August 08 EPM Live Launches WorkEngine 2010 Live Built On SharePoint 2010 Enterprise

Since EPM WorkEngine’s inception, EPM Live has continued to align with its vision to evolve the traditional, powerful capabilities of PPM (Project and Portfolio Management) and extend the same value-driven concepts to all areas of the business.  EPM Live continues to ensure that its customers have the tools they need to be productive, achieve maximum quality in their projects and work and do it all within the constraints that affect every executable work item; time, money and resources.

With the recent launch of EPM Live’s 2010 WorkEngine product line, EPM Live committed to delivering a truly revolutionary platform that would change the way organizations manage projects and work today.  In keeping alignment with an aggressive product roadmap and delivering on its commitments, EPM Live has launched it’s 2010 WorkEngine environment built on SharePoint 2010 Enterprise.  Now EPM Live WorkEngine customers can leverage the powerful capabilities that SharePoint 2010 Enterprise has to offer while at the same time realizing the cost saving benefits of an online project and work management solution.

In addition to WorkEngine’s core capabilities and features, take a look at some of the additional capabilities WorkEngine users will experience online with WorkEngine’s new and improved foundation, SharePoint 2010 Enterprise:

My Sites– A My Site is a personal SharePoint site that users can customize. Users can change the content and design of their My Sites and include a public profile, where they can share details like contact information and colleagues. My Sites first appeared in Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and was included in subsequent versions of SharePoint. SharePoint 2010 dramatically enhances My Sites with new social features, including user profiles, newsfeeds, and the “Ask Me About” section.

Excel Services– With Excel Services, users can meet their business needs by using Excel 2010 to create and modify spreadsheets. By using Excel Services, users can now maintain control over the spreadsheets in many ways and provide a single version of correct information.  People can take spreadsheets created in Excel 2010 and publish them to Excel Services in SharePoint 2010.  After defining the trusted location of the spreadsheet, they can allow other SharePoint site users to view the spreadsheet in their browsers.

Visio Services– SharePoint 2010 now includes Visio Services, which lets users render Visio diagrams and charts within a browser. SharePoint 2010 treats Visio files as first-class document types, like Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files, so users can easily open a Visio diagram from a document library. Additionally, it indexes the contents of the Visio diagram so they will be fully accessible within search results.

Form Services– With Microsoft InfoPath 2010, business users can design sophisticated electronic forms to quickly and cost effectively gather information required for an immediate business need. It is possible to customize forms with features such as calculated fields, setting default values, conditional formatting and screen tips, all without writing code. When used together with SharePoint 2010, these forms can be used for information stored in SharePoint lists.

Access Services– Business users often use Microsoft Office Access to create data-centric applications using tables, views, forms, and reports. Access applications are often designed for individual use or to be used by only a few people at the same time. These applications gain importance within the company as more people use them. Because Access is not intended to be used by many concurrent users, the applications begin to experience scale-related problems. When the importance and popularity of Access applications grow, companies eventually must redevelop them into Web applications. Depending on the complexity and size of the application, redeveloping applications can become very difficult.  SharePoint 2010 addresses this problem by helping people create applications in Access 2010 and publish them to SharePoint sites with Access Services.

BCS– In SharePoint Server 2007, users could work with external data using the Business Data Catalog (BDC).
With this powerful capability, users gained advanced search solutions and could supplement information in SharePoint lists with data from external line-of-business systems. SharePoint 2010 builds on the BDC and introduces Business Connectivity Services (BCS), helping users integrate external data into SharePoint solutions with both read and write operations.  Users can easily connect a SharePoint Composites application to external data by using Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 to create an external content type, which they can use in SharePoint lists or throughout the application. Users can also use the external data within Office client applications such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Performance Point Services– Almost every business intelligence implementation uses scorecards and dashboards. Scorecards are collections of KPIs and objectives that people use to measure multiple performance factors in a business. A dashboard is a group of related objects that help companies quickly understand their performance.  Dashboards can include scorecards, reports, spreadsheets, and diagrams; they may also contain filters that all scorecards and KPIs use to control the context of reports and visualizations. Microsoft PerformancePoint™ Services helps companies view and manage key drivers of the business and tie them to the corporate strategy.

The SharePoint 2010 Enterprise capabilities defined above are only a small subset of those now offered.  If you would like to take advantage of EPM Live’s WorkEngine SharePoint 2010 Enterprise online product offering, please clickhere to create your own SharePoint 2010 Enterprise plus WorkEngine trial environment.