Introducing EPS 2011
ProModel Corporation is proud to announce the launch of Enterprise Portfolio Simulator 2011. According to the Harvard Business Review, companies that invest in analytics outperform the S&P 500 on average by 64%. EPS can help an organization strengthen its analytics capabilities by providing a simulation based predictive planning environment within which to run “What-if” scenarios on their project or product portfolios.
We are pleased to release EPS 2011 with many improvements and easy to use features. As a Microsoft Silver PPM Competency Partner, we can deliver a dynamic web user experience using the latest Microsoft Silverlight Technology and provide easy integration with Microsoft Project Server so that existing PPM platforms are enhanced and not replaced.
The EPS user interface is updated with the latest technology, including easy to use grids in which data entry and edits can be made. Information can be copied and pasted to and from other cells in EPS or Microsoft Excel. Data can also be filtered, sorted, and grouped by almost any criteria. This is useful for looking at projects by attributes, tasks by resource assignment, etc. Tasks are shown hierarchically, and can be expanded and collapsed at any time by any level. The load time for views has been significantly improved. For example, displaying of large data-sets that took 45+ seconds in the old technology now requires approximately 1-3 seconds.
New features include the ability to restrict certain areas of the application. These permissions can be applied quickly via pre-defined roles and then fine-tuned as needed, or completely customized by specific privileges.
EPS calendars can now have up to two exception schedules. This functionality allows for the modeling of holidays, time off, or alternate work schedules for tasks and resources.
Dependencies between the tasks in separate projects can be defined. This is useful for situations such as controlling the start time of a project based on the progress of another project, or starting/canceling contingency plans depending on the events of other projects.
When importing projects from Excel, a link can be maintained between the projects in EPS and the Excel file. This is useful for rapidly updating project data in EPS without reimporting the entire project. Projects linked to Excel will only allow editing of fields that will not be overwritten during an Excel update. This prevents the loss of custom changes, while allowing the user to make specific changes to the EPS projects (which would otherwise be lost if re-importing from scratch).
The following two reports have been added: Throughput WIP - this work in progress report is similar to the WIP report in Portfolio Simulator; Durations (Cycle Time) - the durations report is similar to the Cycle Time report in Portfolio Simulator.
EPS 2011 also supports custom add-ins that can be created on demand by our ProModel development team.
ProModel, MedModel, ServiceModel 2011 has been released!
This release introduces powerful new resource shift carryover capability, enabling you to easily model multi-shift facilities. The redesigned Scenario Manager makes adding, modifying, and comparing scenarios simpler than ever before. Finally, through our continuous effort to visualize and analyze output results, we’ve added more great time series charts to our Output Viewer, including new Location Utilization and Resource Usage charts. This release is available for download only from the Solutions Café.
For a full description on what is new with this release, click here.
Resource Shift Carryover - This powerful new capability allows you to carryover work started by a resource on one shift and continue it with another unit of that resource on the next. Shift carryover works whether it’s one resource or multiple resources performing a task. Each resource will independently be interrupted to go off shift and allow resources on the next shift to resume the work.
New .NET Scenario Manager - The new Scenario Manager makes adding, modifying, and comparing your scenarios simpler than ever before. The open interface displays all of your scenarios and their parameter values in one central table. Each column of the table is a separate scenario where values can be quickly compared side by side.
New Output Viewer Time Series Charts - Originally introduced in the 2010 release, the new Output Viewer was developed in the latest Microsoft WPF technology. It 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. For the 2011 release, we have added and updated the following time series charts:
- Location Utilization - Displays utilization of locations, as a percentage of contents versus overall capacity, over the course of the simulation run.
- Resource Usage - Shows how many resources were used and when over the course of the simulation.
- Location State - This upgraded chart now includes the averaging of location states across replications.
For more information on enhancements and fixes, please visit the Solutions Café.
This release will be available by download on the Solutions Café with a current maintenance contract. If you have questions about your contract or need access to the Solutions Café, you can contact Jamie Tracy at (610) 391 - 9700x701 or email@example.com.
Click “What’s New in 2011 Webinar” to view a webinar about the new features in ProModel, MedModel, ServiceModel 2011. In this webinar, Kevin Field, ProModel, MedModel, ServiceModel Product Manager, explains the new features.
Process Simulator 2011 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Product Update Available!
Now available for Process Simulator 2011 is the Service Pack 1 (SP1) product update! This service pack includes the ProModel engine and the new Output Viewer released with ProModel 2011 (in addition to other enhancements and features), which means it has the following new features:
This update is available for download only from the Solutions Café.
For a full description on what is new with this release, click here.
Resource Shift Carryover – This powerful new capability allows you to carryover work started by a resource on one shift and continue it with another unit of that resource on the next. For example, hospitals operating 24 hours a day can transfer patient care from one shift to the next. Shift carryover works whether it’s one resource or multiple resources performing a task. Each resource will independently be interrupted to go off shift and allow resources on the next shift to resume the work. Along with this new capability, you can now assign unique calendars to specific resource units.
New Output Viewer time series charts – in this release, we are introducing the following new and modified time series charts:
- Activity Utilization - This new chart displays utilization of activities, as a percentage of contents versus overall capacity, over the course of the simulation run.
- Resource Usage - This new chart shows how many resources were used and when over the course of the simulation. Add a capacity line to the chart and compare the actual usage against the maximum potential resource usage.
- Activity State - This upgraded chart now includes the averaging of activity states across replications. It is displayed as a 100% stacked column Gantt chart over time.
- Data grouping interval for statistic series– when viewing the raw data for time series charts in Output Viewer, you can now set the grouping interval if Statistic series are added to the chart.
- Pooling time series statistics – Time Plot charts in Output Viewer now have a pooling option that allows you to combine the values of the Items selected and display their joint average in the chart. Series for statistics are also automatically pooled for all items selected and show as one joint statistic, if the chart type has been set to stacked.
- Macro availability – Macros can now be used in IF statements, Conditional and Detach routings, and Pattern arrivals.
For more information on Enhancements and Fixes, please visit the Solutions Café.
This upgrade will be available by download on the Solutions Café with a current maintenance contract. If you have questions about your contract or need access to the Solutions Café, you can contact Jamie Tracy at (610) 391 - 9700x701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click “What’s New in 2011 Webinar” to view a webinar about the new features in Process Simulator 2011 SP1 update. In this webinar, Kevin Field, Process Simulator Product Manager, explains the new features.