Just back from Deltek Insight and I’m still reeling from the energy and excitement from the conference. Customers are saying, “that was the best conference I have been to in 5 years” and “this is not the same Deltek I knew 4 years ago…I can’t believe all of the stuff you have going on”.
Have you seen Vision lately? If not, you need to take a look.
Bret Tushaus, Director of Product Management spoke to a large crowd of Vision customers at the Vision mini-general session, most who could hardly keep up with all the things that are happening with the Vision product.
Bret described the features in the new release of Vision 7 – the most powerful release of Vision ever. So many enhancements to help organizations accomplish more including, contract management, user defined information centers, employee realization, and VPM analysis cube expansion. If you haven’t explored What’s New in Vision 7, click here for more information, Vision 7.
Bret spoke about Deltek’s approach around mobile developments, which is about enabling the workforces from your entire organization to work wherever and whenever. In July Deltek released, Vision’s first mobile app, Vision Mobile Timesheet which has been downloaded over 7,000 times! This app has added flexibility and convenience to the Vision‐using mobile workforce.
He announced the new Deltek Touch initiative where development is moving beyond the app and enabling the mobile enterprise by fostering a unified mobile experience. The Deltek Touch initiative is about recognizing broad device and platform needs and developing solutions that simultaneously meet those needs.
The Vision product development team is currently working on a module called Touch Time, which offers the same functionality as the Vision Mobile Timesheet native iOS app but is supported on both iOS and Android and can be used on both phones and tablets. The beta for Touch Time is underway and the app will be generally available in the first quarter of next year.
Another new and exciting development from Deltek Touch is Touch CRM for Vision. The Touch CRM mobile app follows the same model as the Touch Time app. The initial focus of the CRM app will be on contacts, clients, opportunities and activities. We expect to be in beta in January and have the first version of the app generally available early in Q2 of 2013.
Perhaps you have heard about it – a new tool that will allow you and your project managers to plan and manage more – Vision Navigator. It’s a tool intended to give project managers what they need to navigate their projects – plan, review and execute their projects in a streamlined and consolidated manner. Everyone was talking about this tool at Insight.
“We are super‐excited about this new tool because we feel it will empower project managers like never before”, stated Bret. We have built it by drawing inspiration from industry best practices around project management in an effort to create a tool that works and thinks like project managers.
Navigator is also a browser based app that is tablet enabled so project managers can use it from anywhere they have a browser and an internet connection. To get more information on Navigator, click here, here, to watch a video and download our FAQ document.
Bret ended the session by sharing some of the release themes for 2013 – it’s going to be quite a year for Vision! You’ll see new features in transactional document management, Vision Performance Management, Proposal generation, core billing, time and expense, approvals and delegations and security. And that’s all happening while we continue to move forward on mobility and Navigator!
These are truly exciting times within the Vision product and you could see it in the faces of all the users who attended the session. If you couldn’t make Insight this year, no worries, the Vision Mini-General is a part of Virtual Insight. Check it out here, Virtual Insight.