Release Notes

Proteus Update – V2.3 Release

06/09/2022

What's new!

Single Sign On (SSO)

You can now sign in with Azure SSO. This means if you are using Microsoft you can use your MS login to sign into Proteus. Whilst it might not help you develop proposals faster, and it doesn’t improve the margins on your projects, it is one of our most requested features and our clients already love it. 

Baseline and Forecasting Tool

If you have been keeping up to date, you will know that the Proteus project controls features have had a major upgrade this year.  This has not stopped and we have now added a baseline and forecasting set of features. 

Project forecasting baseline - Proteus Project Software

Baseline

Baselining what is it?   Previously you would add a resource to each work package.  The resource would then be allocated the number of hours in the work package.  Now you can allocate every individual resource separately with a specific number of hours per week for each resource. This introduces some really powerful functionality for detailed planning.  There are a couple of neat features here to make it easy to back, front S-curve or linear load the project.  

This makes it easy to setup the baseline for the project and we have also made it really easy for you to compare the baseline with the original proposal or a new baseline.

Once the baseline has been submitted and locked this becomes the basis for the data used in the Project Controls calculations which were released in V2.2, such as earned values, actuals, etc.  

Baseline variations - Proteus Project Software

Re-baseline

The baseline can be updated to provide a new baseline, or a re-baseline.  Change management or variations, which were added in v2.2 has been fully integrated with the baseline system and project controls.  Newly approved variations are added to form the new baseline, which is then used in Project Controls 

Forecast

The baseline or re-baseline of the work profile is used in the “forecast” calculations.   The project controls calculations use the forecast to give Estimate at Completion (EAC) & Variance at Completion (VAC) forecasts.

Curve Based Work Package Profiling

When you add time to a work package you can select how this time will be used through the project; linear loaded, front end loaded, back end loaded or S curve loaded. This information is then added to the baseline which can then be used in the forecasting and the future resource scheduling tool.

Work Package (or CTR) Code Wizard

We like to keep things simple but our WBS number was too simple for larger projects.  Proteus defaulted to a nested work package (or CTR) numbering such as 1, 1.1, 1.2, 1.2.1, etc.  We now allow you to really go to town and build bespoke Work Package ID’s generator.  For example, you might want this to take account of your business classification, the phase of the project, task identifiers, assets, disciplines, capabilities, activities etc, etc.  Remember there is a good chance this work package identifier will appear in the timesheet system and/ or the ERP.

Proposal Resource Histogram Export

We definitely missed this in earlier versions of Proteus.  You can now look at the potential resource load on project at the proposal stage and the project stage.  This data can be exported to Excel for further manipulation or use in reports.

Workday Integration

If you use Workday as your finance ERP and / or for HR then you will be pleased to know Proteus can now integrate with them.  Proteus does have its own timesheet functionality, however it is equally happy getting this information from an existing ERP system.  And as Workday is one of the world’s leading enterprise ERP systems, we are extremely happy to have completed this integration.

Feature Flags

This is more back of house, however it is super important.  As Proteus develops and our client base increases, we have realised that not every client wants every single feature in Proteus.  So we have added a flag to every feature which can be switched on or off depending on each client’s specific requirements  This allows us to customise Proteus for everybody, while at the same time ensuring everybody has the same core Proteus. 

Tenant API Availability

We’ve been working with several of our clients to provide them with API access for all their data needs. Whether you have an internal tool that requires a custom integration or want to connect your Proteus data to Power BI or Tableau we can provide a suitable API.

All API access is protected with industry-standard OAuth2 authentication, and controlled to a fine-grain to protect against data leakage and reduce attack vectors.

Tenant Database Replication

Some of our clients have data processing needs that APIs just aren’t suitable for, for those cases we can provision a standby database to which Proteus will replicate your tenant data. You’re then free to query or integrate this database to satisfy any requirements. This solution is fantastic for connecting to a data-warehousing tool.

Proteus for Word Add In Lite

Our much loved Word Addin, which pulls your Proposal/Project data built in  proteus into templated documents in a standardised way, has also been updated. Now you no longer have to integrate Sharepoint to use this feature – the Addin can now be accessed directly from Word and connect back to the Proteus Rate Table / Billing Type Filters.

We have refined the user experience when building proposals based on billing type e.g “Time & Material” or “Lump Sum”. You can now tag rate tables by billing type, and define markups functionality.

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V2.2

18/04/2022

What's new!

1. Microsoft Word Formatting and Styling

We have always been proud of the Microsoft Word Add In integration as it allows you to fully integrate Proteus cost estimates, CTRs, Schedules, CVs, past experience and Organigrams with Word. If you make an edit in Proteus it will automatically refresh in Word. In the Proteus v2.2 update we’ve addressed your feedback regarding the styling and formatting of tables to enable you to use your preferred company styling on all your documents. Once you have set up your formatting in a template in Word any edits in Proteus will be automatically formatted to align to your company style. It not only looks great, it is remarkably simpler and infinitely more robust.   

