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EPS 2011 SP1 Released
Process Simulator 2011 SP2 Released
ProModel/MedModel/ServiceModel 2011 SP2 Released


EPS 2011 SP1 Released!
The following features have been implemented in EPS 2011 SP1 which was released this month.

Hammock Tasks
Hammock tasks can now be created that derive their information from milestones or key tasks in a source project.  This is useful for summarizing of detailed plans into tasks that are better suited for different types of analysis.  For example, one business unit is in charge of project scheduling, while another needs to estimate resources for key project phases.


Multiple Divisions

EPS will support multiple Divisions. Divisions can represent individual sets of project data within the same instance of EPS.  Users can be granted access to multiple divisions as needed, and switch between divisions while using EPS.  Each division can link to a different MS Project Server.

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Right-click Menus
Many toolbar options are now available in right-click context menus.  The options that appear in the menu are different depending upon the selected items.  Click on the grid row to access.

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Hide and Show Columns
Columns can be hidden.  It is useful for certain types of analysis.  Columns can be hidden or shown by right-clicking on the column headers.  The hide/show state is saved on a per-user basis.

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Contour Visualizations
A sparkline has been added to the contour view in order to visualize contour trends.  Contour points > 1, which will increase a base value, are shown in green.  Contour points < 1, which will decrease a base value, are shown in pink.

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Expressions in Task Templates
Similar to Resourcing and Financing Templates, Task Templates accept the use of expressions, which can include numeric variables.  This is useful for source project plan’s custom fields to drive task template information.  For example, the source project may contain information about survival or variability that can be used for the tasks when the template is applied.

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Breadcrumb Navigation
In views that are hierarchical in nature (Project Repository, Portfolios, and Scenarios), you will see a breadcrumb element above the grid.  Breadcrumbs make it easy to:

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  • See which item or items are currently selected in the grid below.
  • Quickly switch between parent items using the drop down. 
  • Navigate back up a level by clicking on the link.

Simultaneous Simulation Support
Scenarios can now be simulated simultaneously.  When the user selects more than one scenario to run, the scenarios can run at the same time, up to the number of simultaneous simulations defined when EPS was installed.

Reporting Enhancements
Cost/Revenue Totals Report
This report allows analysis of the total cost and revenues accrued in any given time frame and supports percentiles.
Expanded Resource Work Report Options
This report previously had four separate series for 8-hour days and 24-hour days.  Now, there are only two ‘Work …’ series, and work can be displayed in minutes, hours, 8-hour days, and 24-hour days.

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Export Report Images
Report charts can be saved to an image file, with or without the legend, by right-clicking on any blank area of a chart.

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Displaying Unfinished Gantt Tasks
Tasks that don’t complete before the simulation completes, are displayed and the simulation end date is used when calculating average finish dates.  In this case, these tasks are highlighted with a red border to denote that the average finish dates may use the simulation end date for one or more replications. 

Save Grids to Excel
You can save an entire grid to an Excel file.  This option is accessed by right-clicking on the top-left cell of a grid.

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Restrict Users to ‘My Items’
In some views, the user may be restricted to viewing and editing only the items they have created or last edited.  This permission is set in the User – Permissions view.

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Additional Features
The following additional features have been or are scheduled for implementation in EPS 2011 SP1.

  • Additional Simulation Status and Cancel.  A new status icon is shown after a scenario is checked to run and begins loading for simulation.  Simulations can now be canceled by clicking on the running icon.
  • The Financial – Productivity report now supports stacking by projects, tasks, and attributes.
  • The wildcard character (*) can now be entered in a Date type attribute field for the templates.  This is useful for defining a date as a matching criterion for some template row, while ignoring the matching for others.  Text and Number type attributes also support the wildcard, while Flag types do not.
  • Point labels are no longer shown for data point with a ‘0’ value.
  • Report tabs text can be edited.
  • Report attribute filters now group the attributes by type.  I.e. task, project, and resource type attributes have their own groups.
  • Various performance improvements have been made to the database queries and other general functionality.

To receive your upgrade of ESP 2011 SP1, contact ProModel Support at support@promodel.com or call 888.776.6633.


Process Simulator 2011 SP2 Released!
This release is available for download from the Solutions Café and contains the following enhancements:

  • Resource Shift Carryover extended to Use statement – this powerful capability, introduced in the last release, has been expanded to include resources captured with a Use statement. It enables you to carryover work started by a resource on one shift and continue it with another unit on the next shift. For example, hospitals operating 24 hours a day can transfer patient care from one shift to the next.
  • Output report views and results copied with new model – when saving an existing model as a different name, if that model also has saved Output Viewer report views, you will be prompted and given the choice to copy the saved report views and any results files with the new model name.
  • Charts linked in Output Viewer report views – charts are now automatically linked together if they exist in the same report tab. This means that when you add or remove a scenario from one chart, all other charts will have that scenario added or removed as well. Other Filter Options can also be linked and, if desired, charts can be unlinked so that changes only apply to the selected chart.


  • Output Viewer Items sorted in original model order – Filter Options now show all elements in the Items list in the order they appear in the model tables. This is now the default Item sort, however, the list can also be sorted alphabetically.
  • How-To modeling solutions – learning how to use Process Simulator requires more than just becoming familiar with the product features and menus. It also requires an understanding of how to use the features to correctly create representative models of actual business processes.  The how-to solutions, now included in the documentation, help you learn the techniques to model situations you are likely to encounter when doing a simulation study.

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


ProModel, MedModel, ServiceModel 2011 SP2 Released
This release is available for download from the Solutions Café and contains the following enhancements:

  • Resource Shift Carryover extended to Use statement – this powerful capability, introduced in the last release, has been expanded to include resources captured with a Use statement. It enables you to carryover work started by a resource on one shift and continue it with another unit on the next shift. For example, hospitals operating 24 hours a day can transfer patient care from one shift to the next.
  • Output report views and results copied with new model – when saving an existing model as a different name, if that model also has saved Output Viewer report views, you will be prompted and given the choice to copy the saved report views and any results files with the new model name.
  • Charts linked in Output Viewer report views – charts are now automatically linked together if they exist in the same report tab. This means that when you add or remove a scenario from one chart, all other charts will have that scenario added or removed as well. Other Filter Options can also be linked and, if desired, charts can be unlinked so that changes only apply to the selected chart.

  • Output Viewer Items sorted in original model order – Filter Options now show all elements in the Items list in the order they appear in the model tables. This is now the default Item sort, however, the list can also be sorted alphabetically.

 

 

  • Scenario differences highlighted – in the Scenario Manager, you can visually identify which parameter values are different than the baseline values. Any differences are changed to a blue color and given a bold emphasis.

  • Use Google SketchUp 3D graphics with 3D Animator! – Google SketchUp has thousands of free 3D graphics. We’ve created a plug-in for SketchUp that will allow you to properly export its graphics to 3D Animator.

 

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


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