Release Notes: Inspekt Version 1.12.0 (20170324.1)

Inspekt Version 1.12.0 – Release Notes: New in Inspekt Version 1.12.0 – Enhancements to booking, scheduling, field inspections, reporting ….. and more!

Inspekt Version 1.12.0 (20170324.1): 24 Mar 2017

NEW FEATUREs:

  • Booking: On the creation of a booking from the Portal, the System Admin and Booking Manager roles in the Service Provider are notified.
  • Booking: We now allow for order cancellations at any time after the order is placed (but before it is scheduled or in execution).
  • Scheduling: We now allow black listing and white listing of inspectors for any type of company associated with the inspection (not just for buyer company).
  • Field Inspection – Reporting: We have now allowed the upload of supplementary documentation against an inspection. At the time of sending out the report, the user will have the option to send the report with or without the supplementary documentation.

IMPROVEMENTS:

  • General: We have made the UI/UX pertaining to Single Select and Multi-Select fields consistent across the system.
  • Booking: The style number / item number fields have been expanded to 100 characters.
  • Booking: The search criteria has now been expanded to include the Booking Date.
  • Field Inspections: Now we warn users when they try to enter defect counts in a field that does not match the severity assigned to the defect.
  • Field Inspections: A system admin role can now revise the report even after it has been sent out. All changes are logged in the Revision History.
  • Field Inspections: We have now made the Reviewer selection dropdown to also have an advanced search capability.
  • Invoicing & Pricing: We have rearranged Price Item Type and Price Item as easily accessible items under the Invoicing menu item. The Invoicing screen has been updated to reflect the nomenclature more consistently as has the actual Invoice that is generated.
  • Revision History: Full AQL Overrides are now reflected in the Revision History.
  • Inspekt Communications: Email templates have now been improved to use the service provider’s logo more prominently.

BUG FIXES:

  • General: We fixed an issue wherein the idle-time lock screen could be bypassed.
  • Field Inspection: If a report has been issued, the Edit & Delete action buttons will no longer be available under the images sections.
  • Product Taxonomy: We have addressed a minor issue with the Product Taxonomy Search and Sort capability.

Click here to see the entire change log (for every Inspekt version released to date).

ABOUT Inspekt: Inspekt lets you manage the entire Inspections lifecycle – from order to invoice – all from your web browser. 

Not a current user of Inspekt – but want to get all these great features for Inspections Management? Start your free trial today!Register

Release Notes: Inspekt Version 1.6.0 (20160916.1)

New in QualNimbus’s Inspections Management Solution, Inspekt Version 1.6.0: Worforce Capability Matrix, Improved scheduling, Inspection Certificate, etc…

Version 1.6.0 (20160916): 16 September 2016

NEW FEATURES:

  • Workforce – Capability Matrix: We implemented the work effort related to a specific product taxonomy in the last release. Building on top of that functionality we are now rolling out the Capability Matrix. Workforce Managers can assign specific product taxonomies to a workforce as their capabilities. In addition, they can indicate the proficiency of the workforce in that specific product taxonomy. inspekt-workforce-capabilityWe have a system wide setting that can be set thru the settings menu that indicates the multiplier for the proficiency (e.g. Average=100%, Low=75%, High=120%).inspekt-system-setting-proficiency

Workforce can see their capability under the Skills tab in their own profile:inspekt-profile-skills

  • Scheduling – Estimated Man Days & Improved Inspector Filter: The workforce capability is used to list available inspectors with a capability pertaining to the inspection at the top of the list in the scheduling screen. When an inspector is assigned in scheduling, the estimated man days is automatically calculated taking into account the sample size, the average number of samples an average inspector can do in a man day for the selected product taxonomy and the proficiency of the assigned inspector.inspekt-scheduling-est-md
  • Inspection Execution – Revision History: We have implemented Revision History for Inspections Execution in both the Online and Offline modules of Inspekt. Now users will be able to see all of the changes made (including by whom and when) providing a valuable audit trail as the inspection moves through the workflow.inspekt-execution-revision-history
  • Inspection – Generate Inspection Certificate: The system now lets you generate an Inspection Certificate. The Inspection Certificate can only be generated by the Report Reviewer at the end of the Reporting Workflow.
  • Image Compression in Inspekt (Online and Offline): We have implemented compression of images – with no discernable loss in image quality in both the online and offline versions of Inspekt. This will dramatically reduce the size of generated reports (overcoming barriers to emailing large reports via email).
  • Inspekt Offline – Update Notifications Push: Inspekt Offline will now be notified whenever there is a new update to functionality available. The inspector will be notified of the same and will have to save their changes and restart the application on their desktop to get all of the new code changes.

IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Booking – Shortlist protocols based on product taxonomy: We already limit protocols in the booking screen based on the type of inspection. Now we are also applying the product taxonomy as a filter to show the most relevant protocols. Of course, users will still have the option to override these applied filters by using the advanced protocol search.
  • Contractor Availability: We have now improved the workforce profile to allow contractors to indicate the days they are not available for inspections (the leave type is set to Not Available and is non-editable). This will allow you to have better visibility to contractor availability during scheduling.

