SOURCE: TeamDynamix

TeamDynamix

September 07, 2011 14:21 ET

TeamDynamix Enhances Security and Flexibility in Latest Project and Portfolio Management Software Solution

LDAP and Active Directory Providers Now Built-In; Project Requests Enhanced; and Project Plan Management More Flexible

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - Sep 7, 2011) - The latest version of TeamDynamix' project and portfolio management software provides higher education customers with stronger security and greater flexibility in managing project teams and providing access to project data. Version 7.2, which was released to customers this week, includes more than 50 new features; twenty percent of which was driven directly by the TeamDynamix Advisory Council (TAC), the company's self-governing advisory committee comprised of Higher Education IT leadership. TeamDynamix is an enterprise-level PPM solution that is designed specifically to meet the needs of higher education professionals.

"This latest update represents a collaborative effort with the higher education community, as we continue to develop a solution that focuses on the unique environment of colleges and universities," said Andrew Graf, lead analyst for TeamDynamix. "We have enhanced the flexibility of our solution, particularly with the added integration points, while providing our users with convenient workflow capabilities that will make accessing critical information faster and creating, tracking and managing projects easier. We value the relationships we have with our customers and the industry, and the benefits of the relationships are certainly reflected in our latest product offering."

TeamDynamix version 7.2 includes multiple integration points that improve security and make it easier and faster to authenticate users, manage tickets and provide users access to the project information they need. Among the included integration points for higher education organizations are the following:

  • Built in providers for users of Microsoft's Active Directory or Lightweight Directory Access Protocols. TeamDynamix users can be quickly and easily configured to use a different authentication provider allowing much greater flexibility in the authentication model for both SaaS and installed customers.
  • User Administration Web Services: Provides the ability to automate the creation, activation and deactivation of users from outside of TeamDynamix through web service APIs.
  • Custom Ticket Contact Lookup: Allows the contact lookup to use a custom-developed page that could query a database or an LDAP server to display a list of choices, and then programmatically set the contact name and email, and several other fields on the ticket creation page, including custom attributes, based on the user's selection.

In addition to the integration points and processes, TeamDynamix 7.2 also includes a number of new features that build upon the integrated ticketing systems, social collaboration feed, project plan management and workflow management features. Many of the following new features were requested by current customers:

  • Quickly convert a ticket to a project or project request
  • Set organization-wide Days Off to accurately plan resource capacity
  • Reply-by-email to all notifications to easily add a comment on a project, request, issue, file, task, ticket or contact.
  • New Plan Manager features include added search capabilities and ability to estimate tasks by day/week and choose a custom completion date for tasks
  • Updated Briefcase allows users to drag and drop files from desktop or folder directly into TeamDynamix briefcase.

Clay Fulton, technical coordinator at Carnegie Mellon and member of the TAC, commented about version 7.2: "TeamDynamix has a collaborative and engaging methodology to updating its software; leveraging community feedback and consulting with the TAC to deliver a product that will benefit the entire industry. For example, we wanted to be able to outline project milestones when submitting a project request. With 7.2 the TAC expressed a need to build project plans into requests using the plan manager to highlight project milestones. Carnegie Mellon wanted to identify stakeholders and their RACI (Responsible-Accountable-Consulted-Informed) component, a standard project management tool (Responsibility Assignment Matrix). It is especially useful in clarifying roles and responsibilities in cross-functional/departmental projects and processes. TeamDynamix consulted with me on the design, and took it a step further by adding alerts throughout the system in 7.2."

To learn more about TeamDynamix 7.2, visit www.teamdynamix.com. Release notes and a video overview are available to members of the TeamDynamix Community.

About TeamDynamix
TeamDynamix is the leading provider of Web-based project and portfolio management solutions for Higher Education. The company's suite of project tracking, reporting and portfolio management software provides the work tools and environment necessary for successful project management and delivery, in addition to project and portfolio management and planning, IT governance, resource management, helpdesk ticketing, time and expense tracking and knowledge management. TeamDynamix is currently used by a number of leading colleges and universities, including The Ohio State University, Virginia Tech University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbus State Community College, Syracuse University and McGill University. The company is based in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, visit www.TeamDynamix.com.

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