WorkOtter SaaS PPM Release 5.0 Adds MS Project Sync, Messaging, and Visual Plan Editor


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WorkOtter cloud based project & resource management software release 5.0 adds Microsoft Project 2013 integration, simplifies project planning, and adds chat collaboration

St.  Louis, Missouri – 04/01/2014 WorkOtter cloud-based project portfolio management (PPM) solution for small and mid-size companies, announced the immediate availability of WorkOtter v5.0, which now includes all new Microsoft Project 2013 integration, a visually stunning way to create and manage workplans, and the ability to
use a built in messaging platform to collaborate on projects and save important findings to your work.  Companies can start a free 30 day unlimited trial with no other investments outside of a browser and a network connection.  The cost is a low per user “month to month” subscription with no contracts to sign or minimum user counts to maintain.

“WorkOtter has always striven to help companies understand the supply and demand of their limited resources and budgets so they can make better decisions about prioritizing projects and then delivering better results” said WorkOtter CEO and Co-Founder Nick Matteucci.  “The only way to have a desktop experience was to use Microsoft Project integration.  With WorkOtter 5.0, customers can leverage the latest version of Microsoft Project or use our new Workplan Gantt planner which gives them a desktop like experience within their browser.  Coupled with our new Chat collaboration capability the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”

“Everyone wants web-based project and resource management to eliminate the costs, risks, and chaos around management by spreadsheet,”  notes
WorkOtter CFO and Co-Founder Jeff Pupillo.  “Even worse, the endless flood of project emails and attachments does nothing to further the goals of the company or the collaboration between teams,” continues Pupillo.   “With WorkOtter v5.0 we offer a no excuses environment where Microsoft Project users, and those wishing to use simpler planning, can manage to the same standards and then use our messaging client and document management to collaborate in natural ways proven by years of social media.  It is truly the best of both worlds and rolls up to the real goal, better resource and budget management.”

“Today’s project management offices (PMO’s) are continually tested to demonstrate they bring value in an accelerated business climate that is fundamentally changing how it delivers projects and products,” said Margo Visitacion, principal analyst enterprise architecture for Forester Research.
“The old ways of planning aren’t sufficient and today’s PMO’s must modernize or die. Survival and success means adopting a pragmatic new approach; tomorrow’s PMO’s need a road map that helps them become an entity that focuses on outcomes over dogma, create a community that nurtures realism without sacrificing creativity, continual improvement without micromanaging, and practical use of technology that supports collaboration without creating roadblocks and turns today’s command and control organizations into facilitative, value-driven entities that are integral to a firm’s success.”

About WorkOtter
WorkOtter is a SaaS project portfolio management (PPM) solution for a simple, sensible, and secure alternative to traditional Enterprise Project Management (EPM) software. WorkOtter is ideal for new product development and IT organizations ready to reach their full potential utilizing a simpler, more engaging, and ultimately less expensive PPM solution. Customers can start using WorkOtter with a single user on WorkOtter’s private, secure, and certified cloud, and pay monthly only for active accounts. Key WorkOtter features include Project Management Institute (PMI) tools, Microsoft Project integration, document management, resource management, financials, messaging, timesheets, program management, and ad-hoc dashboards.

Media Contact Info:
Katy Sommer, Marketing Director
WorkOtter
P.O.  Box 280
St.  Louis, MO 63088-0280
Phone: 636-391-7087
Email: news@workotter.com
Web: www.WorkOtter.com