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by Eileen O'Loughlin,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: September 21, 2016


In this guide, we’ll cover the ins and out of a new breed of project management software: resource management software. A growing number of vendors are now offering these tools, which focus on employee skills and availability, within their project management platforms.

Here’s what you need to know:

What Is Resource Management Software?
Common Functionality of Resource Management Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Benefits of Resource Management Software

What Is Resource Management Software?

Resource management software is a type of project management software. It allows organizations to track the availability of their employees, identify what skills they have and schedule them for projects accordingly. Resource management tools are typically used by larger organizations, which have a greater need to optimize employee workloads and identify which workers are best suited for certain projects.

For example, a large software development firm might use resource management software to help select a team of front-end, back-end and full-stack developers, who each have unique skill sets, to work on a big project. This eliminates the busywork of manually trying to identify and schedule the right people for the job.

Common Functionality of Resource Management Software

Here are some common capabilities you can expect to find in most resource management tools:

Skills and availability tracking This important tool allows users to find employees with certain skills who are available at certain times and assign work to them. This relies on users inputting employee schedules and workflows and creating a profile that lists their relevant skills. For example, a project manager would use this functionality to find which back-end developers at her organization are available to tackle a side project in the coming month.
Staffing forecasting Allows organizations to plan for expected staffing needs in the future by collecting internal data regarding sales, product development, product launches etc., then making recommendations based on that data. For example, if higher sales are expected in the coming quarter, the system would recommend hiring a certain number of sales reps.
Knowledge base Some platforms will include a library of white papers and community channels to help human resources and project managers better understand what types of workers they’ll need for technical positions. These might contain easy-to-understand explanations of technical skills and roles that help managers know what to look for when hiring.
Request automation This tool simplifies the process of selecting teams for particular assignments by automatically searching for and identifying suitable employees, based on their skills and availability.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

In general, resource management platforms are best suited for large organizations that have more than 500 employees. However, smaller companies in software development, engineering or other highly technical fields can still get a lot of use out resource management tools. Companies with fewer than 500 employees that aren’t in a highly technical field can generally get by with a traditional project management suite.

Benefits of Resource Management Software

In general, here are the biggest benefits you will see from using resource management software at your organization:

  • Greater workplace efficiency. Reduce the time it takes to staff projects, and ensure that the right people are on the job.
  • More even work distribution. With resource management software, you can view every employee’s workflow and ensure that no employee gets too swamped—or doesn’t have enough to do.
  • Enhanced project management visibility. Resource management software provides greater insight into your organization’s operations than standard project management software by providing more visibility into who is getting assigned to which projects, and which skills are in greatest demand for the organization.

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