PM software debate- web or hosted?

PM software debate- web or hosted?

The Digital Dryshack has been quiet lately, our efforts distracted by a heavy workload. Too busy with urgent business to do what’s important. Sound familiar? The bane of the small business, (and some larger ones as well), catches us all from time to time. Lots of ideas. Some topics in front of me at the moment, of the many I’ve scratched out lately, follow: -> hardware ahead:

->thin client, tablets, & RDP (and the accompanying demise of the PC & laptop)
-> new Construction Sequence Index (stay tuned)
-> Project Management on the web, vs. on a locally-hosted server environment

Starting at the bottom, we see an ongoing battle between the two project management software models. And to an extent the entire software industry as a whole.

The primary advantages of web-based project management software :
– easy access for team members
– potential reduction of IT cost, by eliminating the need for internal software hosting and additional required security

The primary advantages of internal server-based PM:
– ease of integration with accounting, scheduling, and Windows / apps in general
– full control of security and data backup regimen

These four issues are among those at the heart of the battle, which I expect to be hard-fought for at least another two years to come. The winner? Too close to call right now. Stay tuned

Our favorites as of this writing:

  • Web-based: Procore, iPM Global
  • Hosted: Viewpoint

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