At Full Sail Partners, we are thrilled to present our second blog post on the highly anticipated update of Deltek Vantagepoint to version 6.0. With each iteration, Deltek Vantagepoint has solidified its position as the trusted solution for organizations across various industries. Now, with the launch of version 6.0, we are poised to revolutionize the way professionals like you plan, execute, and track projects.
With a comprehensive suite of features and enhancements, Deltek Vantagepoint 6.0 empowers professional services firms like yours with unparalleled insights, streamlined workflows, and a more intuitive interface. We are confident that this latest iteration will pave the way for project success in the modern era. In this blog post, we will continue to provide you with an overview of what's new in Deltek Vantagepoint 6.0, giving you a glimpse of the exciting possibilities that await you.
In the latest update to Vantagepoint 6.0, several mobile enhancements have been introduced to improve security, language compatibility, and server support for the mobile application.
- Disabling the Vantagepoint Mobile URL Deep Link Feature: To ensure enhanced security and mitigate potential risks, the deep link feature of the Vantagepoint Mobile application URL has been disabled. As a result, when you access a Vantagepoint Mobile application URL, you will now be automatically redirected to the Deltek screen. From there, you can conveniently download the latest mobile application and copy the application URL as needed.
- Hiding Help Links in Vantagepoint Mobile Applications for Non-English Languages: In adherence to the software documentation laws of countries outside the United States, help links within the Vantagepoint Mobile applications will be hidden if a language other than English (American or International) is selected. This change ensures compliance with translation requirements for software documentation. Consequently, help links on screens such as Server URL (Connection Help), Menu, and Settings will only be available when English (American or International) is the selected language.
- Touch Server Upgrade to PHP 8.1.14: To maintain optimal performance and compatibility, the Touch Server component of the Vantagepoint mobile application has been upgraded to support PHP 8.1.14. This update ensures that the mobile application operates smoothly with the latest PHP version, enhancing stability and overall server performance.
Deltek Vantagepoint 6.0 introduces several enhancements to Mobile CRM, providing users with expanded capabilities and improved functionality on the go.
- Support for Date/Time Fields: Date/Time fields created in the Screen Designer of Deltek Vantagepoint are now accessible in Vantagepoint Mobile CRM. These fields can be found on the Misc/User-Defined (UDF) tab of all hubs. Users can conveniently add dates using the calendar icon, specify times using the clock icon, or directly input date and time values using the keypad. Please note that if one field is populated, both fields require input.
- Support for Phone User-Defined Fields (UDFs): Phone UDFs created in the Screen Designer of Deltek Vantagepoint are now available in Vantagepoint Mobile CRM. On the Misc/User-Defined (UDF) tab of all hubs, users can add or edit phone numbers in the designated Phone UDF field. Tapping a phone number allows for quick initiation of a call.
- Display of Pre-Award Number Field: Mobile CRM now includes the Pre-Award Number field, which displays the project number assigned at the time of project creation. If pre-award numbering is enabled and a pre-award number is assigned to the project, the Pre-Award Number field appears below the Number field on the Details screen of Projects. This field is read-only and does not appear on the Add Project screen. The Pre-Award Number field adheres to the field properties set in the Screen Designer of Deltek Vantagepoint.
- Support for User-Defined Fields in Activities: User-defined fields (UDFs) created for the Activities hub in the Screen Designer of Deltek Vantagepoint are now accessible in Mobile CRM. On the Misc/UDF tab of the Add Activity screen and Edit Activity screen, users can view and interact with the UDFs associated with activities.
- Improved Add Projects Functionality: The Contacts and Firms hubs in Mobile CRM now offer an enhanced Add Projects function. Users can expect more consistent behavior and a streamlined process that ensures proper business logic is applied.
- Start and End Time Fields for all Activity Types: Mobile CRM now includes Start Time and End Time fields for all activity types. These fields are available regardless of whether a reminder is set for the selected activity type, providing users with greater flexibility and accuracy when managing activities.
- Support for Image Icon Configuration: To comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws of EU countries, the Edit link on the image icon of Contacts, Firms, and Projects is hidden if the image icon was configured to be locked in the Screen Designer of Deltek Vantagepoint. This ensures that when the image icon is locked, users cannot add new photos or replace existing ones in the records, safeguarding data privacy and protection.
Mobile Time & Expense
In our ongoing efforts to enhance your experience with Mobile Time and Expense, we are excited to introduce two new features that will simplify your time and expense management.
