Product Creation Studio Boosts Bottom Line with Replicon Web Timesheet

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Powerful web-based software simplifies time tracking and facilitates accurate client billing at Seattle design firm.

Web TimeSheet makes project time-tracking more convenient for staff and ensures that reports for clients are always accurate and up-to-date.

Product Creation Studio, a Seattle-based product design firm, has implemented Replicon's Web TimeSheet to track all project time and streamline several operational processes, including client billing, payroll and accounting.

The web-based time-tracking software lets the company closely monitor all project work, generate on-demand reports for its clients, and ensure utmost accuracy of its billing procedures. Web TimeSheet also streamlines the time-entry process itself, allowing employees to enter their time from anywhere, which boosts productivity as well.

Accurate time-tracking is essential for Product Creation Studio, as it directly affects the billable work it provides for clients around the world. Web TimeSheet's at-a-glance reporting enables staff to view completed project work as often as needed and to share that information with its customers.

“Throughout the day I might work on six different projects, so I need to be able to easily track that, put in the information, and then bring it back up later for billing purposes,” said Adam Smith, Mechanical Engineer at Product Creation Studio. “The billing reports we generate from Web TimeSheet go directly to the client, so they get all that information, including even the notes that engineers write about individual tasks.”

Until a few years ago, the firm used its own in-house database to record employee time. Although the system ensured accurate time-tracking, staff could only enter their hours while they were on the office network. In addition, only one person could enter their hours at a time—a process that caused backups and increased non-billable hours.

With Web TimeSheet, employees enter time online, anywhere, at any time of day. They manage their time more efficiently with less worry about submitting their time during the busy work day. Smith estimates that employees now spend nearly10% more of their workday on billable projects, rather than non-billable time entry. This boosts the company’s bottom line.

“As an award-wining design firm, staffed mostly by highly talented engineers, it is critical for Product Creation Studio to streamline the day-to-day operations and focus its resources on revenue generating activities,” said Raj Narayanaswamy, Co-CEO of Replicon. “Web TimeSheet makes project time-tracking more convenient for staff and ensures that reports for clients are always accurate and up-to-date.”

Product Creation Studio uses Web Timesheet to see practitioner hours in real time to monitor the progress of projects and reallocate resources as needed. The firm also uses the software to streamline payroll operations, as it sends reports from Web TimeSheet directly to its payroll provider.

Replicon's multiple servers and data backup protection assure Product Creation Studio that its staff can enter their time over any Internet connection, without concerns for security or slow performance.

“At the end of the day, you don't want to have to stress about getting your time in,” said Smith. “Web TimeSheet has been great for us because now anybody can fill out their timesheet anytime, anywhere they have internet access—whether you're at home sitting in front of the TV, on a coffee break at the coffee shop, or wherever you are. It's just so nice to have a web-based tool because then you're not restricted anywhere.”

About Product Creation Studio
Product Creation Studio is an award-wining design firm based in Seattle, Washington. The company designs a wide range of Consumer and Medical products for clients around the world. From graphic design to mechanical engineering, the company offers complete, turnkey development solutions, supported by market research, user testing and focus groups. For more information about Product Creation Studio, visit productcreationstudio.com.

About Replicon
Founded in 1996, Replicon, Inc. is the market leader in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based time and expense tracking software. Serving more than 1.5 million users in 70 countries, Replicon enables 7,300 companies of all sizes to increase their profitability and productivity. Replicon's clients include Ernst & Young, Cornell University, Health Canada, Shell, Verizon, Ferrari and Amazon. For more information, contact Replicon at 1-877-662-2519 (US / Canada only), send email to info(at)replicon(dot)com.

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