FIXES:

  • Leave Management: System allowed to create leaves in the same date range as existing leaves. This has now been fixed.
  • Web Portal – Search Functionality: Addressed an issue where some of the fields in the web portal search were not being taken into account during search.
  • Booking Cloning Functionality: Cloning a Portal order should have created an Operational order instead of a Portal order. Fixed now.
  • Contact reporting to another contact: The system allowed a contact to report to any other contact. We have now fixed this so that a contact at a company can only report to another contact at the same company.
  • On-the-fly MDM – Sections: Fixed an issue where adding a section on the fly in the Checkpoints tab was now working.

 

Click here to see the entire change log (for every release).

ABOUT Inspekt: Inspekt lets you manage the entire Inspections lifecycle – from order to invoice – all from your web browser. With innovative capabilities such as dynamic inspection protocol management and field inspection data capture and productivity enhancing features such as automatic report and invoice generation, the solution can streamline your operations and enhance productivity thus helping you save costs while delivering a better customer experience.

Not a current user of Inspekt – but want to get all these great features for Inspections Management? Start your free trial today!Register

Evolution of Inspekt since launch

Learn about the rapid evolution of Inspekt (QualNimbus’s Inspection Management Solution) since it was launched.

Evolution of Inspekt

The Inspekt solution is aimed at inspections service providers as well as buyers, importers and suppliers that have in house quality teams that need a solution to manage their inspections process. If this seems to be of interest, please sign up for a free evaluation trial today.

We launched Inspekt, QualNimbus‘s Inspections Management Solution on the 20th of April 2016. When it launched, it was already a full featured solution with the ability to establish master data, capture company/programs/contacts, establish custom protocols, capture orders, schedule orders, perform in-field execution of inspections and issue invoices. We also promised rapid evolution of the product.

But we recognize that our product can be a lot more – and want to deliver on our promise of rapidly evolving our solution to add features and functionalities that add even greater value for our customers. Since launching, we have put out multiple releases. And for those that have missed our updates, here is a quick breakdown of some of the highlights from each release.

Note: Each release below is a link by itself that you can click to view everything that was included in the release (new features, improvements to existing features and defect fixes).

Version 1.1.0 (20 May 2016):

inspekt-multi-languageMulti Language UI: Inspekt now supports multi-language labels on the UI. Simply go to the Profile settings under the user and change the User Language. Languages currently supported are: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French and German.

Inspekt Enhanced Invoicing
 

Improved Invoicing: Invoicing was significantly enhanced with line item creation enabling a detailed invoice. Discounting, deposit reductions, total applicable taxes, memos, payment terms are all available. Invoice can be generated as a beautifully formatted Word and PDF file with one click. Own invoices could be attached.

VERSION 1.2.0 (27 MAY 2016):

Inspekt Portal

Client Portal: We launched Inspekt Portal wherein SP’s customers can login and view their orders, download reports & invoices and more! Grant Portal access to Companies and Contacts via the new Portal Administration tab under the SP’s Company record.

Inspekt Activity Report

Activity Report: A comprehensive new report was built in Inspekt (for the Service Provider) to allow searching for orders via multiple criteria along with ability to view order details.

Inspekt Integrated Help

Integrated Help Content: Some of our customers (esp. in China) were unable to access our externally stored help content. So we are now hosting the help content directly within Inspekt along with an embedded viewer!

VERSION 1.3.0 (18 JUN 2016):


Quick MDM Add: ExampleOn-The-Fly Master Data Creation: 
We are providing a faster way of capturing master data information – without breaking the flow of the transaction. For example, if you are adding an order and have filled in most of the form, but did not find the factory in the drop down, you would have had to discard all the changes made thus far and go to the Company master and add the factory and then come back and redo the order capture. Quick MDM SettingWe have introduced a system option that allows capture of master data on the fly.

User TourApplication Tour: To help new users quickly learn the features of Inspekt, we are introducing an application tour that walks the user thru the various capabilities that they have access to. For new users to Inspekt, the Tour will start automatically on first login. inspekt-tour-menuTo start the tour manually, go to the new Application Tour menu item under Support.

 

Workforce Workflow: We have implemented a new feature in the Workforce screen. Before, you had to create a workforce person and type in their password and then give that to them manually. To optimize this workflow and further secure the system, we have now implemented a workflow wherein new workforce added to the system will automatically get an email with their userid (which will be their work email-id) and a system generated password. When they first login to the Inspekt system, they will be forced to change their password.

We introduced a lot of user experience related changes in this release. Here are some of the other improvements:

  • Menu Redesign: Simplified design of the menu to improve flow and use.
  • Menu Memory: Menu remembers its last state (open/collapsed) on next login.
  • Translations: Spanish added to User Profile language options.
  • Booking: Save will not close the form but keep it open until the user closes it.

