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Jim Lasko, Woodland Supply, Winnipeg
10-30-2000, 01:14 AM
I am a Millwork Estimator and I am looking for a software package that I can use (possibly on a LAN) for keeping track of production and installation of our projects. I have heard that Microsoft Project may be suitable for my needs. I would like to hear feedback from anyone using this or similar packages. Thanx in advance.
The short answer to your question is: You can probably get it to do exactly what you need right out of the box. If you feel that you'd have a fairly complex setup (I.e. multiple remote users working on the same project who need updates in the field), talk to a systems integrator to customize it for you. Otherwise, check Microsoft's web site for documentation on setting up Project for various scenarios to see if you can get it to meet your needs.
11-12-2000, 10:17 PM
Having recently evaluated a number of PM software tools, I'd say MS Project is the best of a not-so-great selection.
Project 2000 will work well for you in a LAN environment with multiple users. Project does a very good job of tracking resources and helping you avoid conflicts between those resources. IMHO, what Project is not very good at is the minutae of tracking every little sub-task.
The interface is deceptively simple but I suggest you avoid the temptation of diving right in: read a book or two on using Project. A good online resource can be found at woodyswatch.com (good for MS Office tips also).
Hope this helps! - Kevin -
As well as reading, you can also get some very good web based training that will get you started. ElementK has some good courses that you can take before you buy the software (they run everything via your browser) go to www.elementk.com and take a look.