Planisware Valuable Features

John Andrew Kossey
Project portfolio systems consult at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The load array, in concert with native and composite cost curves, provides thoughtful, adaptable consolidation and drill-down for time-phased data such as capacity (resource availability) and demand (planned or archived hours on tasks). Load array, a feature that has been available since the 1990s, enables very flexible time slicing that surpasess reporting capability via Excel. Planisware Explorer (PEX) offers enhanced capabilities for reporting. Developer license is available for extra cost. PEX requires extra training for operational proficiency, typically from multiple fee-based Planisware couses. After PEX reports are defined and validated for a given customer configuration, relatively few developer licenses are needed. PEX is now more stable in V6 than the initial release in the middle of P5. Administration module in V6 opens a large variety of object types for Table styles that a super-user can create easily. Export to Excel then makes it convenient to extract data into worksheets, complete with headers. In earlier versions, the Pro developer made these tables visible. Not having the header connected with the data cut and paste (in Pro developer) is quite bothersome. Planisware 6 is now capable of supporting Android tablets. This allows convenient access while on the road to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) on projects along with data editing. Version 6 also has fairly extensive documents management to centralize communications among project users and stakeholders. Because the documents are included in each Planisware environment/configuration, messaging and documents associated with projects are easier to access that being spread through normal corporate email. Planisware stores project related documents and messages in a single database. Snapshots (backups) at a given point in time are easy to make and restore to alternate environments, even on an automated nightly basis. Program and project roadmaps integrate well with PowerPoint. Slide elements are editable and dynamically linked (if so specified) to detail projects. Capability to drill down into project specifics is built-in to Planisware V6. View full review »
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