- Viewing Benefit Hours: In Mobile Time and Expense, you can now conveniently view the summary of your benefit hours or absence accruals. By tapping and selecting the "View Benefit Hours" option, the Benefit Hours screen will be displayed. This screen presents a comprehensive overview of your PTO/personal, Sick, Holiday, and other types of benefit hours accumulated or used throughout the year. The "View Benefit Hours" option can be found on all Timesheet screen menus, allowing easy access to this valuable information.
- Improved Date Navigation: Efficiently managing to start and end times by day is now easier in Timesheet Hours. The Start/End Times screen offers an improved date navigation feature through a user-friendly date carousel. With the date carousel, you can swiftly navigate to a different day or tap on a specific day, reducing the number of taps required to enter time across multiple days. This enhancement streamlines the time entry process and allows for quicker input of time.
In the My Preferences section, you have the ability to personalize your Vantagepoint experience to suit your needs. Take a look at these two new features that will help enhance your experience.
- Preferred Application View: This is a new option on the General tab of My Preferences that is used to specify the preferred view that displays in all of Vantagepoint’s applications that support both Detail View and List View.
- Role-based User Education in the Application: Vantagepoint now displays targeted in-app information about feature enhancements, common tasks, and communications based on your selected role in the new My Education Interests field on the My Preferences dialog box.
With the newly incorporated support for units on the Units tab and the ability to enter contract amounts on the Contract tab, Deltek Vantagepoint 6.0 empowers you to create meticulous and comprehensive project plans.
- Support for Units in Project Planning: To facilitate comprehensive project planning, Vantagepoint now includes support for units on the Units tab within Project Planning (Hubs » Projects » Plan). With this enhancement, you can plan and manage units, enabling you to develop more detailed project plans.
- Enter Contract Amounts for Unit Planning: In Project Planning, the Contract tab now allows you to specify the portion of a compensation amount allocated for units in regular or promotional charge-type projects. This enhancement provides a more detailed breakdown of amounts while planning your project, giving you better visibility and control over financial aspects related to unit planning.
With the integration of planned units into the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) grid and the addition of the Total Billed field in the Revenue section, you can now conduct a more comprehensive analysis of your projects. These enhancements enable you to track and analyze planned unit quantities alongside other essential project metrics, while providing a clear and concise overview of the total amount billed for each project.
- Planned Units in Project Review: In the Project Review form, any planned amounts for units within the project are now integrated into the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) grid located at the bottom. This inclusion allows for a more thorough assessment of project performance, enabling users to track and analyze planned unit quantities alongside other critical project metrics.
- Total Billed Field in Project Review: Within the Revenue section of the grid, a new Total Billed field has been introduced. This field provides a clear and concise overview of the total amount billed for the project. By displaying this information in the Project Review form, users can quickly assess the project's financial status and track invoiced amounts in a more streamlined manner.
Deltek Vantagepoint 6.0 introduces a powerful new feature called Pre-Award Project Numbering, designed to streamline project management and enhance workflow flexibility. This feature allows users to set up Vantagepoint to support different numbering systems for pre-award (in-pursuit) projects and awarded (won) projects, enabling project numbers to be changed upon award.
To enable the Pre-Award Project Numbering feature, navigate to the Numbering form in Settings » Workflow » Numbering and select the "Update project number when approved for use in processing" checkbox. This configuration option provides greater control over project numbering and helps align project management practices with specific organizational requirements.
Deltek Vantagepoint 6.0 brings significant enhancements to the Purchasing module by making various purchasing applications available in the browser application for improved accessibility and usability. Here are the updates.
- Purchase Requisitions: Previously located in the desktop application, Purchase Requisitions is now accessible in the browser application.
- Purchase Orders: Similar to Purchase Requisitions, Purchase Orders have been moved from the desktop application to the browser application.
- Items: Formerly known as the Items Master application, it is now available in the browser application under Purchasing. This change provides a centralized location for managing items within the purchasing workflow.
- Item Review: A new addition to the browser application, the Item Review application allows users to review item-related details and associated purchase requisitions and purchase orders.
- Receiving: Also newly introduced to the browser application, the Receiving application streamlines the receipt management process.
- Option to Enable Purchasing Applications in the Browser Removed: With most purchasing applications now accessible in the browser application, the option to enable Purchase Orders in the Web Application has been removed from the Modules form in Settings » General » Modules.
- All Purchasing Reports Now Available in the Browser Application: The entire set of purchasing reports can now be accessed and utilized in the browser application under My Stuff » Reporting. This comprehensive collection includes reports such as Request for Price Quote Status, Purchase Requisition Form, Purchase Order Detail, and more.
- Improved Loading Speed for List View: Performance optimizations have been implemented to enhance the loading speed of List View within the Purchase Orders and Purchase Requisitions applications. Users can now enjoy a more efficient and seamless experience when working with large datasets.
