Microsoft has published another article on its TechNet site. This looks at a popular topic in project management circles these days, dashboards.
With the new capabilities of EPM tools like Microsoft’s Project Server or the Oracle BI tools now linked to Primavera, there is a hunger for pretty dashboards that show arrows going up, circles going down and triangles pointing in every direction. This article talks about what you need to know in creating project management dashboards, some pitfalls that are often overlooked when people create these displays and some of the core principles you’ll need to adopt to make dashboards a useful experience.
Now it’s flattering enough to be on the Project Server 2010 page
You can find the article on the Project Server 2010 page of TechNet but this article was deemed interesting enough that TechNet is highlighting it on the front page of TechNet at technet.microsoft.com. That’s quite remarkably flattering and kinda cool to think that the millions of people who go to TechNet every day will see it.
Microsoft doesn’t do it every year but next year they will once again be holding a conference for Microsoft Project. This usually signals that Microsoft has a new version to show us and, yes, it’s fairly certain we’ll be hearing all about Project version 15 when the conference rolls around.
The conference is March 19-22, 2012 in Phoenix.
For registration information go to: www.msprojectconference.com
Oh, and will I be there? You bet.
TimeControlOnline™, culminates a development initiative that HMS began in 2007. This Timesheet as a Service (TaaS) model lets clients who are interested in a hosted timesheet service start with TimeControl instantly. With the product already installed and running, there is no delay while internal IT resources are marshaled to install, configure, secure and move the system into product. Clients can focus on the use of the system rather than the technical infrastructure that supports it.
The new hosted service brings a remarkable set of features and benefits of TimeControl to the online subscription model. TimeControl and TimeControlOnline include functionality for time and attendance, time and billing, project-tracking, linking to project management tools, vacation approvals and even a mobile interface all in the same package. With TimeControlOnline, there is no hardware to purchase, nothing to install, nothing to maintain and nothing else to purchase. Everything is included in one competitive subscription price.
Unlike many timesheet services on the market today, HMS has elected to make all functionality included in the basic system and not make clients decide on purchasing module after module. This all-in-one model seems best suited to both license purchases and online subscriptions. Clients of either TimeControl or TimeControlOnline have all the functionality of the system available to them and can decide what elements are appropriate for their particular use.
It’s always interesting to talk to others in the project management space. An article I did for Project Times called the Real Time Project Management Myth prompted a call from the Project Management Insights Blog Lewis Lin over there had some questions for me about Real Time Project Management and. You can read the interview on Project Management Insights Blog at:6 Questions with Chris Vandersluis, Founder of HMS Software. If you’re not keen to hear more about me, there are lots of other interesting interviews there also!
Microsoft has announced the release of Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Project and Project Server.
You can find details on the enhancement for this service pack at: Announcing Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Project & Project Server 2010.
Microsoft recommends that you read the guidance below and the information on the service pack prior to installing:
Microsoft is also strongly recommending deploying the June 2011 Cumulative update for Project and Project Server when you install the SP1 update.
For more information go to the official Microsoft announcement at: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/project/archive/2011/05/16/project-2010-sp1.aspx
This version continues the 6th evolution of one of the world’s most popular timesheet systems. Since its initial release in 1984, TimeControl has been one of the most recognized timesheet systems for organizations who need a single timesheet interface to fulfill the multiple requirements of payroll, human resources, project management and finance.
Enhancements in TimeControl 6 new features, enhanced functionality and feature updates including the following:
TimeControl Mobile is designed to work on popular smartphones like the Blackberry and iPhone. This is a web application that works with TimeControl as an extension of your existing implementation. As a mobile web-application there’s nothing to install. The user simply points their smartphone browser to the new /mobile directory of their TimeControl implementation and they are directed to an interface specifically created for the mobile device.
TimeControl Mobile includes functionality for adding, editing and deleting a timesheet, adding, editing and deleting timesheet lines. Even changing values for user defined fields is supported.
Just like the full web-based TimeControl, users who have pre-loading turned on or have defined personal pre-loaded charges will see them appear automatically in TimeControl Mobile when they create a new timesheet. This makes adding data very easy in the mobile device.If your TimeControl implementation is tied to a project management system like Microsoft Project or Primavera, your assignments could automatically appear when you create a new timesheet so you can update your activity hours in the field.
TimeControl Mobile works in both Portrait and Landscape mode. When the user flips their device from one orientation to the other, TimeControl immediately resizes the screen to take advantage of whatever space is available.
We’ve tried TimeControl Mobile on iPhones, Blackberry’s, Android and Windows 7 Mobile devices. Whatever your smartphone, there’s a good chance that TimeControl Mobile will work on it.
Filter details in Report headers
TimeControl now allows an option where the report headers will show the details of the filter you’ve selected. This means that selecting a date range or a particular range of data will be apparent from the values in the filter thus making it easier to ensure you’re looking at the right report data.
Improved table performance
We’ve made some huge improvements in table performance some of which have improved some table functions by as much as 500%!
Improved customized branding
TimeControl has allowed the client to insert their own image into the TimeControl login screen for some time. Now we’ve enhanced the ability for customized branding by providing a new image in the header of each TimeControl page.
Improved links with Microsoft Project Server
We’ve improved our TimeControl to Project Server link to take advantage of some of Project Server 2010’s capabilities. Now enterprise fields can be put into the charge code definition when linking and TimeControl will support the transfer of Sub-projects.
And lots, lots more…
There are improvements and other minor enhancements across the system including in logs, reporting fonts, the timesheet list, the timesheet interface and drop down field descriptions.
TimeControl 6.2 is available immediately. TimeControl customers with existing current support contracts can download the new version from the Support/Updates area of the TimeControl website.