The Global Update (Home > Global Update) options have been enhanced so you can build a set of change actions to apply to selected cost estimate data at the same time. The set of change actions could apply the global updates to:
The following monthly articles provide a running log of software updates or enhancements. Updates may apply to all ProjStream software tools or may be product specific. Each article includes a summary of what changed or what functionality was added to the software.
Enterprise Nodal Structure, Resource Role CapacityEnterprise Nodal Structure window (Home > ENS).
Using the BOM to Status Material Work Packages
The capabilities in the Resource BOM window has been enhanced so that you can use the window to enter quantities earned to calculate earned value. You can also import or enter the actual quantity and unit price so that you can calculate material price and usage variances.
System Search and Copy
The search function was enhanced so it is easier to find historical estimates and actual costs from other projects to copy into your current proposal project. The search function is now an option in the main Estimate window Ribbon Menu instead of a sub option when adding a new work package. With the enhanced System Search window, you can search on any column as well as apply a filter. The enhanced System Search window columns include the Project, WBS, WBS Description, Work Package (WP), WP Description, Resource, Duration, any user defined codes such as WBS and work package attributes, and control account or work package documents such as the SOW or BOE rationale. When you copy the data, you can also pull in the user defined codes and documents. As before, you can apply a complexity factor as well as select the Calendar set and starting calendar period for the data you are copying into your proposal project.
Cost Groups in Totals
You can now control which cost report group is used for the total columns in the main Estimate window (BOEMax Budget column) or the main MaxTeam/EVMax window (Budget, Actual, Earned, and ETC columns). There is a new option in the Ribbon Menu, Admin tab, labeled “Cost Groups in Totals” that displays a dialog box to set these for the selected project in the applicable software tool. This also controls the columns shown in the Enterprise Nodal Structure window (Home > ENS).
Element of Cost Code Structure
You can now modify the content of the shared system level element of cost code structure. A Navigation Menu option has been added (Project Data > Element of Cost) to tailor the default set of cost elements to your business environment. Elements of cost (EOC) or cost elements are the summary categories of cost such as labor, material, and other direct costs. All ProjStream software tools and projects share this system level list of summary EOC categories and optional subcategory detail. You can also use the EOC categories as resource attributes for reporting and other purposes.
Global Calendar, Rate, and Resource Structures
Added ability to create related global calendar, rate, and resource structures where the global structures are shared with other projects. It is no longer necessary to create project specific structures. At any time, you can disconnect a project from the global structures and create project specific structures in the Manage Projects window, Structures tab (Project Data > Projects).