VERSION 1.4.0 (16 JUL 2016):

Inspekt: Portal OrderCustomer Portal – Orders: Customers of the service provider will be now able to directly place an order with the service provider thru the Customer Portal. While booking the order the customer can only select other stakeholders (e.g. factory/supplier in the example above) from other companies that they have already transacted with before. They can also add a new stakeholder (company/contact) if the one that they are trying to add does not exist in the drop down list. Inspekt Operations users can then view and edit this information thru the booking screen. (View the release notes for all the details.)

Portal: NotesOrder Notes: We added the ability to add notes to orders in both Inspekt and Portal. Inspekt notes can be internal or made visible to the customer in the portal (a quick way to communicate about orders).

inspekt-scheduling-locationLink Location to Inspections: All inspection orders can now be linked to a location (a service provider’s operating office). Inspectors linked to a location will be shown. The user can also expand the filter for location by clicking on the filter icon and selecting multiple locations from which to list inspectors.

inspekt-review-ratingInspector Review & Rating: We included the ability for the reviewer to provide feedback and a rating (1-5 scale) to the inspector(s) assigned to an inspection. The reviewer will also be able to add internal review comments on each inspection.

We have a lot more enhancements and bug fixes in this release as well:
  • View option in field inspections for inspectors to view their assigned orders
  • Ability to change assigned reviewers to an inspection (with workflow trigger)

Inspekt Offline (Beta) (31 JUL 2016):

Inspekt OfflineWe are doing a gradual rollout of this capability to customers – but if you are interested, please reach out to us and we would be happy to include you as part of the Beta.View the release notes for all the details.

VERSION 1.5.0 (13 AUG 2016):

Custom Report Formats: Customers have been asking for Custom report formats (at the service provider or Buyer level). With this release, we announced the availability of premium custom report formats capability. Customers can now request us to have a customized report format which can be attached at the Service Provider level, the Buyer level or the Buyer’s Program level. Learn more…

inspekt-consolidated-invoicingConsolidated Invoicing: Another feature that our customers asked for is consolidated invoicing. You now have the option to send out a consolidated invoice at any time by pulling together multiple individual invoices into a single invoice.Learn more…

Inspekt Bridge (Beta) – Booking Web Service: We are excited to announce the beta launch of Inspekt Bridge – a set of web services that allow our customers to call a web service and send orders into Inspekt. Please send us a note via the in-application support mechanisms (or via our support email) and we can share the process to implement this for your instance of Inspekt.

inspekt-taxonomy-workcontentMDM – Work Effort: We implemented the ability to add the Sample Size that can be inspected (on average) at the Product Taxonomy level. This lays the foundation for many new capabilities in the pipeline, including a Workforce Capability Matrix, enhanced Scheduling and Order Quotation. Learn more…

inspekt-workforce-holidayWorkforce – Holiday Schedules: We already have the capability in the system wherein we can define location specific holidays. Now users can have their own holiday schedule set up in the system. Users can access this from their user profile and Workforce Managers can access this from the Workforce Management screen.

And a lot more to come…

We have a lot more in terms of new features and functionality planned for the system. We always love to hear from you – so please share your thoughts and feedback with us – including any new features and functionalities you would like to see introduced.

If you are not already a customer – we would love to have you on board. You can start a free evaluation trial today!

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Release Notes: Inspekt Version 1.5.0 (20160813.1)

New in QualNimbus’s Inspections Management Solution, Inspekt Version 1.5.0: Custom Reports, Consolidated Invoicing, Web Services, Workforce improvements and more.

Version 1.5.0 (20160813.1): 13 August 2016

NEW FEATURES:

