Tuesday, December 7, 2010

ConceptDraw Office 2.0 and Solution Park released


CS Odessa Delivers Single-Click Access to Business Productivity and Project
Management Solutions with ConceptDraw Office 2.0


New ConceptDraw Solution Browser Gives Business Professionals Unprecedented Ease in Using ConceptDraw MINDMAP, ConceptDraw PRO, and ConceptDraw PROJECT Productivity Software

SAN JOSE, Calif., December 8th, 2010 – Visual productivity software maker CS Odessa today introduced an industry first with ConceptDraw Office 2.0, which now gives business professionals single-click access to integrated solutions for project management, brainstorming, report writing, and much more. The latest ConceptDraw Office suite release is being launched in tandem with the new ConceptDraw Solution Park online resource center. ConceptDraw Solution Park features integrated business productivity solutions that bundle ConceptDraw software, templates, and “how-to” guides to get business users up and running quickly.

Central to the $499 ConceptDraw Office 2.0 suite is the new ConceptDraw Solution Browser. Through the browser, users can view available solutions on ConceptDraw Solution Park and click on the solution they want. ConceptDraw Solution Browser then automatically loads any software, templates and guides supporting the chosen solution. Version 2.0 also significantly enhances seamless integration of the suite’s ConceptDraw MINDMAP for mind mapping and brainstorming, ConceptDraw PROJECT comprehensive project management software, and ConceptDraw PRO for business diagramming and scoreboard development and display. For example, a user can brainstorm in ConceptDraw MINDMAP and then click once to automatically generate a project chart in ConceptDraw PROJECT. Now users can focus on the business need instead of integrating technology.

ConceptDraw Office 2.0 is the only visual productivity suite that includes support for the latest versions of Apple Macintosh OS X and Microsoft Windows in the same package. As a result, individual users only need one ConceptDraw Office license to run the suite on both systems.

“Visual productivity solutions are powerful tools for enabling creativity, efficiency and collaboration. However, their value is often overshadowed by the complexity of integration,” said Gregory Zhukov, CS Odessa CEO. “With our new ConceptDraw Office 2.0, we’re changing the game. For the first time, business professionals have a seamless, cross-product workflow and single-click access to solutions for common individual and team tasks. Add to this ConceptDraw’s ability to output to widely adopted office products, such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and business users have a complete workplace productivity solution with ConceptDraw Office 2.0.”

Alain Mathieu, executive vice president of Werner International, said “I use ConceptDraw Office because of its capabilities to integrate a project scheduler and a mind mapping tool in one productive, efficient, and user friendly way. ConceptDraw PROJECT is an indispensable tool for scheduling and optimizing consultant time, and I use it on a daily basis. ConceptDraw MINDMAP is a great software program that is simple to use, and produces results that never fail to impress our staff and clients. The combination of the tightly integrated ConceptDraw Office 2.0 along with the ready-to-use business solutions in ConceptDraw Solution Park will further enhance our ability to deliver world-class management consulting services to our clients.”

New ConceptDraw Office 2.0 Features
ConceptDraw Office 2.0 is the flagship product for CS Odessa. It includes ConceptDraw MINDMAP, ConceptDraw PRO, ConceptDraw PROJECT, and ConceptDraw Solution Browser, which are integrated through CS Odessa’s INGYRE 2 technology and extended by the new ConceptDraw Solution Park. The integrated visualization products and document exchange technologies provide all the tools essential for generating business diagrams, mind maps, project plans, dashboards, presentations, schematics, and any other business visualizations. In addition to the new ConceptDraw Solution Browser, Version 2.0 also includes several new features and enhancements to ConceptDraw MINDMAP, ConceptDraw PRO, and ConceptDraw PROJECT.


ConceptDraw MINDMAP: is a powerful business and personal productivity software application that provides visual organization and access to information for individuals and organizations. The newest release is the first mind mapping product to support collaboration through many-to-many communication. New features include the ability to output to virtually any format, as well as rapidly input information, with a single click; the availability of five presentation styles to accommodate any situation, from informal to formal presentations; and a new map template to provide maximum visual impact for brainstorming, analysis and presentations.


ConceptDraw PRO: is a powerful business and technical diagramming software tool for designing professional-looking graphics, diagrams, flowcharts, floor plans, and much more in just minutes. The latest release adds more than 10,000 new drawing objects, plus the new Rapid Draw feature, which dramatically cuts drawing times for complex flowcharts and diagrams. It also features ConceptDraw’s Live Object technology for a level of sophistication unavailable with other drawing packages, including the ability to build dynamic dashboards that are updated from external data, such as desktop applications, enterprise data sources, and Web sources. Mind map data also can be quickly rendered in ConceptDraw PRO as a fishbone diagram, organizational chart, and UML diagram, to name a few.


ConceptDraw PROJECT: project management software enables project managers to analyze the progress of projects and optimize the utilization of available resources. Used within ConceptDraw Office, it also manages all workflow tasks and provides powerful dynamic dashboards that clearly reveal the state of any project, including any associated key performance indicators. An innovative dashboard describes project readiness by displaying the documentation that is associated with each task. The latest release extends reporting capabilities through enhancements to tools for managing tasks and resources, expands the dashboard support, and improves export and import functionality.

