Why was ten afraid of seven? Because seven eight nine. Now, that has nothing to do with InEight Inc's new InEight Document software, but it probably gives you an insight into my innate love of "Dad jokes" and puns.
What is no joke is InEight's new InEight Document software, which features "a host of new capabilities as well as a ground-up user experience (UX) redesign powered by a simplified user interface (UI)", promising to make "collaboration easier for virtual teams while reducing the learning curve for product training and onboarding".
We're told that "the improvements also provide the ability to launch other InEight solutions from within Document, creating a deeper sense of connectivity and consistency with the rest of the InEight platform".
“Now, when someone experiences the new InEight Document for the first time, they not only benefit from the same powerful features and field-tested DNA that have helped make us the de facto industry standard in project document management, they also get new capabilities, tighter integration with other InEight solutions and a modern UI that outshines and outperforms anything else in the market.”
Of course, with new functionality as well as having connectedness and collaboration in mind during the new versions development process, the company says its all-new version "can save individual project team members up to two hours per week, including a 50 percent reduction in time spent searching for documents".
So, what are some of the noteworthy features and enhancements? These include:
- New UI/UX: The new UI is more than a just superficial refresh, providing a more intuitive approach to managing project data while minimising clicks, simplifying navigation and streamlining the overall Document experience.
- Saved Views: Now it is possible to save project, company and personal views of a project dashboard. This new feature allows the convenience of personalised data while avoiding the frustration of having to recreate work.
- Quick Launch: A configurable tool bar with customisable hotlinks for launching favourite modules, actions and reports, making it easier to quickly find and access frequently used information.
- Enhanced Sort and Filter – This feature is now easier to locate and allows more choices on exactly what to search for and how to filter, yielding better search results faster.
- Simplified Navigation – More intuitive navigation makes accessing other InEight solutions easier and streamlines actions, imports, exports, downloads and distributions.
The company also notes this new version "follows the second anniversary of InEight acquiring Australian software company QA Software and its flagship document management and collaboration solution, Teambinder. Following the acquisition, InEight assimilated Teambinder into the InEight platform, developed additional features and rebranded it as InEight Document".
In separate news, Rob Bryant, the EVP, Asia Pacific at InEight had some commentary to share on last week's Australian Federal Government Budget, with my previous article hosting commentary from a range of IT vendor leaders and the AIIA in Australia.
Bryant said: "In the short-to-medium term, government stimulus supporting shovel-ready projects will be a welcome boost to our economy. However, in the longer term, there may not be enough budget to sustain this level of support as changes to how we work, and population growth will continually alter government priorities. Already we are seeing that many of the capital projects planned, or in progress currently, are the result of several decades of underfunding. We need to ensure the sector secures long term investment if we are to see lasting benefits.
"Federal Government funding is essential for most states to see major projects delivered. There are further challenges for state government as they allocate funding for smaller-scale projects, bringing improvements to local council municipalities, delivering opportunities to communities in need of stimulus. The balance of scale and immediacy of projects will be a critical factor for them to be effective in their objective to stimulate the economy at all levels.
"A key challenge will be the addressing the demand for greater accountability and ROI on this increased infrastructure spend. However, issues such as limited labour force mobility due to the current pandemic means the risk of delays in project completion and delivery, budget overruns and a longer time for ROI are high. But emerging technologies like artificial intelligence can give government owners the ability to truly manage and quantify the delay and cost, so they always know what they are committing to when approving a change in a project timeline. With a greater volume of projects underway at all levels of government the ability to take a portfolio view of project performance track that in live time will be essential", Bryant concluded.
You can find more information about InEight solutions for capital project document management and collaboration here.
Here's InEight's video on what InEight Documents can do for you, from August 2020:
Here's InEight's video of its project management software in general from 2019: