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Features and Benefits
- Unlimited Projects, Issues, Risks, Tasks, Decisions, and Events
For project management systems to be effective, they must not restrict
the amount or availability of information on a project. Unlike similar products
on the market today, costs for using Eclipse Project are not based on the number of Projects,
Items or Events stored in the system. This approach encourages information sharing
without the worry of incurring additional costs.
- Works Great as an Internal Tool, an
Extranet Application, or BOTH
Organizations have the ability to control who has access to
the tool. Beyond that, access can be designated at the project level (i.e., user
access can be restricted/granted based on individual projects within the system).
This means Eclipse Project can be used to manage internal projects AND as an
Extranet Application that allows partnering companies to access information
on shared projects. Users can only see the projects that they have been given rights
to. With an Internet connection, team members around the globe have the
ability to access the tool and their project data.
- Powerful Reporting Tools
The Reporting Tools available in Eclipse Project offer multiple ways to effectively
manage and maintain the items within projects. Moreover, unlike many similar
types of software, Eclipse Project allows you reports to be run against
multiple projects from one interface.
Imagine having easy access to every overdue item for every project. In Eclipse
Project, this can be done by simplying clicking one
link. The system's reports can be classified into 2
categories: Standard Reports (Dashboards) and
Custom Reports. Eclipse Project also gives users the ability to
create Gantt Charts on-the-fly.
- Unlimited Item Nesting (Sub-Items)
Every item entered into Eclipse Project can have unlimited number of sub-items
associated with it. Utilize this feature to define a large task by creating
several sub-tasks; add sub-issues and sub-risks to a milestone, etc. The Item
Nesting feature helps to organize and clarify project information.
- Define Access Rights at the Project Level
For every project created, Eclipse Project allows project owners the ability to
assign each users authorized access level. For example, User 1 may need access
to enter and update items in Project A, only need to be able to view items
from Project B, and does not need any access at all to Project C. Eclipse Project gives
project leaders this flexibility and control.
- Document Management at Both the Project
and Item Level
The system gives users the ability to upload files that are
crucial to either projects or specific items within a project.
These documents are then accessible to everyone who has rights to the project.
All uploaded files can easily be referenced by the team members, eliminating
the need to email these documents back and forth.
- At the Project Level, this feature is useful for uploading meeting
agendas and minutes, scope information, project documentation, etc.
- At the Item Level, this feature can be used for uploading screenshots,
images, flowcharts, supporting documents, etc. These files will be directly linked with that item so
when it is viewed, any attached files are only a click away.
- Integrated Project Calendars
Project Calendars let users easily
view upcoming events and tasks related to projects. The calendar feature is
unique because it offers the ability to see project events, issues, risks,
tasks, and decisions in mulitple views. Further, information from multiple projects can
be combined into single views. This allows project teams to easily see where
resources need to be allocated in order to meet deadlines.
View more information about project calendars.
- Integration with External E-Mail Programs
The system integrates with Microsoft Outlook or any other e-mail program
that supports industry standard ICalendar
files (.ics). Users can import information for any item stored in Eclipse Project
directly into the calendar portion of their e-mail program. No more copying and pasting
between different systems.
- Automatic E-Mail Notification
Each project owner has the option of being notified via e-mail about item
additions or updates. Furthermore, they can choose to only be notified about
items of a specified priority levels.
- Use Existing Project Structures as
Templates for New Projects
This feature allows project owners to replicate the structure of an existing
project into a new project with the click of a button. This means less set-up
time when creating new projects.
- Customizable System Priority
Every organization should be able to decide how to classify an items priority
and the timeliness associated with its completion. In Eclipse Project, up to 10
different priority levels can be created and customized to reflect
a companys terminology. With each priority level, users also define a
timeframe for expected completion. When items are created in the system, each
item must be assigned a priority. Based on that priority assignment, the
system automatically calculates a target resolution date for the completion of
- Custom Categories for Each
Eclipse Project allows custom Categories to be created for each project stored
in the system. These categories
help to organize information more effectively.
- Define and Create Project Hierarchies
Keeping track of who is responsible for multiple projects is simple in Eclipse
Project. An unlimited number of Project Hierarchy Reporting structures can be
defined, created, and applied to projects. The Hierarchy views give both
executives and users an easy way view the responsible parties for each project.
- Progress Notes Feature
Many of the issues that businesses encounter are not easily resolved; they
require continuous attention, input and diligence from the project team. In
Eclipse Project, users can add notes to issues, risks, tasks, and decisions.
This allows the project team to effectively manage an item from the time it
is reported until it is resolved. Anyone who has been granted
rights to update items for a
project has the ability to add a progress note. Each note that is added
automatically is stamped with the name of the person who added the note and the
date/time it was added.
- Easy E-Mailing to Project Team
Members Via Built-In Web-Mail Interface
In todays business world, effective e-mail use can be essential to the success of
a project. Communication is key. Eclipse Project offers a simple way
to send an e-mail to the entire project team or just selected teams members
through the system's built-in web-mail interface.
- Overdue Items are Clearly Notated
Throughout the System
To assist team members in keeping their projects on track, Eclipse
Project cleary notates any overdue item throughout the system in
item detail pages, reports, and dashboard views.
- Automatic Date-Time Stamping
on Actions Taken
Eclipse Project keeps an update trail for each item stored in the system. It
keeps track of when changes/updates are made and who has made them. The
update trail can be seen on the details page for any item. This feature
is very useful for auditing the history of an item stored in the system.
- Web-Based Tool with Hosted Or Source Code Option
With the hosted option, there is no hardware
or software installation, and no IT staff required to maintain the
product. A web-browser connected to the Internet is all that is needed to
use the tool at any time from any location.
Eclipse Project is also offered in a Source Code Option. This option
allows organizations to load the Eclipse Project software on your own servers.
process is fast and easy. The set-up can be completed in just a few hours.
- Add Your Company's Logo for
This feature allows organizations to "brand" their copy of Eclipse Project with
a logo of the organization's choosing. Utilizing this service will help to
consistent company image, both internally and when the system is used
with external business partners.