A centralized enterprise resource pool underlies the advanced resource functionality introduced in Project Server. Team-building tools allow managers to quickly slice through a large pool of resources and locate resources by both availability and skills. The addition of custom codes that enable business-specific selection criteria, such as practice groups, location, departmental, or corporate policy attributes that your business may need to address its unique requirements, enhance this capability.
Manual and automated team-building tools simplify the project resourcing process not only by leveraging the custom attributes in the pool, but also by providing instant access to availability data enhanced with graphical representation. Managers can quickly identify available resources with desired characteristics or take advantage of the automated Resource Substitution Wizard. The wizard rapidly analyzes the resource pool to identify skills and availability for staffing a single project or a group of projects. You can save the resulting recommendations as input for manual team building or directly update it into the working plan.
Reporting structures, modeled into the resource pool, enhance security capabilities by accommodating structured access to resource information following the chain of command. Resource managers are easily made a part of the management process.