Microsoft Ignite 2015 is Coming! Here’s our Pick for the Top 8 Project Sessions

Posted By Posted by: Khurram Jamshed on March 30, 2015
This year’s most talked about event is Microsoft Ignite 2015.
Unlike previous times, when Microsoft used to host separate conferences to showcase different technologies during different times of the year, this time Microsoft will be hosting an inaugural, unified Microsoft commercial technology conference the week of May 4, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.
This conference will give attendees an opportunity to explore broader range of learning opportunities across all of Microsoft’s technologies, including actionable best practices from industry experts.
Being someone with Project and Project Server passionate/specialist/learner/consultant etc. etc. I have extracted Project related topics from the huge sessions catalog which Microsoft is updating every day with new content.
There are 8 sessions focusing on Project Server, Project Online and Project by some known industry experts. To all the PPM relevant audiences out there, this is something you can look forward to from MS Ignite 2015.

1. Microsoft’s Vision and Roadmap for Work, Project, and Portfolio Management
Brett BrewerHoward Crow and Sajan Parihar

This session will focus on sharing Microsoft vision for work, project, and portfolio management and provide insights into our future product investments.
Target Audience: C-level

2. Microsoft Project Pro for Office 365: An Overview
Eli Sheldon and Heather Heide

This session will showcase features available in Microsoft Project so you can impress your boss, deliver your projects on-time and under-budget, and be the envy of all your co-workers.
Target Audience: IT Generalist

3. IT Project and Portfolio Management in the Cloud
Jean Donati, Krishna Mamidipaka and Mike McLean

This session will highlight end-to-end Project Portfolio Management using Project Online and Project Pro for Office 365.
Target Audience: C-Level, IT Generalist

4. Developer to Developer: Meeting Custom Needs with Microsoft Project
Aesha Shah, Dan MacDonald and Eli Sheldon

This session is about the App Marketplace, CSOM API, remote event receivers, and a little bit about workflow. Making the transition to Project Online may be easier than you realise.
Target Audience: Developers, Technical Consultants

5. Real World Reports: Business Intelligence in Microsoft Project Online and Project Server 2013
Allan Rocha, Andrew Lavinsky and Mike McLean

This session focuses on BI capabilities of Project online and on-prem versions to demonstrate how you can create real-time reports and dashboards using tools such as Microsoft Excel 2013, Excel Services, Microsoft PowerPivot, Power View, and OData.
Personally, I will definitely be looking forward to attend this session. Another point to consider about this session is its presenters, Allan and Andrew, both are known names within PPM industry and have track record of presenting some awesome sessions in past.
Target Audience: Developers, Technical Consultants

6. How to Deploy Microsoft Project: Online and Server
Allan Rocha, Andrew Lavinsky and Mike McLean

This session will take you step-by-step through the deployment process.
It’s a good opportunity to learn/re-visit about recommended practices of deploying solution, especially if it’s a large scale deployment.
Target Audience: Implementers, Technical Consultants/Specialists

7. Supporting Microsoft Project Online and Project Server: Tips and Tricks
Brian Smith

In this session you will learn the tips and tricks for successful troubleshooting of issues both in Project Online and Project Server. Some of the tools described will be applicable to Online and on-premises customers, such as client side logging and web debugging – and also some specific on-premises tools to help understand ULS logs and database issues. A glimpse of how Microsoft supports the cloud will also be included.
You will listen directly from Microsoft support public facing, well known within PPM community, Brian Smith. A must attended session for technical experts and support experts.
Target Audience: Implementers, Technical Consultants/Specialists

8. Microsoft Project Online Customization: Best Practices
Brian Smith

This session covers best practices that MS have learned in the past two year of running the service. It discusses how to customize Project Online for better performance.
Target Audience: IT Decision makers
To know about all the sessions, click here: Microsoft Ignite sessions
It would definitely be an awesome learning platform, providing the fact that Microsoft is also planning to showcase SharePoint 2016. You can learn about few SharePoint 2016 related sessions here: Top 3 sessions to learn more about SharePoint Server 2016 at Microsoft Ignite
All the best to all those who are attending and if you would like to join us for our Webinar Microsoft PPM Updates From Ignite Chicago 2015 click here to register.

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