What is SaaS project management?
SaaS, otherwise known as Software as a Service, is also sometimes called on-demand software, makes it possible for apps and tools to be licensed and delivered online to your business from a cloud network. It’s possible that you’ve been using SaaS tools for quite some time, and you’re not even aware of it. That’s a testament to SaaS softwares’ confluent functionality with our daily comings and goings in the workplace.
Envision your team as your desk, and there are papers and other office supplies strewn everywhere. Chaos. Then, imagine an organizing expert coming in, putting everything in its place, restoring order, and providing a method to the previous madness. This is what a project management SaaS software does for your company. It provides structure, streamlines processes, and creates a reliable channel for communication leading to increased productivity, revenue, and motivation.
Do you need SaaS?
If you’re looking around for a SaaS project management software, there are a lot of things to consider since this is tantamount to an investment for your business. If it’s a purchase, you need to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth, of course. If it’s free, the online project management SaaS has to have all of your basic needs so you won’t need more than one.
Bitrix24’s project management SaaS is free for all users, and you can have unlimited projects and subtasks open all at the same time. You have access to all of the amazing tools and apps to ensure your projects are running smoothly and you’re able to deliver as promised.
Effective time management
Quite possibly the most important in all of our work requirements is time. As a project manager, you need to be able to see at a glance how much time is spent on a particular task. You can then adjust your SLA if needed or nudge the team or task owner along so the project progresses faster. At the same time, you can track your team’s work hours so you can see who needs a break and who needs to put more time in at the office.
Bitrix24’s SaaS project management software allows you to track the start and end date of a project. Apart from this, you also have the use of online task time tracking. Everyone in the work group integrates all of the tasks into a shared calendar and planner, which are available for viewing.
Task relationships with dependencies
To be able to execute a project plan to perfection, your team needs to be able to see the bigger picture and to understand how tasks are interconnected so one cannot be completed without the other. Being able to clearly see task dependencies help with your decision-making, development, and planning processes.
Gantt charts have been proven to be very effective in such functions, and Bitrix24’s project management SaaS allows you to create just those. You can have more than one up and running at the same time, depending on how many projects you are working on. Everyone in the team is privy to the Gantt charts so they can better understand how tasks and subtasks affect the overall delivery of a project and help the team catch causes for a delay before they can become major issues.
The story of a project
Think of a storyboard and how it shows a movie or a tale before it’s fully complete. Having a visual and linear presentation of the flow of events helps the viewer to see how good the completed project can be and where changes need to be made. Kanban boards work pretty much the same way in the sense that it applies to projects and the tasks needed to be completed in order for a project to be delivered.
Appreciate and understand the work that your team does in various stages of completion with Bitrix24’s online project management SaaS and its Kanban board feature so you can identify problem areas affecting timeliness or accountability as your project is developed.
Keep the fire burning
One major complication that can negatively affect your team’s productivity, motivation, and overall well-being is burnout. You want to make sure everyone is on fire for the job most of the time. You can do this by making sure they’re not overloaded with work.
You can preach and teach what work-life balance really means with the use of Bitrix24’s employee workload management tool. You can see which tasks are nearing their due and how much time is spent on each task. This allows you to supervise how the work is distributed among the members of your work group.
Unlimited tasks and projects
Imagine your workplace without project management tools, deadlines, and quality evaluations. Will your team ever get any work done? If so, will any of that completed work be of superior quality?
Task counters help draw your attention to those that need your immediate attention, so you’ll know which ones are almost due or overdue, which need to be checked, as well as those that need a designated deadline. You can experience this tool with Bitrix24’s free SaaS project management software.
Stop, collaborate and listen
Some projects need you to work with clients, customers, and suppliers at some point. You need a reliable and highly accessible but secure online project management SaaS to do this.
Bitrix24’s SaaS project management software affords you the use of an Extranet so you can keep people and groups outside of your company – like the aforementioned clients, customers, and suppliers – in the loop. You also have the option to share access to password-protected documents, as well as chat and email with external users.
Integrate for added functionality
Let’s face it: we all have favorites. There are apps and tools that we’ve been using for a long time, and even though newer and better apps and tools have been launched since then, we still remain loyal to our favorites.
If you want to use Bitrix24 with other apps for invoicing, outside dialing, or even payment processing, you can do so. You can integrate Bitrix24’s online project management SaaS with over 300 apps and tools that you’ve come to love. You can be sure the flow of work will be the same – smooth and steady – for everyone in the team.
The best for free
The most important part of a new project is the buy-in. The (sometimes literal but mostly) metaphorical shaking of the hands in an agreement between stakeholders and you as the team manager to embark on a new project together.
Let Bitrix24’s project management SaaS assist and support you as you complete the project efficiently while keeping the road to success smooth. All the tools and apps that you need will be available right at your fingertips. Register for free and try your hand at the latest innovations and technology available to you. If you need to see how everything works and fits together, schedule a demo today.
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