Power Tools to work faster with ECOS
Advanced features have been included in ECOS to allow working in the most efficient manner.
A Product Library item is a saved block of Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) that can be reused in another project. This may be useful for you when you construct your proposal based on several building blocks. It also allows you to transfer all relevant data already entered in an ITT file to another ITT file if the upper-tier changes its ITT. The block may contain the WBS itself but also the assigned start/end dates, the resources and even the payment plan if the whole contractual phase WBS has been saved.
The travel library power tool is explained in the Travel Plan section.
A good planning engineer is indispensible as s/he may save you the tedious work of entering the numerous dates needed for your proposals by creating an excel file according to a predefined simple template that you can import in no time.
Turbo Data Entry
The new Excel interface is intended to reduce the time necessary to enter the massive set of detailed data and make it easier for the user. The excel template is generated once the WBS has been built and the rate files have been selected. The template can also be used to interface with your ERP system.
Sometimes procurement actions may experience delays. It is, therefore, possible to refresh a proposal rapidly by applying a time shift to the whole or some blocks of the WBS. The dates can both be moved forwards or backwards, as is needed.
Most proposal prices will constitute large numbers. Before you generate and submit your tender you may, therefore, want to round down your total price per contractual phase in order to make your price more competitive.
This option allows you to transfer a complete set of data to/from your ERP system. Once the contract is awarded, it is possible to feed data from your own ERP system into ECOS to construct the original baseline.