Migration of MS Project Server – why & how?

What you should know about migrating old versions

The mainstream support for the following Microsoft Project releases has come to an end:

  • Microsoft Project Professional 2013 (expired 04/2018)
  • Microsoft Project Server 2013 (expired 04/2018)
  • Microsoft Project Professional 2010 (expired 10/2015)
  • Microsoft Project Server 2010 (expired 10/2015)
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2010 including Excel services

Hardly Any Support from Microsoft

Mainstream support includes the provision of bug fixes and product enhancements for the above versions. Once this has expired, "Extended Support" is available if required. This extends the support for a further 5 years, but at a charge. For Project 2013 this is until April 2023.

We have learned from experience that Microsoft will not touch the code of the above releases. In case of problems, companies are told to install the current release 2019 or 2016.

In case you are still working with Project Server 2010, you should definitely consider migrating to the version 2019 – or at least to version 2016! And keep in mind: migration to version 2016 or 2019 is only possible via version 2013 of MS Project Server.

Image: Microsoft Project Server 2016 Web App Portfolio Overview (click image to enlarge)
Migration to MS Project Server 2016

The most important improvements in Project Server 2019, 2016, Project Online and 2013 compared to the release 2010:

  • Improved, webbased project editing (easy handling, saving on license fees, multi-browser support)
  • Simplified  process creation out of the Microsoft toolset
  • Improved reporting (especially within the MS Project Professional Client – contains report templates as well as individually created reports)
  • Integrated portfolio-management (supports the selection process)
  • Flexibility in using Project Online (rent licenses on demand in the cloud-based release additionally)
  • Integration with SharePoint, Lync and Exchange (provides additional information regarding projects in SharePoint, supports better collaboration)
  • Simplified data base architecture (more performance of the Project Servers, Multi-Tenancy Support)
  • Lightweight Project Management (rough planning of projects in SharePoint)
  • Project Center with timeline (improved reporting)
  • Resource management: Resource Engagements (version 2016 / Project Online)
  • Views: Multiple timelines (version 2016 / Project Online)
  • Agile functionalities (Professional ONLINE Client only)
  • Team Tasks can be accepted from multiple resources (version 2019 / Project Online)
    Adjustable granularity (days, months, years) of the time phase data in the report database (version 2019 / Project Online)

Migration to Project Server 2019, 2016 or Project Online – Do It the Fast Way

Migrating from Microsoft Project Server databases is a demanding task. It has to follow the right steps if you want your system to be up and running productively right afterwards and safeguard the quality of the data that has been transferred.

TPG The Project Group can help you migrate successfully due to its long experience in migration projects of Project Server systems.

TPG MigrationMethod: Migration to Microsoft Project Server 2016 / Project Online (click image to enlarge)
Migration to Microsoft Project Server 2016 / Project Online

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