Pro­ject manage­ment soft­ware has been around for a long time now, and they cur­r­ent­ly accom­plish much more than just mana­ging pro­jects. The­se types of app­li­ca­ti­ons are desi­gned to addi­tio­nal­ly car­ry out resour­ce allo­ca­ti­on and con­trol, sche­du­ling, com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on, docu­men­ta­ti­on and admi­nis­tra­ti­on, among a host of other func­tions. The­re are many popu­lar app­li­ca­ti­on packa­ges, mid-ran­ge as well as hig­her end, avail­ab­le today in this niche; for examp­le, Micro­soft Pro­ject and Pri­ma­ve­ra. The­re are many others that can be free­ly down­loa­ded from the web and uti­li­zed for the pro­ject manage­ment purposes.

What Do They Do

Typi­cal­ly, if your orga­niz­a­ti­on is going to launch a pro­ject, a pro­ject manage­ment app­li­ca­ti­on will help you and the other employees to mana­ge dif­fe­rent aspects of the pro­ject, and to com­ple­te it on time. Any pro­ject has many com­plex aspects and is depen­dent on dif­fe­rent indi­vi­du­als, depart­ments and inter­me­dia­te out­co­mes. The pro­ject manage­ment app­li­ca­ti­on will help you to deter­mi­ne the events that depend on one ano­t­her, how they are inter­de­pen­dent with one ano­t­her, and how things can be mana­ged, if any the­se para­me­ters chan­ge or go wrong. It is pro­gram­med to hand­le mul­ti­ple com­plex tasks simul­ta­ne­ous­ly. This inclu­des allo­ca­ting peop­le and other resour­ces to tasks and sche­du­ling start and go-live dates, so that the pro­ject can be com­ple­ted on time.

Types of Pro­ject Manage­ment App­li­ca­ti­on Packages

The­re are dif­fe­rent types of pro­ject manage­ment soft­ware packa­ges. They are brief­ly exp­lai­ned below.

Desk­top
You can buy the packa­ge as a desk­top app­li­ca­ti­on, that stores all the data in the form of files, with some of them being able to store data in cen­tra­li­zed data­ba­ses. Many users can share the data­ba­se, at the rate of one user at a time.

Cli­ent-Ser­ver
Cli­ent-ser­ver models are desi­gned so that dif­fe­rent indi­vi­du­als working on dif­fe­rent parts of the pro­ject can access the packa­ge simul­ta­ne­ous­ly. They are col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve in natu­re and allow users to share the data.

Web-Based
The­se packa­ges are crea­ted as web app­li­ca­ti­ons. They can be down­loa­ded from the Inter­net using a brow­ser, and can even work on your office Intra­net. The advan­ta­ges inclu­de the fact that you can down­load them into any type of device, and you do not need addi­tio­nal soft­ware to run the app­li­ca­ti­on. The packa­ge can be upgraded as and when requi­red. You can eit­her purcha­se it in full or choo­se to pay a small ren­tal every mon­th to the ser­vice pro­vi­der. Howe­ver, web-based app­li­ca­ti­ons are slower and are not avail­ab­le to you when you are offline.

Inte­gra­ted Systems
The­se packa­ges are desi­gned to hand­le many aspects of pro­ject manage­ment. Cus­to­mer rela­ti­ons­hip manage­ment and issue manage­ment can all be part of the soft­ware package.

Advan­ta­ges

You can use pro­ject manage­ment soft­ware packa­ges to opti­mi­ze pro­ces­ses across any indus­try to achie­ve high levels of effec­ti­ve­ness and effi­ci­en­cy in addi­ti­on to com­ple­ting pro­jects on time. They help you to have grea­ter con­trol over all docu­ments used in the pro­ject, allow access to a cen­tral data­ba­se, mana­ge pro­ject cos­ts effi­ci­ent­ly; pro­ces­ses tend to beco­me stan­dar­di­zed, risks are mana­ged in a bet­ter fashion, new staff par­ti­ci­pants take less time for inte­gra­ti­on into the pro­ject, and all the­se for low upfront cos­ts that you have to pay for the package.