Sunday, May 20, 2007

Lighthouse is being upgraded

Lighthouse Upgrade
Lighthouse will be unavailable on Sunday, May 20th starting at 8am US Eastern, and we anticipate the service to be down for ~8 hours (to accommodate for the unknown!). You will not be able to log in to Lighthouse during the upgrade, so please plan accordingly.

We apologize for any inconvenience the upgrade might cause. Please check our forum for service updates on Sunday afternoon.
New Features and Improvements
Our new release contains many new features and improvements, including:

  • New User Interface
Our new UI improves the use of 'real estate'. No more scrolling left to right! We've added a bunch of new features (including the ability to 'hide' the menus') but rest assured, we did not remove any existing functionality.
  • Improved Performance
Our new caching algorithm will provide a significant improvement in the load time. Lighthouse modules and objects will load faster (except for the first time you log in, when the initial cache occurs - not much we can do about that one).
  • 160 Defects, 9 Change Requests completed
We fixed a lot of issues. Some you found, some we found.
  • Improved Dashboards and Custom Reports
Custom Reports has an upgraded reporting engine and layout. Significant improvements were made to dashboard performance as well.
Recently Added & Coming Soon
In case you haven't logged into Lighthouse recently, here are some of the recent upgrades as well as a list of upcoming features. Let us know if you want more details!

  • New York (released March 2007)
    • Task Management: Lighthouse Pro includes full capabilities to create, edit and assign tasks to users. Tasks can be linked to any other Lighthouse object as well. Read more ...
    • Custom Reporting: Users can now create their own reports on any Lighthouse object using a simple, AJAX-driven, drag-and-drop interface. Custom Reporting is available with Lighthouse Premium. Read more ...
    • Custom Methodology Wizard: You can now specify Agile, RUP, Waterfall or "create your own" methodologies when creating projects. The Custom Methodology Wizard is a Lighthouse Premium feature.

  • Cozumel (coming in July 2007)
    • Custom Fields (phase 1): This Lighthouse Premium feature lets users change drop down menu items found in all Lighthouse modules.
    • Integrated Task and Project Management: Build complete project plans inside Lighthouse, with support for GANTT charts. Users can also fully import, edit and export Microsoft Project plans.
    • User Interface Improvements- various additional improvements to make adding, creating and deleting objects easier.

  • Post Cozumel (later this year)
    • API/Webservices
    • IDE Integration
    • Custom Fields (phase 2)
    • Custom Dashboards
    • Custom Layouts
    • and much more!
Upcoming Public Webinars
Lighthouse Task Management
June 5, 2007 - 8 AM EST

This 30 minute webinar will provide an in-depth overview of Lighthouse Task Management. You will learn how to:
  • Create Tasks
  • Create Task Dependencies
  • Update and track Task % Completion

Custom Report Overview
June 6, 2007 - 8 AM EST

This 30 minute webinar will provide an in-depth overview of Lighthouse Custom Reports. You will learn how to:
  • Create Custom Reports
  • Add Graphic Representation
  • Learn About Traceability
Lighthouse Overview
June 7, 2007 - 8 AM EST

This 30 minute webinar will provide an in-depth overview of Lighthouse Pro vs Premium. You will learn:
  • The differences of Pro vs. Premium
  • How to set up your users
  • How to create a project
  • How to link objects together
Space is limited, so sign up today! Let us know if you need more time/date options.

1 comment:

Joe Ponczak said...

Thanks for everyone's patience and feedback. Lighthouse is back up and running!