[Infographic] BrightWork New Release – Charting, Performance and Usability

This week BrightWork released a new version of our project portfolio management solution for SharePoint. This release is all about improving reporting performance, ease-of-use, and facilitating the delivery of training to new users. The highlights of this release are outlined in the infographic below. Enjoy and remember you can try out the advancements and more in our 30 Day FREE trial!      

The Latest Release of BrightWork Has Arrived – Gorgeously Simple Project Portfolio Management on SharePoint

Today, BrightWork announced the latest release of our project portfolio management solution for SharePoint.  Supporting our mission to deliver gorgeous simplicity to their software, the latest version of BrightWork is all about performance and ease-of-use to make it as easy as possible for customers to successfully manage projects and portfolios with SharePoint. “At BrightWork, our mission is to deliver a gorgeously simple project management solution based on SharePoint, to make project management success a reality for every organization,” says Éamonn McGuinness, CEO of BrightWork. According to Fintan Manning, VP of Engineering, ‘Usability is the first pillar of performance. With that in mind, we have focused on several new features and improvements to existing features to enhance usability and performance.’  He adds, ‘These features will make it easier to get started with projects quickly as well as when evolving your implementation over time.’   Key highlights of the new BrightWork release include: Charting The latest release introduces a new style of charting, offering a more modern and elegant look and feel.  In addition to the improved visualization, the charts are now interactive with hover-over functionality, the ability to highlight particular data sets, turn chart items on and off in the legend.  Other enhancements…

Is SharePoint 2016 Worth the Upgrade? [Guest Post]

As with every new year, we’re asked to consider if the software and hardware we’re using is out of date or will be able to do just fine despite the calendar change. As always, you have to balance out the cost of upgrading both in money and in time as you transition to new user interfaces, features, layouts etc. versus the cost of using potentially outmoded technology. Lucky for us, data security upgrades make the question ‘is SharePoint 2016 worth it?’ an easy one to answer. With today’s emphasis on data in all facets of business from advertising to product design to team collaboration and organization, keeping that data safe is of the utmost importance. Nothing can shut down your business faster than a bad breach. While SharePoint 2016 offers a tonne of features both new and updated, one of the biggest upgrades is on the security side of things. Working remotely and safely in the cloud and onsite are just some of the benefits that SharePoint 2016 offers its users. Whether you’re one of the 75,000 customers or 160 million non-paying users, SharePoint 2016 is a great tool to help keep your business running in top form. SharePoint Keeps…

5 SharePoint Resources to Boost Team Collaboration

Collaboration refers to two or more people working towards a common goal. When applied to project management, collaboration means bringing together a team from different departments, offices, companies and countries to complete a project. Adapting a collaborative approach to project management offers many benefits including: Increased commitment to the project Effective communication Innovation and creative problem solving Knowledge and skill sharing.   Sounds great? Implementing collaborative project management can be trickier than expected.  Challenges include different approaches to using collaborative project sites and documentation; a lack of guidelines and standards for project managers to follow and the rising number of ‘project managers by accident’ who are not formally trained in project management. At BrightWork, we firmly believe that collaborative project management is a great route to project success.  These five resources provide tips, ideas and technical advice to boost team collaboration. Creating a Culture of Collaboration on Your Project Team: Learn more on increasing team productivity, problem solving and contributing to team expertise PM Tip: Create a Culture of Collaboration with SharePoint [Video]: This short video introduces document management,  search, and knowledge management tools in SharePoint 5 Ways to Improve Team Collaboration with SharePoint 2013: Learn how to develop a culture…

The Future of SharePoint – The Latest from Microsoft

Microsoft yesterday unveiled a cloud-first, mobile-first revamp for SharePoint to “empower people, teams and organizations to intelligently discover, share and collaborate on content from anywhere and on any device”. In a blog post titled The Future of SharePoint, Jeff Teper, corporate vice president for the OneDrive and SharePoint teams, explained four areas of innovation for the SharePoint platform: Simple and powerful file sharing and collaboration on any device. The mobile and intelligent intranet, with modern team sites, publishing and business applications on your desktop and in your pocket. An open and connected platform that evolves SharePoint extensibility to embrace modern web development. Investments in security, privacy and compliance across Office 365. Better Collaboration and Document Management The first innovation is described as “unified access and intelligent discovery” of your files, giving you the ability to easily create, manage and collaborate on documents – no matter where you are and what device you are using. Check out this blog to learn more about the improved document management and collaborative capabilities coming to SharePoint. Mobile and Intelligent Intranet To me, one of the most exciting announcements in the post was the announcement of SharePoint mobile apps designed for iOS, Android and Windows devices. The apps will provide access to your…

What’s In Office 365?