  • Reporting – Custom Report Formats: Our customers have asked for the ability to have report formats that are different from the standard QualNimbus report format that can be at the Service Provider level or the Buyer level. We are pleased to announce that this capability is now available in the system as a premium service.
    • Customers can now request us to have a customized report format (send us a support request through the application and we will initiate a workflow). The customized report format will display the same information that is displayed via the default report format, but customized to reflect the formatting and look and feel that is requested by the customer. Note that each customized report format has to be individually developed, and as such there will be an extra charge for each custom report format.
    • Customized report formats can be attached at the Service Provider level, the Buyer level or the Buyer’s Program level.
    • The hierarchy of selection of the report format for any inspection order will be as follows:
      • If a report format is available at the Buyer’s Program level, it will be used when an order has that Program assigned.
      • Otherwise, if a report format is available at the Buyer Company level, that will be used.
      • Otherwise, if a report format is available at the Service Provider Company level, that will be used.
      • Else, the QualNimbus default report format will be used.
      • Based on these rules, the report format will be  automatically selected in a drop down on the field inspections screen. This can be overridden, if the user desires.
  • Consolidated Invoicing: Another feature that our customers have asked for is consolidated invoicing. You will still have to enter the details of each individual invoice associated with an order. But now you will have the option to send out a consolidated invoice at any time by pulling together multiple individual invoices into a single invoice:inspekt-consolidated-invoicingA few things to note:
    • The invoiced entity (buyer / supplier / factory) must be the same across all selected invoices.
    • Edits made to invoice notes are stored with the consolidated invoice – not stored back to the individual invoices.
    • Invoice notes can be consolidated into a single note if the user so desires (ability to edit / delete notes is provided).
    • A consolidated invoice can be edited at a later point in time.
    • Consolidated invoices can be sent to customers directly via this screen.
    • One click automated generation of consolidated invoice works just like the individual invoice currently does.
    • The consolidated invoice generation option is available under the Invoicing menu.
  • Inspekt Bridge – Booking Web Service: For customers that already have a web presence whereby they are capturing orders, we are pleased to announce Inspekt Bridge – a set of web services that allow such companies to simply call a web service and send orders into Inspekt. Inspekt Bridge is currently in public BETA. If this is something you would like to implement, please send us a note via the in-application support mechanisms (or via our support email) and we can share with you the process to implement this for your instance of Inspekt.
  •  MDM – Work Effort: We have now implemented the ability to add the Sample Size that can be inspected (on average) at the Product Taxonomy level. Now you can define how many samples an “average” inspector can inspect in 1 man-day. Simply click on the + sign on the 4th node of the taxonomy and add the number of samples. inspekt-taxonomy-workcontentIn coming releases, we will implement:
    • Workforce: Assigning product taxonomy nodes to the workforce to indicate affinity to different items on the taxonomy. Also, ability to assign proficiency (Low, Average, High) against each taxonomy node assigned. This will allow maintenance of Workforce Capability matrix.
    • System Options: Ability to assign a multiplier to each of the Proficiencies (e.g. Low = 0.75, Average = 1, High = 1.2) which can then be used as a multiplier to calculate the specific inspector’s output.
    • Scheduling: The estimated number of man-days based on the order quantities, inspection level and the work effort. The estimated actual number of man-days based on the Workforce capability when inspectors are assigned to an inspection during scheduling. Suggested inspectors will also be prioritized on the basis of capability tied to the product being inspected.
    • Order Quotation: This also lays the groundwork for us to provide quotations via Inspekt.
  • Workforce – Holiday Schedules: We already have the capability in the system wherein we can define location specific holidays. Now users can have their own holiday schedule set up in the system. Users can access this from their user profile:inspekt-workforce-holidayA new holiday can be added to the calendar by simply clicking on the day of the calendar and adding an entry. Note that the same functionality is also available from the workforce management screen. It is also important to note that Inspectors will show as unavailable in the scheduling screen if they have a holiday defined on their calendar for the scheduled inspection dates.

IMPROVEMENTS:

  • In application support (Event based help): We have now implemented the foundation of providing event or trigger driven help interventions. So now, we will be able to prompt users with a help video or deck when they try to use a capability for the first time. Stay on the look out for usage videos pertaining to first-time usage in the various parts of the application.

FIXES:

  • Email Notification: Inactive users were getting notifications – this has now been fixed.
  • Protocol + On the fly MDM: We have fixed an issue wherein if a defect was added on the fly while constructing a protocol, it would not be available for selection (we still had a workaround by doing an advanced search and selecting the item). Now this has been addressed.

 

Click here to see the entire change log (for every release).

ABOUT Inspekt: Inspekt lets you manage the entire Inspections lifecycle – from order to invoice – all from your web browser. With innovative capabilities such as dynamic inspection protocol management and field inspection data capture and productivity enhancing features such as automatic report and invoice generation, the solution can streamline your operations and enhance productivity thus helping you save costs while delivering a better customer experience.

Not a current user of Inspekt – but want to get all these great features for Inspections Management? Start your free 30 day trial today!Register

Inspekt: Offline Field Inspections (BETA)

Introducing Offline Field Inspections (BETA) capability for Inspekt where Inspectors can now perform field inspections even when offline.

Introducing Offline Field Inspections for Inspekt

We are pleased to announce the limited beta of our Offline Field Inspections module for Inspekt – called Inspekt Desktop. This capability is available today in limited Beta for the Windows platform.

WHY OFFLINE?

Sometimes, Inspectors have to go to locations wherein they may not have internet connectivity. As such, they will then be unable to use Inspekt on the Internet. For such users, we have introduced Inspekt Desktop which will allow them to execute field inspections even when they are offline!

BETA??

