A software evaluation process is a daunting task. If you’ve ever been through this process, then you know what I mean. The job of evaluating project management systems gets even more difficult by the availability of so many options.
First, a business can decide to build a system from scratch using its own resources. A business can also decide to purchase an off shelf system and then modify it to meet the business’s need. Thirdly, a company can purchase web enabled project management software.
Why Online Project Management Software is the Best
While all the above options have their own advantages and disadvantages, many businesses have realized that the best option is the online project management software. Whether your business is starting from scratch or you just want to replace an existing system, online project management system makes the most sense.
Online project management systems that are available in the market today have many advantages over traditional project management software.
First, your business doesn’t have to hire technical staff to get the system going and neither will there be any big investment in capital equipment. In fact, all you need to do is sign up and start using the software immediately. Your business doesn’t have to invest in servers or product upgrades. You’ll only incur the cost of training your team members on how to use the software and getting the system configured so that it suits the needs of your business.
Online project management systems include all the key features. This is because the available systems were developed after the industry had gone through many years of experience learning the features that work and what doesn’t work as well. Furthermore, the features have been modified based on the latest business demands and information. This means that online management software available today have had the advantage of including tried and true features that work perfectly and even expand on them.
Over the recent past, online CRM, or customer relations management began to feature in project management systems. Many business organizations across the world are now adopting online CRM and it’s actually considered by many business owners as an essential part of running any business. If business organizations add these features to the project management systems, it would mean that the sales team would have access to any information on customers.
As far as the overall strategy for the customer is concerned, team members will be able to see where their work fit
Online project management software systems feature billing. Just like customer relations management, or CRM, it makes a perfect business sense to include billing to the project management system. This element of the business process lets management, operations and sales teams see how the money flows. Billing also allows customer service to have the full picture when they’re dealing with accounts receivable.