Onepoint Project 9 - What's New?
The new major version of Onepoint Project features many improvements, one of them being a face-lifted user interface that incorporates a lot of the feedback we got from existing and prospective customers. Functionality-wise we added a report writer as well as two optional modules covering basic risk and issue management.
For me personally, the user interface facelift is one of the most important improvements we did for the new release - simply because they make everyday project work a lot easier and more fun. Beside many small usability improvements there are some key changes that will make the lives of project managers and contributors (hopefully ;-) easier:
- Larger and easier to "read" edit toolbar buttons are now functionally grouped
- Project name and description are prominently shown on top of every single-project view
- Projects get an easy-to-use project traffic light showing the internal status of each project
- Work slips are now week-based views making subsequent tracking of actual time and effort much more efficient (and yes, we also improved the work slip overview)
Another long-time request from nearly every customer and prospect was the ability to create flexible tabular reports simply within Onepoint Project. Starting with Release 9, the commercial versions of Onepoint Project (Professional, Group and Enterprise) provide all manager-level users with the ability to define their own custom reports using a simple 4-5 step wizard. The report wizard provides for 4 levels of groupings, multiple sorting criteria and powerful query building functionality. Reports created with the wizard can be shared across project teams and are automatically available not only inline, but are exportable to PDF, MS Excel and CSV files.
Finally, we added two new optional modules: the Risk Management Option and the Issue Tracking Option. These two options are intended for project managers who want (or need) to track project-related risks and issues directly within their preferred project planning and controlling tool. Risks are managed using a version-controlled risk matrix featuring fields such as a risk category, impact probability and costs. Issues work much like ad hoc tasks, but in addition feature simple email-based escalation rules.
I am personally very proud of what our development team achieved with the new major release of Onepoint Project 9. I hope you agree that Onepoint made a big step into the right direction. If you want to know more about the new features I encourage you to take a look at our "New in Version 9" page on the Onepoint website or - even better - download a 30-day trial version, give it a try yourself and tell me what you liked and where you still see improvement!