Yes – Inspekt Desktop is in Beta right now. We want to provide the solution to some selected customers and work with them to iron out any kinks before we do a broad rollout to all of our customers. Broad rollouts are expected to start gradually over the next month and all customers should be able to access and use Inspekt Desktop by the end of the month (still in Beta). A disclaimer upfront – Beta software can be buggy or may have changes to features (please also refer to our Terms of Service). We want to hear from you in case there are issues so we can address them and fix them (please use in-application support channels). If you are interested in signing up for the Inspekt Desktop beta, please drop us a note through the application support channels.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

You will be provided a link to download the Inspekt Desktop installer for Windows. On executing the installer (please override any warnings that Windows may throw up about software downloaded from the internet), Inspekt Desktop will be installed on your desktop. The installer will also install Chromium (the open source version of Chrome) on your machine. After installation, Inspekt Desktop will be started and will run in your application tray. By right clicking on the tray icon, you can Run Inspekt Desktop (or Inspekt-D – the D stands for Desktop).Inspekt Offline

On running Inspekt Desktop, the Chromium browser gets launched with the Inspekt UI. The user needs to be connected to the Internet on first use – and has to log in to Inspekt using their Inspekt credentials. After they log in, they can then Sync Inspections (and download any assigned Inspections). Once this has been done, the user can operate on these inspections even if they are offline.

ABOUT THE OFFLINE FUNCTIONALITY

While we have tried to replicate the online experience of the Inspekt application (everything related to Field Inspection execution should work just as it does online), there are some limitations to the offline functionality (primarily because you are offline!).

For instance, updates are saved on a section-by-section basis. Thus, if there are 2 inspectors assigned to an inspection –  they can both work on 2 different sections of the inspection and save them asynchronously – and it will not pose any issues. But if they both work on the same section of an inspection, only the first inspector’s save will be recorded online. The second inspector will receive a Conflicted copy of their changes; the online version of the inspection will be synched back to the record they were working on. We intend to keep streamlining this functionality – but until then, please be aware of this.

Besides this, we will not allow for on-the-fly MDM creation in Inspekt Desktop (although existing master data such as checkpoints, on-site tests and defects can still be added during the inspection). And reviewer assignments will have to be done when online.

Also, while offline, rich report generation will not be possible (as this runs on the server) – although we DO offer a lightweight HTML report that can be printed and signed off by the inspector and factory representative. Inspekt Offline Report

However, after the information has been synched online, the rich report can be generated online as per the usual (one-click) process.

We are super excited to provide our users with this functionality and look forward to hearing from you about how it is working for you and what we can do to continue improving it.

 

Click here to see the entire change log (for every release).

ABOUT Inspekt: Inspekt lets you manage the entire Inspections lifecycle – from order to invoice – all from your web browser. With innovative capabilities such as dynamic inspection protocol management and field inspection data capture and productivity enhancing features such as automatic report and invoice generation, the solution can streamline your operations and enhance productivity thus helping you save costs while delivering a better customer experience.

Not a current user of Inspekt – but want to get all these great features for Inspections Management? Start your free 30 day trial today!Register

Release Notes: Inspekt Version 1.4.0 (20160716.1)

New in QualNimbus’s Inspections Management Solution, Inspekt Version 1.4.0: Customer Portal Orders, Location based Scheduling, Inspector Rating, Order Notes

Version 1.4.0 (20160716.1): 16 July 2016

NEW FEATURES:

  • Customer Portal – Booking Form: Customers of the service provider will be now able to directly place an order with the service provider thru the Customer Portal.Portal: OrderA few things to note:
    • The applicant type will be set to the Company Type of the Customer and the applicable Company & Contact information will be auto-populated based on the user that is logged in and be non-editable (in the picture above, this is the Buyer company).
    • The customer can only select other stakeholders (e.g. factory/supplier in the example above) from other companies that they have already transacted with before.
    • Customers will be able to ADD a new stakeholder (company/contact) if the one that they are trying to add does not exist in the drop down list.Portal: Add Customer/Contact
    • Customers can also add notes to the order, and view any notes that the Service Provider exposes to the customer.
    • Customers cannot select a protocol or edit any technical details related to the inspection (the operations booking manager will do that).
  • Inspekt – View and Edit Customer Orders from Portal: When a customer places an order from the portal, it shows up in the booking screen. We have added a field to the grid that indicates the source of the order (Portal or Operations).Inspekt: Portal OrderYou will notice that a new section shows up when the customer has added a new stake holder to the system.
    • The From Portal section shows that the customer entered for the factory/supplier.
    • The In Our System section allows the booking manager to search for the company/contact within the database. On searching an existing record, the address info is shown and the related contacts can be viewed – to make sure that the information matches.
    • The booking manager can then search and select (Select Button) a corresponding company from the existing master if they believe the information is the same. Otherwise, they can choose to add (Add Button) the information from the portal to the company and contact masters. This will create a new company record and an associated contact record based on the information provided by the customer via the portal.
  • Once the customer information has been set, the booking manager can go ahead and populate the other information in the booking screen (including protocol selection and technical details) as before. They can also add notes, if applicable.
  •  Portal & Inspekt Booking – Order Notes: We have now added the ability to add notes to orders in both Inspekt and Portal.Portal: NotesA few things to note about this:
    • In Portal & Inspekt: The user can add any number of notes. Notes can be deleted as soon as they are added (but before being saved). Once saved, notes cannot be deleted. A user can edit the notes they have added.
    • In Inspekt Only: The user can mark a note as internal – which will attach the note to the order and be visible to the service provider’s operations team, but will not be visible to the customer thru the portal. If the note is not marked as internal, it will become visible to the customer via the portal (see example in image above – the third note was added by Inspekt Operations user).
  • Booking & Scheduling – Link Location: All inspection orders can now be linked to a location (a service provider’s operating office). In the booking screen this shows under the General tab (and the field is not mandatory).inspekt-booking-location In the scheduling screen, this field is mandatory and must be selected. Note that by default, the inspectors linked to a location will be shown. Changing the location will show the inspectors for the new location.inspekt-scheduling-locationThe user can also expand the filter for location by clicking on the filter icon and selecting multiple locations from which to list inspectors.inspekt-scheduling-filter-location
  • Field Inspections – Inspector Review & Rating: We have now included the ability for the reviewer to provide feedback and a rating to the inspector(s) assigned to an inspection. inspekt-review-ratingThe reviewer will be able to add internal review comments (which the inspector will not be able to see) as well as feedback comments to the inspector (which the inspector will be able to see). The reviewer can also provide a rating (rating scale of 1-5) to the inspector.
    • Under the menu Site Options -> System Settings, we have a setting for Transparent Inspector Ratings – which, if set, will make the rating visible to the inspector (otherwise they will not be able to see their ratings).

IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Field Inspection (View Only Option for Inspectors): We have now implemented a view only option for the inspector – wherein they can come in and view the details of the inspection that has been assigned to them prior to initiating execution. They can do this at any time after the inspection has been assigned to them.
  • Field Inspection (Ability to change assigned Reviewer): The inspector or reviewer can now change the assigned reviewer to a field inspection. Once the reviewer is changed, the new reviewer will get a notification about the inspection to be reviewed.

FIXES:

  • Email Notification: Format of the information has been fixed..
  • Field Inspection: When a user had roles of both Inspector and Reviewer, they were unable to view an inspection after field inspection was initiated. This has now been fixed.
  • Field Inspection: We have fixed an intermittent issue wherein after the inspection was saved 3 times, the inspection date would change.
  • Field Inspection: After updating the inspection record, the colors of the results would not display when the record was opened again. This has now been addressed.
  • Contacts: The option to receive reports with specific results used to incorrectly show the result family for selection. This has now been fixed wherein the user can select specific results (related to the company and its programs) for which they can choose to receive reports.
  • Application Tour: The content in the tour has been cleaned up.
  • Menus: In certain use scenarios, the main menu would look cut off and under certain conditions, the sub menus would now show. This has been addressed.
  • User Profile: We have fixed an issue wherein the language selection drop down was getting cut off (esp. on large screens).

 

Click here to see the entire change log (for every release).

ABOUT Inspekt: Inspekt lets you manage the entire Inspections lifecycle – from order to invoice – all from your web browser. With innovative capabilities such as dynamic inspection protocol management and field inspection data capture and productivity enhancing features such as automatic report and invoice generation, the solution can streamline your operations and enhance productivity thus helping you save costs while delivering a better customer experience.

Not a current user of Inspekt – but want to get all these great features for Inspections Management? Start your free 30 day trial today!Register

Release Notes: Inspekt Version 1.3.0 (20160618.1)

New in QualNimbus’s Inspections Management Solution, Inspekt Version 1.3.0 (20160618.1): On-the-fly MDM, Workforce workflow, Application Tour + Better UX

Version 1.3.0 (20160618.1): 18 June 2016

NEW FEATURES:

  • On-The-Fly Master Data Creation: Our users have told us that they want to have a faster way of capturing master data information – and without breaking the flow of the transaction. For example, if you are adding an order and have filled in most of the form, but did not find the factory in the drop down, you would have had to discard all the changes made thus far and go to the Company master and add the factory and then come back and redo the order capture. Site Options Menu
    Now, we have introduced a system option setting that allows companies to capture master data on the fly. Quick MDM SettingJust go to the new System Settings menu item under Site Options. You will be presented with a screen where you can set the option to enable Quick MDM Capture. A couple of important things to note:

