Last weekend there has been another update on our platform. Multiple improvements and new features have been added, which are sorted by user type in the release note. As an introduction the release note starts with the most important items:
The most important improvements and new feature for buyers:
- Integration Negometrix Portal and Negometrix 3: From now on there is a new tab in My Profile “Single sign-on” where you can add login data for a Negometrix Portal account. This way a new module is added in the menu on the right, with which the user can easily switch to the Negometrix Portal. Switching back from Negometrix Portal to Negometrix 3 will also work the same way.
- Offer verificationphase: Lead Buyer is now able to switch the offer verification phase on and off himself during a continuous tender within the tender properties in the tab tenderprocedure.
- Tender templates: A template can now be made available for the whole company including future colleagues. So it is no longer happening by assigning single colleagues.
- Pricelists: It is now possible to subsequently link the pricelist with the survey.
The most important improvements and new features for suppliers:
- Tenders (Supplier) overview: The dashboard now includes the role of the user (contact person, participant or no participant).
- Question & Answer: Possibility added to import questions via the Q&A module. The contact person within the tender is able to do this within “My Questions” in the module.
- Question & Answer: Filter for individual questions does not require more filters anymore.
For all users:
Messages: From now on you will no longer see a countdown of the max. Number of characters while creating a new message.
Security: Automatic logout is no longer caused by an open inactive tab in your browser.
My documents: Alphabetical order of documents improved
Forgotten username: Ab jetzt empfangen Sie eine Meldung und Benachrichtigung, dass Sie keinen Account haben, wenn Sie eine unbekannte e-Mail Adresse eingeben bei 'Benutzername vergessen?' From now on you will receive a notification and a message that you do not have an account when you enter an unknown email adres in “Forgot username?”
Interface: The layout of the logout button has been improved and all the old logos within the platform replaced by the new version.
Integration Negometrix Portal and Negometrix 3: From now on there is a new tab in My Profile “Single sign-on” where you can add login data for a Negometrix Portal account. This way a new module is added in the menu on the right, with which the user can easily switch to the Negometrix Portal. Switching back from Negometrix Portal to Negometrix 3 will also work the same way.
My Profile: The uploaded profile picture will now be stored in the user’s personal document folder instead of the company’s.
My Profile: No more unnecessary scrollbar visible.
Update-Notifications: From now on notification pop-ups regarding updates on the platform can be activated by language and user type.
For contract managers and contract administrators
Contract fields: A field that is related to a different one will be displayed more clearly.
Dashboard: Traffic light functionality added in the dashboard to assign status to contracts. The contract manager is able to edit this.
Dashboard: You can now sort by supplier
Dashboard: Relocation of multiple contracts has been improved
Filters: New filters for sorting by contract manager added
KPIs import: When a user with many different contracts wants to import a KPI survey it now works faster
Pricelists: Filling out pricelists now only visible when it is explicitly asked in the tender.
Pricelists: The export of the pricelist has been removed to the bottom part of the screen.
Tenders (Supplier) overview: The dashboard now includes the role of the user (contact person, participant or no participant).
Question & Answer: Possibility for suppliers added to import questions in the Q&A module.
Surveys: The minimal/maximum worth is no longer visible when this is not applicable with the question.
For public buyers
Qualificationsystem: New status available in Compare & Select: “Pending”. This is visible for suppliers but does not block submitting.
Company: When a company states in the company profile that they’re public buyers they will also have to state which type of contracting authority they are and their main activity.
Approval & Publication: In the F03 form was a mandatory field in section 2.1.7 without a *. This has been adjusted.
Approval & Publication: Probleme mit der Berichtigung von CPV-Codes gelöst. Ab jetzt ist es nicht mehr möglich, einen CPV-Code aus einer Bekanntmachung zu entfernen, wohl aber hinzuzufügen. TED erlaubt dies nicht mehr. Problems solved with the rectification of CPV codes. From now on it is no longer possible to remove a CPV-Code from an announcement but it is possible to add them. TED does not allow it anymore.
