The Medi Group, Ltd. Green Lights New SilentPartner Project Planning System, JasperReports and Many More Useful and Productive Enhancements in Newest Release

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In tune with how professional services firms manage projects and resources, SilentPartner fills need for functionality and reporting gaps associated with most project-based, enterprise systems on the market.

The Medi Group, Ltd., developers of SilentPartner® Professional Services Automation (PSA) software for marketing communications companies, consulting firms and corporate services departments announces major, browser-based scheduling, resource management, time entry and reporting enhancements available in eSilentPartner Version 2.9.

Adhering to SilentPartner's "Mission-critical. People-friendly." motto, The Medi Group is proud to announce one of its most feature- and functionally-rich software releases to date including enhancements to its Project/Resource Management section, the addition of JasperReports® and a multitude of productivity enhancing tools. "Our customers and product development team are still the catalyst for new ideas for SilentPartner. With that said, we are excited to release new enhancements that continue to position SilentPartner as the most comprehensive, yet easy-to-use system among its direct competition. Enhancements of significant value to our customers include the addition of a new Project/Resource Management section which replaces the existing project plan feature set with better productivity tools," said Cindi McCarthy, Medi Group's CEO. "Designed with the input from clients with large project volumes, the new Project/Resource Management tool has been thoroughly road tested and is ready for prime time," stated McCarthy.

Project scheduling and resource management have always been an afterthought for most enterprise professional services automation systems, forcing many customers to look outside for project management specific applications. The problem with this tact is that companies add a new layer of costs, learning curves and redundancies that increase inefficiencies since the project management system is not integrated into its enterprise system. "In designing our new project planning component, SilentPartner has combined the best functionality, with best practices from current project management standards without the impractical components. And, we've integrated them into other dependant areas of SilentPartner," said JT Harding, Vice President of Marketing for The Medi Group. "SilentPartner projects rather than reacts to capacity planning. For instance, when durations for tasks in the schedule are assigned, SilentPartner can automatically check resource availability. Once resources are booked, the user can enter task specific time from the dashboard, automatically updating the project budget and % complete metric. Customers are raving about the fact that the dashboard time feature alone will save hours of fixing mistakes associated with users entering time onto the wrong jobs," Harding mentioned.

Other major upgrades in this SilentPartner release are:

  • JasperReports.® Including JasperStudio ® powered by iReport - a user-friendly portal for creating, scheduling, and distributing custom end-user reports.
  • Exporting reports. In addition to printing HTML reports and .pdf files, select reports can be exported to .csv or .xls files for further manipulation.
  • Time entry. Including time entry from the dashboard and start and stop timer capability.
  • Notifications. Supervisor notification for review and approval of time sheets.
  • And, MUCH moreā€¦

In addition to the many functional enhancements, this new release contains many incremental improvements over previous versions in ease of use, system flexibility and web-based access to critical information.

"We've designed SilentPartner to be easy for employees to embrace and essential to a company's bottom line. With this product release, we are aligning SilentPartner with great technology and functionality in order to help companies accomplish stellar projects that meet the goals of the company, clients and stakeholders," said Ms. McCarthy.

About The Médi Group, Ltd. and SilentPartner®:
The Medi Group (http://www.esilentpartner.com) is a premier provider of professional services automation (PSA) solutions and services to marketing communications firms, consulting firms, and in-house services departments of corporations, non-profit organizations and educational institutions. SilentPartner is a professional services automation solution that seamlessly integrates project management, media, resource management, time entry, collaborative tools and accounting into "ONE" system. SilentPartner runs on both Macs® and Windows® platforms. The system combines browser-based project management functionality with SOX compliant accounting to form real-time views into project productivity and firm-wide profitability. Since 1988, The Medi Group has built a loyal roster of SilentPartner clients throughout the United States, Canada, and Central America. The Medi Group is a certified Women-owned Business Enterprise.

© 2008 The Médi Group, Ltd.:
SilentPartner is a registered trademark of The Médi Group, Ltd. Microsoft and Windows are trademarks, or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Apple, Mac OS X, and Macintosh are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. JasperReports and JasperStudio are a registered trademark of JasperSoft Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.

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