Businesses, organizations, and others who have a lot of stuff going out all over the place need to know who's got what stuff where, not only to make sure it doesn't go missing, but also to maximize its usefulness and your return on investment; stuff isn't cheap. Kaizen Software's Asset Manager 2010 Enterprise Edition has an easy-to-apply answer to the problem of keeping track of stuff. This bar code label printer and manager creates custom bar codes that you can attach to equipment, materials, tools, supplies, and anything else that is all too portable. You can … Read more
Kaizen specializes in business software; its Asset Manager 2010 Standard Edition creates bar codes that you attach to your equipment or other physical assets. It makes it easy for employees or others to check tracked items in and out. You can even attach pictures, owner's manuals, maintenance records, and other relevant data to the database records. Asset Manager's easy-to-use database makes updating entries simple, and the program's reporting and vendor contact features can help simplify accounting, inventory management, and supply lines, too.
The program's familiar tabbed and paneled interface displays a navigation view on the left … Read more
Virtual TimeClock Basic is a slimmed-down, inexpensive version of Virtual TimeClock Pro, perfect for small businesses (with three employees max for Basic) that need to track hours and generate time card reports.
This app helps you set up a central time clock computer (Mac or Windows) for all employees to use. Workers can clock in and out, take breaks, log holiday and sick time, and update their status with preset or customizable messages. Employees gets their own password, and management can survey up-to-the minute times and totals, as well as historical data. Virtual TimeClock Basic also lets you quickly print … Read more
It's like Katie Holmes telling Tom Cruise she prefers Brad Pitt's movies. It's like Rupert Murdoch's wife googling a Wall Street Journal article to get past the paywall. It's like Reggie Bush telling Kim Kardashian that her sister Khloe is cuter than she is.
This is hurt, anguish, and embarrassment all wrapped up in one corporate migraine. The problem, you see, is that there are quite a few people at Microsoft who love the iPhone. At least that is what an article in The Wall Street Journal is suggesting.
The article offers stories of Steve Ballmer himself pretending to stomp on an employee's iPhone. It tells of Microsoft employees being sheepish about exposing their Apple-made contraptions in meetings. It even suggests that as many as 10 percent of Microsoft employees might be in the thrall of the Cupertino King.
Naturally, there will be those who suggest such behavior is heresy. Ballmer, according to the article, explains that when his father worked for Ford, the family only drove Fords. But in those days, corporations were slightly different beings than they are now. People believed they had a job that would last forever, rather than one that might not survive the next clever little financial ruse from some halfwit on Wall Street or the next pandering to Wall Street by a halfwitted CFO. Employees offered loyalty, because they thought it would be returned. What hope is there now of that?
It is, though, a ticklish area. Does an employee's preference for the iPhone suggest that Microsoft products aren't good enough? Why, yes it does. At least for them. But does that have to be a bad thing?… Read more
CyberMatrix Timesheets Standard is a basic program that allows employees to keep track of time spent on specific projects. Although it has some appealing features, functional problems undermine its usefulness.
The program's interface is plain, and the creators didn't go to any great lengths to make it attractive or intuitive. Still, it's not terribly difficult to figure out. You add your employee and client information, and when each employee logs in, he or she can record the time spent on specific clients' projects. Projects are listed on drop-down menus within the timesheet. The program allows up to … Read more
The publisher's description of Senomix Timesheets claims that it's designed for "engineering or project-based offices." We think this is a good thing, as it will likely take an engineer to figure out how to use it.
It's not that the program lacks instructions. The problem, in fact, is that the publishers have gone to the opposite extreme. Who has time to read a 31-page "getting started" guide? Better yet, who has time to read the full 84-page user guide, or the admin user guide, which weighs in at a staggering (and ridiculous) 256 … Read more
Multi Project Planner offers a vast array of tools to manage complex projects. It has all that you need to oversee any project, but its overwhelming options may hold some back.
The program's interface is clean and useful but a bit disorienting from the start because of an embarrassment of riches: Multi Project Planner offers so many details that its commands are difficult to memorize. Even the tutorials are confusingly dense with instructions and examples. In the end, Multi Project Planner produces readable, multicolored charts showcasing every aspect of a project, from daily responsibilities of individuals to total man … Read more
Career site Glassdoor.com has announced the employees' choice awards for the top 50 best places to work. Unfortunately, tech companies didn't make the top five.
According to Glassdoor, Southwest Airlines, General Mills, Slalom Consulting, Bain & Co., and McKinsey & Co. were the best places to work this year. Only General Mills and Bain & Co. were in the top five last year.
On the tech side, it was enterprise-solution provider Juniper Networks that led the way for the industry, placing 10th in the list with a 3.9 (out of 5) company rating from employees. Google placed … Read more
Employee Project Clock is a basic program that allows users to track time spent on particular projects and tasks. The program does a decent job of allowing employees to track their work activities, but it's far from perfect.
The program's interface is basic, consisting of a slender module full of drop-down menus. To start, users add employees, clients, projects, and tasks to the database. To clock in, users select their name, the project they'll be working on, and other relevant details, and clock in and out with a button. This aspect of the program is pretty simple. … Read more
Schedule Crew Assignments for 100 People is a set of Excel spreadsheets that allow users to organize up to 100 employees into work crews for up to 10 jobs. Although the program isn't bad for what it is, users should be aware that it is really just an Excel file, not a separate application.
The program's functions are separated into different spreadsheets within an Excel workbook. There are spreadsheets for employee contact information, a list of jobs, a detailed page for each job, and several schedule views. Users enter employee information including their skills and skill level. Users … Read more