New Features in VJS Project Planning Add-in for Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Posted by Ute Gillet on May 4, 2016 3:00:00 PM

A new version of the Visual Jobs Scheduler, our Microsoft Dynamics NAV project planning add-in, has been released. The interactive planning board for visualizing jobs, job planning lines, job tasks, resources and resource allocations offers two major new features that are introduced in this blog post.  Read below what we've come up with.

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Speed up Project Planning With the VJS: Start From a Dynamics NAV Page

Posted by Frank Köhnen on Mar 9, 2016 4:51:00 PM

Microsoft Dynamics NAV project planning is your day-to-day business? Moreover, you enjoy working with the the Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS), the Gantt chart add-in for Microsoft Dynamics NAV, since it lets you visualize your jobs, job tasks, job planning lines and resources in a straightforward and uncomplicated manner? Then you'd surely love to see how you can use the VJS in an even more effective and practical way.

Read this blog post to learn how to directly start the VJS from a NAV page already containing specific filters or jobs. This way, you can bypass the filter request page popping up when starting the VJS the usual way, saving you from re-entering the filter settings you have already made. This should enable your users to start the VJS with data that is meaningful for the task they currently work on.

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Valuable Support For Realistic, Yet Hands-on Project Planning in NAV

Posted by Frank Köhnen on Feb 23, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Do you use Microsoft Dynamics NAV for jobs and resource planning? If so, are you familiar with the Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS), the Gantt chart add-in for Microsoft Dynamics NAV project planning? Have you already seen the VJS in action and how it offers hands-on and intuitive visual scheduling support even in a complex environment? Nevertheless, you experienced some downsides resulting from the very specific Microsoft Dynamics NAV data model and hence could do with some additional valuable insights ?

If so, enjoy this blog post which provides you with information of how to effectively use the Visual Jobs Scheduler to plan your projects like YOU think of them rather than like the Dynamics NAV data model "forces" you to think about them. This will especially help you at an early stage of project planning where mostly only a rough overview is needed, and where you cannot afford to spend too much effort on manual data entries.

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Enhanced Dynamics NAV resource scheduling with VJS version 1.3

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Nov 10, 2015 4:03:38 PM

The  Visual Jobs Scheduler  is an add-in product for users of Microsoft Dynamics NAV. It works as an interactive planning board and visualizes jobs, job planning lines, job tasks, resources and resource allocations. The new version 1.3 (also for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016) ships on November 23, 2015, and has been built around enhancing the Dynamics NAV resource scheduling capabilities. 

This blog post provides you with an overview of the Visual Jobs Scheduler’s recent enhancements like data filters, customization of bar labels and tooltips and much more.

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Improved Graphical Project Management With Microsoft Dynamics NAV: VJS

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on May 5, 2015 2:50:00 PM

The Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS) is an add-in for Microsoft Dynamics NAV, which provides fully integrated, interactive drag & drop scheduling Gantt charts for jobs and resource planning data. This Gantt add-in helps Dynamics NAV users to visually plan jobs, job tasks, job planning lines and resource allocations. This improves the project management capabilities provided with Microsoft Dynamics NAV and lets the users achieve operational agility. 

This blog post introduces the recently released new version (1.2) of the Visual Jobs Scheduler highlighting its new features, and explains how they simplify and improve project planning and project management for NAV users.

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How To Improve Project Planning With Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Jun 4, 2014 4:13:44 PM

The purpose of the jobs module of Microsoft Dynamics NAV is to support project-savvy companies (like engineering or construction companies) to better control their projects from within the ERP system. However, this module seems to focus more on the needs of a financial project controlling rather than on the requirements of a day-to-day project management. In this blog post you can learn how to complement the financial project controlling capabilities of your NAV 2013 and 2013 R2 system with interactive Gantt charts to facilitate a graphical drag & drop project planning.

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Guest Blog: Aerospace and Geospatial Intelligence and Scheduling

Posted by Martin Karlowitsch on Apr 19, 2013 8:27:00 AM

This guest blog post is provided by Ella Herz, who is Chief Operating Officer at Orbit Logic, a leader in mission planning and scheduling solutions for aerospace and geospatial intelligence.

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Case Study: Pipetech uses VARCHART XGantt for rough project planning

Posted by Martin Karlowitsch on Mar 30, 2012 4:58:00 PM

Projects tie up resources in different departments. If many projects are running simultaneously in a company, as is the case with R&D companies, for example, the management of projects and resources is essential for the efficiency of the company. Free capacities have to be occupied if possible and overcrowding has to be avoided

With KapaPlus, the company Pipetech, located in Ratingen, Germany, provides a software solution for project-oriented companies that is used for visualizing the resources' capacities for different decision levels and thus allows to schedule them. KapaPlus calculates the resources that are needed in a project and contrasts them with the base load and customer orders, selecting by project ideas, medium-term plannings and approved customer projects. Hence it is a rough calculation of resources that can be complemented with a detailed view if needed.

With the help of a central project data base that can be quickly integrated into the IT landscape of the company, a very transparent overview of the state of data is created, keeping the responsible project and division managers informed and at the same time providing the business management that is used to more compact planning sheets with relevant data.

The planning's results are visualized in clearly-structured Gantt charts that Pipetech realizes by using VARCHART XGantt ASP .NET. Manfred Nutz, IT Consultant with Pipetech, gives reasons for the decision to use the NETRONIC component: "With NETRONIC's VARCHART XGantt ASP .NET we rely on a largely platform-neutral software component for the integration of professional project and resource planning functions in our application development. Due to the seamless integration of graphical planning and reporting functions in our sectoral and trade-specific data base applications, planning activities in the project workflow are being supported in an optimal way. Furthermore we are thrilled by the outlook of constantly enhancing this component by using the respective technologies."

Rough planning is essential, e.g. in the tender phase, to recognize possible resource bottlenecks in advance as is illustrated by a red bar in the following planning table. Possible project end dates can also be reliably deduced from the chart:

By being a web-based solution, Kapa Plus is available also to local teams and allows an easy rough planning of resources. Kapa Plus is based on the Microsoft ASP.NET/AJAX technology and uses a state-of-the-art user interface for displaying the production schedules created with VARCHART XGantt in the browser, consisting, amongst others, of:

    • undo/redo mechanisms

    • modal popup-dialogs for the controlling of the planning tables

    • global and user-specific layouts for the planning tables

    • project-related versions of the planning tables simulation

    • rough-planning-compatible resource-scheduling assistant


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