Kanban Task Manager Press Release

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Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint V9

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Borgholm, Sweden, 4 May 2020

kalmstrom.com Business Solutions is happy to announce the release of Kanban Task Manager for SharePoint V9. The new version comes in three editions: client-side web part, sandboxed solution and add-in/app. In the last few months, Kanban Task Manager has undergone an extensive re-build, so now kalmstrom.com can support Microsoft's three major ways to build tools for SharePoint.

"We have done major improvement and changes to Kanban Task Manager, in order to improve speed, stability and also our ability to maintain the product for the future"', says Peter Kalmström, kalmstrom.com CEO and Systems Designer.

Three editions
SharePoint is a complex environment. There are now  three major ways to build tools for SharePoint. We have the classic sandboxed solution with .wsp packages, the add-in .app packages and the new SPFX technique for client-side web parts, with .sppkg packages.

These tools all have their different toolsets, Microsoft recommended techniques and gotchas, but the kalmstrom.com team has managed to work around all that and created one common build for three Kanban Task Manager editions.

All three editions have the same version number, and they support the same features. This makes Kanban Task Manager both backwards compatible and future-proof. It will now be much easier for kalmstrom.com to maintain and improve the massive Kanban Task Manager code-base.

Type Script
The kalmstrom.com team has used a new programming language called TypeScript, which Microsoft markets as "JavaScript for the Enterprise". The work has been difficult and very time-consuming, but once it has been done, the rewards will make it worth the efforts.

REST API calls
Another important development is the move away from using all libraries for doing calls to SharePoint. Instead Kanban Task Manager is are now using direct REST API calls for everything that needs to be done with SharePoint. That makes the code performance much better.

New partner
Furthermore kalmstrom.com has changed their use of third party libraries. They have now partnered with JQWidgets, a company that provides a range of feature-rich controls which are used to provide a grid data entry, graphs and much more.

Add to Teams
The new client-side web part will support not only SharePoint modern pages but also Microsoft Teams (as long as the team has a SharePoint site behind it of course). That means that you can work with tasks that are relevant for a team within a tab of a Teams-chat or channel.

7 Habits view
In addition to the kanban board, Kanban Task Manager has several other views that let users visualize and work with the tasks in different ways. One of the views is the 7 Habits view, where all open tasks are divided into four quadrants according to the Eisenhower "Urgent-Important" Matrix. The name of this view comes from the renowned book "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey.

The kalmstrom.com developers have use the Priority value as the importance parameter and the Due date as the urgency parameter, and these parameter are changed automatically when tasks are moved between the quadrants. The tasks in the upper left quadrant has high priority and are due today.

Hours Open
The new Kanban Task Manager gives a possibility to let the product calculate how many hours a task has been open. This information can be seen in the task and in the Excel reports generated by Kanban Task Manager. Only the organization's work hours are included in the calculation.

Free trial
kalmstrom.com Business Solutions offers a trial period of 30 days for both SharePoint editions of Kanban Task Manager. There is a possibility to create Example data, so the evaluation can be quick and smooth.

During the evaluation the kalmstrom.com team offers full support, just as support and upgrades are included for organizations that subscribe to Kanban Task Manager.

Brand and company
Peter Kalmström and his team develop and market solutions for Microsoft SharePoint under the brand name kalmstrom.com Business Solutions. The common theme for the kalmstrom.com applications is that they add functionality on top of the Microsoft product they build on.

kalmstrom.com Business Solutions also offers other services, like custom projects and enhancement contracts.

The company behind the brand is the family owned Kalmstrom Enterprises, a business with customers all over the world.

For more information, please refer to the kalmstrom.com website. You are also welcome to contact sales@kalmstrom.com.

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