2. New Add In Blocks

We have added a number of new blocks giving you more functionality. The full block list is now: 

  • WBS Summary
  • WBS Catalogue (CTRs or Work Packages)
  • Variation Summary
  • Variation Catalogue
  • Deliverables List
  • Milestones
  • Quick Quotes
  • Rate Tables Blocks
  • Team CVs
  • Organigram
  • Schedule
  • Experience Block
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ms word add-in

3. Template Tags for Microsoft Word

Template tags allow you to tag a Proteus field in MS Word. For example use {{Proposal_Reference}} and when the document loads it will automatically pull in the proposal reference from Proteus. No more manually inputting repeated data. We have added several new template tags, making Proteus even more efficient.

4. Template Blocks to Standardise Key Information

When you design a proposal or pre-project template, if there is a specific section where you, for example, tend to include the WBS Summary, simply input {{WBS_Summary}} and when the proposal document is setup the WBS Summary is automatically populated and styled. This allows you to create proposal and pre-project documents much quicker and more accurately than ever before. 

5. Create Notes

We have added a Note feature to Proposals and Projects. This allows teams and individuals who are collaborating on a proposal or pre-project document to post notes and keep a record of important information that needs to be shared.

Notes

6. Proposal Summary Table

You can now find a summary table for the Proposal WBS showing the breakdown of the cost / price buildup, markups and margins. This allows you to see all of the key proposal information in a single page.

Summary

Bug Fixes

  • Users who were previously converted from an offline user to an online user, were unable to add timesheets. This has now been corrected.

V2.1

25/03/2022

What's new!

1. Project Controls Features

The Project Controls in Proteus have always been good. However, we have been working hard to take this to the next level and this has been included in V2.1. Within your Project you will find a new menu item called “Project Controls”.  Click on this and you will see the following:

Schedule
Proteus has a full schedule capability displayed in a Gantt chart. The full WBS is now available in the Gantt chart with progress tracked against expected progress.

S-Curve
A schedule S-Curve and a Cost/Revenue S-Curve have been added. Both show the expected, actual, and forecasted data. This is a great visualisation to enable project managers and business leaders understand where the project is heading.

Estimate at Completion
A table showing the Estimate at Completion (compared to planned data) for Revenue, Cost, and Margin.

2. Data Table for Each Project

To complement the visual Gantt chart and S-Curve, we have added a data table for the each project. This table contains a number of data layers as a summary of the project. All data is presented against the time component of the project; either weekly or monthly, showing historical and forecasted data.

Tracked Resource
This shows the number of hours/ days booked for any of your assigned resources; people, equipment or software.  

Progress
Displays planned progress, actual progress, forecasted progress on a weekly / monthly basis. 

Cost Forecast
For cost, Proteus calculates and displays:

  • Planned Cost (PC)
  • Actual Cost (AC)
  • Earned Cost (EC)
  • Schedule Variable Cost (SVC)
  • Schedule Performance Index Cost (SPIC) 
  • Cost Variance (CV)
  • Cost Performance Index (CPI)
  • Cost Estimate at Completion (CEAC)
  • Cost Estimate to Completion (CETC)

Revenue Forecast
For revenue, Proteus calculates and displays:

  • Planned Revenue (PR)
  • Actual Revenue (AR)
  • Earned Revenue (ER)
  • Schedule Variable Revenue (RVC)
  • Schedule Performance Index Revenue (RPIC) 
  • Revenue Variance (RV)
  • Revenue Performance Index (RPI)
  • Revenue Estimate at Completion (REAC)
  • Revenue Estimate to Completion (RETC)

Margin
For margin, Proteus calculates and displays:

  • Planned Margin ($)
  • Actual Margin ($)
  • Margin Variance ($)
  • Planned Margin (%)
  • Actual Margin (%)
  • Margin Variance (%)

Data Export
 Export all your data from Project Controls, the WBS and Tracking into a spreadsheet.   

3. Variations

You can now add a variation to a project.  The variation works just like a new work package and allows you to add hours, equipment, software, expenses or purchases. The entire functionality is wrapped around the management of the change process, ensuring the correct approvals are in place before the new price/schedule goes live.

4. Speed Improvements

Phase 1 of our speed enhancements is now live to maximise your user experience. Further upgrades will be implemented in the near future that will continue to ensure the best experience for our customers and keep Proteus at the cutting edge of cloud-based work management solutions. 

5. Asset Categorisation and Search

The asset management module in Proteus has been live for a few months, we’ve optimised this module to support the tens of thousands of assets from customer inventory lists. If you’re a company that has an enormous inventory of equipment or software, this one’s for you.

You can use our easy categorisation to create an unlimited hierarchy of assets, or use the search to immediately find the asset you need by querying the name or reference number.

Bug Fixes

  • Our export functionality now provides your work packages in the order set within the Proteus Project
  • We have improved the validation for asset categories