• 1.  Does anyone use MS-PROJECT and CA on day to day baisis

    Posted Jun 01, 2018 09:46 AM

    I am looking for someone who has come to work with CA and MS-PROJECT. For now I'm trying but it is not workable. The date changes all the time, even if I put links or constraints. Has anyone got to work with CA and MSP?


    I asked this question to a MSP specialist at CA but their recommendation was to use Workbench.

    Is this the solution, use Workbench?



  • 2.  Re: Does anyone use MS-PROJECT and CA on day to day baisis
    Best Answer

    Posted Jun 01, 2018 02:08 PM

    Our Scheduling team tried mightily to use CAPPM and MS Project in concert, and eventually gave up after encountering 2 major challenges:


    1) There were defects in the integration that caused errors on certain projects, but not others.  I personally created at least 5 CA Support tickets on behalf of the Schedulers, and the answer was usually "That'll have to be addressed in a later release."  Also, to your point, the Schedulers encountered data changes and other inconsistencies that made them crazy.


    2) The data content requirements to enable MS Project to fully integrate with CAPPM are pretty stringent.  Resources, Charge Codes, Open for Time Entry values, etc. ... technically, they're not hard to do, but we had a lot of non-Schedulers building MS Project schedules that didn't conform to these requirements, so the Schedulers had to spend a LOT of cleanup time on the MS Project files before they could be uploaded to CAPPM.  One of our Schedulers once told me that, when given an MS Project schedule, about 30% of the content could be uploaded as is, and the other 70% was just easier to do within the CAPPM GUI.  All of that is absolutely not CA's fault, but it did make it difficult to use the full capabilities of the integration for non-technical reasons.


    My 1-word recommendation on using MS Project with CAPPM is "Don't".

  • 3.  Re: Does anyone use MS-PROJECT and CA on day to day baisis

    Posted Jun 01, 2018 02:16 PM

    Thanks for your anwser, I start to have the same opinion.

  • 4.  Re: Does anyone use MS-PROJECT and CA on day to day baisis

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted Jun 01, 2018 06:11 PM

    Hi Philippe,


    MSP dates can sometimes change even if dependencies or constraints are added, one reason being due to allocation of resources (or max % load if you are mapping MSP Units to Max % Load). Here's a KB on this: MSP: Task Finish Dates are being pushed out when o - CA Knowledge. Also, have you tried using the Fixed Duration task type? This can help in especially keeping Finish Dates more closely to what is expected. 

    Another option I've seen customers use is setting tasks to Manually Scheduled in MSP. It's typically recommended to use Auto Scheduled (and a requirement when first creating a task, but if you did want to consider this option, here are more details: What are the recommendations for Auto Scheduled ve - CA Knowledge


    Here's also a list of the known defects and the releases they have been fixed on in case this also helps. CA PPM and MSP integration known defects - Support - CA Knowledge 


    Kristin Schroer