We just released version 1.8 of PM Central™, Bamboo’s project management solution for SharePoint. This is the eighth update to PM Central since we introduced the product in 2009. We’ve been steadily adding new features based on customer feedback and will continue to make improvements and add new functionality throughout 2010 and beyond.
One of the key areas of focus in this release has been on performance and page load times. What’s the issue? One of the key features of PM Central is centralized reporting of project status, risks, issues, etc. PM Central collects data from each individual project site and “rolls up” this information to provide a comprehensive dashboard reflecting activities across the organization. This is something that Bamboo is very good at. Our List Rollup Web Part is the premier solution for data aggregation in SharePoint. Over the years, we’ve invested heavily in maximizing the performance of this data collection process. We’re on the cutting edge here, and pushing the limits of SharePoint to deliver the most horsepower possible.
The results look great. Benchmarking in the lab shows us a 117% improvement in page load times for key parts of the UI. Even when these improvements are measured in milliseconds, the impact on the individual user experience can be the difference between snappy and sluggish.
As we have engaged with customers regarding the performance of PM Central™, we have noticed that many of our customers are running a large number of project sites with limited hardware support. We recommend that you follow Microsoft Best Practices for Scalability and Performance to ensure that you are meeting the minimum requirements for a successful SharePoint environment.
Current users of PM Central are encouraged to upgrade to version 1.8 at your convenience and reminded that there is no cost for doing so. Thank you for using PM Central™ and, as always, we sincerely appreciate your feedback and suggestions. Many of your great comments will be implemented in our next major release, v2.0 scheduled to ship this summer. Please stay tuned!