The most common notion of Enterprise Project Management (EPM) systems means that all users access a single centralized system for all related functions. This concept became popular in the late 1990s with the rise of ERP systems. Project Managers have been asked to store their data and adopt the centralized project management system.
Yet there are still millions and millions of individually run project management tools running on desktops or even as services in the cloud but not part of a centralized project management process.
That might be fine for each project manager but when it comes to a process that needs to be centralized like timesheets, we run into a bigger problem. The result is that one aspect of the enterprise such as Finance insists on a timesheet for payroll for all personnel. Another department insists on a timesheet for all users for HR to track time off and another department needs a billing timesheet for all users who contribute to billing time. Each project manager might need to deploy their own timesheet system for their teams.
It can become chaos in a hurry.
We’ve just released a white paper that deals with this exact business challenge. It’s called “De-centralized Project Management and Centralized Timesheets with TimeControl”. It’s free to access and it’s available right now as part of our ongoing efforts to show how to realize the benefits of TimeControl. If you are interested in having project managers continue to use multiple systems but need to have one timesheet to bring all the actuals together for different purposes, you’ll find this paper of interest. The white paper can be downloaded from: https://www.timecontrol.com/pdf/whitepapers/centralized_decentralized.pdf.
For more free resources on enterprise project management and enterprise timesheet systems, go to: TimeControl.com/resources.