In business, the necessity to utilize the talents and expertise of others is evident and practical. Whether you own a small business and have an entrepreneurial spirit, if you are in middle management at a large company, or if you are one of the movers and shakers at a huge corporation, you will need to lean on others to execute your job and help your business reach its fullest potential. You probably use a shipping company to send and deliver your business-related packages, a caterer to properly host business meetings, and a leasing company to house your growing inventory and to provide a work environment for your employees. These are all examples of how companies capitulate to consistently deliver on their promises to customers and clients. Regardless of what businesses you rely on, a successful company is a conglomeration of the resources and efforts of many.
One software company has been assisting other companies and helping them to streamline their initiatives, meet their bottom line, and continually please their customers, and that is Steelray. Steelray is a software company on the cutting edge of innovation, and their software solutions have been utilized by companies the likes of Nike, GE Healthcare, IBM, Nokia, Deloitte, and Lockheed Martin. With such significant and notable clients, it is no wonder Steelray is has a reputation of listening to the needs of its customers and developing software solutions to combat their workplace issues with unparalleled success.
Steelray’s flagship product was also its first to market, the Microsoft Project Viewer. The Microsoft Project Viewer is the most popular software solution offered by Steelray, and it has evolved to meet the needs of customers in a very demanding and fast-paced industry. Microsoft Project Viewer is a revolutionary desktop software solution easing the jobs of Project Managers (PMs) while simultaneously cutting the company’s overhead.
The Microsoft Project Viewer is disrupting and transforming the way companies, both large and small, manage their project schedules. To fully understand the capabilities of the Microsoft Project Viewer you need to be familiar with its parent software, Microsoft Project & Portfolio Management (Microsoft PPM), and its current limitations. Although Microsoft Project Viewer is also compatible with other project management software solutions like Microsoft Project 98 through Project 2016, Excel, Primavera .XER, and UN/CEFACT XML files.
Microsoft PPM is the industry’s leading project management software, and it grants users the ability to create and manage multi-faceted, large-scale schedules. It has built-in customizable templates to reduce time employees spend creating project plans, a variety of common scheduling features and charts, like Gantt charts, and it allows for multiple and detailed timelines. However, Microsoft PPM also has some restrictions, and Steelray has found those limitations and developed a software which enhances Microsoft PPM, so Project Managers really have a software solution that eases their job and allows them to optimize their time and maximize efficiency for all project stakeholders.
Brian Leach is the innovator of the Microsoft Project Viewer and now is the President and CEO of Steelray.
With Microsoft PPM, schedules need be printed page by page and taped together just for a comprehensive view of the job. By the time the schedule is manually assembled it is almost inevitably out-of-date. One of the most desired enhancements, standard with Microsoft Project Viewer, is enhanced printing capabilities. Users can preview all pages, on page, or the actual page size before printing – a capability not offered with Microsoft PPM. Users also can see the effects on a print output, orientation, control the page size, and header data with Microsoft Project Viewer. Therefore, the need for tape and hours of wasted time piecing together outdated calendars is utterly eliminated.
When companies adopt the use of Microsoft Project Viewer, project stakeholders will send task or status updates to project managers electronically. Once the update is submitted, the PM makes the change to the schedule, and the refreshed information is available in real-time. When you rely solely on Microsoft PPM, each team member needs the software to make the updates. Therefore, this enhanced functionality allows for a timely and up-to-date presentation of compounding project schedules.
There are many more benefits gained when a company adds Microsoft Project Viewer to their arsenal of software, but the most obvious is the cost savings. By eliminating the need for all employees to use Microsoft PPM, since only the PM needs the parent software, you instantly reduce your software overhead. Microsoft Project Viewer provides users with the same template views as Microsoft PPM, but when you compare the cost of one software Microsoft Project View license to one Microsoft PPM license, the added savings becomes a huge benefit.
Microsoft Project Viewer is not a replacement or a clone of your company’s current Project Management software; it is an enhancement. With Microsoft Project Viewer you enhance your team’s printing functionality, ease of updates and you cut costs without affecting the overall workflow of your Project Managers.