Last Updated: October 12, 2015 2

Ganttic – Resource Planning Software

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The old saying is that those that don’t plan for success are planning to fail. Certainly it is true that when a project is managed well, that it will come in on time and on budget which leaves a happy client and a profitable mission accomplished. Project Managers are very familiar with the need to schedule and allocate resources, both of the human and material type so that large and complex projects do have the necessary resources available as and when they are needed, and that different stages of the project that need other parts of them completed first all fit into the critical path of the efficient use of resources.

Similarly, Human Resource Managers are familiar with the importance of their prime responsibility of maximizing the utility of the work force so that it is properly motivated, effectively trained and allocated and scheduled where personnel are needed most. And yet large organizations can have diverse skill sets of people spread across large geographic areas with conflicting and confusing time zones.

Equipment and car rentals companies cannot rent out the same item more than once at one time, and yet they are always in a constant state of booking perhaps hundreds or even thousands of items in and out continuously. Not making errors of the available inventory is critical to customer service and maximizing profitability.
No construction firm could efficiently operate without effective scheduling of resources, simply because it is ludicrous to have concrete trucks arriving to pour when the form work hasn’t been erected yet.

Many Organizations Need Ganttic type Functionality

And so this is also true for design agencies, laboratories, churches, schools, manufacturers, service providers, and logistics companies. They all share the same need to be organized with their sizable infrastructure and resources to best handle their missions.

Ganttic is a preferred project management tool that of course incorporates scheduling of resources, and it makes great use of Gant Charts in its visual approach to its core resource scheduling functions. Gant charts enable users to see at a glance the progress towards completion of tasks, sub tasks and what milestones are approaching and have been reached already. By using its simple drag and drop functionality, rescheduling items and resources is quick and simple to do. It is just as easily capable of handling one large project or many of them all at the same time, and resources can be shared across these multiple projects. Ganttic requires almost no learning curve for team members to understand its use and functions, and so very quickly all team members and leaders can be constantly updating their respective area of responsibility. That is, it is not necessary to have a full time project management software expert driving the software, chasing after input information.

Rather the Ganttic tool is online, and each team leader updates their own data so that the system as a whole is always up to date.

Ganttic is Multi user, Multi projects

Each user to the system has a variety of ways they can configure the options of Ganttic, so no one is stuck dealing with an interface that does not suit the type of information they are inputting, or reporting on. They simply choose the view that they want; all of the data still gets stored where it is needed for other users to be able to access and rely on it.

Ganttic provides for the addition of custom data fields as well as customized reporting features so that the highest and lowest levels of line management can interrogate the system to get at the information vital to their role in the project.

Because Ganttic is designed to be used by a large number of people accessing their specific area of responsibility, it includes automated logging and tracking of all changes made. If there is any factual mistake later detected, the person who created that mistake is easy to identify.

Ganttic has a flexible and affordable approach to pricing where there is a set price paid per month per resource. That is, for every human involved in a project, the fee is point nine nine Euros per month, or one dollar forty seven in United States currency.

Ganttic was first released under another name as Yutiti back in 2008 which was a desktop application, and then relaunched as an online web based platform in beta version as Ganttic in 2010. Based in Estonia, the privately held company continues to develop its functionality and adding to what it can now do. It supports English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Estonian, and Japanese languages, which opens it up to a broadly based clientele.

Born out of frustration with Other Systems, Ganttic is for Professionals

Born out of frustration from using lesser capable products, Ganttic has been developed and positioned around the need for a visual tool to aid with resource planning, scheduling and allocation needs of those organizations which could not get their needs at a reasonable price by competing versions of this specialist software application.

The team has built a large number of video tutorials on how to use the system so that the learning time needed to be fully conversant with the operation of the software is very short. All team members use their own login to use the system, which then tracks all activity back to each individual user for direct accountability. And each user can be assigned limits to their authority, so that each member can only modify and edit those parts of the projects they are directly involved with.

Great use of color makes it easy to visually and at a glance see what is going on in terms of the progress being made on tasks and sub tasks. And it has been built around collaboration between staff members, so that different user groups can cooperate on set parts of project information. Ganttic is not for everyone, but as a project management and resource planning and allocation tool, it is worth consideration by decision makers.