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ProModel, MedModel, ServiceModel 2010 released!

ProModel 2010 ProductsWe are proud to announce the release of ProModel, MedModel, and ServiceModel 2010! This release focuses on one of the key pillars of your simulation process improvement projects: scenario management and analysis. From a new, intuitive results analyzer to six sigma analysis with Minitab, comparing scenarios and gaining insights into your process is easier and quicker than ever.  But it doesn’t stop there…availability defined by calendars, import of multiple graphic formats, and Windows 7 and Office 2010 (x86) support, make this release a must have!

This release is available for download only from the
Solutions Café.

  • Output Viewer 4.0 – developed in the latest Microsoft WPF technology, the new output viewer simplifies the creation of views, provides quicker and more open access for modifying charts and tables, and allows for analysis and comparison of multiple output data sources. The new user interface follows the Microsoft fluent UI standard and uses a ribbon for providing access to all the reporting functionality.
  • Independent Scenarios– coupled with the capability introduced in the new Output Viewer, you can run new scenarios independently of each other and compare their results side by side with previously simulated scenarios.
  • http://www.promodel.com/newsletter/2008/april/nav_files/minitab-logo.gifSix Sigma Analysis with Minitab – select which variable statistic you want to do a Six Sigma analysis on in your model, run the simulation, and Minitab will automatically open and create Capability Analysis and Capability Sixpack charts.  Because the simulation data is populated in Minitab’s spreadsheets, further Minitab tests and analysis can be performed. 
  • Calendars – definition of shifts and time off (holiday, vacation, etc.) for locations and resources is now done using the new .NET Calendar Editor.  It expands upon the previous Shift Editor and provides a more accurate and intuitive way for scheduling resource availability.
  • Additional graphic formats supported – JPG, TIFF, PNG, ICO and GIF89a with transparency.
  • Optimized path network mapping algorithm – the method for finding the shortest path between two nodes in a path network now uses the Floyd-Warshall algorithm. For those of you with huge path networks, we’ve just saved you some time!
  • Windows 7Recompile path network mappings between scenarios – path distances or times can be modified between scenarios for comparing the effect of different resource routes.
  • Excel 2010 support – for Array import and external Arrival and Entity-Location files.
  • Online Help System – gives you access to the latest documentation…all the time.
  • Windows 7 Certified – release 2010 is officially compatible with Windows 7!

For more information on Enhancements and Fixes, please visit the Solutions Café.


Portfolio Simulator 2011 is now available!

Enterprise Portfolio Simualtor ReleasedMajor Highlights of Portfolio Simulator 2011 include:

  • Microsoft Project 2010 and Project Server 2010 are now supported.
  • Projects in Enterprise Portfolio Simulator (EPS) can be imported into Portfolio Simulator 2011 using the ‘EPS Data Sharing’ add-in.
  • Maximum number of replications has been increased.
  • Usability improvements in the Optimization Add-in (copy/paste, flood fill, etc.).

A full list of changes and fixes is available from your ProModel representative.


Enterprise Portfolio Simulator 2010 SP2 Coming Soon!

Enterprise Portfolio Simualtor ReleasedThe second service pack of EPS is on its way, and includes many improvements. 

Major Highlights of EPS 2010 SP2 include:

  • User-defined Fixed Costs: Up to 10 fixed cost categories are now supported.
  • Finish Conditions: Additional modeling capabilities are now possible.
  • Statistical Reports:  See the percentile probabilities across all your key metrics.
  • Increased Number of Attribute Categories: 90 possible task attribute categories are now supported.
  • Several usability, performance, and deployment improvements all based on our customers’ valuable feedback.

Process Simulator 2010 SP1 coming soon!

Enterprise Portfolio Simualtor ReleasedProcess Simulator 2010 was originally released earlier this year exclusively for use with Microsoft Visio 2010. In February 2011, Process Simulator 2010 SP1 will be released to additionally support Visio 2003 and 2007. It will also include the popular new Output Viewer that was released with ProModel 2010. Check out more from this release:

  • Output Viewer – developed in the latest Microsoft WPF technology, the new output viewer simplifies the creation of views, provides quicker and more open access for modifying charts and tables, and allows for analysis and comparison of multiple output data sources. The new user interface follows the Microsoft fluent UI standard and uses a ribbon for providing access to all the reporting functionality.

New in version 4.1:

    • Sort Column, Utilization, and State Charts – sort your chart data based on highest or lowest values. State charts will even let you choose which state should be sorted.
    • Export Time Series Data – similar to exporting Summary data, you will be able to export any of your time series results from any scenario to Excel.
    • Change Chart Type –you will be able to change the chart style from bar to line, from line to area, from pie to doughnut, etc. Choose from several different chart style options.

  • Independent Scenarios– coupled with the capability introduced in the new Output Viewer, you can run new scenarios independently of each other and compare their results side by side with previously simulated scenarios.
  • Macros – if you have a distribution that is used in multiple places throughout your model, use a macro and then, if you need to change that distribution, modify it in one place!  Macros can be used in almost any place in your model like activity logic, routing move time, arrival frequency, etc.  You can also add them as parameters to be utilized in your scenario analyses.
  • Subroutines – if you find yourself writing the same logic in multiple activities throughout your model, put that logic in a subroutine. Then, simply call the subroutine from multiple logic locations. Not only will you reduce the amount of time writing logic, when a change must be made, you’ll only need to make it in one place.
  • External Arrivals – define multiple Periodic Arrivals in Excel and have them automatically initialized in your model when the simulation runs. You can also set the arriving entity’s initial attribute values for things like part numbers, acuity levels, job numbers, etc.
  • And more enhancements and fixes!
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