- User Interface Enhancements for Receiving and Item Review Applications: In Vantagepoint 6.0, the Receiving and Item Review applications have undergone user interface improvements to provide a more consistent and intuitive user experience. Here are the notable changes:
- Receiving Application: Accessible in the browser application under Purchasing » Receiving, the redesigned form aligns with the visual elements and layout found in the browser application. It incorporates common search functions, displays item names from the Items application, offers actions for reporting, and provides enhanced capabilities for managing receipts and line items.
- Item Review Application: Available in the browser application under Purchasing » Item Review, the updated form features a revamped user interface consistent with the browser application design. It offers search functions, displays item names, enables the review of purchase requisitions and purchase orders associated with an item, and provides direct access to relevant records.
- The complete Item Review application can still be accessed within the desktop application under Purchasing » Item Review, ensuring compatibility with existing workflows and providing flexibility for users.
Take a look at these new game-changing features in the reporting section that make reporting a breeze.
- SyncCustomReports Switch: With the release of Deltek Vantagepoint 6.0, a new feature called the SyncCustomReports switch has been introduced. This switch enables the synchronization of custom reports between the Vantagepoint (transaction) database and the Vantagepoint server database. By using the SyncCustomReports switch, you can ensure that any custom reports you have created or modified are accurately reflected in both databases. This functionality is equivalent to the Synchronize button found on the Custom Reports tab in the desktop application's Utilities » Report Administration section.
- Workflow Report for Webhook Action: The Webhook Action within the Settings » Workflow » Application Workflows now supports a workflow subreport. You can generate a comprehensive report for this webhook action by clicking on either the "Print All Workflows" or "Print Workflow" options. This report provides detailed information about the workflow process, helping you analyze and track the actions taken within your application workflows.
Deltek Vantagepoint 6.0 brings exciting updates to the search functionality, delivering an enhanced user experience for building, editing, and navigating searches. Let's explore the key improvements that will empower you to find information more efficiently.
Improved Layout of Search Dialog Box: The Search dialog box has undergone a restyling to offer a clearer presentation of information and facilitate the building and editing of both standard and advanced searches. Key layout and styling changes include:
- A new grid header at the top of the Search dialog box, clearly displays the Select Search drop-down list, a set of Actions, and the Advanced Settings toggle.
- The removal of the Show Preview toggle.
- When the Check SQL button is clicked, Vantagepoint provides a SQL Where Clause status message. Validated queries are indicated by a shaded message in the Vantagepoint toolbar, while invalid queries are highlighted in red at the top of the Search dialog box.
Enhanced Search Navigation and Record Selection Pane: Efficient navigation and record selection are vital for a seamless search experience. Deltek Vantagepoint 6.0 offers the following improvements:
- Records Selection pane: The Records Selection pane now enables users to quickly add multiple records or all records to an ad hoc Selection search. Instead of relying on the Multiselect toggle, users can now select checkboxes for multiple records and click “Done” to promptly create an ad hoc Selection search.
- Select All button: A new Select All button has been introduced to include all records in an ad hoc Selection search. By clicking this button, Vantagepoint automatically navigates to the Search Navigation Control for the ad hoc Selection search.
- Direct record navigation: Users can conveniently navigate to a specific record by clicking any area to the right of the record's checkbox. This direct navigation feature speeds up the process of accessing a record's form. The Saved Search Control displays the saved search used for record navigation, along with its record number, in the paging control.
Timesheet, Expense Report, and Approval Center
Deltek Vantagepoint 6.0 introduces an update that enhances the visibility of employee assignments in the Timesheet, Expense Report, and Approval Center areas. If you have the Resource Planning and Time & Expense modules, you can now easily access employee assignment information directly from the following sections:
- My Stuff » Timesheet
- My Stuff » Expense Report
- My Stuff » Approval Center
By opening the employee card within these areas, you can conveniently view and review an employee's assignments that have remaining estimate-to-complete (ETC) hours. This feature eliminates the need to switch applications and navigate to the Resource View form, providing a seamless experience within the current application context.
The Assignments tab within the Employee Card dialog box allows you to explore the employee's current and future assignments across different projects. You can define the forecast range and customize the type of values displayed in the calendar period columns. These values may include planned hours, scheduled percentages, and utilization percentages. With this information readily available, you can quickly assess an employee's workload and upcoming commitments without leaving the application.
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Want to hear more about Deltek Vantagepoint 6.0? Be sure to check out our first blog to get the full picture of all things Vantagepoint. Still not enough? Check out our webinar on the new features of Deltek Vantagepoint and stay tuned for more content in the future!