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Office 365 Planner – Overview and Initial Impressions

Office 365 Planner was recently released, and I couldn’t have been more excited. I waited anxiously for this tool because our organization specializes in solutions on the Office 365 and SharePoint platforms, specifically regarding data management and project management. In addition to the customizations and developments we do for our clients, we use these tools extensively for our own needs – project management, timesheets, budgeting, resource allocation and more. We believe in pushing these tools’ capabilities as far as they’ll go, and our experience gives us a great deal of perspective in helping clients build their solutions. To me, it’s a requirement for Office 365 / SharePoint solutions experts to use the platform for real-world business – not just demos and sales pitches. 

In this post, I’d like to give you my initial impressions of Planner’s new set of capabilities, now that I’ve used the program with SharePoint and Project Server Online to manage Timlin’s client projects. I’ll share what I like, what I don’t like and where I’d like to see the software go in the future. We won’t dive too deeply into specifics, but I’m always happy to share more about how we’ve put this platform’s pieces together for our own needs, as well as our clients’ needs. If you’re involved in Project Management, Kanban, Collaboration, Document or Task Management, Portfolio and Resource Management, Professional Services Automation or Timesheets, there may be something here that can help you.