time@work and expense@work version 3.3 have been released.
Please note that there are a number of significant changes to the infrastructure requirements in Version 3.3 so please review the documentation in detail before undertaking any installations.
We would like to highlight the following significant changes for existing users:
The offline client is no longer supported.
In recent years, as the availability of broadband has become almost universal, the number of clients using this element of the application has decreased. Additionally, many of the newest features in time@work and expense@work have been browser based and consequently offline functionality has increasingly lagged behind the browser.
SQL 2000 is no longer supported.
Most time@work and expense@work Customers have already migrated to SQL 2005 or 2008. The technology and performance compromises necessary to support the differing architectures of SQL 2000 and SQL 2005/2008 are no longer warranted.
.NET Framework version 3.5 is now required.
As ever we recommend installing version 3.3 into a test environment prior to live upgrade.
Version 3.3 Release Notes:
You may now specify that Activity Analysis fields should appear as Header fields above a Form rather than within a Form as columns. You may also specify that one Header field should be shown as a ‘Memo’ field in grids listing current or historical Forms.
Skills and the Employee Index
Skills are now available for update and filtering in the PSW. Employees may update specific Skills through My Details. Specific Skills are visible to Employees (depending on their Role) from the Employee Index. Employees may use Skills (depending on their Role) to filter Employees in the Employee Index.
When a Form or Timesheets is submitted, authorised or reviewed you may now choose to see a graphically more complex message, showing prior and next steps in the workflow, together with photographs.
Photographs in My Details
Employees may now upload their own photographs from My Details.
You may now opt for immediate routing of Timesheets or Forms following submission, authorisation or review. Note that Routing may also be run simultaneously.
Timesheet Generation by Employees
An employee may now generate a Timesheet for a specified number of periods in the future. These may also be re-generated (optionally) after submission, authorisation, and posting.
In addition to the functional enhancements detailed above, Version 3.3 includes a number of technical changes and improvements:
The systems@work Client has been withdrawn. Timesheets and Forms may no longer be submitted using the systems@work Client.
The conversion of the Task Scheduler and the Tasks it schedules to .Net has been completed. The Scheduler’s use of log files has been revised. The stability and resilience of the Task Scheduler is now greater.
The PSW may now be served by multiple web servers at the same URL. This is known as web farming and enables us to achieve higher numbers of simultaneous users.
The Professional Services Workbench (PSW) will now run in Mozilla Firefox browsers as well as in Internet Explorer (including IE8).
Database security has been extended to allow the use of NT Authentication, or alternatively to use a more complex password. The default security mode is unchanged.
The PSW now supports OpenLDAP as well as Active Directory for user authentication (when time@work login details are bypassed). We have adopted a flexible approach that will allow for many configurations of LDAP.