a project. TFS integrates with Microsoft Office Project
Standard 2007 and Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007 for desktop use
and allows project managers to plan and manage projects on a local computer.
However, because there is no integration with Project Server, the project
data for each team is available only in a stand-alone plan. There is no
simple way to aggregate project data across multiple projects.

The Connector synchronizes Project, Resource and Task
data between the two systems. Project Managers and Resource Managers continue
to work in the EPM environment while the development team works in the
development environment, i.e. TFS, and data seamlessly flows between the two
systems. Updates to work items in TFS are automatically applied to the
corresponding assignments and tasks in Project Server and vice versa. Project
Managers have complete control over the inflow of the actuals into the project
plan. In addition, resource management functions for all development
projects, like managing time and utilization for resources working across
multiple projects, team staffing etc. can be performed in Project Server.
Lastly, portfolio and program level reports can easily be generated for
projects being executed in TFS and managed in Project Server.

Project Link: http://www.codeplex.com/tfspsconnector

Setup Guide:  
http://www.codeplex.com/pstfsconnector/Wiki/View.aspx?title=Setup%20Guide&referringTitle=Home

Questions or Feedback? tfpstalk@microsoft.com or  http://www.codeplex.com/pstfsconnector/Thread/List.aspx

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