9.20.Paragon.Mircosoft.Ignite.2016.jpgMicrosoft Ignite 2016 is just around the corner on September 26 – 30, 2016 and the Atlanta area will soon have techies, partners and customers ready to learn the latest information about product roadmaps, customer stories as well as how-to sessions.

The event has moved from Chicago and the hope is that the conference will learn from the struggles of last year. The venue was spread out making it difficult to shift sessions due to the distance and crowds. Having attended these conferences for the last three years I am especially looking forward to some specifics about the Microsoft Project Roadmap.

  • How will planner integrate into the future of Project?
  • Will the project financials, purchased last year but canceled from the O365 roadmap, make their way into Project Online in a new form?
  • Can we get some clarification on the new SKUs which are confusing clients with volume licensing?

In addition, the integration of Project into O365 means that additional technologies are crucial to understand for a Project Subject Matter Expert. Excel, PowerQuery, PowerBi as well as SharePoint sessions will be on the short list of technologies to keep on top of during the conference. As usual, Microsoft is expected to provide all of the session materials (PowerPoint and video recordings) to attendees and eventually the public via their Channel 9 site. Stay tuned for recaps, analysis and additional blog entries from myself and my colleague Jim Kane as we digest the material and relate it to real world applications.

Do you have a session that you are especially interested in hearing about?

Let us know in the comment section at the end of this blog and we may include a review of the topic in a future blog article. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @stojr and check out my preliminary schedule below.

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Monday, September 26 at 1:45pm

Cloud Platform Immersion: Power BI

Get hands-on experience with Power BI in a live environment. Practice hands-on labs and explore firsthand how to create a rich informational dashboards using Power BI and leverage disparate data sources to create interactive dashboards which give consistent view of your data. You also learn how to put visual analytics at your fingertips with intuitive report authoring. Quickly discover patterns as you explore a single unified view of linked and interactive visualizations. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, please email cevents@microsoft.com or visit the Immersion information desk in the expo hall.

Monday, September 26 at 2:15pm

Learn how SharePoint is reinventing content collaboration: vision and roadmap updates

Learn about new innovations that empower people and organizations to intelligently discover, share, and collaborate on content from anywhere, on virtually any device. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft OneDrive for Business, shares our mobile-first, cloud-first vision and roadmap updates for SharePoint.

Monday, September 26 at 5:40pm

Manage tasks within Office 365

Join us for this quick 20-minute session where we highlight the best ways to work with and manage tasks within Microsoft Office 365. From a Microsoft SharePoint list to Planner - learn what options you have and the pros and cons of each option. This session is fast-moving and full of demos.

Tuesday, September 27 at 9:00am

Learn about the future of Microsoft PPM

Cloud, proliferation of devices, and apps have changed the way we collaborate, and manage our tasks and projects. During this session we talk about Microsoft's vision for work, project, and portfolio management and provide insights into our future product investments.

Tuesday, September 27 at 10:45am

Meet Planner - the new Microsoft Office 365 work management application

Take a deep dive into Microsoft Planner, a new work management tool for team collaboration in Office 365. This session will have a demonstration of Planner's features, and discussion of how Planner fits into Microsoft's work management story for every kind of work. As many organizations spend millions on team collaboration software, learn how you and your organization can increase productivity with Planner in Office 365.

Wednesday, September 28 at 2:00pm

Deploy and manage Microsoft PPM

Learn how get the most out of Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management (PPM). This session includes best practices from actual deployments and customer case studies.

Wednesday, September 28 at 5:05pm

Use the right tools to achieve project management success

In today's mobile and project-centric work environment, the ability to coordinate multiple projects with distributed teams-and making high-level strategic decisions based upon consolidated project progress, risk and resource usage information-is critical. When it comes to project management, every individual, team, and organization has unique needs. Microsoft's vision for project management is to enable individuals and teams to choose the tool that is the best fit for their specific project. Understand how solutions like Project, SharePoint, Planner, GigJam and other Office 365 technologies fit together so you can chart a realistic approach to enhanced project management for your organization, delivering immediate and future value.

Thursday, September 29 at 9:00am

Learn how to establish a successful Project and Portfolio Management practice, first-hand.

Join this session to learn from our experienced customers and partners, how to establish a successful Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) practice. Get valuable tips that would help you to make smart decisions while implementing the solution. This session features a dedicated Q&A section with our panel.

Thursday, September 29 at 1:35pm

See 5 project workflows you need to have in Microsoft PPM

If you use Microsoft Project and Portfolio Management (PPM), you already know you can develop workflows to govern your Project Lifecycle from Ideation to Completion. You probably saw a plethora of demos and content about this capability. What you may NOT have seen is that this workflow platform could also be used to automate some of the KEY sub-processes in Project Management. For example, how about taking a snapshot of key project data at every stage? Or monitoring deliverable date changes in highly critical projects? in this demo-rich session, we show you how to build the Project Online workflows to handle these key scenarios (and more); workflows you will be able to use right away. Some knowledge of PPM Workflows is recommended.

Friday, September 30 at 10:45am

Create powerful reports in Microsoft PPM

Microsoft Project Online provides easy yet powerful reporting options to create a variety of projects, resources, and portfolio reports. Learn how you can create real-time reports and dashboards using tools such as Microsoft Excel 2016, Excel Services, Microsoft PowerPivot, Power View, and OData.

Friday, September 30 at 12:30pm

Manage projects and portfolios in the cloud

Selecting the right set of projects and managing them appropriately through their lifecycle is critical for any organization to successfully achieve its competitive edge and business goals. Due to limited resources and dynamic changes in business environment, portfolio selection process is often challenging for IT and business executives. This session discusses how to manage projects and portfolios in the cloud, highlighting how mobile and cloud offerings of Microsoft PPM enable you to bring the best to all project participants.

Friday, September 30 at 12:30pm

Satisfy custom needs with Microsoft PPM

Do you want to manage projects and recourses in Project Professional and Online to meet your organization's needs? If you answered yes, learn how to quickly and easily create Project add-ins using CSOM and OfficeJS APIs. We will cover what the APIs can do, how to get started and create a couple of add-ins.

NOTE: Refer to the Microsoft Ignite site for additional information including presenters and bios.