Microsoft Ignite 2015 Wrap Up

Posted By Posted by: Khurram Jamshed on June 4, 2015

So the week of MS Ignite is over and there is whole lot of information to absorb.

I have been closely following all the happenings and announcements and in this post I will summarize my key take aways of information related to SharePoint and Project Server.

So Microsoft has confirmed, that SharePoint Server 2016 (and Project Server) will become generally available in the second quarter of 2016, with a public beta planned for last quarter of 2015.

Microsoft has also confirmed that they will continue to release on-premises version of SharePoint/ Project Server. However, considering MS’s Cloud first strategy, every new feature will be released first Project Online and later to On-Premises version through an update/ CU/ SP.

The following information are the announcements in Ignite related to Project Server 2016.

Resource Engagement

Resource management functionality is a major gap in current PPM version. There isn’t any proper mechanism in current PPM solution that can allow the Resource Manager to control allocation of resources to Projects and for Project Managers to formally request to block a required resource for certain period of time, to ensure availability of that resource.


You can find this feature demonstrated during Ignite session IT Project and Portfolio Management in the Cloud

Highlights include:

  • Multiple timelines in project professional, so instead of one you can now create multiple timelines in Project Pro 2016 and then later use it in your presentation or share through an email.
  • Visualizing Resource Capacity using a Heat Map.

Visualizing resource heatmap

  • Project Server 2016 would ‘literally’ be available as a service in SharePoint 2016. So no need to install any separate binaries for Project Server. Separate licenses would be required to enable Project Server service.
  • PWA database would be merged to SharePoint content db, so there will only be one database for each PWA instance and the schema for PWA would be “pjrep -“. meaning less Admin work!

Sharepoint 2016

Any improvements to SharePoint architecture would definitely leverage Project Server performance as well. There were quite few announcements made relating to SP 2016, such as:

  • Introduction to MiniRole approach to define server role within a farm.Specify Server Role

Role Name


Special Load Reserved for services to be isolated from other services, I.e. 3rd party, PerformancePoint, etc.
Web Front End Services end user requests, optimized for low latency.
Single Server Farm Provisions all services on the server for a single server deployment.  This role is provided for evaluation and development purposes.
Search Reserved for Search services.
Application Services the backend jobs or the requests triggered by backend jobs, optimized for high throughput.
Distributed Cache Services distributed cache for the farm. Optionally, the server assigned to this role can load balance end user requests among the web front ends.
  • For implementation and deployment, SharePoint 2016 requires Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 10 for the OS and SQL Server 2014 SP1 x64 or SQL Server vNext x64.
    You can find detailed hardware and software requirements of SharePoint 2016 here What’s new in SharePoint Server 2016 Installation and Deployment.
  • Zero down time to build patches with SharePoint 2016.
  • Delve people profile will be part of SharePoint 2016. If I understood correctly, then it would be first released for SharePoint online, and then may later be pushed to On-Premises version

There is so much more that its difficult to consolidate everything in one post. So I will keep on writing about new stuff to be released later this year. For those who are interested to catch up Ignite sessions, please browse Channel 9 for your favorite sessions and watch.

Additionally, you can also register for this great upcoming webinar, being presented by my colleagues, to find out first hand information and opinions about all the happenings during 5 days of Ignite sessions. Click the webinar link below to register.

PPM Updates From Microsoft Ignite

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