Welcome to 2011! With the new year comes some changes here at the Catapult Systems EPM Team blog.

As you may have surmised from Andrew’s most recent post, blogging responsibilities have shifted to little old me. My name is Peter Elkin. I have been with Catapult Systems for a little over four years, and have been helping clients implement Microsoft Project Server for nearly eight years (yep, that takes me back to the Project Server 2002 days).

My background and training are in project management. I spent most of my early career as a PM with one of the big multi-national financial service organizations (the names have been changed to protect the innocent). It was my frustration with managing resources, reporting progress, dealing with seemingly arbitrary reprioritization at the drop of a hat – all the usual big-company project management pitfalls – at said unnamed institution which led to my interest, and eventually my career, in Project Server.

I think you’ll see a shift in the focus of posts here over the next few months. Andrew’s deep delving into, and deep understanding of, the theory behind and practice of the optimization engine, resource analysis, reporting, and some of the other feature areas of Project Server 2010 have been, IMHO, of huge benefit to the EPM community. It’s not for nothing the guy’s an MVP.

My own take is going to focus a little less on the possibilities of Project Server 2010, and more on the solving of real-world business problems using the tool set. I’m an implementer, and we’ve got implementations stacked up in our pipeline, so we’ll have lots of opportunities to focus on client challenges and discuss how we resolve those challenges using Project Server 2010 and it’s ecosystem of related tools and techniques.

I hope to continue the dialog Andrew has established with many of you. Please feel free to hit the comments section with any sort of feedback or question which comes to mind.

I’m looking forward to becoming a member of the EPM blogocracy! Thanks for reading!