Optimal ‘What-if’ scenario changes can be automatically recommended based on portfolio goals. Identify which projects to work on and when they should be started, along with their priority and the optimum resources to support them using the powerful optimization feature of EPS.
Working with desired objectives and constraints, optimization rapidly experiments with scenarios intelligently narrowing down the possibilities, in order to recommend different options to maximize the portfolio’s performance.
Import from and Export to Microsoft Project Files (.mpp)
In addition to importing from Project Server, EPS can now import directly from stand-alone Microsoft Project files. Microsoft .mpp files are uploaded to the EPS server, where they can be imported into the Project Repository and optionally linked. This allows for rapid visualization and analysis of an entire portfolio of projects. ‘What-if’ scenarios in EPS can also be exported to Microsoft Project for subsequent project execution. The export includes all the projects in a portfolio with much of the key data required to schedule a project (tasks, timings, WBS).
Overhead vs. Activity Resource Costing
Now, a true overhead-based cost option is available to account for resource costs even when they are not assigned to tasks. This is useful for modeling salary employees vs. contract (hourly) employees.
Simulation and Report Performance
The simulation engine has been improved using the latest software technologies and techniques in order to obtain significant performance enhancements. The time to simulate single replications has been improved at least 2 to 5 times, since the simulation can now run replications simultaneously.
The loading of the report filters and the report charts has also been significantly improved. Reports with many filter options will load faster, and also cache the filter options for instantaneous filter loading on subsequent reports. Additionally, progress indicators have been added to show the initial loading for large data sets.
- Resource Capacity Stacking - In the resource time series reports, capacity can now be stacked by resource attribute. This is useful for showing how much capacity is In-house vs. Contractor, or at a particular geographic location, etc.
- Utilization Series in Resource Unit Time Series - An additional series, ‘Utilization’, is now available in the Resource Unit Time Series report. It shows a line that has data points for each time period, which are calculated by dividing the In-Use units by the Capacity.
- Export Reports to PowerPoint (.pptx) - Individual reports, dashboard views, or even all report tabs can be exported directly to slides in a new PowerPoint file.
- Project Attributes in Project Lists - In most views where a list of projects is shown, the project attributes will also be shown.
- Exportable - Resource Requirements Report Improvement - When a very large number of records (100,000+) were returned from the server for the Exportable – Resource Requirements report, the grid in the browser could have trouble retrieving the records. There is now the option to preview the records in the grid as before, or optionally turn off the previewing, and just have the Excel file generated.
Template Matching using ‘OR’
Now users can specify more than one possible matching value for a given attribute. This is done using the ‘|’ character.
The following additional features have been implemented in EPS 2012.
- ‘PV Years’ is now defined in the Financials – Productivity Time Series report. The Portfolio option ‘Financial PV Length’ has been removed, since it is no longer required. Existing scenarios with PV data will need to be re-simulated in order to be viewed correctly in the reports.
- In-line resource contours now show a visualization sparkline in the resource requirements view.
- Row numbers are now shown in the row headers. The row header still supports double click to open the edit dialog for the record.
- Several series in the financial reports have had their default styles change from bars to lines.
- APR is now a scenario option, and not just a portfolio option.
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