Inseries is meanwhile available for both iOS and OS X. On the Mac the app resides in the menu bar and can be activated using a configurable global keyboard shortcut. I really like the date calculation functions we added in the last update (today's date, adding days to a given date, counting the days between two dates, and calculating the calendar week of a date). You should really give it a try :-).
Inseries is a little calculator app I have written together with designer Wolfgang Bartelme over X-mas last year. It's a quite practical utility, since it works differently than most other calculators: you can enter calculations in a very natural way and your previous calculations are stored persistently in a database for easy reference. Now we updated the UI slightly to be even more in line with Jony Ive's iOS 7 redesign (which I like a lot ;-).
Elon Musk is one of the three real entrepreneurs I respect most (the other two are Richard Branson and Steve Jobs). When he first announced the "Hyperloop" concept I was instantly interested, but a little bit skeptical. However, already the first version looks really good to me -- especially the idea of using air pressure and magnetic fields in combination. You should definitely check it out if you are interested in future transportation.
onepoint PROJECTS named again a "Visionary" in Gartner's 2013 Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Based IT Project and Portfolio Management Services. The new research report evaluating vendors was published by Daniel Stang and Robert Handler and is available for purchase from Gartner's website. Check out our full press release on Onepoint's website...
onepoint PROJECTS 11 is our first server-release to feature our new HTML5-based user interface. The new UI is even more beautiful and practical, and you do not need a Java plug-in anymore as an end-user. Check out the 30-day free trial download today...
We released Onepoint Project 10.3 Group/Enterprise Server earlier today. The new version adds JIRA time tracking and effort estimation synchronization and a resource forecast tool in the form of a histogram based on planned resource utilization and project probabilities. Check out the free 30-day trial version...
Onepoint has recently published two new data sheets for its JIRA Connector Option (JCO) and its integrated support for IPMA-compliant project controlling and reporting - the Controlling Cycle Option (CCO). Check them out in the "Resources" section of their website...
Onepoint Project now supports both real-time integration of issues and product backlogs as well as direct integration of runnning JIRA projects. This allows for a comprehensive overview across all projects and a consistent resource utilization chart across all teams...
Firetask combines David Allen's innovative Getting Things Done (GTD) approach with practical aspects of classical task management based on due dates and priorities. The Mac version of the visually appealing task management app is now available - check it out...
Onepoint was selected by leading IT analyst firm Gartner for inclusion into this year's Magic Quadrant for IT Project and Portfolio Management. Read more about this important milestone for Onepoint Project as well as about our new integrated agile development focus in our most recent press release...
Onepoint did launch its new major version Onepoint Project 10 Enterprise/Cloud earlier today. Onepoint 10 features improved WBS and project pipeline views as well as many more improvements in the areas of IPMA and PMI-compliant project monitoring, controlling and reporting. Check out the "What's New" page on the Onepoint website for more information...
We are happy that Apple did approve Ideawell HD in time in order that our visual innovation management tool is now available on the iPad App Store for the grand opening. If you are one of the few lucky ones who get an iPad today please check it out and let us know what you think!
Update 2 builds on the performance improvements we implemented in Onepoint Project 9.1 Update 1 and fixes a number of smaller problems we encountered during the last months. In addition, we prepared our reporting engine for PMI-compliant Earned Value (EV) data that we will also visualize with real-time views later this year.
Firetask 2.0 is our first major update and features a number of practical improvements including much faster editing of tasks (no more separate "Edit" mode), even more clear "Projects" and "Categories" views and deferred fading out of completed tasks when inline-completing one or more tasks.
Since so many apps are now called "Sparks", we have decided to rename Sparks to "Ideawell". Ideawell 2.0 has just been submitted to the App Store and is pending review by Apple. Ideawell is a visual innovation management app for the iPhone and iPod touch.
We have finally released Onepoint Project 9.1 including the new Controlling Cycle Option "2.0" this Wednesday. The new release features improved progress tracking and everything you need for effectively supporting formal project management and controlling in medium-sized enterprises.
