The one and only reason why we ungate all our content

Posted by Martin Karlowitsch on Dec 7, 2017 2:42:43 PM

We recently relaunched our website. This had been a 9-months project. We did this completely on our own and did not involve any agency. In this process, I made (among others) two fundamental decisions:

  1. Going forward, I want to run an "exec corner" blog. In this blog, I wanna share insights from owning and running a software company.
  2. With the relaunch, we say good-bye to (almost) all Marketing forms. I mean, all forms that we usually put between our visitors and the content we create.

This is my first "exec corner" blog and it sheds some light on the second decision. Actually, it needed only one reason to decide that we ungate all our content.

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New Features in the VJS for Visual Project Planning in Dynamics NAV

Posted by Ute Gillet on Nov 29, 2017 12:32:57 PM

The new version 1.4 of the Visual Jobs Scheduler, our add-in for visual project planning in Dynamics NAV, has been released. The interactive planning board for visualizing jobs, job planning lines, job tasks, resources and resource allocations was enhanced by some really powerful features which at first glance might not look really that important, but believe me, there is a whole lot more to them. Describing all new features in their full depths would go way beyond one blog post so that today I will briefly introduce the new features and give you comprehensive descriptions of some selected features in posts to come (and a webinar that we'll host on Dec 4, 2017).

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Visual Production Planning With NAV:  Tips For Using Filters #2

Posted by Ute Gillet on Nov 2, 2017 3:23:00 PM

Last week, I started my two-part series about the meaningful usage of filters in the VPS, our Gantt add-in for visual production planning with NAV, by describing how to work with the Data Filter.

Learn today how and when to use the View Filter, and also why sometimes operations seem to vanish after the filter was applied.

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Improved Resource Utilization With NAV: Colors Highlight Unavailability

Posted by Ute Gillet on Oct 27, 2017 8:58:32 AM

As user of and/or partner reselling our Visual Service Scheduler Gantt add-in for service planning with Dynamics NAV you probably are already familiar with its visual alerts indicating situations that might jeopardize the execution of your order according to schedule.

For some NAV users these visual alerts were not enough, however, so that several of our partners asked us for a way to implement visual signals for highlighting a resource's unavailability such as specific "downtimes", absences, and external blockades. Their wish was our command so that today I can show you how to highlight absences by individual colors and tooltips and, as a side-effect, gain better resource utilization with NAV.

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Visual Production Planning With NAV:  Tips For Using Filters #1

Posted by Ute Gillet on Oct 11, 2017 12:09:33 PM

Two weeks ago, I told you about the new feature for customizing the VPS conflict management  that was developed as a result to a frequently posed partner request .

Of course, also questions on other themes arise every now and then and ones that reach us quite frequently concern the filter functionalities. Since this complex issue would go beyond the size of one post, I decided to split it into a series dealing with the different kinds of filters in the Visual Production Scheduler, and when and how to use them.

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Customer Case: More Control of Service Deliveries With Dynamics NAV

Posted by Ute Gillet on Sep 19, 2017 10:40:22 PM

Knowing the customer’s needs in advance, executing orders in a competent way and in time – these are the challenges all service-oriented companies who want to do a good job are confronted with. The service module in Microsoft Dynamics NAV offers versatile functions to optimize the service management but what most NAV users working in the service business really miss is a visual support for staff scheduling that helps them keep track of the complete team’s work and to allocate service orders with a visual drag & drop dispatch board. Such a visual support is offered by our grapical planning board for Microsoft Dynamics NAV, the Visual Service Scheduler (VSS).

Read in this blogpost how by using the VSS, the German company Service4CtS, a service and installation partner of the Swiss machine manufacturer SignTronic, gained more control of service deliveries with Dynamics NAV by reducing planning conflicts while at the same time providing more transparency within the company.

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Conflict Management in Visual Production Planning with Dynamics NAV

Posted by Ute Gillet on Aug 22, 2017 3:49:00 PM

As user of and/or partner reselling our VPS Gantt add-in for production planning with Dynamics NAV you most naturally will be confronted with all kinds of customer requests now and then. A request that was brought to us quite often was to make the two types of conflict management, that hitherto were applied automatically on saving, customizable.

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VARCHART XGantt .NET Best Practice: Swap Tasks Via Table Interactively

Posted by Alfred Göhlich on Aug 17, 2017 11:24:00 AM

VARCHART XGantt is a powerful Gantt control (.NET and ActiveX edition) enabling you to create intelligent Gantt charts with little effort. Recently, one of our customers contacted us having a quite complex problem which our support could help to solve. As I’m sure that other developers working with VARCHART XGantt will also be interested in the approach we came up with I decided to give you a brief outline of the problem and its solution .

The approach involves interactively swapping tasks via the table and, as a consequence, adjusting the order in which they have to be processed.

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