Office 365 has allowed more and more organizations to move their tools and apps to the cloud and take advantage of the all the productivity benefits of the cloud. We are using Office 365 here at BrightWork.  We actually have a hybrid project management environment set up as well, that enables us to move back and forth between the two environments with ease.  So we get all the productivity benefits of Office 365, plus the PPM in BrightWork! And even though we use it all the time, I definitely didn’t know everything that was in Office 365. I came across this infographic that the folks over at Sharegate put together with a helpful guide to what’s included Office 365. I thought many of you might be interested in it as well to help you get your head around. Crafted by: Sharegate, The SIMPLEST Office 365 and SharePoint Security & Management tool suite. Project and Portfolio Management with BrightWork and Office 365 Some companies might not yet be utilizing all the many productivity tools in Office 365, but it’s not uncommon for many organizations to have moved there for email, file storage, team sites and groups, and more.  And as we go, more and more…

Project & Portfolio Management with Office 365 and BrightWork

Many of our customers and prospects are moving business systems to the cloud.  For example, maybe their organization has moved to Office 365 and are now using: Exchange Online for email OneDrive for personal file storage Groups for team collaboration SharePoint Online for portals and team sites But they also want to use BrightWork for collaborative project management. And this is becoming the reality for many organizations, where they have some tools in the cloud, maybe Office 365, and some other tools on-premises on SharePoint or perhaps in a different cloud (Azure, AWS, and more).  So there has to by some way to connect those systems. And we get asked frequently: “Does BrightWork have an Office 365 story?”  And the answer is yes, we do. Using Office 365 and BrightWork hybrid, you can connect the two platforms to Access Projects, Manage Projects and Search and Discover Projects. Office 365 and BrightWork at BrightWork! As a matter of fact, at BrightWork we have deployed this hybrid model in house! So before we dive in further, I wanted to explain a little bit about how we use it here at BrightWork – our own company. On the left hand side of the image below, you see…

Deploying Project Management with a Low IT Burden

Does your organization have a strategy to move business solutions to the cloud? The first reaction from a lot of IT departments to the proposed introduction of any new enterprise tool is generally “No!” – even for something as important as project management (which they need as well)! But they have solid reasons for this: IT resources are always constrained and they know from prior experience that introducing new enterprise tools can be an expensive and time-consuming process. They need to believe that any tool will be easy to setup and be maintainable by end users before it can be deployed. With it’s low IT burden, familiar SharePoint interface and easy cloud or on-premise deployment, BrightWork is designed to deliver successful user and organizational adoption of project management on SharePoint. Check out the playlist below from our Extended Demo Series, and learn how you can leverage SharePoint to deploy project management with a low IT burden: Quickly Deploy in the Cloud BrightWork Online is a low-maintenance cloud solution that requires zero IT involvement and no internal infrastructure to setup and maintain.  BrightWork Online is free for the first 30 days. Easily Deploy On-Premise on SharePoint Your organization can start to manage projects by quickly deploying BrightWork on…

New Year – New You – New Projects!

Week 1 of 2016 and how are the resolutions going? Has the novelty worn off and you are now starting to struggle a little? Not to worry, we are here to help! However, if you are a percentage of the population brushing off the fitness regime, or who have stocked the fridge with all the green vegetables you can find, and are now searching for inspiration – we can’t help you there, BUT we can certainly help when it comes to your resolutions regarding your project management, SharePoint projects and every day work management! So here are our top 3 tips to get you on the road to sticking to, and exceeding your 2016 resolutions! 1.Manage Your Time, Energy and Email!  When it comes to successful project management or project team member , you need to manage your time efficiently. And your energy levels will directly affect how and where you spend your time! Here is a free time management video series which walks through a 5 steps approach to managing your time, including a suggested personal time management audit, a process for setting personal and professional goals, a “plan week” approach to managing your schedule and three tips for managing distractions. It will give you…

Red Amber Green (RAG) Reporting in Vanilla SharePoint

I’ve noticed the same question appearing in a few groups recently – “Help! How can I create a RAG Status in Vanilla SharePoint?”.  As there are a few steps involved, this led me to put together the following blog to help those in need out. It must be from my childhood years as a Girl Guide! A quick heads up for those that don’t want to reinvent the wheel – BrightWork has a great set of free templates that already have projects set up with some RAG reporting that is free to download. So, let’s get started! Get your Icons! First, you’ll need to add the icons you want to use to the SharePoint site. If you don’t have any on hand, a Bing Image search for Red – Amber – Green icons can pop up some great example. Or you can just use the ones we made for you below! (right-click and select save to desktop) Tip: We recommend using Bing for image searches, as it includes the ability to filter by licence type.     If you make or source your own images, 1616 or 3232 pixels works best. trust me – any bigger and you won’t be very popular. Upload Icons to the…

Restore Navigate Up on SharePoint 2013 AND SharePoint 2016!

Note: This blog post was updated to reflect the fact that the technique also works on SharePoint 2016 and Office 365; however, you should be aware that Microsoft strongly recommend not editing Master Pages in O365. With every new version of SharePoint, one of the things that we have to do is work out the implication of various features being pulled or deprecated. You can find a TechNet article on the subject here (SharePoint 2013) and here (SharePoint 2016). With SharePoint 2013, the removal of the Design view from SharePoint Designer is probably one of the biggest. One that really surprised me was the removal of the Navigate Up menu that replaced the site breadcrumbs in SharePoint 2010. This article will tell you how to bring it back.   FREE DOWNLOAD: TWO TEMPLATES FOR LITE AND STRUCTURED PROJECT MANAGEMENT ON SHAREPOINT   You will need SharePoint Designer 2013 for this. SharePoint Designer 2013 is currently the tool to use on SharePoint 2016 and afaik there are no plans for SharePoint Designer 2016. This is the Navigate Up menu in a 2010 site. At BrightWork, we have always seen SharePoint as something that should be structured hierarchically, with parent sites and child sites. It seems…