Fighting COVID-19 and a workspace shortage at once! Introducing Workspace Booking Manager 365, our latest Office 365-based business solution, and our second Microsoft Teams project. Like all such projects, this one is essentially limitless: as soon as the first integration comes, our users and programmers try to outcompete each other coming up with new features. As soon as that's done, salespeople and purchasers enter the ring ("we have no room in the budget for anything this quarter" vs. "look what happens when you press this button"). Of course, we won’t see the full results for a while (but we’ll win, of course), and right now we have the first version of the Workspace Booking Manager 365 online desk and conference room booking system for Microsoft Teams. Its main features are booking a desk/conference room on an office floor plan and a COVID-19 mode that blocks the booking of all desks within social distancing range of already booked ones. For more information, see here, and if you want to take it out for a spin, let us know! We’ll give you tour, set you up with a demo version, and tailor it to your specific needs. After all, that’s our specialty.
Project Price Manager 365, the first application in the cloud-based sales automation tools family for sophisticated process equipment has been successfully deployed at Philips. It solves the problem of joint project preparation featuring employees in several departments - commercial, technical, logistics, etc. At the same time, it automatically calculates the total price of the project, taking into account about 30 various parameters (delivery price, warranty period, availability of competitors, insurance, the need for training, partner discount, etc.). The resulting commercial proposal accounts for all aspects of working with the customer and has already been approved by all managers, including financial controllers.
Just put in production the first part of our ‘KPI Manager 365’, the Teams-based KPI management application. The project was unexpectedly supported by the quarantine, social distancing, and the widespread transition to Microsoft Teams. The development began even before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the choice of Microsoft Teams as a platform turned out to be very useful after mass quarantines and switching over to remote work. Remote users continued to work with the system using the same interface and methods that they used in the office, without any disruption or loss of productivity. “Due to the fact that we are all now working remotely and all communication between employees is done through Teams, the seamless integration of Teams and ‘KPI Manager 365’ proved to be a huge advantage for us. ‘KPI Manager 365’ helped us continue to work remotely as efficiently as before the quarantine”, a customer wrote. COVID-19 turned out to be powerless against cloud-based business applications!
We have just finished an interesting pilot for a key performance indicator (KPI) management system for Office 365. Since the client used Microsoft Teams as their main internal communication, the application had to function within Teams. The developers selected PowerApps as the foundation for the pilot project because it let them avoid having to create a dedicated mobile app to work with the system. The goal of the pilot project was to test how useful PowerApps was to hit the goals presented by the client. The final app had the following features implemented: