VISUAL PLANNING 5.3 DOCUMENTATION

Why VISUAL PLANNING ?

Control panel, Decision Support

VISUAL PLANNING gets its inspiration from wall chart schedules and uses these for its overall presentation and “manual” management of events.

But it is much more than this!

VISUAL PLANNING meets businesses' planning and operating management needs. It enables work groups to manage and monitor in real time, resources, teams, customers, etc. It therefore becomes the control panel for the activities of your business.

More than just a wall chart schedule or a personal productivity program, VISUAL PLANNING is a decision-making assistant with an exceptional combination of the following features:

Universality

VISUAL PLANNING can be totally customized. It has been chosen by several thousands of businesses from all sectors and all sizes.

You will be able to manage simultaneously, according to your needs, your teams, customers, projects, resources etc.

Ease of use on a daily basis

Its graphical interface displays an immediate visual summary of information. Its use of icons and drag & drop technology makes it intuitive and easy for anyone to use.

Despite its large number of functions, VISUAL PLANNING, once set up, is used for the most part by dragging icons with the mouse and occasionally displaying a new view by clicking in a list.

VISUAL PLANNING is used everyday by people with no IT experience.

Shared use

All users (local or remote) connected to a VISUAL PLANNING server can view or modify concurrently the same shared planner.

The management features are used to set permissions and restrict the access of each user in the various planners, both in reading (confidentiality) and writing (security).

Decision-making assistance

Filters, defined according to your criteria, can be called via a simple mouse click: you can thus search for resources having the characteristics and availability necessary for a required task.

You can also assign numerical values to tasks according to your own criteria, then calculate in real time work costs, revenue and workload in order to monitor your budgets analyse the work load, the days off, etc.

The reporting and statistics functions enable you to display all sorts of pivot tables analyzing your activities, then print out and use these tables. Indicators (control totals) displayed on the planner, allow you to calculate instantly the consequences of your planning.

A planner for each resource is also available via a simple click: e.g. if you plan to assign staff to certain jobs, you can either view the staff planner or the progress of the jobs in hand. Links between events and constraints increase the power and security of using VISUAL PLANNING.

Several operating platforms

VISUAL PLANNING can be used on all versions of Windows XP or above, and all compatible networks as well as all LINUX platforms.

It connects directly to Access, SQL-Server, MySQL, Oracle, PostGreSQL databases.

The VISUAL PLANNING range of products includes a stand-alone version and a server version. The latter allows flexible shared use, in local or wide area networks.

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