TARTU, Estonia, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In a recent interview, Tom Ching, Field Service Manager at Grass Valley® had nothing but high praise for Ganttic, the web-based scheduling and project-planning tool (www.ganttic.com). Ching found that thanks to Ganttic's intuitive, visual approach to scheduling, Grass Valley's field resource planning has become more streamlined and efficient with easy access to key project information. The overall benefit certainly isn't unique to Grass Valley. With Ganttic's ability to provide a "bird's eye view" of a company's resource utilization, managers can spot available resources easily, no matter the business.
"We use Ganttic all day, every day," said Ching. "It's one of those applications that I leave open on my desktop." Previously, schedules and projects were managed through a smorgasbord approach that included Microsoft Excel files, and Outlook calendars. Ganttic put all of that information in one, easily accessible place, creating a one-stop shop for planning service engagements in the field and maintaining optimal levels of phone support. "One short introductory email to users and we were up and running," said Ching. "Training new users is very easy."
Since Ganttic is web-based, Grass Valley has all but eliminated the need for resource-intensive web conferencing applications while keeping team members on the same page regardless of their physical location. "We have pretty much done away with web conferencing," said Ching. "Changes in Ganttic are in real-time. So once a week, we all get on a call and login to Ganttic and review the schedule. If changes are made, it updates in real-time on everyone's schedule so we don't have to use web conferencing anymore for this."
Ganttic's interface is a standard calendar, with resource groups and resources along the left column and time increments along the top row. New projects can be created with a click of the mouse. When conditions change, rescheduling is as simple as dragging and dropping. A utilization view provides information about a particular resource's usage level, expressed as a percentage.
Fully customizable fields are just one of the features that made Ganttic an attractive solution for Grass Valley. Users can adapt the planning tools to suit their unique business needs and add custom, project-specific metadata. A construction company, for example, will prioritize the tracking of tools and heavy equipment, whereas a service provider might be more concerned with its allocation of human resources.
"Better managed resources help to maintain a company's profits," says Ganttic sales and marketing leader Indrek Kuldkepp. "Our tools combine resource planning and project management into one seamless application. And because the learning curve is so small, companies can have the system up and running effectively in no time. There's no need for extensive training - Ganttic is visual scheduling at its very best."
Ganttic is currently available at three price points, each representing a different maximum number of resources. New users can also sign up for a no-obligation, 30-day free trial. All paid packages feature technical support. Learn more about pricing options at www.ganttic.com/pricing.
About Grass Valley – The Premier Video Technology Solutions Company
For more than 50 years, the Grass Valley name has been synonymous with innovation, leadership, and performance. Our full range of solutions and services is unmatched in the industry, leveraging the economies of scale of the IT industry with our proprietary core knowledge of media processing and storage. Grass Valley customers include most of the world's leading broadcasters, teleproduction facilities, and service providers, as well as independent video professionals who rely on our products to cover the world's most high-profile live events, as well as to benefit from efficiencies in day-to-day operations. When you're watching news, sports, or entertainment programming—whether on a TV, the web, or a mobile device—you're watching Grass Valley at work in today's connected world.
For information about Grass Valley solutions and services, please visit www.grassvalley.com.
Based in Tartu, Estonia, the team behind Ganttic has been developing and selling specialized software for the timber industry since 2002. In July 2010, the team completed beta testing and launched their web-based resource planner under the name GANTTIC. The goal with Ganttic was to expand the market of resource scheduling software by providing an affordable and usable tool for businesses of all sizes.
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