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Project management bleg
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Posted on 03/06/2011 1:52:38 PM PST by Sherman Logan

I have need of a software program, but I don't even know the right terminology to describe it for searching.

I spend a lot of time out of town running projects on customer's sites. I have to keep track of hours, expenses, samples, etc.

I would like a very simple to use program where I enter all this information each evening and it tracks and compiles it automatically.

I've looked at some of the PM programs out there and they're about 1000x what I need.

I could built something like this myself in Excel, but I would certainly think somebody else has already done so and reinventing wheels isn't very efficient.

Any help or suggestions will be appreciated.


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: billablehours; billing; projectmanagement; software

1 posted on 03/06/2011 1:52:40 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan
Top 25 Open Source Project Management Apps
2 posted on 03/06/2011 1:57:42 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: Sherman Logan

Have you considered Quickbooks, by Intuit?

http://quickbooks.intuit.com/

http://quickbooks.intuit.com/pro/


3 posted on 03/06/2011 2:01:07 PM PST by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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To: Sherman Logan

I think you probably should look for “small business accounting software”.

Here is an article:

The Best Small Business Accounting Software

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2363725,00.asp

As I mentioned in my earlier post, Quickbooks is a very popular sw.


4 posted on 03/06/2011 2:05:15 PM PST by Innovative (Weakness is provocative.)
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To: Sherman Logan

daytimers.com might have something, but they’re more of a paper and pencil company. I love their folio two-page-per-day system.


5 posted on 03/06/2011 2:05:30 PM PST by Excellence (Buy Progresso, take off the label, write "not halal," mail to Campbell's soup company.)
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To: Sherman Logan

That’s an extremely minor part of project management. PM is focused on scheduling, cost control (sometimes) and determining effects of changes on the project.

It really sounds like you need an accounting program something like lawyers or others that bill by the hour or partial hour use.


6 posted on 03/06/2011 2:06:20 PM PST by meatloaf
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To: meatloaf; Sherman Logan
It really sounds like you need an accounting program something like lawyers or others that bill by the hour or partial hour use.

I agree.

Sherman also mentioned samples, but that could be done with a simple Excel file where each sample and who has it is logged.

7 posted on 03/06/2011 2:09:13 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Sherman Logan
It's possible that an Excel template is available as free ware to do what you want.

Google "Excel templates" for time and expense for example. Or try this site for commercial applications.

www.vertex42.com/

8 posted on 03/06/2011 2:13:32 PM PST by AU72
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To: Sherman Logan
There are many PM apps for iPhone & iPad

9 posted on 03/06/2011 2:28:22 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Have you tried searching for “time and expense software”? If you’ve been searching on “project management” you’ve probably found software that is overkill for what you want.

It’s been years since I’ve had to track my time in any complex way, so I can’t help with any current suggestions.

Good luck finding something appropriate!


10 posted on 03/06/2011 2:33:40 PM PST by Johnny B.
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To: Sherman Logan
Go to The Project Management Institute. This is a worldwide organization that certifies Project Management Professionals based on very stringent tests requirements. The website should give you recommendations fot your needs.

http://www.pmi.org/

11 posted on 03/06/2011 2:38:30 PM PST by hflynn
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To: hflynn

fot = for


12 posted on 03/06/2011 2:39:37 PM PST by hflynn
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To: Sherman Logan

I vave a billable hours exel sheet you could customize and most likely create what you want. freepmail me your email and Ill send you a zip file. Its from techrepublic.


13 posted on 03/06/2011 2:47:53 PM PST by waynesa98
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To: Sherman Logan

you might look at aceproject.com

free for small operations, will track time and expenses on a task basis


14 posted on 03/06/2011 3:02:47 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Primavera is probably the best, but Microsoft Project is more affordable. You can download a free 60 day trial here:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ee404758.aspx


15 posted on 03/06/2011 4:23:51 PM PST by JoeRed
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To: JoeRed; Sherman Logan
Primavera is by far the best PM software available, but it really seems that Sherman needs a time/cost billing software program similar to what lawyers and accountants use and some sort of file to track samples.
16 posted on 03/06/2011 4:27:09 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Sherman Logan
A few days ago, while looking for something else, I came across MinuteDock. They offer time tracking, reporting, and invoicing as a web service. $120/yr. Free trial.
17 posted on 03/06/2011 4:35:05 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: All

Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions.

My problem is that I don’t know how to describe what I need. I’m sure if I did something we pop right up.


18 posted on 03/06/2011 5:41:44 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

You seem to be looking for CRM software with a billable hours module and accounting module?

SugarCRM is the most well developed open source CRM on the market:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/sugarcrm/
http://www.sugarcrm.com/crm/
community dev website: http://www.sugarforge.org/
Had billing, tracking, invoicing, sampling database add on s available... can sync to Outlook and mobile devices too.

Another option in open source software is Dolibarr:
http://wiki.dolibarr.org/index.php/What_Dolibarr_Do
Dolibarr doe NOT have accounting management yet...

Both Dolibarr and SugarCRM can be self hosted on a box at your location or you can contract out hosting services to companies who specialize in hosting those software suites.

But depending on the industry, there are lots of alternatives...
http://alternativeto.net/software/sugarcrm/

Without giving too much personal detail if you could better describe your needs I’m sure a Freeper or two can point you toward a better direction...


19 posted on 03/07/2011 1:27:53 AM PST by JerseyHighlander (p.s. The word 'bloggers' is not in the freerepublic spellcheck dictionary?!)
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To: JerseyHighlander

Thanks. A lot of the alternative seem to be web-based. I was wondering if you or others have experience working with programs of this type and their pros and cons.


20 posted on 03/07/2011 5:49:51 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

My personal experience with software you are looking for is with Quickbooks and a slew of third party addons for it, and then a HIPAA compliant built to order system for employee benefits administration.

I can’t really tell you how much your time is worth, and what level of computer experience you have. I mentioned Dolibarr because they have an automated installation package that will install everything you need to get started. But you still , like in Excel spreadsheets, have to custom build some of your databases, forms, reports etc for your specific business needs.

There is also a Microsoft Outlook addin called Prophet by Avidian , http://www.avidian.com/online-tutorials.aspx
Might work for your needs, depending on the level of tracking of activities you require.


21 posted on 03/07/2011 10:22:10 AM PST by JerseyHighlander (p.s. The word 'bloggers' is not in the freerepublic spellcheck dictionary?!)
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