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Ute Gillet

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Functionality &User Manual Update: Gantt Add-in For Visual Service Planning in NAV

Posted by Ute Gillet on Mar 29, 2017 4:26:14 PM

Over the past year, a great deal of work went into optimization and enhancement of our Gantt chart add-in for visual service planning in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Service Module, the Visual Service Scheduler (VSS).

Of course, these comprehensive modifications and enhancements also have to be reflected in the add-in's documentation. This is why we have done a profound overhaul of the entire VSS manual, formerly known as "Quick Start Guide". Naturally, with the modifications being so comprehensive, the guide also became more and more extensive, stopped being a mere start-up aid and instead became a "full-grown" manual.

This blogpost wants to inform you about the new manual being available for download on our website as of now while at the same time give you a short review of some of the most important features having been added to the VSS.

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Topics: Service Scheduling, NAV Gantt add-ins

Best Practice for Visual Project Planning in Dynamics NAV Jobs Module

Posted by Ute Gillet on Mar 21, 2017 3:10:00 PM

As profound expert of Microsoft Dynamics NAV you are well aware of the fact that the proven tool for (not only) simplifying the management of projects, jobs, and resources can sometimes be a bit awkward to handle. You also know our Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS) add-in and have already disocvered some of its handy functions for reducing or even bypassing this awkward behavior in NAV.

This blogpost wants to draw your attention to a slightly unnoticed but nevertheless powerful visual project planning feature helping the planner to save much time: See how a complete project can be postponed or brought forward with just one mouse interaction.

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Topics: Project Planning, 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

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

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

Basic Facts About Gantt Charts: Their Graphical Ingredients

Posted by Ute Gillet on Aug 25, 2016 9:40:22 AM

It's been a while since I started my loose series of blog posts giving insights into the basic facts and features of Gantt charts by writing about why they are still popular today.

I'm quite sure that to some the actual nature and structure of these charts has become a bit vague over times, what with further developments and extending of application fields. So I considered clarifying the graphical ingredients of a Gantt chart in the first place. 

Possibly, you'll be surprised that the text is rather short. But first, as I'd like to clear the above mentioned vagueness, I'm going to keep my explanation as detailed as necessary and as concise as possible. Second, a structure as simple - yet effective - doesn't need much words to be explained. And third, when it comes to a visualization technique like a Gantt diagram, I rather prefer to work with images than with words.

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Topics: Gantt Chart Fundamentals

Basic Facts About Gantt Charts: Why They Are Still Popular Today

Posted by Ute Gillet on Jul 6, 2016 6:39:30 PM

“Gantt charts are uncool”, “Gantt's diagrams are dead” - these and many other similar statements can be read and heard in the media again and again. But – interestingly enough - in spite of all declarations of death, they are still very alive and are still a tool most commonly used for visualizing schedules of many different kinds.

The contradiction between all prophecies of doom and the longevity and up-to-dateness struck me as odd and I wanted to know more. The questions I wanted to get answers to were: What are the origins of these charts? What were the fields of application in the past and what are they today? Is there an evolution in terms of function and features? 

Since the material I came up with was quite complex, I decided to split it up into a loose series of blog posts giving insights into the basic facts and features of this kind of charts and I start with shedding some light on the reasons why and where they are used.

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Topics: Gantt Chart Fundamentals

End-to-End Service Scheduling With Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Posted by Ute Gillet on Jun 20, 2016 6:36:10 PM

The standard Microsoft Dynamics NAV service module (alongside with the general resource planning capabilities) provides an initial level of ERP functionality to support service-savvy processes and businesses. These functions enable the users to manage service quotes, orders, contracts and the related admin processes such as invoicing etc. However, the standard Dynamics NAV service capabilities fall short when it comes to supporting a service business end-to-end; means: from the customer over the call center, over the service dispatcher, over the service technician back to the cutomer again. This blog post sheds a light on how to achieve exactly this end-to-end service management, scheduling and execution process when working with Dynamics NAV.

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Topics: Service Scheduling, NAV Gantt add-ins

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