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BigPicture 8.3 is here

Discover new features and improvements!

New authentication method to our non-public REST API

Your management data security is paramount to us. That’s why with version 8.3 we are introducing a new API connection authentication method that will protect your data against CSRF attacks more effectively. From version 8.3 on, every API endpoint requires a special token to authenticate the connection.

To keep using our non-public API after upgrading to version 8.3, you need to adjust all your custom automation flows, non-standard reporting solutions and other connections so that they meet the new authentication requirements. Please mind that this change applies exclusively to Server and Data Center instances of our products and have no impact on Cloud instances whatsoever. We recommend upgrading on-prem instances of our apps to version 8.3 only after adjusting API connections to the new requirements. Learn more…

Should you have any questions, please contact our Support Team.

BigPicture is getting…

easier to use and more accessible

easier to use and more accessible

more powerful in Portfolio Management

more powerful in Portfolio Management

1. Greater ease of use and accessibility

1.1 Resource management made clearer and more intuitive

New capacity allocation units available

Track and analyze resource capacity your way

Now, capacity allocation can be presented in percentages, man-days, or as a heatmap. You can tell if everything is fine with your workloads with a single glance.

New role: Global Resource Admin

Give your HR PMO some new superpowers

Thanks to the Global Resource Admin role, managers do not need App Admin permissions anymore to administer resource-related configuration of the app (i.e. update users’ non-working days). 

Exporting to Excel in-line with grid settings

Present your resource data in Excel just like in BigPicture

From now, whenever you export Resources to Excel files using BigTemplate your output spreadsheets will respect aggregation settings defined in your BigPicture view (e.g. a daily summary, a weekly report or a monthly report).

1.2 Planning comes easier than ever

New in-line editable fields

Display and in-line edit information crucial for effective planning

You can now display indicators such as Estimates, all Jira dropdown fields or Priority in the columns of your Gantt, Scope, Board, Calendar, and Risks modules. Moreover, you can in-line edit them, while planning work or whenever needed. Last but not least, in-line editing is also available in Overview and Resources modules. 

In-line editing of task details in Resources

Edit task details right in the Resources module

Now, you can in-line edit Jira tasks right in the Resources module. Need to modify an estimate or any other field? You can do so in no time without leaving BigPicture!

1.3 Scope and dependency management no more a challenge

Collapsing task groups and easier dependency management on Gantt

Collapse all task groups, sort and easily manage them on your Gantt charts

Our Gantt has been augmented with new grouping and creating dependencies capabilities. You can easily collapse all task groups, sort collapsed tasks and manage dependencies between them, all to get a clear view of the elements that matter in a given context.

More clarity in dependency management on Board

Get a clear view of your board no matter how complex your dependency network is

If your board looks a bit like a bowl full of noodles, don’t worry. Now, you can collapse all dependencies and see how every single task is connected with others using the dependency counter. Moreover, dependencies displayed on Board can now be based on several link types in your Jira.

1.4 Yet another step towards greater accessibility

Shareable views and links

Share BigPicture views with others by simply sending them relevant links

If you need to share a specific BigPicture view with someone, you can now simply generate and send them a link. They will get the exact same view that you’re looking at.

Copying Quick Filters from Jira boards

Copy your Jira Quick Filters directly to BigPicture

Now, you can filter your tasks in BigPicture based on Quick Filters that you set for your Jira boards by simply copying them directly to the app.

2. New portfolio management features

2.1 Financial management enters BigPicture

Financial columns in Overview

Add a financial dimension to your portfolio-level view

You can add and fill in manually columns that are critical for effective management of the financial side of your initiatives, such as budgets, estimated costs, actual costs. You can assign values to specific initiatives (e.g. projects) as well as to work items they consist of, and neatly aggregate the values at the initiative or portfolio level.

2.2 More customization and easier reporting

Customizable portfolio-level metrics in Overview

Adjust your portfolio-level metrics to the management approaches used within that portfolio

As different things matter in different types of initiatives, you can now customize your portfolio-view columns in the Overview module to reflect those changes and get instant access to relevant indicators.

Filters for Jira & Confluence gadgets

Show exactly what you want to show in Jira & Confluence gadgets

Now, the data from Gantt, Calendar, and Risks modules that you want to present using Jira and Confluence gadgets can be filtered using both regular and Quick Filters.