Quick Look: CostMANAGER 2.7’s New Functionality – Part 1
Posted on: September 27th, 2012 by

Kildrummy® CostMANAGER 2.7 brings additional functionality to the application. These features, based on customer feedback, allow users to fully control and gain an understanding about what users create and share within CostMANAGER. This guide has been created to show our new features in greater detail and can be used in conjunction with the New Features Guide and User Guide both of which are included with the 2.7 release package.

Audit Logging

Kildrummy® CostMANAGER adds features to help your business comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley act.This much requested Audit Log feature gives CostMANAGER users access to a history of the changes within the database. Change any database value (or the vast majority of configuration settings) and a record will be created in an efficient, sortable and protected log.

The Audit Log uses a standard CostMANAGER grid, allowing the data to be filtered or grouped in our standard fashion (as detailed in the How To: Sorting and Filtering article). This allows you to quickly sort by date, data type, user or any other available column.

If your database was created some time ago, activating this feature will prompt the database to snapshot the current state. From this point, any changes will be recorded. To enable this feature, access the KCM Database Tool, included within the CostMANAGER 2.7 release package and select the “Audit Log” tab.

Reporting Structures

As a part of version 2.7, we wanted to look at how reporting structures could be improved. We were unhappy with the performance and reliability of the report structures module and decided that a complete re-write was required. Therefore, reporting structures have received both a visual make over and new database code. These changes improve presentation, performance and data integrity whilst retaining all of the core functionality of the previous structure screen.

Some features of the report structure interface have been simplified. Concepts such as ‘Fixed level’ structures are no longer explicit in the interface. These simplifications have allowed us to develop a more robust interface, whilst retaining the power and control seen in previous versions.

Other little improvements include the automatic naming of report structures levels. In previous versions of CostMANAGER new levels were not given useful names automatically which lead to more manual work from the end user. These are now picked up from the previous level’s title. Of course, you’re still able to add your own names as you wish.

Document Value Locking

Another new piece of functionality introduced in CostMANAGER 2.7 is the ability to lock values on documents to prevent edits prior to a specified system date. When this feature is activated, the document values will become read-only once the date has been passed.

This feature can be toggled on or off depending on the User Type given to each user which means that super users or particular groups of users can still edit the values after the locking date if required.

When used in conjunction with the new Audit Log you’ll be able to control and track changes of project data with ease.

In part two of this feature we’ll be looking into CostMANAGER 2.7’s new Object Permissions and screens. Make sure you check this page again next week!