Why. We have been building Gantt chart controls for almost 30 years. Experience has shown
What else. With NWAF you achieve your Gantt development targets faster. With a better visual scheduling experience for your users.
Even more: we give you the option to test the sample application with your data.
Every Gantt chart consists (at least) of a table part, the graphical part and the timescale. The NETRONIC Web Application Framework comes with a dynamic timescale which automatically adapts (by mousewheel interactions) to the resolution you selected. By this, you can seamlessly zoom in and out, and the timescale changes from years to months, to weeks, to days, to hours, to minutes and to seconds ... in both directions. You can even use the timescale to scroll left and right.
A state-of-the-art Gantt chart allows you to show a histogram, which is a load curve for one or more resources. The value of a histogram is obvious: it lets you see at one glance if you have a capacity conflict at a resource or at a resource group. Conventionally, these histograms had been displayed at the bottom of a Gantt chart. With our NWAF, we enable you dynamically showing a histogram within a row of the Gantt chart so that you can assess the resource's availability right where you move the respective bar.
Typically, a Gantt chart knows jobs, which are broken down into tasks. These tasks usually are linked with each other, and sometimes also jobs are linked. In addition to linking multiple jobs, and in addition to grouping jobs (e.g. released, material pending, planned), with NWAF you also can associate multiple jobs with one campaign or project. This helps you better summarizing your data.
Sometimes, tiny functions make a huge difference. A HTML5 Gantt is a very visual way of dealing with your time- and resource-oriented planning data. Especially, when expanding and collapsing larger groups, users can loose their "visual orientation" on the screen. With built-in animations - especially when switching from a "all nodes in one row" view to an expanded view - the NWAF makes sure that your users always can follow what is happening on the screen.
For some applications, showing just one Gantt chart is not enough. Users want to stack Gantt charts and see e.g. unassigned orders in the upper chart and the de facto schedule in the lower chart. Or they want to combine a project Gantt chart with a resource Gantt chart. With NWAF, you can stack multiple Gantt charts on top of each other - and they will all scroll synchronously in horizontal direction.
We know that a collaborative framework is different than just buying a control and using it. By the way: we know this very well as we have been developing Gantt chart controls for almost 30 years. However, together with our clients, we have been experiencing a new (and better!) way of building interactive Gantt charts with the NWAF. We compiled these experiences into a collaboration process making sure that you will achieve great results fast.
This is the most important step at the very beginning of a cooperation. We need to understand the business that your application serves, and which data are scheduling revelant in terms of "needed for interactions" and which are needed for information purposes only.
Typically, there is no "one size fits it all" approach and a Gantt chart no longer is just a Gantt chart. We recommend to think about different views on the same data. Such as a job oriented view, a resource oriented view, a capacity orientied view etc. Of course, each view will support individual scheduling aspects/tasks within your application.
Based on this, we will jointly define "your" API of your customized widget for just your specific scheduling tasks. Usually we will come up with a proposal for the API that will embrace the structure of all required data, the methods, and the events.
Nothing more to say. You will see how your customers will love the interactive HTML5 planning board.
This goes to all D365 Business Central (or NAV) ISVs who build vertical solutions: We actually use our NWAF as basis for a compelling offer:
Actually, we put together an extensive guide for these ISVs developing a Gantt chart scheduler for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Dynamics NAV.