If you have not done so I suggest you update to Onepoint Project 9 Update 2a. The new update features a number of improvements to the well-received "Report Wizard" as well as a new "Resource Allocation" tool we implemented for one of our customers from Belgium.
I married my lovely fiance Ulrike last week in Schloss Dornhofen near Graz. Since we agreed on her last name as our new common name, my name changed officially to "Gerald Aquila". I will use both names until end of this year in order to avoid too much confusion ;-).
Sparks 1.1 is now finally available in the App Store. Beside some minor bug fixes it now provides a German user interface. Sparks allows you to quickly capture ideas, rate and visually analyze them in four dimensions such as innovation, simplicity, uniqueness and potential. Check it out if you have not done so already!
I got my new car about a week ago, therefore my gray BMW X3 is now for sale (YC 2005, usual extras, 72.000 km, EUR 22.500, car is located near Graz/Austria). Contact me in case you are interested.
Onepoint Software has released Onepoint Project 9 yesterday. All commercial editions are available for a free 30 day test drive as of today. New functionality includes a custom report wizard as well as new options for project-centric risk management and issue tracking. It also features a very cool new user interface... ;-)
If you have not downloaded the new version of Firetask 1.5 yet you should definitely do so. Beside adding repeating tasks we also improved the next and due task count visualization and implemented swipe-delete for tasks.
We discovered that nearly all the questions we got from you regarding Firetask circled around five topics. So we created a small list of these frequently asked questions (of course including the answers we gave ;-) and put it onto the Firetask website...
We are very happy that the "official" first version of Firetask (1.0) is now available in Apple's App Store. Compared to the preview version we added a number of user interface improvements such as the "burning" overdue indicator and of course, a German user interface! :-)
This may come to a surprise to many of you, but since Wolfgang and I are very happy with our iPhones, we "secretly" focused on a Firetask version that was totally redesigned from scratch to match the iPhone's unique user interface attributes. Check out the new website if you want to know more...!
The Onepoint team will be demoing the final preview of Onepoint Project 8.1 at the SYSTEMS tradeshow from Oct 21-24 in Munich, Germany. You will find us at hall B2, booth 350 (IBM partner exhibition). Hope to you see you all there.
A brand new list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) is available at the Onepoint website. If you are using or administrating Onepoint Project you should definitely check it out.
Since a number of people from the US reminded us about the strong Euro, we decided to cut the price for a Task 1 report for Onepoint Project to EUR 499 (approximately USD 730).
Finally, we are ready with the first screenshots of "Firetask" - a new kind of practical and easy to use task management software. Check them out at www.firetask.com...
Today is a public holiday in Austria, so I am using the time to try out the one or other thing. Just started to play around with Twitter, since a few of my friends are heavy Twitter users, let's see...
I am very proud to announce that Onepoint was selected as this year's winner of the Softwarepark Hagenberg Award for excellence in innovation and software quality. Yesterday I was in Hagenberg to join the award ceremony which was BTW really very nice and well organized.
If there is one thing I don't like it is unfinished business. This is why I have "recycled" some work I did on a book about the secrets of the Internet for the rest of us in the form of a blog. Maybe you want to check it out...
After some hard work in the last couple of weeks we have released version 8 of Onepoint Project last Wednesday. The open source editions (Basic & Open) will follow tomorrow (April 15) and will be announced via a Sourceforge.net news message.
The Onepoint development team has worked day and night lately in order to make it happen: The new release of Onepoint Project is now only days away.
We have experimented a little bit with colors. Maybe the blue version is better than the original green one - we are not sure yet. Expect more in April...
Yesterday downloads of my company's open source products reached a new milestone: They crossed the 50.000 downloads mark! And I just saw that I am telling you this in my 25th sidenote... :-)
Two years ago I had an idea about a new way of managing my personal task list. A few weeks ago I decided to merge this idea with another one I don't want to talk about (yet ;-) and to start some kind of an "experiment"...
Tomorrow I will head up to Prague in order to attend Gartner's Project and Portfolio Management Summit located in the Hilton Prague hotel (December 5 to 7). This is the first time Onepoint participates in such an event and I am already looking forward to it.
