Onepoint Software, one of the leading European vendors for project and portfolio management software (PPM), today introduced Release 8 of its project leadership solution Onepoint Project. The new release adds key features that are mission-critical for large, project-oriented companies such as customizable project and resource types, configurable e-mail alerts and improved document management functionality. Onepoint also announced two new, optional modules around skills management and status reporting that can be licensed together with the new "Enterprise Edition". Release 8 and the add-on modules are available immediately.
Onepoint Project is available as both open source and commercial software. The "Open Edition" has already been downloaded more than 50,000 times from the leading open source platform Sourceforge.net and recently got an honorary award from the INNOVATIONSPREIS 2008 as one of the best open source business software packages in Central Europe. Onepoint Project integrates web-based project planning, progress tracking, monitoring, controlling and reporting into a single, easy-to-use tool. The software is best known for its short learning curve and the fact that it is very easy to deploy.
Newly introduced core functionalities in release 8 include the ability to create custom types of portfolios, projects, resources and pools allowing for much faster customization than previously possible. Eight different, configurable e-mail alerts help managers of project-oriented organizations to keep their eyes on narrow margins and important deadlines. Integrated document management capabilities and a new checklist tool provide a 360-degree view of the project portfolio.
The two new optional modules expand the core project and portfolio management functions in the areas of skills management and status reporting: The "Skills Management Option" enables users to create a custom, organization-wide skills catalog helping to rate and search for resources based on their qualifications and experiences as well as their availability. The "Controlling-Cycle Option" introduces explicit support for a mandatory project controlling-cycle in order to facilitate the regular project review and clearing process. For instance, consulting companies can use the Controlling-Cycle Option to optimize their internal pre-billing process by gaining faster access to the billable hours per project and accounting period. Both options primarily focus on larger, project-oriented departments and organizations.
"During the last 12 months we have been working with many medium-sized and large organizations," says Gerald Mesaric, founder and CEO of Onepoint. "The new release demonstrates that we have been closely listening to their needs. Onepoint Project provides a groundbreaking new way of managing projects and portfolios and we are eager to see how our customers will make use of the many new and practical features of the Enterprise Edition."
Onepoint Project runs on all major operating systems and databases including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and IBM DB2. A free 30-day trial version of the entry-level "Network Edition" of the new release can be downloaded from the Onepoint website at http://www.onepoint-project.com.
Onepoint Software is the first project and portfolio management vendor offering both an on demand and an installed Web 2.0-based solution for the extended enterprise. Unlike traditional PPM software, Onepoint Project is known to be integrated, real-time, open, easy-to-use and fast to deploy. Onepoint enables project-oriented companies and departments to increase project and portfolio transparency, shorten project lead-times, automate best practices and reduce project risks. The ROI period of Onepoint Project is usually well below 12 months.
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