Tablet computers are wildly convenient, but the project
management apps aren’t quite there yet.
< STREAMTIME is offering an iPad version of its
project management software that allows client-server interaction identical to the company’s desktop PC iteration. Scroll
through client lists by sliding your finger down the screen,
enter notes with a few taps and access project-wide communications with another touch.
But what about other project management tasks that
require heavier lifting, such as resource allocation variables
and critical path charting?
SG PROJECT 2 >
from FourthFrame Technologies
comes the closest to something
a project manager might find
truly useful. It accommodates
multiple projects, parent and child
tasks, and dependencies between tasks, with durations, ownership and
percentage-completed options for each. You can view tables and Gantt
charts in split views, and a few finger movements let you zoom in or out.
Data formatted in PDF or XML can be exported to exchange information
with Microsoft Project or provide team-wide status updates.
Like other iPad apps, the bonus comes down to cost savings: The
software is only US$9.99. For the price of a low-end PC software
license, an organization could outfit a couple dozen iPads.
Each product among the relatively small family of project management iPad apps comes with significant
limitations. Some can’t trade information with Project
and/or are dependent upon a local Wi-Fi network. Customer reviews also reveal extensive bugs—unsurprising,
given the rush to port existing applications into iPad
Project managers shouldn’t despair. Toshiba keeps
promising a next-gen tablet, and the Omni Group has
been detailing its plans to bring OmniPlan to the iPad
since January. Plus, developers eager to exploit the
expanding market will presumably beef up their project
Only then can the iPad go from being a cool new toy
to a serious must-have tool for project managers. PM