By Wally Bahny
// November 27, 2013, 9:12 AM PST
gallery is a supplement to a TechRepublic article.
Take a look at five tools to help a CIO manage their IT
department's business interaction.
Ace Project comes with a very useful dashboard that breaks
tasks down by their status, allows you to monitor time spent, and check on the
overall status of projects.
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Tasks contain all of the common fields most project managers
are used to.
The free Ace Project package allows for three active users,
two active projects, 50 active tasks, and 250 MB of storage. This dashboard helps you keep track of your
Ace Project allows for customization to make your project
site match your company’s branding.
PPM Roadmap also contains a highly useful dashboard that
uses color to indicate status across projects, availability, and utilization.
The project selection screen shows the health of each project
again as well as a couple of status indicators.
Drilling into each project displays a list of tasks or
“Todos” that contains many of the common fields as well – especially when you
drill into each one.
The tasks can also be viewed from the point-of-view of a
The home page for Zoho Projects is a feed that shows the
latest changes on the projects you’re working on.
The dashboard for each project also shows a feed of the
project’s most recent changes as well as an overview of the project.
Tasks and milestones once again contain the common
fields. Team members can simply click
the percent field and select the current percent of completion.
Zoho Projects contains a calendar view that displays the
tasks each person or the whole group are responsible for overlaid in an
Project team members can create additional pages and dashboards
to add in to their Zoho Projects site.
Zoho Projects also has a forums feature which is unique
among the selections on this list.
OSRMT helps keep track of requirements in any of your
projects. They can initially be broken
down into various categories.
Each category can then have subcategories which then contain
the various requirements.
Each requirement can have the target version, a priority, a
status, attachments, and a description.
Planware Online Strategic Planner is part of an array of
tools available to plan various business interactions.
Other than the business name, the first – and most key –
aspect of this tool is capturing SWOTs (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities,
Other key fields include Vision, Mission Statement, and
Once you are happy with the entries, simply click one of the
Compile Plan buttons to view the entire plan in a formatted display that can be
easily copied into a word processor and adjusted as needed.