Dr. Mey Mark Meyer is the author of the market study “Project Management Software Systems” that is published in cooperation with the GPM German Association for Project Management and the BARC Business Application Research Center. Dr. Meyer has taken a closer look the new version KLUSA 8 for the ProjectMagazine.
The modular structured PM software KLUSA specializes in portfolio planning and multi-project management, but also provides many useful functions for the planning and controlling of single projects. This means that KLUSA is an integrated tool for all involved in projects. The most noticable changes in the meanwhile eighth version are the totally redesigned user interface and the new navigation concept.
Apart from the new navigation concept and user interface in HTML5 this review describes the KLUSA modules with their views and index tabs including collapsible areas and context-sensitive functionality. In KLUSAs Portfolio module, you can manage demands, projects, and their variants using drag-and-drop for what-if-scenarios with different numbers of projects, budgets and resource capacities. A respective executive board then can decide about these scenarios and project managers are informed to replan. For the single project management standard functionality like GANTT chart and an extensive resource management are at hand. Beneath dashboards for live data status there is of course the mostly automated regular reporting, an integrated document management, as well as functionalties for change requests, risks and measures. Concerning multi-project management, there are overall reporting possibilities for PMO and other management levels in condensed form like topical tables, dashboard and overview of project phases (“multi-project GANTT chart”). Special live data from milestones, risks, resources, finance, reports and change requests show give overviews of the whole project landscape. The CRM module Companies completes the package with contact and scoring possibilities for customers and vendors. The multi-browser compability and reasonable licensing models for inhouse and cloud solutions show the future of modern web technologies.
Learn more about KLUSA 8 in the attached software review by Dr. Mey Mark Meyer (in German language):