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New in XGantt: Striking Graphical Features for Vivid Gantt Charts

Posted by Alfred Göhlich on Jan 10, 2017 9:30:00 AM

A new version (5.1) of VARCHART XGantt, our Gantt control for creating powerful Gantt charts, has been released recently. You can find the complete release notes here

We’ve come up with so much new features that introducing them all at once would go beyond the scope of one blog post. So I decided to split my description of what's new in the Gantt chart control into a series of blog posts, the first dealing with some great new graphical features.

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Topics: Windows Forms Gantt Control


New VSS Functions to Allocate Service Item Lines to Resources in NAV

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Dec 15, 2016 3:22:00 PM

There is a dispatch board in Microsoft Dynamics NAV for helping planners allocate service orders to resources. As a matter of fact, however, allocating is not really done via the board but via an editing method carried out in different successive dialogs. To make this easier for the planner, the Visual Service Scheduler (VSS) sums up all information that is needed for dispatching purposes in ONE overview. The recently released new version of the VSS comes with four new functions making it even more comfortable to allocate service item lines to resources in NAV.

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Topics: Service Scheduling, NAV Gantt add-ins


10 Links That’ll Make You Smart on Dynamics NAV Production Scheduling

Posted by Ute Gillet on Dec 14, 2016 3:22:29 PM

As user of Microsoft Dynamics NAV you may sometimes be faced with issues or questions that are not always treated in the according manuals and where you look for quick help. This seems to be especially true when it comes to the often complex topic of production scheduling.

That is in this blogpost I have put together for you some useful links to articles, posts or other contributions shared by experts or simply by other Microsoft Dynamics NAV users with special regard as to production scheduling.

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Topics: Production Scheduling, NAV Gantt add-ins


Allocation of Service Orders in Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Nov 9, 2016 2:47:00 PM

The Visual Service Scheduler (VSS) is a visual dispatch board both for the service and the resource planning module in Microsoft Dynamics NAV, helping planners allocate service orders to the service technicians. The visual Gantt add-in enables shifting Service Item Lines per drag & drop from an order backlog to the resources while at the same time the planner keeps control of the resources‘ schedule. This blogpost is about a function of the VSS which allows for an easy overview of not yet allocated orders which will be especially helpful for companies with lots of service orders.

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Topics: Service Scheduling, NAV Gantt add-ins


Basic Facts About Gantt Charts: Tips for Creating a Meaningful Chart

Posted by Ute Gillet on Nov 2, 2016 2:53:18 PM

Again, some time has passed since in the last post of my loose series of blogs about the basic facts and features of Gantt charts I shared with you some insights on their structure and graphical ingredients.

Now that you’ve learned the basics, you're doubtless eager to create a meaningful and clear-cut chart of your own and this is why today I'd like to shed some light on the preliminary considerations needed and the steps to be followed to achieve this.

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Topics: Gantt Chart Fundamentals


NAV Production Planning: Manually Extend Capacity & Speed Up Delivery

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Oct 6, 2016 2:06:04 PM

ERP systems like Microsoft Dynamics NAV support manufacturing companies in planning orders and resources. Based on previously made settings, like routings, resource data, work calendars etc , the system splits production orders into Production Order Lines (POL), schedules the operations, calculates due dates based on start/ release dates and allocates resources.

On the one hand, automatic production planning like this comes in handy, since it saves the planner some work. On the other hand, however, these settings are quite rigid. For example, they don’t take into account that an operation of a POL could be finished with just one hour overtime work and the delivery time of the complete order could be shortened.

These “speed-up points“ become visible when the data is presented in a visual production schedule. This blog post is about manually extending capacities in Microsoft Dynamics NAV to shorten the completion time of certain orders and how this works hand-in-hand with the Visual Production Scheduler.

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Topics: Production Scheduling, NAV Gantt add-ins


The Best Way to Allocate Service Orders to Resources in Dynamics NAV

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Sep 7, 2016 8:57:50 AM

The customer is king - this slogan is of upmost priority to all service-oriented companies.

Knowing the customer’s needs in advance, executing orders in a competent way and in time – these are the challenges a good customer service is confronted with. The service module in Microsoft Dynamics NAV offers every function to optimize the service management. Really every function? What is missing is the good old planning board for staff scheduling, helping to keep track of the complete team’s work and to allocate service orders manually.

This is why this blogpost is about a simple way of closing the gap: by using a Gantt add-in.

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Topics: Service Scheduling, NAV Gantt add-ins


New Features in Our Java Gantt Control VARCHART JGantt 3.2

Posted by Ute Gillet on Aug 30, 2016 9:30:00 AM

A new version of VARCHART JGantt, our Java Gantt control for creating interactive Gantt charts, has been released as of 26 August, 2016. The control now offers two major new features and a new sample, all being introduced in this blog post. Read below what we've come up with.

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Topics: Java Gantt Control


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