Project Analyzer News and Updates

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Dec 05, 2013

Introducing the Report Gallery in Project Analyzer

Version 4.0 of Steelray Project Analyer has added a report gallery. The gallery is a visual representation of all of the reports available within Project Analyzer. Each thumbnail provides a basic visual of what the report provides. More information can be obtained at a glance by hovering over each thumbnail.

Select a report with a single click. When a report is selected, detailed information about the report is displayed along with a mock up of the output. When a report is added, the configuration screen for that report is brought up (if necessary) and a progress indicator denotes when the configuration is complete.

Aug 30, 2013

Analyzer 3.5 Adds Validation for Microsoft Project

Steelray Software today announced the general availability of version 3.5 of Steelray Project Analyzer.

Version 3.5 adds a new Validator report which analyzes  Microsoft Project schedules for corruption and other data integrity issues.

With an integrated master schedule (IMS), it is common to link to tasks in external sub-projects or to have sub-project tasks link to other sub-project tasks. Since sub-project files can be opened independently of their master schedule, links between files can become invalid.  It is important to have a way to quickly identify issues with the IMS as a whole that could invalidate your critical path.

About Steelray Project Analyzer

Steelray Project Analyzer is the leading software solution for project schedule analysis.  Steelray pioneered this software genre in 2007 with the introduction of  its Analyzer product.  Analyzer was the first commercial software to implement DCMA’s 14 Point Assessment, which has widespread use in organizations practicing Earned Value Management.  Analyzer has full support for the UN/CEFACT XML standard used for the exchange of project cost and schedule data.

About Steelray Software

Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Steelray Software is a leading provider of business intelligence software for project management. Specifically, they concentrate on advancing the state of the art in project cost and schedule visualization and analysis. They were founded in 2000 and are a privately held company.

May 30, 2013

Check out our new look in v3.4!

Summary of Changes (because we’re more than just a pretty face!)

  • New Feature - Criteria Category Manager Editor
    • Quickly add or remove criteria from categories.
    • Create your own categories
  • Added support for Remaining Duration field in Primavera P6
  • Allowed analysis even when resource name is blank.
  • Fixed a problem in overall score when the scorecard consisted entirely of compliant/non-compliant scores

 

Apr 24, 2013

New Release: Analyzer Version 3.3

Steelray Software announces the release of Steelray Project Analyzer version 3.3.  This release contains a new feature called Scorecard of Scorecards.  The Scorecard of Scorecards feature, offered with Analyzer’s Professional Edition, combines multiple scorecard reports into one succinct summary report.

In version 3.0, Steelray introduced the concept of an overall score, where a single score is calculated based on the quality of a single schedule.  For users who run multiple scorecards with an overall score, Scorecard of Scorecards offers a way to see the results  of those scorecards by running a single report.

In addition to Scorecard of Scorecards, version 3.3 adds better support for Project Server connectivity, improved performance analyzing Primavera P6 schedules, and a number of fixes.

To download version 3.3, click here.

 

Nov 07, 2012

Steelray Project Analyzer v3.2 is now available!

This release contains support for Primavera P6 Export Files (XER Files).  XER files can now be analyzed and are supported the same as Microsoft Project files.  There is no support for filtering at this time.

In addition to this new feature, we’ve introduced a number of small fixes and performance enhancements that include an increase in analysis speed with large Microsoft Project files (mpp files).  We’ve also expanded support for UN/CEFACT.

Please consider joining our customer experience program. With your assistance, we can tailor future products to better suit your needs.  To enable the CEP, simply click “Customer Experience Program” from the Help menu.

We are delighted to begin offering offers and promotions within the product.  Click the Offers and Updates tab to get the latest news on Analyzer offerings and updates to get you more productive.

 

Jun 26, 2012

Steelray Project Analyzer v3.1 is now available!

This release contains Steelray’s implementation of the GAO Checks Report!

