TU Darmstadt chooses InLoox for project management
The Corporate Management and Logistics department of the Technical University of Darmstadt deals with several large projects from the fields of research, teaching and academic self-administration. The core subject matters are the fields of corporate management, transport logistics and logistics. What is important to the team is to keep the overview of the project landscape, to keep all team members updated on the latest project developments and to plan new projects in a time-saving way. When the team coordination via Microsoft Outlook was no longer sufficient for these objectives, the team started to look for a professional project management system.
The solution was supposed to enable the team members to complete the department’s projects in an even more efficient way and to weight the personal working times of the project staff in a clearly laid out manner. From the very beginning, it was clear that the software was supposed to be integrated seamlessly into Microsoft Outlook so that the group ware could remain the team’s communication central. When researching online, the team found the project management software of the Munich-based producer InLoox, a specialist in Outlook-integrated business solutions. “The direct integration into Outlook and the team features make it comfortable to use the software and offer the necessary functionality for our requirements. We decided to use a server solution based on MySQL which can be easily installed and which allows a simple installation and the programming of our own interfaces to other software applications”, says the Group Manager of Logistics Management, Jan Tränkner.
After having tested the project software thoroughly, the team was sure that InLoox was the solution they were looking for. The implementation of InLoox started in the summer of 2011. During one month, InLoox was installed on all of the clients and all current projects were entered into the system. By now, the project time planning with activities and milestones is the feature that is used the most at TU Darmstadt. With this feature, even large projects can be clearly structured and users can always keep an overview of dates and deadlines. The possibility to communicate responsibilities, competences and due dates is often used, too.
Jan Tränkner’s initial conclusion is a positive one: “The project administration provides a significant increase in transparency when we work on projects. The progress of our projects is properly documented and information is available for the whole team. InLoox has become a part of our daily work. The project coordination has become much easier, especially for large project teams.”
Soon, the changeover from InLoox 6 to InLoox PM 7 will take place at TU Darmstadt so that project teams will be able to use the latest InLoox features, such as backward scheduling, individual working time calendars or time tracking with a stop watch.
InLoox develops project management software solutions making business processes easier and faster. The product portfolio currently includes three product lines: InLoox PM for Outlook, the intuitive project management software that seamlessly integrates into Microsoft Outlook. InLoox PM Web App, a browser-based online project software and InLoox now!, a turnkey project platform in the Cloud. Over 2,500 companies across all industries and 35,000 users on five continents in more than 50 countries worldwide already use InLoox products. The InLoox customer base includes more than 20% of the companies listed on the German Stock Exchange Index (DAX) as well as global players such as AVIS, German Red Cross, Hitachi, Novartis, Pentax Europe, SEAT, Siemens, US Airways and many more. InLoox was founded in 1999 and has its headquarters in Munich.