Cloud Business Apps

Project Management


How did Basecamp get to be a 600-pound gorilla in the project management app space – and does that mean that you still have other choices? After all, with one of the largest user bases (over 9 million by current estimates), this cloud-based app can make it onto users’ shortlists about what to choose by its sheer market share if nothing else.  However, we’re still some way away from the kind of dominance that Microsoft still has over the PC operating system market, for example. And even there, Apple, Linux and tablet PC systems like Android are living proof that viable alternatives can also exist. Today we talk about that gorilla and then iterate the alternatives to Basecamp. (more…)


No matter what you are selling, a car, your design work, or a software as a service (SaaS), you have to listen more than talk. Why? Because the most successful form of sales -- and product development for that matter -- dates back about 2,500 years ago. Whatever product or service you are offering needs to evolve around not only the set of needs your prospects have, but also the order in which they need those needs fulfilled. This is exactly what Yann le Bihan kept in mind when he created Sciforma project and portfolio management tool back in 1982. And that's how the solution has been evolving ever since. (more…)


A Recent History of Time-Tracking Tools

By John Reeve, 24 September 2014

Since the dawn of the modern agency, people around the world have been tracking their time. And for good reason. Time tracking is a valuable discipline that equips agencies to bill clients accurately and calculate profitability. Unfortunately, the only time tracking tool was the paper timesheets — a necessary, but tedious and time-consuming, practice. Then came the personal computer and everything changed. Analog was out. Digital was in. Time-tracking tools began evolving, each iteration more accurate and easier-to-use than its predecessor. In my 15 years of agency experience, I’ve used every form of time tracking tool, beginning with the lowly paper timesheet. These are my observations on where time tracking tools began, how they’ve evolved, and where they are headed next. (more…)


Have you ever seen the classic 1960 film The Apartment? In the film, Jack Lemmon's character works in what you might call a shining example of the kind of workplace that is becoming increasingly rare: a cavernous accounting department which takes up a whole floor in a skyscraper. (more…)


WorkTrail Review – Time Tracking Without Interruptions

By Stephanie Miles, 16 September 2014

WorkTrail Review – An excellent solution for individuals and small teams, providing all the necessary tools that a time tracking application should offer (more…)



Why Social Networkers Now Rule Project Management

By Hadley Jones, 1 September 2014

There’s a big wave of influence rolling over business, and it looks set to continue for some time to come. It’s the innovation of the consumer market. Instead of Joe and Jane Public getting the technology crumbs and castoffs of the professional sector, the tide really has turned. Now it’s smartphones and tablets that fire domestic fervor and that force firms to scramble to implement their BYOD (bring your own device) policies. It’s the same with social networking. Facebook, Twitter and a number of their companions are huge in the consumer space, and the tsunami has now arrived on shores of organizations, agencies and enterprises. One of the areas deeply affected is project management. But in truth, the sea change from command and control to collaborative working started some time before. (more…)


GetApp Twitter Chat: Agile Project Management

By James Clifton, 28 August 2014

Well, what can I say, the first ever GetApp Twitter chat was a blast, nerve wracking but still loads of fun. Not to mention informative. In case you missed it we discussed Agile Project Management with the guys from Clarizen, Inflectra of SpiraPlan, and LeanKit.  And boy did this Agile project management beginner learn a lot. (more…)


The only constant is change. That’s the mantra of many organizations. What is less clear is how they intend to help change happen positively and acceptably. Because people – usually the part of the equation that is most affected – typically detest change. We’re made that way, even when there are obvious positive consequences if we can just take a deep breath and get on with it. So enterprises that need to change and that want to avoid a workforce revolt turn their attention to change management. If change is correctly managed, everything will work out fine, right? But that’s assuming everyone agrees on which tools or applications can effectively help. Project management apps like Clarizen, Wrike, JIRA and Zoho Projects have been designed with change management in mind, and collaboration tools can also be useful. (more…)


As a consumer, you are surely familiar with file sharing applications like Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive by now. And, like many business people, you may have tried those tools for your business, only to find that for sharing sensitive internal documents, none of them is ideal. So what we're talking about here might be something new to you: enterprise-level file sharing software. (more…)


Ever since the first project manager experimented with a spreadsheet, people have been padding task estimates with "safety margins." In the world of critical paths and PERT charts, it’s understandable. The order of the tasks is what counts and rigid scheduling is what keeps things in order. Or at least, that’s the theory. However, from this point of view, time can’t be saved if one task finishes early. That extra time is unavailable for use elsewhere. (more…)