We have integrated the DCMA 14 Point Assessment, Schedule Comparison tool, Longest Path tool, and Circular Dependency tool as standard reports.  Simply right click on the Reports items and select your desired report.

Videos and Tutorials.  Watch major features of Steelray Project Analyzer demonstrated in short videos to quickly become productive with the product.  Videos include using the Scorecard, DCMA 14 Point Assessment and Schedule Compare.

In addition to these major features, we also added some smaller maintenance items.

  • Much improved performance on schedules with large numbers of resources.
  • Faster filtering in Microsoft Project
  • Added Status Date support for SPA filters
  • Improved aesthetics for Project Server and Excel Analyzer Scorecard
  • No grade criteria no longer impacts overall score.
  • Support for Oracle Primavera v6 r8.2
  • Integration with Steelray Project Viewer for UN/CEFACT
  • Support for inline schemas in the UN/CEFACT validator

Download the latest release on the SPA Download Page.

    Feb 21, 2012

    Steelray Project Analyzer V3.0.1 - Build 414

    This is a maintenance release with a few small features.

     

    - Added tutorials and help to the Welcome screen.

    - Scorecard usability improvements.

    - Much improved memory utilization especially on large files.

    - Additional help and guidance on the 14 point assessment report screen.

    - Made global score settings accessible in the report settings screen.

    - Addressed a problem when scoring SPA filters and a grading type of compliant/

    non-compliant.

    - Addressed a problem in overall score when letter grades were assigned and the

    overall score was a negative number.

     

    Dec 26, 2011

    Major New Release: Analyzer Version 3

    Steelray Software is excited to announce the release of Steelray Project Analyzer V3!

    Version 3 introduces three new features;  Justification, Overall Score, and UN/CEFACT XML Support.

    Justification
    Project Analyzer supports assigning a custom text field where you can provide an explanation of why a task should not be flagged as an issue. You have complete control over whether justification affects scoring or simply provides documentation on some of the flagged issues.

    Overall Score
    The overall score feature assigns a single score to an entire schedule. In cases where multiple schedules are being analyzed, this highlights the schedules that need the most attention. You can supply your own weightings for the criteria that make up the overall score.

    UN/CEFACT XML
    UN/CEFACT XML is an emerging standard used for data interchange between project management software applications. Project Analyzer V3 is able to analyze UN/CEFACT XML files. Also included is a report to validate a UN/CEFACT file to verify that it is well formed.

    Steelray Project Analyzer V3 also includes:

    • Industry standard checks, including DCMA’s 14 Point Assessment
    • Support for Microsoft Project mpp files
    • Support for Project Server
    • Support for Primavera P6
    • Flexible reports and criteria for analyzing schedules
    • Trace Tool to calculate longest paths
    • Circular Dependency checker
    • Schedule Compare Tool to highlight changes between versions
    • Maintenance, which includes access to new versions and technical support during the maintenance period.

    With Version 3, Steelray Project Analyzer now comes in two editions:  Standard and Professional.  To read more about the differences between the two editions, visit the Analyzer Editions page on our website.

    To download version 3, visit our Analyzer Download page.

    Sep 23, 2011

    Now Available: Steelray Project Analyzer 2.2.0.394

    Project Analyzer Update 2.2.0.394 

    Steelray has been working hard to enhance Steelray Project Analyzer.
    This update contains many important enhancements and bug fixes.

    Noteworthy items:

    • Added support for units in duration for filter builder
    • Numerous file specific fixes for MS Project files
    • Added the highlighter to the scorecard to highlight tasks instead of filter.
    • SPA Filters are exported with reports.

    For a complete list of enhancements and fixes, please email salesadmin@steelray.com.

    Please click here to update your version of Project Analyzer.

     

    May 16, 2011

    Now Available: Steelray Project Analyzer 2.2.0.377

    Noteworthy items for this release.

    -          Project Server 2010 Support

    -          Handles scenarios where external predecessors may be missing or unavailable

    -          Handles scenarios where external predecessors are linked to Project Server

    Mar 28, 2011

    Now Available: SPA 2.2.0.374

    Noteworthy items for this release.

