What's new in BrightWork 15.5?

The BrightWork 15.5 release has three key feature areas:


New look Charting

Charting has taken another step to a better experience with new look charts. Among the many updates are more configuration options such as charts rendering in 3D or Polar. The new updates allow you to easily zoom, print and download charts.


Work Cache

The open Work Cache data source is primarily designed as an alternative to open work reports and issues that report across multiple sites. Available in BrightWork Reporter, the open Work Cache data source, enables faster cross-site reporting.

Other components of the Work Cache include:

  • A daily refresh of the Work Cache that validates every item in the cache as well as a regular update of the Work Cache that runs every 15 minutes.
  • The introduction of views allowing for easier filtering and faster rendering of work items.

Project Cache

The existing Project Cache has been updated to include:

  • Real-time rendering, meaning faster mirroring of data to the Project Cache.
  • Addition of new views allowing for easier filtering and faster rendering. The defaults views are: All Projects, Open Projects and My Projects.

Activity Indicator

BrightWork Reporter, List Gantt View and List Chart View web parts now have a distinctive 'working on it' icon as the web part loads or is refreshed. This provides a smoother more seamless user experience when transitioning to a new page.


Training Zone

Training Zone is a full site collection complete with training templates, a Training Area, and a Sample Area where users can explore, test and train.

Create Project

Create Project has been updated to include more powerful defaulting.

The new default settings include: a unique URL generating from the title, Project Manager defaulting to the logged in user, and templates loading automatically when browse is clicked.

These new configuration settings allow for less clicks when creating projects meaning faster project creation.

Click here for the Full Release Notes

How can I upgrade BrightWork?

If you want to upgrade the latest version of BrightWork, visit the Product Download area of the BrightWork Success website.

Choose the version of SharePoint you are on and select Browse Download.

If you are logged into the website and have product download access you will be brought to the relevant product download site for that version of SharePoint.

If you are not logged in you will be brought to a request form where you can either log in or request product download membership. Product Downloads are for customers who have an active support and upgrade plan.

Use the instructions on the Upgrade BrightWork page to start upgrading to the latest BrightWork version.

How can I activate the new 15.5 features

  • To use the Work Cache you can learn how to activate it here.
  • To add the Training Zone, System Administrators should visit the Create a BrightWork Site Collection section of the following guide.
  • To activate the Create Project features see here.
  • Updates to charting, the activity indicator and Project Cache are all activated automatically.

How can I purchase additional licenses?

If you are interested in purchasing additional Named User Licenses, please contact success@brightwork.com. Our Customer Success team will be happy to provide you with upgrade options, pricing and/or formal proposals.

How can I find my BrightWork version number?

  1. On your BrightWork home page, click the settings icon in the top right, then click Site settings.
  2. At the bottom of the page, click BrightWork Settings.
  3. You will now see the Version number.

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How can I find my license key?

Email support@brightwork.com with the FARM GUID to receive a copy of the license key.

How can I renew my BrightWork support and upgrade plan?

Support and upgrade plans are renewed on an annual basis. You will be contacted approximately 45 days prior to the expiration of your plan with the details required to start the renewal paperwork process. If your main contact has changed or you would like to start the process earlier, please contact renewals@brightwork.com.

How can I find my farm ID?

If BrightWork is not installed, this BrightWork Support blog post can help you.

If you have BrightWork already installed, in SharePoint Central Administration, click General Application Settings and then click Manage BrightWork License.

Is BrightWork compatible with SharePoint 2013 SP1?

BrightWork is an addon for SharePoint and there are no known issues with SP1. We recommend updating to the April CU.

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