Gantt charts visualize tasks, resources or capacities along a timeline and so provide an optimum overview for planners. When designing them, one should keep in mind to directly show information that is essential for the planner so that he can quickly recognize planning conflicts and intervene. Showing too much information might jeopardize the clarity. That is why a tooltip is a good way of showing important data only if needed. What is true for Gantt charts also applies to tooltips: information has to be perceived quickly, meaning that it has to be presented in a clearly sorted and arranged way. This step-by-step guide shows users of our Gantt component VARCHART XGantt how to design a clearly arranged tooltip.
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.
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.
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.
Pharmaceutical products are sensitive goods having to conform to the highest quality standards. During production, quality and required standards are under constant control and of course, the supplier products must also meet these requirements.
Read in this blogpost how by using the VPS, our Gantt add-in for production planning with Dynamics NAV, the Danish company pK Chemicals A/S, a global leader in producing Dextran, Dextran derivate, and Fine Chemicals for the pharmaceutical, medical, and cosmetic industry, improved delivery times with NAV by making production data more transparent thus gaining a better coordination process.
First of all, I have to clarify that this blog post is not(!) about progress bars as we all know well from installing software or from downloading files. But this post is about the visualization of progress as we are used to see for instance in production planning or project management software systems.
I want to demonstrate the difference between a "classic" progress bar and a forecast oriented visualizaton of progress. The second is a new approach that has been currently implemented in our latest Gantt chart application we developed with our NETRONIC Web Application Framework and the feedback from the users was enthusiastic.
The basic idea of visually-led scheduling approach is to enable the user to plan and schedule in a very agile manner. When developing our Visual Scheduling Suite for Microsoft Dynamics NAV we defined some kind of cornerstones or basic principles of any visual scheduling approach. In total, they can get summarized as the 7 visual scheduling best practices. They are described in this blog post.
Naturally, a the complexity of production planning increases with the number of resources used. If only one machine is needed for finishing off an order, planning will be easy: Bringing forward an urgent order will postpone all other orders accordingly. Changing pre-planned orders will become a bit more difficult, however, when planning e.g. the manufacturing of products requiring several resources such as machines, staff members and tools, since the different allocations have to be taken into account. In such cases, visual production scheduling will be helpful.
This blog post mainly addresses manufacturing companies who need to plan production orders, manage delivery time commitments and have to allocate multiple resources to one order or to dedicated operations of one job. Learn from this blog post how a graphical planning board helps visualizing the results of an automatic remote control with several resources and in addition supporting the manual control of orders by immediately showing conflicts when an order is moved.