Microsoft recently announced new pricing for its Project Cloud PPM platform. As with any pricing change, how this new plan may impact your organization depends on your particular situation. Let’s first take a look at the facts, which will help provide a clearer idea of what it could mean to you.
All current available plans will eventually be replaced by the following plans:
- Project Online Essentials
- Project Online Professional
- Project Online Premium
To help you determine which new plan offers the features and capabilities that best match your needs, Microsoft offers an easy-to-understand matrix here.
These pricing and naming changes went into effect August 15th 2016. If you currently subscribe to a Project cloud plan, there is no action required during the term of your current agreement. Organizations with subscriptions that renew before December 31 of this year will have the option of choosing which plan to transition to, while those whose agreements that expire after December 31 will automatically be transitioned to one of the new plans. Microsoft also will be offering “Step-up SKUs” starting September 1st for organizations interested in upgrading their current plan.
If you’re not yet a subscriber, this might be a good time to check out Microsoft’s Cloud PPM offerings. Between September 1 and December 31, Microsoft has a promotion on the new Project Online Professional plan for new Commercial or Government subscribers, which includes:
- 15% Discount off Project Online Professional (minimum 50 seats)
- Programs: EA, EAS, Open, OV, OVS, MPSA
For organizations that want to match their specific PPM maturity requirements and take full advantage of all of Microsoft’s powerful cloud PPM capabilities, the Project Online Premium offering provides the most robust features, including:
- Reporting and Reporting Dashboards
- Power BI
- New Resource engagement feature
- Portfolio Analysis
Finally, these new changes might present a great opportunity for organizations with existing on-premises Microsoft PPM agreements to consider migrating to one of Microsoft’s cloud offerings. Microsoft is providing add-on SKUs for the new plans that will enable Software Assurance customers to add these new cloud plans to their existing on-premises agreements:
- Project Online Professional add-on to Project Standard*
- Project Online Professional add-on to Project Professional
- Project Online Premium add-on to Project Standard*
- Project Online Premium add-on to Project Professional
- Project Online Professional add-on to Project CAL
- Project Online Premium add-on to Project CAL
- Project Online Essentials add-on to Project CAL
Obviously, how all these changes will impact your organization depends on lots of factors. Hopefully, this short synopsis will help you determine the best course of action for your unique needs. If you’re looking for someone to help you determine next steps, or just would like to get a sense of what other organizations like yours are doing, give us a holler or let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.