VisPower Technology, a provider of on-demand project management software for product design and engineering companies, has announced the availability of its Gantt chart based project scheduling and execution feature set. This addition enables distributed design and engineering teams to manage and execute projects in TeamPlatform’s integrated CAD design collaboration environment. According to the company, the enhancement provides all essential Gantt chart functionalities, which allows project managers to set up multiple dependencies among tasks, assign tasks to engineers, and mark milestones, entirely within a Web browser.
When using the enhancement in a typical project cycle, engineers receive email notifications when a new task is assigned or other dependent tasks are finished, which can streamline the execution of projects. When an engineer updates the status of tasks or working-hours data, VisPower says TeamPlatform automatically calculates entire project progress, which ensures every project member is on the same page throughout the project lifetime. To foster timely team collaboration, a discussion thread is also available for each task. Finally, A project manager can export all the project data in an Excel spreadsheet containing a snapshot of all schedules, tasks, working- hours, related files and their metadata.
TeamPlatform also announced a feature to create contextual hyperlinks called “@mention.” By typing the character @ followed by a keyword in any discussion thread, TeamPlatform searches for files and tasks across all team workspaces and lists matches. When a searched item is chosen, bi-directional hyperlinks are automatically generated. This feature is intended to enable users to organize a massive amount of content like CAD data, documents, and project tasks, and manage them entirely inside TeamPlatform.
“@mention is already widely used interface in social networking sites, and we believe this simple and flexible tool works very effectively when managing CAD design or engineering projects together with a huge amount of design files and documents,” said Simon Bae, the CEO of VisPower Technology in a press statement. “Since we first released TeamPlatform last year, we have strived to evolved from much more than an online CAD document sharing tool and have become a complete online engineering project management platform.”
For more information, watch this 2-minute video and enhancement overview or visit the TeamPlatform home page.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.