The latest version of GliderPath dramatically improves the way you invite your resources to the tasks. It also includes several improvements related to sending notifications about activities.
This has been another release where we focused on improving an already implemented feature. We’ve been focusing mainly on the invitation process and based on user feedback and data on how the invitation feature was being utilized, we made some radical changes. Our objective was to simplify the whole invitation process so you do not have to open several tabs to invite users or choose from an endless list of resources. We also added ability to preview the PO, compare the price per job for different resources in your database or to adjust the criteria if you need narrow down or expand the search. But lets’s start from the beginning.
Invite resources to the project
The invitation page, as you knew it, is gone. Now, you have filters on the left sidebar, navigation tabs on the top so you can switch between language pairs and the main screen is dedicated to the filtered resources. When you create project you are automatically redirected to the project page. From there you can go to the invitation page (by clicking Assignments). Based on the languages and the tasks you chosen when you created your project, the resources are automatically filtered. If you have no resources matching your project criteria or specific requirements, you can adjust the filters to have the system show you more resources.
To see the resources that match the project criteria per task, just click on “Show resources” and the area with filtered resources is shown. You see 5 resources per task but you can simply use pagination to display more resources if you need.
Now, you can also compare the total cost per job for different resources as we are displaying this information taking into account total amount of units, matches and resource default rate. To change the rate you pay your resource, you simply overwrite the default rate and click “Add”.
At this point resource is added to the holder and the PO is generated (but the invitation is not sent yet). You can display the PO by clicking on the resource name to double check it before sending it.
To complete the invitation process, you must click on the “Submit” button. You don’t have to invite resources one by one. You can simply add as many resources to the holder for all the tasks within the language pair as you want and press “Submit” when everything is ready.
When you do that, the invitations are being sent on the background. After all the invitations have been sent, you will see the status of the invitation next to the resource name (Invited, Accepted, or Declined). After resource accepts the job, all pending invitations are removed from the holder and you will see only the resource that accepted with the status “Accepted”. If the resource rejects the invitation, you will see it with status “Declined” next to his/her name.
This is pretty much it for invitations. There is still room for improvement but overall this was a pretty huge step forward.
Other features, functionality and fixes
As we promised, we updated the activity emails. Now, you are only getting notifications you are assigned to and also only when something changes in the project. So if nothing changes, no notification is received.
There have been also various bug fixes related to the login screen, currency and activity screen.
As we continue to deploy more updates, we will continue to provide you with our release notes.