Constructware has completed rollout of a powerful new summary reporting addition to its flagship Internet-based application. The toolset automatically mines project and program data and presents it in summary graphics, so that executives and others are quickly alerted to issue areas and can intervene before they become big problems.
The Dashboard toolset is significant in that it allows effective management by exception, helping users of all types cut through information clutter and act quickly on significant issues. The graphics-based toolset is a significant enhancement from Constructware's earlier Dashboard functionality, which was introduced in 1999.
The Dashboard toolset is an extension of Constructware's centralized database approach, wherein data from multiple projects, programs or entire enterprise operations are contained in a central database. The Dashboard is a "push" technology that automatically delivers summary information to each user's desktop based on the report criteria they select. Dozens of reports are available, covering costs, schedule, and other indicators of project risk. By scanning the summary pie charts and bar charts, executives can instantly target trouble spots at the program or project level (cost and budget anomalies, schedule slippage and operations issues). They can then click on the graphics to drill down to actual project documentation with just a few mouse clicks.
There are more than 60 standard reports available in Dashboard, and more reports and additional functionality will be made available throughout 2004 and beyond.
Source: Constructware, Jan. 13, 2004