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How to become an Effective Project Manager with Online Project Management Software

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March 08, 2012

How to become an Effective Project Manager with Online Project Management Software

By Stefanie Mosca, TMCnet Managing Editor

With our economy still in a relatively unstable state, it’s no surprise that companies are still cutting corners where they can afford to while at the same time trying to not compromise the success of their business. One area that many enterprises have found a manageable place to downsize is in terms of project management.

Rather than having a designated project manager on staff, many companies have found it more cost effective to allocate the tasks of managing and executing projects amongst capable team members who although might not necessarily have had the experience in their previous job description are enough to take on the challenge.

If you have been asked to run a project at your company but aren’t sure the first place to start, don’t panic. Whether you have 10 years or 10 minutes of experience managing projects, with the right software tools in place, managing the development and execution of a project can actually be much more seamless than a novice PM would anticipate.

Clarizen, online project management software, for example, pinpoints a number of different aspects of the project management process that are vital for the success of any project running smoothly. Utilizing an online project management software tool like Clarizen allows those involved in the development process of a project to enter data into the fields provided in the software tool to keep everyone in the loop regarding the project’s status.

However, there are a number of factors to take into consideration when running a project. Clarizen focuses on time tracking, task management, budget tracking, resource management, project scheduling and expense management, just to name a few. Clarizen's online project management software facilitates team collaboration and project execution, ensuring data is always up-to-date and aligned with business objective by helping you connect your company's processes and tasks that were previously managed in separate, disconnected platforms and streamline them into a unified interface.

In addition to accessing your project data from the cloud via Clarizen’s web platform, the online project management provider also has an iPhone app which enables seamless access and integration with all the information stored through the cloud. The app allows a company’s mobile workforce to get all the information they need from Clarizen at the critical moment they need it regardless of their location, which proves particularly beneficial when traveling onsite to visit a customer to discuss the project.

Users of the app can take collaboration a step further by attaching notes to Clarizen tasks, send emails that are archived in Clarizen's structured work plan and even upload on-site photos that will be accessible to all team members.

Clarizen online project management has not only simplified the way companies visualize and execute project management, but it also changes the traditional PM process by empowering team members to take an active role in managing their own time and project's tasks themselves.

Edited by Juliana Kenny

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