Early Preview of Online Project Management Software: ZilicusPM 7.4, the Newest Version

Zilicus, cloud based solution collaboration provider of the best online project management software - ZilicusPM, will be releasing new and enhanced version ZilicusPM 7.4.

I am happy to share a preview of ZilicusPM 7.4 here. This improved version of ZilicusPM, will make resource management even better and easier for organization with resource skillset, roles and capacity planning functionality. This version will make it even easier for filtering of tasks based on dates (start date, due date, etc.), making it even more collaborative by sharing documents with your customers.

New Features:

1. Resource Roles, Skill set

2. Resource Capacity Planning

Enhancements

1. Task Filters based on date (before, after, on)

2. Document Sharing with Customers

3. Comments and documents uploaded at summary task are retained

1. Resource Roles, Skill set

Now you can identify resource in your organization resource pool with their role and skills. ZilicusPM lets you configure distinct role and multiple skillset for a given resource.

Defining Resource Role in ZilicusPM

Defining Resource Role in ZilicusPM

You can associate skillset with given resources. One can define and associate multiple skillset for a given resource.

Defining Project Resource Skillset in ZilicusPM

Defining Project Resource Skillset in ZilicusPM

Let's see how does a resource role and skillset will appear in ZilicusP

Resource-Role-Skillset-View-ZPM

Resource-Role-Skillset-View-ZPM

2. Add Resource to Project Team

Using ZilicusPM, project owners can also add team members from resource pool based on their name, role or skillset. Following screenshot displays how project team members can be added from resource pool based on their 'Role'.

Add Project Team Member Based on Role in ZilicusPM

Add Project Team Member Based on Role in ZilicusPM

And next screenshot shows how project team members can be added from resource pool based on their 'skillset.

Add Project Team Member Based on Skillset in ZilicusPM

Add Project Team Member Based on Skillset in ZilicusPM

3. Assign Task To Resource Role

Now it is super easy for project managers to assign tasks to resources based on their role or skillset.

Assign Task Based on Resource Role Skillset in ZilicusPM

Assign Task Based on Resource Role Skillset in ZilicusPM

4. Resource Capacity Planning

In organizations like consulting services, IT services and similar professional services organizations - primary business (top-line) is driven by utilizing professional resources to maximum extent and by selling resource hours. If you are such professional services organization, resource capacity planning is critical for your business.

ZilicusPM equips resource managers and portfolio managers to clearly know what is current capacity of organization's resources based on roles, demand for a given role (given resource) and resulting availability.

This capacity planning report will help portfolio managers to assess whether their resources are being utilized enough or not, if the demand is more than capacity what should be sourcing plan i.e. what sort of resources are required, when they would be required, whether company need to hire them or contract them depending on duration and kind of engagement.

Project Resource Capacity Planning in ZilicusPM

Project Resource Capacity Planning in ZilicusPM

Portfolio managers can click on the demand numbers for an individual resources to check actual assignment across multiple projects as shown below.

Resource Capacity Planning Details in ZilicusPM

Resource Capacity Planning Details in ZilicusPM

Enhancements

1. Task Filters based on date (before, after, on specific date)

Users can filter task schedule based on start date, due date, etc by specifying tasks which are starting on, before or after a specific date. There can be situation where project manager would like to know tasks which are starting after October 3rd and completing before 10th December - they apply such filters to check only those relevant tasks.

Task-List-Filter-Start-Date in ZilicusPM

Task-List-Filter-Start-Date in ZilicusPM

2. Document Sharing with Customers

Team members can collaborate better with their project customers. They can share project documents with customers.

Document-Sharing-with-Customer- in ZilicusPM

Document-Sharing-with-Customer- in ZilicusPM

3. Comments and documents uploaded at summary task are retained

If you are existing customers, I'd request you to login to your ZilicusPM account once we will announce the launch of ZilicusPM 7.4.

If you would like to manage projects effectively, ZilicusPM is the right solution; not just for you as project manager but also for your team members (simplicity), as well as executive management (dashboard, reports). Sign up for 30-days risk free trial.