28 September, 2007

Basecamp Review

Note: This article was originally published on the Omnistar Etools website.

This entry was originally posted on the omnistaretools.com blog. It is reposted here for reference only.

Good project management software is hard to find, but thankfully, after you read this, you won’t have to go looking very far. That’s because our group here at Omnistar Etools has already found the ultimate project management software: 37signal’s Basecamp.
Basecamp has everything you could ever want: an ease of functionality that allows even the most computer illiterate to understand and participate, an intuitive interface that allows and even encouragesclear communication, and a beautiful design that will get you bonus points every time you use the software with clients.
Using Basecamp makes it very clear how closely good communication is linked to completion of projects on time and as ordered. With Basecamp, everything is so easy to use that poor communication on a project is nearly impossible. And the tools used to track hours spent on a project makes it clear exactly how efficiently work is coming along on each type of task.
Perhaps more impressive is the ability to use Basecamp not just with your employees, but also with clients to keep them abreast of projects as they’re being worked on. Keeping clients ‘in the loop’ has never been so easy: you can upload files for viewing, and they can easily leave comments that can be replied to at will. And since the site design is fully customizable, you can maintain the look and feel of the rest of your site.
But by far the best thing about Basecamp is the main Project Overview page. There, you can see exactly how everything is progressing, with upcoming deadlines, details of who is responsible for what, and reports of how many hours each person has spent on doing their assignments. Plus, it even creates an RSS feed, so you can be informed at your convenience or even on the go via PDA or cell phone!
Basecamp truly does offer everything you’ve ever wanted in project manangement software, and then some. If you haven’t used it before, you will be amazed at how simple a thing as ease of use will streamline your project completion. We use it here at Omnistar Etools every day, and it truly is something that we cannot imagine going without. It truly is the last project management tool you will ever need.
Posted by Eric Herboso
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