Imported data can jump-start your project file. For example, you can.import resource lists provided by your Human Resources department and a task list from a work group leader rather than manually entering that information in Project 2000, When you import data, you use an import data map to match the fields in the file you’re importing to the corresponding fields in your project file.
Importing a file is a three-step process:
1. Select the data to be imported.
2. Map the data’s relationship to project data files.
3. Import the data.
To import data into Project from an outside source, you must understand the fields in your input file, and the tables and fields that Project will update so you can map the data correctly, If the data originally was exported from Project for analysis or processing, you might be able to use the same data map used in the original export or modify it slightly, It the source data was created outside of Project, or significantly modified, it is necessary to create a new import data map, Your imported data can be used to create a new project or merged Into an existing project.
The same dialog boxes and field selections are used whenever you import files, whether you’re importing from an Excel workbook or a comma delimited text file, Excel worksheets are used in this section of the book, but you’ll use the same dialog boxes and follow the same steps to create, modify and use import data maps for file formats.