Integrating TimeControl and Microsoft Project Online
The relationship between TimeControl and Microsoft Project stretches back to 1995 when TimeControl released its first link to the popular project management system. When Microsoft Project Server was first released in 2002, TimeControl was there, being one of the first products in the world to integrate with Project Server. There has been a continuous link to every version of Microsoft Project and Project Server since. HMS is one of the Microsoft Project team’s longest standing partners.
This continues with Project Online.
Integrated within Office 365, Project Online provides the same browser-based experience for project management as its on-premise version. TimeControl links with Project Online using the tools provided by Microsoft to effect a bi-directional integration between the products.
TimeControl integration with Project Server can be configured in several ways. Data is integrated bidirectionally. Projet, task information, assignment and resource information is sent to TimeControl. Hours, costs, expenses, task and assignment progress and estimate to complete is returned to Project Server. When users log in to TimeControl they can optionally see any tasks to which they were assigned and add hours to those tasks and any other project or non-project tasks to which they have been given access.
The TimeControl interface can be optionally integrated directly into SharePoint's Project Web Access interface allowing the TimeControl timesheet to be completed within an uninterrupted user experience.
Project Users can see all their tasks in TimeControl, update their timesheets and progress and TimeControl will update Project Online automatically with the task progress. The link from TimeControl to or from Project Online can be initiated on demand or on a schedule.
This allows TimeControl to be used as a single source timesheet for updating project progress as well as any auditable functions such as payroll, job costing, billing, research tax credits, DCAA compliance. Only one timesheet becomes the single source for any combination of these functions. This improves data quality, time in reconciling one timesheet against another and auditability of the timesheet data.
TimeControl can also link simultaneously with projects located in Microsoft Project Professional or Project Server on premise or SharePoint.
Integrating TimeControl with Project Online extends functionality in many ways including the following:
Business Validation Rules
You can create an unlimited number of validations rules to test timesheet data integrity before it is ever released for approval. Rules for hours per day or week, overtime, sick leave, appropriate rates and more can be established for selected users or all.
Auditable Accrual Rules
Payroll and Human Resources may have numerous accrual rules that need to be applied to timesheet data. This can include rules for overtime management, banked overtime, vacation accrual and others.
TimeControl includes extensive Rate Table functionality with an unlimited number of rates and rate values per person. Need to charge a different rate for one project vs. another? TimeControl does that easily.
TimeControl includes both supervisor and line item approvals in a unique trademarked process called the Matrix Approval Process for Labor Actuals.
Manage banks of personal time.
TimeControl allows you to track vacation time, sick leave, personal time and other banks of time including banked overtime.
TimeControl's TimeRequest™ function allows the request for future time off to be approved, tracked and put right into the timesheet.
And much, much more...
As a Microsoft certified partner with the Project and Portfolio Management competency, HMS carries the skills to know what Microsoft Project Online requires when integrating with an auditable financial timesheet. TimeControl is the timesheet system that fills that need.
TimeControl and Microsoft Project Desktop, Server and Online
This factsheet is a brief overview of how TimeControl can be linked to all editions of Microsoft Project at the same time including Microsoft Project Desktop, Project Server and Project Online to deliver integrated enterprise project management with a powerful auditable timesheet system no matter which versions of Project you are using.Open Factsheet
TimeControl and Microsoft Project Standard / Professional
A brief overview of how TimeControl can be linked to Microsoft Project Standard and Professional to deliver a complete integrated project management environment with a powerful auditable timesheet system.Open Factsheet
Best Practices when linking TimeControl with Microsoft Project Online
Microsoft Project Server has evolved since its first release in 2002. During all that time, TimeControl has had a link to Project Server and now with Project Online. HMS was one of the first organiztions in the world to create such a link and we have updated it for every version since the first release. There are many benefits to using TimeControl as the source timesheet for Project Online and many things to consider in the configuration of both TimeControl and Project Online. This white paper outlines some of the best practices we have identified in our work with numerous organizations who are enjoying the benefits of integrating Project Online and TimeControl.Open White Paper
Ten reasons to choose TimeControl with Microsoft Project
Whether you are using Project Standard, Project Professional or Project Server , or all three at once, there are some good reasons to choose TimeControl as your enterprise timesheet system.Open Factsheet
Integrating TimeControl with Microsoft Project / Project Server
This PDF of a PowerPoint presentation shows the key benefits of linking TimeControl and Microsoft Project, Project Server and Project Online and includes screen shots showing how TimeControl can even be implemented inside of the Project Web Access interface of Project Server.Open Presentation
Decentralized Project Management and Centralized Timesheets
When people talk about Enterprise Project Management software, they tend to think about a large centralized system either on premise or online which houses all project data. For many reasons, not every organization is able or willing to deploy such a centralized system. There are millions of licenses of stand alone project management systems in organizations and these stand alone systems continue to serve project managers well. But what does that mean for the centralized requirement for timesheets? This white paper looks at this business challenge and points out the benefits of using decentralized project systems and a centralized TimeControl timesheet all linked together. This is impossible with other timesheet systems as TimeControl has by far the most integrations with project systems in the industry.Open White Paper