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Tackle project management on your iPad with these apps

Erik Eckel finds himself taking care of more and more project management tasks in the field with his iPad. He discovered a few apps that are designed to power PM on the iPad.

Project managers are constantly on the go. I repeatedly find myself meeting clients at coffee houses, touring new company sites, managing office and server room relocations, and visiting numerous other locations while having to take notes, update schedules, and adjust project milestones. Increasingly, I found myself pressing my iPad into service and in the process discovered several apps that are designed to help power projects in the field.

Bento for iPad

Bento for iPad isn't a dedicated project management application. In fact, there really aren't many fully capable project management apps for the iPad. (If you find one, let me know, because I'm unable to find Microsoft Project for iPad.) Instead, Bento for iPad is a collection of database templates that help users organize a vast array of items, from contacts and notes to issues and projects. But the program can assist project managers.

The application can be run as a standalone app. Alternatively, users can opt to synchronize their iPad edition with Bento on a Mac.

With the ability to track projects, tasks and deadlines, Bento provides iPad users with an approachable app that also leverages existing contact and iCal information and helps synchronize changes to that data. The app also supports collaboration among teams. Using Bento, iPad users can share contacts, project plans, event details, and other information with up to five other Bento users on a LAN. At just $4.99 (for the iPad; $49 for a single-user Mac license), the application's features justify its minimal cost.

eTask Project for iPad

Emagine's e-Task Project for iPad enables tying an iPad to a user's online e-Task account. Without an online subscription ($10 per month per user), the app's not much good. Many users complain of bugs, too, so the buyer needs to beware. The app may not prove entirely stable. But heavy e-Task.net users should find eTask Project for iPad an app that can help track tasks and time, manage projects and better leverage investments in their e-Task.net subscriptions.

SG Project Suites

Fourth Frame Technologies' SG Project 2 provides a wide range of project management features tailored to the iPad's interface. In addition to tracking multiple projects, including tasks, developing child tasks, supporting table and Gannt views, and enabling exporting to PDF and XML (for importing into Microsoft Project), SG Project 2 also lets iPad users trigger alerts and set task dependencies, as well as import data from Microsoft Project.

At $9.99, the application is immediately affordable. Serious project managers may wish to purchase SG Project Pro, which includes action item and risk management functionality as well but costs $39.99.

About

Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president o...

15 comments
Sofye
Sofye

My iPad has become true working tool in my professional life. I use Evernote, but recently on the Evernote Trunk I discovered Beesy and since itÂ’s become my best iPad project management apps. I must admit that I can not live without this app: http://www.beesapps.com/ipad-business-app-project-management-beesy/. Quick note-taking & sharing files is really impressive, I love discovering new tools thanks to the Trunk.

gayatri.gadre
gayatri.gadre

Try Project Planning pro app for using MS Project plans on iPad ??? bitly.com/PPP_frm. Its free to download and additional features for small cost. It allows you to create, update, manage your MS Project plans on iPad with some useful features like import and export to Drop box, iTunes, email, accessing plans directly from project server and exporting the project in pdf or csv format. Check detailed list of features ??? http://www.planningproapp.com/#Features Hope you find this useful for your requirements. Feel free to contact me if you would like to know more details or would like to evaluate this app.

C_Dave
C_Dave

I've tested nearly every notes / todo app on the Appstore in 2 years, I have to admit I'm still amazed how difficult they are to use in a work environment. I just discovered http://www.beesapps.com/beesy-ipad-to-do, an iPad To-Do app , that seems to have understand note taking nad project management from a business perspective. I tried it for a few days and for the moment I'm quite thrilled, even a bit too powerful at the beginning. It handles project follow-up from your meeting notes in a nice way I particularly love the fast and nice Icons to add different kind of notes / actions and the instant meeting minutes you can send. Another great thing I've been appreciating: it reuses my notes / tasks from the meeting in the To-Do manager, yes you read correctly ! Huge time saver. Only drawback so far: a few glitches here and there, but nothing compromising the use of the App and the lack of iPhone sync at the moment but the devs at http://www.beesapps.com said they're on it for a future release.

mawardjr
mawardjr

I've recently started using Action Method by Behance LLC and find it to be easy to use and easy to keep in sync with multiple delegates. Last I checked it's still free.

kcjconsult
kcjconsult

I find the Microsoft OneNote application extremely useful for keeping myself synced up. You can have a free Windows Live account, use the OneNote app on your iPad and if you have Microsoft OneNote on a laptop or desktop they can all be synced.

Timmins.in.ca
Timmins.in.ca

I'm Setting up a Biz with 4 people and Syncing our ToDo list was a pain. BaseCampHQ offers unlimited users List Sharing for FREE for 1 month, then $50/Mo after that. we'll be finished in under 2 Mo. So for $50 any web browser or iPhone/iPad will let us keep our ToDo in sync. Not a bad deal, especially if you're a big org or you've got a short timeline

lsievert
lsievert

My favorite project management software tool is Liquid Planner http://liquidplanner.com. They have an iPhone app which I believe works on the iPad though in the small format. I bet they're working on an iPad app.

elitesystems
elitesystems

You can get MS Project on the iPad via Citrix.

monsterke
monsterke

Merlin - Mac Software + iPhone App ProjectPlace (web based + iPhone App) Daylite (from Markercircle) A CRM that can also be used to follow up projects (pipelines) 37 signals suite

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