     

    -          Significant speed improvements for scorecard and 14-Point Assessment

    -          Missing external predecessor

    -          Support for blank fields in Filter Builder.

    -          Project Server 2007 usability improvements

    -          Addressed false positives reported by some anti-virus packages.

    -          Improvements to custom coach content.

    Jan 10, 2011

    Now Available: Steelray Project Analyzer 2.2.0.360

    Now Available: Steelray Project Analyzer 2.2.  Feature highlights:

    • Loads Microsoft Project tasks nearly 10 times faster than previous versions.

    • The Coach. With the built in Coach, Analyzer now tells you: 
      • What each criteria means. 

      • Why each criteria is important. 
      • What you can do to fix your MS Project Schedule or what to watch for in your MS Project Schedule

    Aug 04, 2010

    Now Available: Steelray Project Analyzer 2.1

    What’s new in this release? We’ve improved your user experience with the fourth generation of Steelray Project Analyzer for Microsoft ® Project, Project Server and Primavera P6. This release includes a number of fixes and improvements, including:

    • Redesigned scorecard so you control how you view the results;

    • Criteria Categories so you can better control organization;
    • Updated 14-Point Assessment calculations that are currently DCMA compliant, with improved error handling;
    • Nearly 20 new MPM Import Readiness Criteria for determining readiness for import into Deltek MPM. Prepare your Microsoft® Project file for import into MPM. SPA will now run checks on Deltek MPM criteria.

    Aug 04, 2010

    Now Available: Steelray Project Analyzer 2.1.0.337

    We are happy to announce full support for Microsoft Project 2010 in Steelray Project Analyzer! This includes a host of new criteria tailored to find problems that can arise in Project 2010 schedules. These include invalid duration, warning tasks, manually scheduled tasks and inactive tasks.

    Feature highlights:

    • Support for Project 2010.
    • New criteria for Project 2010.
    • Support for baseline schedules in Primavera P6.

    Jun 10, 2010

    Now Available: Steelray Project Analyzer 2.1.0.337

    We are happy to announce full support for Microsoft Project 2010 in Steelray Project Analyzer! This includes a host of new criteria tailored to find problems that can arise in Project 2010 schedules. These include invalid duration, warning tasks, manually scheduled tasks and inactive tasks.

    Feature highlights

    • Support for Project 2010.
    • New criteria for Project 2010.
    • Support for baseline schedules in Primavera P6.

    May 11, 2010

    Now Available: Steelray Project Analyzer 2.1.331

    What’s new in this release?

    We’ve improved your user experience with the fourth generation of Steelray Project Analyzer for Microsoft ® Project, Project Server and Primavera P6.

    This release includes a number of fixes and improvements, including:

    • Better scoring engine performance;
    • An update to the DCMA calculations;
    • Better scoring engine resilience and error reporting;
    • Added reset criteria and reports functions;
    • Sort order on scorecard maintained.

    You can download this latest release using the following:

    http://www.steelray.com/spa/spa-2.1.0.322-setup.exe

    Mar 01, 2010

    Now Available: Steelray Project Analyzer 2.1

    What’s new in this release?

    We’ve improved your user experience with the fourth generation of Steelray Project Analyzer for Microsoft ® Project, Project Server and Primavera P6.

    This release includes a number of fixes and improvements, including:

    • Redesigned scorecard so you control how you view the results;
    • Criteria Categories so you can better control organization;
    • Updated 14-Point Assessment calculations that are currently DCMA compliant, with improved error handling;
    • Nearly 20 new MPM Import Readiness Criteria for determining readiness for import into Deltek MPM.  Prepare your Microsoft® Project file for import into MPM. SPA will now run checks on Deltek MPM criteria.

    You can download this latest release using the following:

    http://www.steelray.com/spa/spa-2.1.0.322-setup.exe