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Gi-Ganttic Results from Ganttic, the Gantt Chart Masters

26 Oct

Many people who have been trying to stay organized using either Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Project have ended up frustrated by the seemingly Herculean proportions of the task.  Microsoft Excel has an excellent database format, but as it is not a tool designed specifically for scheduling, using it to coordinate projects can prove awkward and unreliable.  Larger companies may find Microsoft Excel far too unwieldy for managing multiple projects – the larger the database gets, the harder it is for Microsoft Excel to adequately organize all the necessary data.  Smaller companies who have less data often find it less of a bother to keep their resources and schedules organized using paper methods.

The problem with using Microsoft Excel as a scheduling tool is that the program was not inherently meant for scheduling – it’s a database program.  While organizing schedules and projects is indeed a form of data entry, Microsoft Excel was not specifically designed for the special needs these categories of data require.

Microsoft Project is generally a better tool for the task of organizing and managing projects, but many companies find it rather expensive, particularly smaller startups.  For larger companies who find the price tag of Microsoft Project no real difficulty, the fact that Microsoft Project can only manage one project at a time becomes an issue, since most companies who can afford to pay the price to use Microsoft Project have multiple projects and schedules that need managing.  While Microsoft Project is a quality tool for certain circumstances, both the price and the fact that it can only serve very specific purposes limits its utility for the majority of businesses.

Companies who have become frustrated with the shortcomings of both Microsoft Project and Microsoft Excel now have a different, better choice: the makers of Ganttic invite all of these disaffected companies and managers to take a look at their new, alternative product.

Gannttic is a project-specific program, that is – the entire point of Ganttic is to manage your projects and schedules in one easy-to-use Gantt chart.  It doesn’t tabulate or have any of the extraneous bells and whistles that the Microsoft programs have, but for what Ganttic is meant to do, the bells and whistles are entirely unnecessary.  You won’t be able to make charts out of the Ganttic, but if you’re looking for a way to compile your many projects and multitasking requirements into one easy-to-use database, look no further than this program.

Ganttic strives to be simplistic, and in that very simplicity is where Ganttic’s genius is found.  After all, the task of managing your schedules and projects shouldn’t be complicated; you are employing a program to cover your schedules and resources so that you don’t have to do so.  Anybody could agree with the fact that managing scheduling software should not be more complicated than managing the schedule itself.  You will be both amazed – and appreciative – of the simplicity that Ganttic will bring to your every day managing.

Ganttic program developers believe that industries including construction companies, logistics businesses, equipment rental and software developers will find particular utility in Ganttic, but invite all companies who feel a need for such a program to give Ganttic a try.  Their list of current businesses who use Ganttic to help manage their operations include churches, schools, laboratories, manufacturers, service providers, and design agencies – if any proof is needed to show that this is a versatile product that satisfies the diverse demands of a variety of companies, the laundry list of businesses who use and love it is more than enough!

The makers of Ganttic have yet another hook to pull in customers who might be hesitant at the idea of spending yet more money on another computer program: the program itself comes at no cost.  The makers of Ganttic offer a 100% free of cost full-version package – not a demo – for up to five users and ten resources.  It’s a completely free program, forever.    If you are interested in purchasing the Ganttic for use for more than five people, pricing can be quoted at a per-seat basis.  Additionally, there are also special offers available for especially large companies looking to purchase Ganttic at a per-seat basis of over 100 units.

Ganttic developers embarked upon the development of Ganttic after realizing that while most businesses use resource scheduling in their everyday life, the majority of those businesses still relay on emails, paper wall charts, notebooks, or simple spreadsheets to get their necessary tasks completed.  Not only is it wasteful and difficult to appropriately organize business needs by using paper methods, it also seemed entirely unnecessary in the digital age.  If modern day people can order coffee over the Internet, shouldn’t they also be able to organize their projects and resources into an easy-to-understand chart?