I recently talked to a consulting firm that is also based in Graz and they told me about "Goal-Directed Project Management (GDPM)". It was at least new to me - maybe you want to check out the basic concepts.
The new release of Onepoint Project is finally here. The most important new features are the separation of internal and external rates as well as "real" time tracking (in addition to just tracking hours/effort).
The free Open and Basic editions of Onepoint Project on Sourceforge have now already been downloaded more than 30.000 times. We are eager to see how the new version will do which we will deliver later this month.
We have been quite busy lately, therefore, I am really looking forward to my two week vacation in the US starting on Thursday. Right before I will be attending LinuxWorld Expo 2007 in San Francisco.
On September 6 I will be speaking about successful project leadership of high-tech projects at the German industry track of the I-KNOW conference in Graz, Austria. I-KNOW is the leading international conference on knowledge management.
We finished the "Update 2" to Onepoint Project 07 last week - you can download the Open Edition as usually from Sourceforge. I believe this is the most stable release we have ever shipped. In addition, it includes a French and Russian user interface.
Two friends of me have started "MindMeister" a few months ago: A Web 2.0 application which lets you create mind maps together with other people. I think this could help in the early stages when planning a project.
When talking to Gartner I learned that they are hosting quite interesting, very specific events on Project & Portfolio Management: The US event takes place in June, the European counterpart is scheduled for early December.
I am very happy to announce that we exceeded 10000 downloads of our open source project leadership software by the end of last week. Onepoint Project Open Edition is available for free via Sourceforge.
I recently learned that the Open Solutions Alliance (OSA) has proposed some best practices for project management of multi-vendor integrated solutions on their community website: A very intersting document and also nicely written.
The final release 07 of the Open Source version of Onepoint Project is now available for download on Sourceforge. New functionality includes ad hoc tasks, a project status field and project level plan-actual comparisons.
Today my team released beta versions of the new release for both of our Open Source products: Onepoint Project Open Edition and Basic Edition. New functionality includes mainly multi project monitoring support and the possibility to create ad hoc tasks.
Bruno Reisinger's and my article on IT project leadership will now finally be published in the March issue of iX Magazin, one of the most important IT journals in Germany. The title of the article will be "Moderne Projektführung" and the journal will be available in mid February.
I wish all of you a Happy and successful New Year! I personally hope for fresh snow within the next couple of days and that it will get slightly colder, since I will be off skiing for a few days in Zauchensee (located in Salzburg, Austria) starting next weekend.
We are very excited about the fact that Onepoint Project Open Edition has been downloaded over 1000 times from Sourceforge within four weeks. There is already a community translation for Chinese and also a good chance that a Russian version will be available shortly...
I have decided to take a two year consultancy course called "Risk & Fraud" in Berlin. I am quite interested in this topic, because I think that risk management for projects becomes more and more important and that this topic is typically treated way too academic - we have to find more practical solutions here that work for "the rest of us".
Two of the founders of next level consulting, a fast growing Austrian project management consulting company, have published a new, compact book about project management (in German) which I like a lot. It is very well written and provides a good overview of practically relevant project management methods.
My company, Onepoint Software, has now released the public beta of the open source version of Onepoint Project, an integrated project leadership software solution (planning, controlling, monitoring, reporting). If you are interested you can download the software from sourceforge.net ("opproject").
My co-author Bruno Reisinger and I just finished the draft text and illustrations for an upcoming article about project leadership in mid-sized IT companies appearing in one of the next issues of the German iX Magazin. I will post a short note here as soon as the article gets published.
I am very happy about the opportunity to talk about project leadership and the common problems in today's IT projects at the i-Know conference on September 7 (this is exactly in four weeks time from today). The talk will be part of the German language industry track.
If you are an "IT bug" like I am (as an old girlfriend once put it) you will agree that today's date is - from an IT perspective - quite a nice date to start a weblog about (mainly) IT projects. For those who don't, the link above leads to a hint...