Case Study Volume Software

VARCHART XGantt for manufacturing, project and service planning

Our Customer

"Volume Software has been using and monitoring the developments of the XGantt component for more than 10 years. The component is rich and configurable. It lets us propose a quality schedule with various features, visually very attractive. Among the important features of the component, we can mention the following: multi-layout, management of inactivity calendars, conditional job coloring, management of links between jobs and the time scale which allows hiding week-ends, for example. Thanks to the component, our Direct Planning software features many configurable views of the schedule, and the user can very easily define his own ones."

Applied Product

VARCHART XGantt
Gantt chart software to develop .NET Gantt charts for production planning & scheduling, project management plans, intuitive capacity plans and mor...

Short-term Order Planning With Gantt Solution from Volume Software

For many years, the French company Volume Software has been successfully developing software applications facilitating the daily planning of jobs and resources in SMEs. In practice, smaller companies don’t do much long-term planning but mostly have to deal with short-term modifications of orders or with accepting orders with short lead times. At the same time, these companies have to master the meeting of delivery dates while using their resources efficiently to keep costs as low as possible.

Volume Software is familiar with this subject since they are specialist in developing IT solutions supporting processes in companies of the graphic and printing industry. Their product Direct Planning offering the three implementations production, project and service is a solution used by smaller companies for their short-term planning. It is intuitive, easy-to-integrate and can be individually customized. It is available in French and in English.

The main planning tool of Direct Planning is the Gantt chart presenting jobs and resources in a clear-cut chronological overview. For that purpose, Volume Software uses the NETRONIC component VARCHART XGantt. The Gantt chart lets the user directly participate in the planning by drag&drop and quickly react to modifications. The planning takes into account restrictions in terms of time as well as interdependencies of jobs.

The Gantt charts in Direct Planning feature a variety of visual options such as

  • Freely selectable  bar color
  • Customization of time scale thus allowing to zoom in the planning process
  • Specification of work-free periods at will
  • Filter options to highlight a certain employee’s task or a customer’s order
  • Additional optical features that can be inserted above a layer for instance to show important information visible directly. The failure of meeting an order’s delivery date could thus be illustrated, for example.
  • Greying out finished orders automatically since they are currently not relevant to the planner
  • Lock symbol for orders the start-end dates of which can’t be changed
  • Links to show the interdependencies of jobs

Print shops, for example, use Direct Planning Industry to plan and control manufacturing orders

Interactive Gantt chart in Direct Planning for production planning

Direct Planning Project is used in software companies, for instance, to manage their projects or in consulting companies to keep control of the projects of their consultants and customers.

Project management in Direct Planning with a Gantt chart

Direct Planning Service supports hotels in scheduling their room booking or car rentals in coordinating the customer orders and the vehicle fleet.

"Volume Software has been using and monitoring the developments of the XGantt component for more than 10 years. The component is rich and configurable. It lets us propose a quality schedule with various features, visually very attractive. Among the important features of the component, we can mention the following: multi-layout, management of inactivity calendars, conditional job coloring, management of links between jobs and the time scale which allows hiding week-ends, for example. Thanks to the component, our Direct Planning software features many configurable views of the schedule, and the user can very easily define his own ones", says Karl Buleon, manager IT with Volume Software.