"PSNext 3.0: This portfolio management, planning and time and cost tracking system has acquired a range of new functionality"
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Project Manager Today Magazine, May 2010 (pdf - 0,5 MB), by Steve Cotterell.
PSNext comes from Sciforma. It’s an American company whose European customer base totals five thousand firms with 300,000 users, ranging from small firms to large corporations, including Airbus. [...]
Let’s suppose a new project is proposed. Select ‘Portfolio Control’ and on the left is a tree illustrating the structure of your project portfolio, by programmes and projects , showing as many levels as you need. In the upper main screen area are displayed the attributes of the object highlighted in the tree (including name, description, manager, products, status and business area) and below that, a graph showing its budget, both by resource type and cost centre. A table containing the figures that can be displayed by time periods over the life of the object heads the graph. All PSNext’s windows are configurable . You can, if required, build your own interface. This review is based on a configured demonstration version, which is a little different to the out-of-the-box version. [...]
There’s a set of preconfigured reports (about thirty textual and graphic reports) out-of-the-box and you can build any extra you need. Both active and archived projects can be reported on. Any of PSNext’s data can be included in reports. You can setup automatic reports to be produced at regular intervals and a project "Favourites" list of reports can be configured. In the administrator’s module you can set up trees defining the organisation and roles structure, skills, etc. The Resources and Cost Items modules are normally only accessed by the system administrator and contain tabular data about these objects. Resources can be given timebased costs and you can insert cost start dates and the currency to be used (conversion rates must be entered manually). Resources are assigned to a specific calendar to determine availability. If a resource has been set up in a project, and this person becomes a user, their details can be brought into the users table - saving duplicated effort. One last and useful little feature: data can be checked out, copied to a laptop and worked on remotely and later checked back in. [...]