Approval & Publication: Share directly on Twitter has been added
Approval & Publication: With approval for awarding a link has been made visible in the tab which redirects the user directly to Compare & Select.
Approval & Publication: The rectification of a big numver of fields is now limited to a maximum of 120.
Approval & Publication: For German public companies is now possible to first publish on TED before the tender is published in Negometrix.
For all buyers
Cancel tender: It is now possible to cancel a tender during all phases of the tender.
BCC-recipient: The save button at adding a BCC-recipient is more visible with a long list of recipients.
Exports: The ZIP export of a tender has been extended with two additional exports from the Question & Answer module.
Exports: The name of the export for suppliers including qualifications is more clear.
Planned tenders: Deleting a planned tender shows a pop-up window in which the tender number must be verified.
Logfile: Stating the deletion of a document including document title
Logfile: The history of the planning is now stating the names of self-created dates
Offer verificationphase: Lead Buyer is now able to switch the offer verification phase on and off himself during a continuous tender within the tender properties in the tab tenderprocedure
Planning: New Excel export added to the planning
Planning: The date picker only shows dates anymore when you add a phase which are in the future in regards to the start date.
Pricelists: It is now possible to subsequently link the pricelist with the survey.
Rights: There are two new rights: View evaluations of all evaluators and edit these. With these rights a colleague can view all evaluations (incl. Summarizing comment) and edit them too. Also when the evaluation is set as Evaluation required by one and the user is not the Lead Buyer.
Reportmanager: A new column is added in the reportmanager and export overview containing the invited suppliers.
Tender name: When a longer tender name has been filled in then it will no longer cover the Help button on the right part of the screen.
Create tender: After creating a new tender the user is directly in edit mode.
Create tender:The overview of descriptions in templates when createing a new tender is improved
Tender templates: A template can now be made available for the whole company including future colleagues. So it is no longer happening by assigning single colleagues.
Tender templates: Colleagues who were removed from a company will also be removed from tender templates.
Invitations: Buyers can delete invitations when they have not been accepted yet.
Invitations: A buyer that has been invited by email to participate in a tender can be invited again.
Invitations: Sending a big amount of invitations has been expedited.
Invitations: An invitation can be sent again after a supplier has been removed.
Invitations: A buyer kan now also send an invitation to suppliers when the lot has been created at a later time. If this has not yet been done it will show in the main tender.
Compare & Select: With the weighted factor method, there is now a clearer dashboard.
Question & Answer: The filter for individual questions now also works without any additional filter.
Question & Answer: The definition during editing a public answer has been improved.
Approval & Publication: Stating the wish to apply approval will show the possibility to add an approval person immediately.
Approval & Publication: When you turn off the approval although an approval person has been added already the the person is no longer invisibly set to give approval and can be deleted as participant.
Approval & Publication: This can now be adjusted during all phases except it was created from a template.
Surveys: In case of a weighted survey the weight will be sum of the questions by default.
Just for users from the US:
- Solicitation Settings: New tab available 'Message Board'
- Message templates: Now available in English (US) as well
Evaluate: In case more than three questions have been asked the rest of them will be behind a Show more button.
Evaluate: The names of the suppliers can be made hidden by the Lead Buyer within the tab Evaluate (e.g. during a consensus meeting). This remains active for the pages after the activation.
Evaluate: In case a multiple choice evaluation method applies, the Save button is now more visible.
Internal comments: The texts will no longer overlap eachother when multiple comments have been placed below eachother.
View: Unnecessary scrollbar deleted.
For Tender Starting Form Administrators
Form: A direct URL is included in the form that stems from Negometrix Portal.
Approval messages: These messages can now contain an attachment.
Assign buyer: An auto-fill dropdown has been added which makes it easier to search and find the right colleague.