Published by HMS Software, the company I manage, TimeControl is a timesheet system designed to support the needs of project management, HR and Finance all at the same time. The system has been on the market since 1994 (HMS has been around since 1984). TimeControl
is in use all over the world. It includes links to Microsoft Project, Project Server, Oracle Projects, Oracle Primavera, Deltek’s Open Plan and Cobra on the project management side and virtually all ERP/Finance systems such as Oracle, SAP, PeopleSoft, Microsoft Dynamics as well as HR/Payroll systems like Ceridian and ADP.



Microsoft Project and Project Server

Microsoft has been in the Enterprise project management software business since the release of Project Server 2002. Building on its huge success with the desktop version of Project, Microsoft has extended its functionality into a web-based interface that is tied closely to the functionality of the supporting technology including SharePoint, Office and SQL Server.


  • Project Server information:
  • Project Server update information: PS update information
  • Blog Posts and Articles here on EPM Guidance about Microsoft Project.
  • From the Trenches column on Microsoft Technet: From the Trenches

    This is my column on Microsoft’s technical site. Written by me and published by the Microsoft technical documentation team, these articles are typically more process
    and implementation process focused than functionality-based and are therefore possibly relevant to many different EPM tools.

Oracle Primavera

They’re one of the longest standing providers of scheduling software and were purchased by Oracle in late 2008. There are links to numerous other sites and places of interest.



Deltek have been in the project management software business for decades. Originally working more on the financial side, Deltek moved more into scheduling after its IPO. You can look them up on the stock market with the symbol “PROJ”. Deltek aquired Welcom Software, the publishers of Open Plan and Cobra as well as MPM making them one of the most significant suppliers of high-end scheduling and Earned Value Management software.



Planisware is a solutions for portfolio, program and project management. Although known largely for having roots in helping clients manage R&D and new product development portfolios, they also have established history in more traditional program and project management focused industries like Utilities, Chemical, O&G, A&D and IT PPM. They are best known for being a Web-based, fully configurable system for medium to large, multi-site companies.



EPM Live is a leading work management platform that revolutionizes the way organizations manage projects and work. EPM Live’s platform is a first build to order platform that extends project portfolio management (PPM) to all areas of the business regardless of work focus. Small to large organizations can apply cost saving disciplines such as optimizing resource utilization. The EPM Live platform is deployable online, hosted or on-premise.


This tool moves data back and forth from Microsoft Project to Outlook, allowing a single project manager to get a lot of personnel involved in the project through a tool that is likely to be on everyone’s desktop.


This report-writer produces a range of great looking reports from data contained in Microsoft Project or Primavera. The resulting reports can be made available over the web or in printed form.



While we’re talking about hosted systems, another option would be Daptiv who has portfolio management, scheduling and resource management in a web-based structure.


Microsoft Project Viewers

There are numerous viewers for Microsoft Project files that are not published by Microsoft but that I get asked about all the time. Here are just a few:

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