Inside this issue...

Editorial The "highlights" of the last quarter…
Solution Update 3 improves performance & MS Project import…
News Skills management & going international…
Open Source Basic/Open Edition roadmap…
About About this newsletter…

Editorial

Dear Readers!

Another busy year is slowly coming to an end and it was a very interesting year for Onepoint - probably the most interesting ever (isn't it always? :-). We are especially happy that we reached all major goals defined in our business plan. So let me share some "highlights" of the fourth quarter with you:

  • In late October we totally redesigned our product website and added in-depth descriptions for 10 of the most interesting features of Onepoint Project. If you haven't seen the new site yet you should definitely check it out
  • Just days later we launched our online shop, the "Onepoint Store" where you can purchase software (if you haven't done so yet... ;-) and user manuals
  • In early November we added the ability to download 30-day trial versions of Onepoint Project Professional and Network Edition - functionality that was very well received
  • By the end of November we silently launched a test site for our soon-to-come Software-as-a-Service offering that will be named "Onepoint Project On Demand". We are only taking a few clients for testing, so if you are interested we encourage you to decide quickly, there are only a few places left...
  • From December 5 to 7 Michael and me were at the Gartner PPM Summit in Prague where we had very positive discussions with leading Gartner analysts Matt Light and Dan Stang and it became clear to us that Onepoint Project is not only relevant for small and medium-sized businesses, but for large enterprises as well (our "Project Pipeline" was probably the most interesting feature here)
  • Finally, we are close to releasing "Update 3" for Onepoint Project 7.1. The update consolidates the performance improvements of Update 2 with improved MS-Project import and export functionality (see below). The update will be officially released in early January

Throughout 2007, we have learned that Onepoint Project - although originally designed for medium-sized high-tech and IT service companies - is indeed a true horizontal solution and can be successfully implemented across industries ranging from media and PR firms to discreet manufacturing and automotive. Together with our clients we will show that acceptance, usability and integration are the true business drivers for creating a sustainable Return on Investment from project leadership software.

Best regards,

Gerald Mesaric, CEO

Solution

Onepoint Project 7.1 Network/Team Edition

The new update to Onepoint Project 7.1, Update 3, consolidates a number of changes we did for some of our customers with Update 2 that we officially only released on Sourceforge. The major changes are:

  • Performance and scalability improvements for the project administration
  • Performance improvements for the project planning tool
  • Improved import and export from and to Microsoft Project (including support for MS Project 2007 files)
  • Some minor bug fixes

We intend to release Update 3 in the second week of January in order to make sure that our support team is available in full strength to assist you with updating if necessary.

News

Open Source

Basic/Open Edition Roadmap

A number of people have asked us if we are going to improve the Basic and Open editions also in the future even though we are currently investing a lot of resources into commercial features. The answer to this question is definitely yes. We have made a commitment to the open source development model and we will stick to it.

However, as in the past we will always decide based on the nature of the feature whether it should be part of the open source part, or whether it should only be part of the commercial code base. The general "rule" is: If the feature is primarily used in a for-profit business scenario it will only be part of the commercial product roadmap. Otherwise, we will typically make it available as open source, too.

For instance, version 8 will feature an improved to do list for the project manager that we will call the "Checklist" tool. This feature will be part of the Basic and Open editions. On the other side, the "Controlling" tool that will help you to control your projects primarily from a cost-compared-to-proceeds perspective will only be available in the commercial versions of Onepoint Project.

In the next issue of the Report we will take a closer look at the new open source features in version 8 and how they can help you in your daily project work.

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About Onepoint Software

Onepoint Software is the first vendor integrating project planning, controlling, monitoring and reporting into a single, easy-to-use, Web 2.0-based project leadership software solution for project-oriented companies. The open source approach and the consistent orientation to industry standards allow easy integration into existing IT infrastructure and business processes. Onepoint users get all project-related information up-to-date and target-oriented, thus increasing the transparency of projects. At the same time project risks and administrative costs are reduced.