CS Odessa Addresses Need for Increased Workplace Productivity with New Online ConceptDraw Solution Park


ConceptDraw Solution Park Works in Concert with ConceptDraw Office Suite to Provide One-Click Access to Business Productivity and Project Management Solutions



SAN JOSE, Calif., December 8th, 2010 – Visual productivity software maker CS Odessa today announced ConceptDraw Solution Park. The innovative new online resource center features integrated business productivity solutions that bundle ConceptDraw software, templates, and “how-to” guides to get business users up and running quickly. ConceptDraw Solution Park is being launched in conjunction with the ConceptDraw Office 2.0 suite. Together, they give business professionals single-click access to integrated solutions for project management, brainstorming, report writing, and much more.

ConceptDraw Solution Park extends the value of ConceptDraw Office 2.0, which includes the seamlessly integrated ConceptDraw MINDMAP for mind mapping and brainstorming, ConceptDraw PROJECT comprehensive project management software, and ConceptDraw PRO for business diagramming and scoreboard development and display. Through the ConceptDraw Solution Browser in ConceptDraw Office 2.0, users can view available solutions on ConceptDraw Solution Park and click on the solution they want. The ConceptDraw Solution Browser then automatically loads any software, templates and guides supporting the chosen solution. Now users can focus on meeting business goals instead of integrating technology.

The initial release of ConceptDraw Solution Park features solutions in three professional areas: Project Management, Universal Diagramming, and Business Productivity. Each solution provides instant access to task-specific software tools, templates and guides for business activities—for example, create a team assignment calendar, run a brainstorming meeting, plan project phases, and create a project PowerPoint presentation for management, to name a few. All of these solutions are based on the real-world use cases of hundreds of thousands of business professionals already taking advantage of ConceptDraw software. Additional professional areas will be added in subsequent updates, and third-party solutions will begin joining those from CS Odessa in 2011.

“Visual productivity applications present a tremendous opportunity for resource-strapped business teams to work smarter. Unfortunately, users’ lack of knowledge about these valuable tools too often leaves them underutilized,” said Gregory Zhukov, CS Odessa CEO. “ConceptDraw Solution Park addresses this issue head on for the first time by providing an easy-to-navigate online resource center for pre-integrated solutions. Now with bundled tools and templates just click away, business professionals can begin improving their productivity in minutes.”

“As a professional business user of ConceptDraw Office software for some time, I’m finding that the addition of ConceptDraw Solution Park to my project management practices has raised the bar to a whole new level,” said Wallace Tait, information management consultant and founder of Visual Mapper, “Not only have the solutions helped to restructure my current project management activities, but the single-click access to ConceptDraw-based solutions has enabled me to create, manage and continuously improve more effective processes within my business practice..”

Pricing and Availability
ConceptDraw Office 2.0 is available today for $499. It includes ConceptDraw MINDMAP, ConceptDraw PRO, ConceptDraw PROJECT, and ConceptDraw Solution Browser. ConceptDraw Office 2.0 can be downloaded at http://www.conceptdraw.com/office2. For users who wish to purchase standalone products, pricing is $219 for ConceptDraw MINDMAP, $249 for ConceptDraw PRO, and $219 for ConceptDraw PROJECT.


About CS Odessa Founded in 1993, Computer Systems Odessa supplies cross-platform productivity tools and graphics technologies to professional and corporate users around the world. With headquarters in Odessa, Ukraine and North America operations in San Jose, California, CS Odessa sells products internationally through resellers in over 25 countries. The ConceptDraw Productivity Line of products has won numerous awards and is used by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. For more information, visit www.conceptdraw.com.

ConceptDraw is a registered trademark, and ConceptDraw Office, ConceptDraw Solution Park, ConceptDraw PRO, ConceptDraw MINDMAP, ConceptDraw PROJECT, and ConceptDraw Solution Browser are trademarks of CS Odessa. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

2 comments:

Kees said...

Hello Wallace,

Excellent review. I am not familair with ConceptDraw and how it compares to the other suites out there. Is there some sort of a comparison chart available that compares the different visual 'virtual office' suites being marketed at the moment?

Warm regards,

Kees van Amersvoort

Wallace Tait said...

I believe the main difference between the CS Odessa approach through ConceptDraw and other mainstream product is clearly this"

CSO have their genesis within Knowledge management, whilst other benchmarks have their genesis form and through the Mind mapping arena.

All other benchmarks except Mindsystems Amode don't offer an aggregation of tools that ConceptDraw Office do.

The three main applications at this time within CD Office; Mind map, Pro and Project are independent products that when aggregated within the Office suite, through the "In-Gyre" technology.

Here they communicate with each other and therefore express a communicative interdependency that is realised as a fully functional systematic approach to Data-Information-Knowledge management.

The inclusion of the solution browser is ingenious IMO, and will probably be copied by other benchmarks in the near future. The solution browser has the opportunity to evolve in a most effective single source access front office manager for the whole software suite.

CSO have raised the bar, and this can only be raised further through future improvements and corrections.

I like the new approach of ConceptDraw, I'll use it more and more; as I see their approach being capable of gaining a high degree of buy-in from business and corporate users who need to be in control of their data, processes and operational systems while creating, managing and exchanging knowledge with ease.