Vertabase releases Version 3.7 of Project Management Software

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Vertabase has launched version 3.7 of its top-rated Web-based project management application. Advanced resource planning, project portfolio tracking and enhanced document management lead new offerings.

Vertabase has launched version 3.7 of its top-rated Web-based project management application. Version 3.7 features advancements in its resource-planning tools, new project portfolio tracking options and enhanced document management functionality. The features provide accurate scheduling of employees and external resources with non-traditional or flexible work hours, as well as comprehensive tools to help managers effectively administer their projects, people and company. A tour of the new features is available at http://www.vertabase.com.

“The new features give my team a boost in managing my projects,” said Melissa Morrison, director of client services at ClearStory Systems, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise content management solutions based in Westborough, Massachusetts. “With the changes to the resource allocation and document management systems, I know I’m getting the most accurate read on what’s going on with my group's projects.” She added, “Investing in Vertabase Pro was the right choice. The returns are undeniable. The system is helping us meet our business goals.

The enhanced resource planning system now provides fully customizable settings for available work hours per user to accommodate different types of worker resources. It accommodates full or part-time employees, contractors, consultants, interns or temps, providing an accurate gauge of the resources available, and their available hours in the future.

The document management system has added check-in/check-out functionality and more detailed version history. A team can now view and use different iterations of a document, and control the drafting process by checking out documents and locking them from further modifications. The enhancement limits the potential confusion of simultaneous edits, and ensures that everyone is working with the correct version of a document or file.

Version 3.7 also features a new project portfolio field that allows for easier categorization of projects in a larger portfolio view. Managers and executives can now view or collect data on an entire group of projects then drill down to evaluate performance by office, team, resources or tasks.

“Businesses have diverse work forces: full-time or part-time employees and consultants, job-sharers, telecommuters, and potentially all of them with flextime,” says Mark Phillips, CEO of Vertabase. “Managers need tools that reflect that reality and give them the power to effectively manage people and projects with these circumstances. We also often see managers wrestling with single initiatives that have multiple subprojects each with numerous vendors. Version 3.7 was built to meet these kind of needs, the needs managers face in a 21st century work environment.”

Version 3.6 was released in July of 2004. Other additions to version 3.7 include a simplified project list page with key reporting indicators for use as a quick project manager control panel and a new global project and budget grouping to view report results across different project groupings. Version 3.7, like previous versions, is written in Macromedia’s Cold Fusion MX and utilizes a Microsoft SQL database.

“The commitment to new releases and quality features really make Vertabase Pro stand out among all the other solutions we looked at,” Morrison of ClearStory says. “They pay attention to our needs, respond rapidly to our questions and continually ask for feedback. They actually use our suggestions for further development. It’s a great relationship and we end up the big winners.”

About Vertabase.

Vertabase Pro is a web-based project management system developed by Madison Heights, Michigan based Standpipe Studios, L.L.C. It is the only project management software nominated as Best eBusiness Software in the eighth annual Sys-Con Media Readers' Choice Awards. It is entirely web-based, and is available in hosted and server-side installations. It allows companies to keep better track of their projects and resources. Version 3.7 is the most recent version of the software. It is written in Macromedia Cold Fusion MX 6.1 and uses a Microsoft SQL database. More information on Vertabase Pro is available at http://www.vertabase.com.

Standpipe and Vertabase are registered trademarks or trademarks of Standpipe Studios, L.L.C. in the United States and other countries.

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