After a two year search for a Project Management solution, specialty gas pioneer manufacturer and supplier Matheson Tri-Gas finally found what they were looking for in Tracker Suite. Matheson, founded in 1927, was the first company to reliably supply specialty gases and equipment. Matheson Tri-Gas is now a part of the world’s fifth largest supplier of gases and gas handling equipment, Tokyo based Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation.
Matheson found Tracker Suite after a search for Outlook Project Management. Matheson selected Tracker Suite as their solution, after pilot results with other software options were unsatisfactory and unsuccessful. Integration with Outlook was of primary importance. Before Tracker Suite, their projects were managed with a variety of applications. They used Outlook; MS Project; Sharepoint, and several different Excel spreadsheets and forms to track time and purchases. Tracker Suite is currently being used to manage manufacturing facilities projects, such as design and construction.
Ease of use for a PM solution was a must. Specifically the company wanted easy registry for their own projects and their customers’ projects. For Matheson this meant:
- Functionality to forecast resources
- Minimal clicks for updates (inline editing with Gantt was a plus)
- Budget management
- Functionality for tracking capital time and capital purchases against projects
Another requirement was the flexibility to manage information for their current Project Charter Document. The Project Tracker module allows for easy configuration with adding other required fields and attributes, where fields can be added or removed and re-labeled. This flexibility meant that Project Tracker could match the requirements in the Matheson Project Charter Document.
Matheson also wanted user friendly time sheets. The Time Tracker module delivers:
- A Variety of time sheet formats, with complete approval workflow
- Scheduled "auto-nag" email reminders to submit timesheets
- Populating data from previous time sheets, as well as pre-population of vacation and holiday time