    1. This option is OFF by default to support better information governance practices.
    2. Only users with a System Admin role can go in and enable this option. Once enabled it is applicable to all users of the system.
    3. IMPORTANT: If this option is turned on, anyone using the system will be able to add to the master data via transaction screens that they have access to. This includes people who do not have the MDM Manager role (although they will still not have access to the MDM Menu item).
    4. By turning on this option, users will be able to search for information in drop-downs and if they don’t find what they are looking for, Quick MDM Add: Examplethey will have the option to add a new record as shown in this image. Type ahead matches will still be shown in the drop-down, if information matches your typed content.
    5. On clicking the add button, a pop-up window will be shown that will allow you to capture a new record with only the minimum required information. Quick Add MDM: Example of Add
      This is done intentionally to aid in speed of data capture during transactions. We highly recommend that someone periodically review the master data and ensure uniqueness, completeness and accuracy of this information.
  •  inspekt-tour-menuApplication Tour: To help new users quickly learn and understand the features of Inspekt, we are now introducing an application tour that walks the user thru the various capabilities that they have access to. For new users to Inspekt, the Tour will start automatically on first login. To start the tour manually, go to the new Application Tour menu item under Support. User TourThe tour provides some quick pointers about what functionality exists throughout the system and how to navigate the system. (For more detailed help content check out the Training Content under the Support menu).
  • Workforce Notification Workflow: We have implemented a new feature in the Workforce screen. Before, you had to create a workforce person and type in their password and then give that to them manually. To optimize this workflow and further secure the system, we have now implemented a workflow wherein new workforce added to the system will automatically get an email with their userid (which will be their work email-id) and a system generated password. When they first login to the Inspekt system, they will be forced to change their password.

IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Menu Redesign: We have simplified the design of the menu and cleaned it up to improve flow and use.
  • Menu Memory: For new users, the Menu now opens in an “open” state by default. The menu also remembers its last state (open or collapsed) the next time you log in to the system.
  • Translations: We have added Spanish as a new translation to the User Profile language options. As always we welcome feedback about our translations and anything we can do to improve it.
  • Billing Contact & Invoice Recipient: You can now select who the billing contacts and invoice recipients will be for QualNimbus invoices.
  • Booking: Save will not close the form – but keep it open until the user closes it.
  • Protocol Creation: At the time of creation, we have made it more intuitive to remove all the sections and then add a section. One section will still always be required in any protocol.
  • Registration Verification: A Login button on this screen seemed to be confusing to people trying to sign up. So we have now removed that button. On successful verification you will be taken directly to the instance creation screen (no action required) and then onto the login screen automatically.
  • SMTP Services: We have migrated SMTP Services (sending emails from Inspekt) from Zoho to Amazon’s Simple Email Service (AWS SES). This will bring about a higher degree of reliability, scalability, deliverability, exception handling and speed/performance to email delivery capabilities in Inspekt.

FIXES:

  • Client Portal: The portal was displaying results even when the report had not yet been issued. This has now been addressed.
  • Report Review: The system used to allow going to a Report Review without a result being assigned to the inspection. This will no longer happen.
  • Protocol: Selection of Client Program was not working. This has been fixed.
  • Registration: The screen and email were inconsistent in the naming of Auth code (the email called it One Time Password) – which could have been confusing. We have now fixed the email so it calls it Auth Code.
  • Portal: In some very rare situations, a Client Portal user was having an issue wherein pages were being opened and closed after logging in. This has been addressed.
  • Activity Report: Under some circumstances, some fields were editable in the activity report. This has been fixed so no fields are editable in the report.
  • Revision History: In some masters, the creation record was not being shown in revision history. This has been fixed.

 

Click here to see the entire change log (for every release).

ABOUT Inspekt: Inspekt lets you manage the entire Inspections lifecycle – from order to invoice – all from your web browser. With innovative capabilities such as dynamic inspection protocol management and field inspection data capture and productivity enhancing features such as automatic report and invoice generation, the solution can streamline your operations and enhance productivity thus helping you save costs while delivering a better customer experience.

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Information Security on QualNimbus Solutions

Learn about how QualNimbus secures information on its applications. You can use QualNimbus solutions with peace of mind!

Information Security

A lot of our prospective customers have a concern regarding information security on our platform. This is rightly so – as companies do want to ensure that the information they store on our systems is secured and protected.

We want to assure you that QualNimbus takes information security very seriously. We have the following measures in place to ensure security:

  • Our infrastructure is hosted on Amazon AWS which has some of the highest degree of security in the world (it is even used by the US Department of Defense!).
  • In addition to this, to ensure scalability, we have multiple tiers in our applications: Web Tier, Application Tier and Database Tier. All three of these tiers are themselves secured by complex challenge/response (password) mechanisms to prevent breach.
  • The web tier is hosted behind a load balancer, which is itself secured as well.
  • We also require that every user of our system has a strong password – and only valid users can access the system.
  • All our systems also implement role based security – that allows for fine tuning of the capabilities that users have access to once logged into the system based on their role(s).
  • All transactions on our applications happen over a HTTPS connection that uses 256 bit encryption (so information cannot be hacked during transfer between your machine and our servers).
  • Finally, as a last measure of security, we store each customer’s data in a completely separate database schema – so your information is never intermingled with information of other companies.

We hope this addresses concerns regarding security. We have been able to win the trust of large, industry leading firms about our security and scalability. We would be happy to discuss any of these aspects in detail with you – just contact us.

We want to assure you again that we take the security of your information as seriously as you do. We want you to use QualNimbus solutions with absolute peace of mind!

