I am looking to gain information on how or if it is possible to import a project into Clarity PPM 13.2 from MS Project. Any information on this topic?
Are you after the basic functionality:
You have set up Clarity Schedule connector so that you can launch a project int MS Project.
The you open your project which is in a file, in MS Project or you create the project in MS Project.
Then you save as it into Clarity.
The first obstacle you might have is you have resources in the project which do not match the ones in Clarity.
How do I go about setting up Clarity Schedule connector so that you can launch a project int MS Project and Then you save as it into Clarity.
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Does that mean that the answer is Yes?
You could start looking at the version of your Clarity, your MS Project, and bit of your MS Project and the same for java and see if they are supported in the release notes of you Clarity version.
Then the next step is to see what the documentation says
Title: Clarity connector for MSP2010 installation instructions update
With r12.1.1 Microsoft Project (MSP) 2010 is supported and the install process has changed compared to pre-MSP2010 versions.
The documentation "CA Clarity Project & Portfolio Manager Using CA Clarity PPM with Open Workbench and Microsoft Project" guide for r12.1.1 specifies in chapter 3 under "Set Up Microsoft Project with CA Clarity PPM Microsoft Project Interface" that MSPAdd2k.MPP needs to be double-clicked to install the Add-in for Clarity in MSP, however, this is only applicable for MSP versions prior to MSP2010. For MSP2010 this step is not required and the Add-in is automatically installed with the setup.exe (available under c:\Program Files\CA\Clarity\CA Clarity PPM MSPInterface\addIn after downloading from Accounts Settings).
Some customers - specifically under Windows 7 - have used the following alternative install for MSP2010 - Clarity 12.1.1 connector.
Then you could search this community discussion board for the combination of your versions listed above,
There is also a Tuesday's Tip on that
In other words it should go smoothly, but there can be all kinds of hickups.
Urmas also has some links at MS Project and Clarity - the links may reference older materials, but are still useful.
One thing that is not easily found, with specific reference to your "Can I import an MSP plan into CA PPM?" question: If the plan was created in MSP, it is not necessarily feasible to import the plan into CA PPM without making some changes to the plan:
It is best to export the project from CA PPM to MSP, then copy/paste or import your WBS (tasks) from your existing plan into the plan opened from CA PPM. This way, you are best ensured that fields, ID's are all in sync with CA PPM.
Also, and you will find this I'm sure with links from urmas - if using CA PPM time entry, project manager must not use % Complete in MSP to mark a task done. In MSP, updating % Complete causes MSP to assume that any forecasted work has been worked, converting it to Actual Work. Upon saving, CA PPM interface will recognize that Actual Hours should come from timesheets, not MSP and the save will be rejected.
I like to point this out as users of MSP are often using % Complete to update tasks. IMO, % Complete is a useless measure as it often is used to reference how much of the deliverable is done, rather than the work effort. In other words, Half of the deliverable(s) may be complete but 80% of the work effort is still ahead of me. I prefer and recommend using Remaining Work (or in CA PPM terms, ETC (Estimated Time to Complete). I don't care how much is done, I care entirely about when you will be done with whatever is left to do.
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