SOURCE: eProject

October 11, 2006 12:00 ET

eProject Announces PMexpress, an On-Demand Collaboration and Project Management Tool for Small Businesses and Teams

Also Announces Integration Into Salesforce.com AppExchange

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 11, 2006 -- eProject, the On-Demand leader of collaborative Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) software, today announced the availability of PMexpress, an on-demand collaboration and project management tool for small businesses and teams. Priced at $25 per user, PMexpress can be purchased at www.eproject.com. eProject also announced that PMexpress has been integrated into the Salesforce.com AppExchange API for all salesforce.com users, and is immediately available for test drive and deployment at http://www.salesforce.com/appexchange.

No matter how small an organization, managers, team members, partners, clients and vendors must be able to share information, show progress against objectives, deal with challenges and key resource distribution, and do it all over time and distance.

"PMexpress is perfect for my company. We use small teams that work in different offices. PMexpress allows us to put everything in one central place -- for example ideas, discussion groups, documents, plans, photos, and designs. Traditional project management software is complicated, difficult to share and very limited. PMexpress gives us everything we wanted, and we didn't have to invest a lot of time in training before we got good at using it," said Doug Colbeck, CEO, Trails.com (www.trails.com).

With PMexpress, team managers can quickly and easily create new projects, add role-based team members, assign tasks, monitor project health, manage timesheets, approve requests, print gantt charts and more. As a fully automated online solution, PMexpress allows users to register online, add users, and begin collaborating in a matter of minutes.

"In addition to providing a choice of deployment options and pre-packaged 'starting points' for implementing a PPM system, vendors are also being asked to support project groups of varying size -- from as little as ten users or less to automating thousands of team resources. Not all PPM vendors are willing to support both ends of this range of size," said Daniel Stang, Principal Analyst, Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) Applications, Gartner (www.gartner.com).

Administrators, project managers, team members and project guests can all view highly relevant project data, views and functionality, and can also configure tabs and dashboards to personalize their environment.

"PMexpress is the ideal collaboration and project management tool for small teams and business managers who need a simple, but powerful resource that can help them better manage their workload, resources, teams and tasks," said Christian Smith, eProject vice president of sales and marketing. "Though extremely easy to use, PMexpress offers rich capabilities that leverage our industry-leading project and portfolio management platform and support services," continued Smith.

For salesforce.com users, PMexpress is fully integrated, and will display vital project information within the salesforce interface; salesforce users can create, view, track and report on projects within eProject tabs.

"The launch of eProject's PMexpress on AppExchange is yet another example of the power of the Business Web," said Tien Tzuo, Chief Strategy Officer of salesforce.com. "With PMexpress, sales managers can have continued and seamless visibility into accounts after the salescycle and from within the Salesforce environment. As any of our 501,000 subscribers can tell you, this is particularly critical during deployment, training and when custom work needs to be completed on new and existing accounts," added Tzuo.

The integration of PMexpress provides salesforce users with visibility into project and milestone status in their existing environment -- without having to have a PMexpress license.

For example, using eProject PMexpress, sales teams can seamlessly hand off new account projects to their professional services teams, while maintaining complete visibility and status into their accounts -- critical during deployment, training and when custom work needs to be completed.

All PMexpress will enjoy a highly collaborative environment that connects team members -- no matter where their location -- into one centralized On-Demand platform. PMexpress Document management eliminates confusion as all team members have access to the latest version of working documents. Email notifications will alert team members when they have new documents, projects, or tasks; and collaborative features such as discussion threads, polls, issues and news postings bolster team communications.

As is standard for the eProject On-Demand Software-as-a-Service model, PMexpress users will receive quarterly auto-updates at no additional cost.

PMexpress is the latest addition to eProject Collaborative Project and Portfolio Management (PPM), an expanding suite of easy-to-use on-demand software. The suite is based on subscription-based software-as-a-service model (SaaS), which allows small and midsize businesses to take advantage of powerful enterprise-class software with the added benefits of a solution that is cost-effective and simple-to-use.

About eProject

eProject (www.eproject.com) is the on-demand leader in collaborative project and portfolio management (PPM) software. Its expanding suite of easy-to-use on-demand software integrates and automates business processes across the organization by seamlessly connecting teams to the vital resources they depend on to get the job done -- all from a single platform. This allows organizations to be much more effective in achieving successful business results. Unlike Microsoft's Project Server and Enterprise Project Management solutions, eProject delivers an exceptional user experience based on dynamic configuration, the flexibility to use PPM building blocks to easily create a team environment aligned with project objectives and work styles. eProject is used by an expansive blue chip portfolio of customers representing high growth, service-based industries including BASF, BP, Cushman and Wakefield, Dow Chemical, Honeywell and RealNetworks.

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