While programs of this nature certainly do exist, the developers of Ganttic found that the specialized tools for the task of organizing resources and schedules are often complicated and extremely expensive, and, as everybody knows, a tool that is too difficult for anybody to understand how to use it or prohibitively expensive for the majority of businesses is hardly a tool at all.  The developers of Ganttic saw a niche area and sought to bring an affordable, simple, useful tool to the table that could appeal to a variety of users.

The result is a clean, easy-to-use program that can make scheduling easier for even the most fastidious customer.


Planning and scheduling using Excel spreadsheets

18 Oct gantt chart in ganttic

Most of the businesses use resource scheduling in their everyday life, but most common tools for it are still e-mails, paper wallcharts, notebooks and Excel spreadsheets. Specialized tools are expensive, complicated and hard to implement.

We’ve been listening our users  from very different areas of life: design agencies, laboratories, churches, schools, manufacturers, service providers, equipment and car rentals, construction and logistics companies scheduling their teams, equipment and facilities in Ganttic on daily bases. Most of them are using MS Excel for planning , but even in very small teams it does not work just right.

To put some weight on my words I present you a side-by-side comparison of planning in MS Excel and Ganttic resource scheduler.

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Ganttic got another great review from experts

7 Oct is a business-oriented Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) directory. We’ve been gathering the best web applications and constantly update our directory, which has been ever-growing since its launch in 2001. Read the original article from here.
Overview Presentation
Ganttic is a Gantt chart oriented project scheduling software. Those who can’t live without a Gantt chart in front of their eyes everyday must give Ganttic a test drive. Resources, processes, projects and tasks are planned right from the Gantt chart. For the visual type and every team seeking for efficient real-time collaboration, this product is simply amazing.
A Gantt Chart at the Core
Ganttic puts the Gantt chart in the spotlight, more than Microsoft Project does. In Project, the default view is a Gantt, but in Ganttic, the whole planning is done in the Gantt chart directly. Furthermore, seldom have we seen simpler project and task scheduling than in Ganttic. Basically, you create processes (usually teams) and resources (human and material). Then, you adjust default view settings for the Gantt (timerange and other parameters), then create users, and a project. Finally, you create tasks, which is, as mentioned already, extremely simple.
Simple may sound cliché, but in Ganttic, it is without a doubt the best word to describe task scheduling. Essentially, you click on the timeline where the task begins, drag your mouse to the end of the task and release the button. A window then pops up, you specify the task’s details and you are done. Custom fields and properties can be defined, which provide a high level of customization and flexibility.
Although Gantt charts are very useful for scheduling in general and project managers specifically, they do not provide the information pie charts, PERT charts and other graphs do. Besides a Gantt chart, Ganttic only offers custom, saveable table-based reports. There is no calendar view either, which is disappointing. Nevertheless, once you get used to scheduling in the Gantt chart, using a calendar can become optional. Although the Gantt is, to a certain extent, an “all-in-one” report, this type of view is not appreciated by everyone.
Ganttic’s feature set has no bells and whistles. They focus on efficient project planning rather than a number of features. This is a wise strategy and what they do, they do great.
It is rather easy to navigate within the application, thanks to the tabs on the left-hand side. The information section for task, project and other information at the bottom can be resized at your convenience or hidden. Settings are easy to find and configure, and item creation is easy to achieve. We have not struggled with anything with regards to navigation.
Free… For Real
Ganttic offers a real free package, which is not a trial. For up to 5 users and 10 resources, Ganttic can be used for free, forever. No strings attached. For more than 5 users and/or 10 resources , pricing is on a per-seat basis, with a special offer for 100+ users.
The Bottom Line
If your organization needs to schedule resources, projects, tasks and processes in real-time, in a flash, and improve your team’s efficiency collaboration-wise in the end, Ganttic is a product you should consider. Furthermore, if you like Gantt charts, Ganttic will serve you well in this regard, as the Gantt is actually the heart of the product. If you live by the Gantt, then Ganttic is for you!