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Release Notes: Inspekt Version 1.2.0 (20160527.1)

New in QualNimbus’s Inspections Management Solution, Inspekt Version 1.2.0 (20160527.1): Client Portal, Activity Report, Integrated help, etc…

Inspekt Version 1.2.0 (20160527.1): 27 May 2016

NEW FEATURES:

  • Portal: We are excited to announce the launch of the Inspekt Portal. Standard features of the portal will be available in the price of your subscription (unlimited client portals!). Premium features (coming soon) will be optional and additionally chargeable for each portal.
    • To enable access for your customers, simply go to the Company module, select YOUR (the service provider’s) record, and go to the new Portal Administration tab.
      Portal Administration
      Portal Administration

      Select the companies you want to enable portal for. Contacts for the selected companies will be listed. Access can be granted to selected contacts by clicking the Update Portal Access button. These people will then get an email confirming their portal access with login information.

      Inspekt Portal View
      Inspekt Portal View
    • When your customers first log into the portal, they will be required to change their password.
    • The portal view will have a search capability and will show the results of the search in a grid. Customers can view the details of the order and download reports and invoices directly from the system.
    • If a customer works with multiple service providers that use Inspekt, they will have the ability to choose the service provider in the top right corner of the screen.
    • Note: Only those reports and invoices that were issued from Inspekt will be visible to the client and available for download.
    • A lot more functionality is coming to the portal soon – so stay tuned! 🙂
  • Inspekt Activity Report
    Inspekt Activity Report

    Activity Report: A comprehensive new report has been built in Inspekt (for the Service Provider) to allow searching for orders via multiple criteria along with ability to view order details.

  • Integrated Help Content: Some of our customers (esp. in China) were unable to reach our externally stored help content. So we are now hosting the help content directly within Inspekt along with an embedded viewer!

    Inspekt Integrated Help
    Inspekt Integrated Help

IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Protocol Management: You can now re-order sections during protocol creation

FIXES:

  • Workforce: One contact can only be connected to one company at any given time.

 

Click here to see the entire change log (for every release).

ABOUT Inspekt: Inspekt lets you manage the entire Inspections lifecycle – from order to invoice – all from your web browser. With innovative capabilities such as dynamic inspection protocol management and field inspection data capture and productivity enhancing features such as automatic report and invoice generation, the solution can streamline your operations and enhance productivity thus helping you save costs while delivering a better customer experience.

Not a current user of Inspekt – but want to get all these great features for Inspections Management? Start your free 30 day trial today!Register

Release Notes: Inspekt Version 1.1.0 (20160520.1)

Learn what’s new in QualNimbus’s Inspections Management Solution, Inspekt Version 1.1.0 (20160520.1)

Inspekt Version 1.1.0 (20160520.1): 20 May 2016

NEW FEATURES:

  • inspekt-multi-languageMulti Language UI: Inspekt now supports multi-language labels on the UI. Simply go to the Profile settings under the user and change the User Language. Languages currently supported are: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French and German. As a first pass, we have used Google Translate API to do translations. We welcome feedback regarding any corrections that we could make to improve our translations. Also let us know if there are any other languages we should add.
  • Payment Methods & Invoices:
    • Add a payment method
      Add a payment method

      We have now

      View QualNimbus Invoices
      View QualNimbus Invoices

      integrated the ability for our customers to add credit cards to the company profile to arrange for payments to QualNimbus. At least one card must be kept on file for automated payments at the end of the trial period to be able to continue using Inspekt. Your information is securely stored on our payment gateway provider’s web site and not on our servers. All transactions are over a secured encrypted connection.

    • The Billing section now provides listing of Invoices issued by QualNimbus with the ability to view and download invoices.

IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Invoicing
    Inspekt Enhanced Invoicing
    Inspekt Enhanced Invoicing
    • Invoicing is now significantly enhanced to allow for line item creation enabling a detailed invoice. Discounting, deposit reductions, total applicable taxes, memos, payment terms are all available.
    • Invoice can be generated as a beautifully formatted Word and PDF file with one click.
    • You can also upload your own invoices and receipts via attachments.
    • Provided option to send auto generated or manually uploaded invoice.
    • You can email invoices directly from the system to invoice recipients.
    • Bookings now allow identification of the invoiced party.
  • Workforce: Workforce now supports a Contractor indicator.
  • inspekt-grid-groupbyUser Experience: Column menu in Grids now have a Group By option which let’s users group information by the unique values in a column.

FIXES:

  • Login Page: added links to Terms of Use & Privacy Policy for clarity.
  • Workforce: Admin users are now prevented from deactivating themselves.

 

Click here to see the entire change log (for every release).

ABOUT Inspekt: Inspekt lets you manage the entire Inspections lifecycle – from order to invoice – all from your web browser. With innovative capabilities such as dynamic inspection protocol management and field inspection data capture and productivity enhancing features such as automatic report and invoice generation, the solution can streamline your operations and enhance productivity thus helping you save costs while delivering a better customer experience.

Not a current user of Inspekt – but want to get all these great features for Inspections Management? Start your free 30 day trial today!Register