Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Using Tools That Fit the Task and the User

Here's another lesson for building the healthiest companies:

Your software tools need to be both designed for the job AND fit the experience of the user. When a company takes away the tool people are used to and says, “Here, learn this new tool,” people grumble and lose some of their effectiveness.

The answer is to ensure that all your software tools—accounting, project management, financial reporting, spreadsheets, email, web portals, office productivity, and CRM—can be tied together and utilized to perform key tasks. Then people use the tool they are most familiar with to enter or access data.

For instance, executives, project managers, and office workers won’t need to learn a new unfamiliar accounting program to find real-time data, enter it, report on it, or send out updates. Programs like Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Project, and Web Portals can all be used for tasks related to project management and accounting.

The outcome is improved efficiency, productivity, and employee morale.

Learn more how software tools can integrate

3 Comments:

At October 8, 2009 at 5:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right, it's important to ensure all your software tools are tied together. Still with most of them it's impossible. Why isn't MS Project integrated with email? Same can be said about other systems. Luckily there some vendors who realise the importnace of integration. Take wrike as an example.

 
At October 8, 2009 at 8:20 AM , Anonymous project management software said...

It is very important for various solutions to communicate with other solutions especially when the solutions are developed by various vendors. Therefore, integration capabilities is the key to successful solution adoption.

 
At October 8, 2009 at 9:14 AM , Blogger Synergy Consultants said...

The importance of solutions talking to each other is paramount. Actually, with MS Project Server implemented, MS Project IS integrated with email. You can set it up to deliver email alerts when things occur such as issues, risks, task assignments, status reports, and uploaded documents. Also, the Project Web Access view can be set up to be inside Outlook. And of course, beyond Project, MS Dynamics SL integrates with MS Office and web portals.

 

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