2018 was the busiest year for our development team here at Juriba so we thought it might be useful to put out a summary of the major changes. As customer requests for functionality grow so does the product, hence the increasing need to provide more updates, more frequently, and the release of two major new versions of Dashworks (5.2 and 5.3).
We've summarized the new features we have released in 2018 in this blog for you:
February 2018 - Dashworks 5.2
The first major update in 2018 was back in February. After weeks of working on important improvements, our development team came back from the Christmas holidays ready to release Dashworks 5.2!
This release focussed on improving two aspects of Dashworks mainly: the user reporting experience and Evergreen project management features to support the Windows 10, Office 365, BAU application and hardware refresh activities managed perpetually within large organizations.
Advanced filters and project filters
Regarding the user reporting experience, advanced filters and project filters are one of the great improvements included in Dashworks 5.2. By using them, IT project managers and workstream leads can quickly build their own reports on what is in scope, filter on specific project criteria and save smart lists for future use. For example, a list of in-scope assets with a readiness of RED, are being replaced, and are in location A. Reports can also be built to include information from every project in a single page. This results in increased flexibility when visualizing everything that is going on in both the current state (BAU) and target state (Project) worlds. Advanced filters have been enhanced to include more application data as well, you can filter by application properties or source and use these to create applications lists.
Static lists and smart lists
Dashworks 5.2 was developed with the Windows 10 Servicing Model in mind. By using Dashworks, users have all the baseline information they need to determine who, what, where and when for each Windows 10 release version. Once the users, devices and applications in scope are identified, smart lists or an alternative static list based on this information can be created in just a few clicks. Smart lists update dynamically, while static lists contain user-defined lists of assets. Smart and static lists can also be shared with other Dashworks users, edited using more granular options or even added to favourites so that they can be found quickly.
Additionally, the improved grid control facilitates a much faster and efficient data manipulation. Dashworks 5.2 and onward now support virtual pages, so, regardless of how many objects the user is viewing, or how long a list is, there will be no clicking through separate pages of information. The new control also enables the search through the entire grid for specific information.
Dashworks 5.2 included a few helpful accessibility options as well. The updated profile settings include different settings and display modes, such as high contrast view for color blind or partially blind users, 200% zoom view, screen reader compatibility and keyboard use.
For additional details and screenshots of the new features, make sure you read the full blog post on our blog.
November 2018 - Dashworks 5.3
Dashworks 5.3 focussed on improved capacity functionality which has evolved to become much more flexible and functional.
Capacity slots are a way of separating capacity available within a single day into different types or times, like Morning or Afternoon slot on any given day or to offer a choice of different types of deployment to users, such as bringing their laptop to an upgrade clinic, or receiving a desk visit. Each slot has its own defined available capacity across a Monday to Sunday pattern.
In addition to capacity slots, Dashworks 5.3 also introduced capacity units which allow users to group objects (devices, users, applications or mailboxes) together in an entirely flexible way in order to manage capacity for them.
Now that capacity can apply to application objects, this opens up workflow options for UAT testing and application deployment projects. The existing capacity definitions (including override dates) that tie to teams and request types will be retained through the upgrade process and users will still able to use this configuration in any existing or new projects should the simpler capacity to group inheritance be suitable.
You can find out more about Dashworks 5.3 on our blog.
Each new version of Dashworks is available immediately to our customers that have purchased an active product maintenance and support agreement, or who have purchased a subscription service. Please contact your professional services account manager to find out more. As always, we encourage customers who are already using Dashworks to upgrade to the latest version in order to benefit from recent enhancements and fixes. Keep in mind that Juriba also offers consulting services to IT professionals in the enterprise to help them get the most out of our Evergreen IT and IT migration management tool, so if you would prefer a 'managed' upgrade of your software, please let us know.
If you would like more technical details of each new release, you can have a look at our release notes page and sign up to be notified of any new changes. Don't forget you can also request new features on our website.
Finally, we would like to take the opportunity to thank our customers for their insightful feedback that has helped us improve Dashworks substantially in 2018. We hope you have found the new features helpful and we look forward to a very productive 2019 together!