Microsoft Rolls Out Project Server 2016 PPM Tool
Project Server 2016, Microsoft's project and portfolio management (PPM) software, is generally available, the company announced on May 5, just a day after the official launch of its cloud-inspired SharePoint Server 2016. The timing is somewhat fitting, considering that both platforms are now tightly linked, speeding deployments and enabling organizations to consolidate the number of systems required to run both.
"In Project Server 2016, all the project data is stored alongside the SharePoint data in the SharePoint content database," wrote the Microsoft Project team in a blog post. "This simplifies the administration of the SharePoint farm since each Project Web App (PWA) site no longer requires a dedicated database that needs to be maintained. This reduces IT overhead and improves the backup and restore story."
Deploying both has also been streamlined. SharePoint Server 2016 Enterprise features a built-in installer for Project Server 2016, simplifying the setup process and eliminating the need for a separate installation.
In terms of new functionality, PWA gains the ability to add multiple timelines to the Project Center or schedule pages. Users can also tweak date ranges and customize how they appear. A new interaction model called Resource Engagements, borrowed from the software's cloud-based counterpart Project Online, helps keep project managers and resource managers on the same page by guiding users through the process of creating and managing project requests and approvals.
On the heels of SharePoint 2016's release, Microsoft launches the latest version of its project management server software.
The new Capacity and Engagements Heatmap offers resource managers at-a-glance insights about their staffers' availability and commitments, preventing conflicts and scheduling issues that can cause deadlines to slip. Further narrowing the gap between the on-premises software and Project Online, Microsoft has added the latter's unified scheduling engine, which replaces the legacy server-side engine with the new, more browser-friendly Project application programming interface (API).