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June 13, 2012 2433 comments so far

Onepoint Goes HTML5: R11 Preview

It has been a long time since my last post, but this does not mean that nothing is going on. On the contrary, there has been going on so much lately that I did not get to posting :-). Anyway, I wanted to provide you with a quick update on our next major release of Onepoint Project and its totally new HTML5 user interface...

As some of you might already know, the user interface of Onepoint Project 11 will be based on HTML5. The only part of the "old" Java UI that will remain is the administration area which is only accessible via the "Administrator" user. This means that the new UI is not only accessible from Windows, Macs and Linux PCs, but also from iPhones, iPads, and most other smartphones and tablets.

As we did not just want to "port" the Java UI to HTML, we did also a complete redesign based on feedback based on the Java UI that we gathered from our customers during the last couple of years. However, we only changed what was "broken", but kept everything that worked well in the past. Let me outline the most visible changes you will see in the upcoming new version of our web-based multi-project management solution:

  • The main navigation is now on top between your company logo and the user name that is signed on. The "Sign Off" button and the "your preferences" are accessible through a drop-down menu from the user name. This saves screen real estate and provides you with more space to do actual work in your web browser.
  • The second navigation level is now projects/resources instead of the tools. The major advantage of this change is that we will be able to scale from small, medium-sized to large projects by allowing you to show less or more tools for each project depending on its size or complexity. In addition, this makes it also possible to show a resource demand histogram not only on the organization level, but also on the pool or resource level.
  • The third navigation level is now tools and visualized as tabs within a portfolio, project, pool, or resources. The main advantage here is that this brings all project or resource-related information together into a single information "space".
  • The project/resource meta information (or "Properties") is displayed "inline" meaning that it is just another tool/tab within a project or resource information space (the first tab for projects/resources, the second tab for overviews such as portfolios or pools). This again has the advantage that it moves the project's properties closer to planning, controlling and monitoring resulting in less clicks and a clearer overall project navigation.
  • The "Risks" tool was moved one navigation level down and is now part of the "Planning" tab of a project. We think that this approach is much more consistent and that the risk plan is now really part of the overall project plan.

Beside many small user interface improvements we will also include one new major feature and this will be the new "Resources" planning tool. This new tool allows you to do visual resource planning and conflict resolution by visualizing both "foreground" (i.e., active project) and "background" (i.e., all other projects) utilization via an interactive, color coded, drag & drop-enabled bar chart. The screenshot below provides you with a first idea on how this will look like.

Now, the question you will ask is: when can I get my hands on this extremely cool piece of enterprise software? :-) The bad news is that we are not satisfied yet with the quality level, so the final release is still a few months away (but not too many). The good news is that we will provide interested parties and support customers with a BETA release of the new version within the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for our official announcement in the upcoming Onepoint Report newsletter... ;-)