Resource Guru is a web-based resource scheduling application that enables organizations to swiftly schedule their resources. It is suitable for organizations of all sizes.
Resource Guru’s Resource Scheduling feature enables flexible booking and rescheduling with the help of a specific time calendar and drag-and-drop functionality. The Availability Bar calculates the amount of free time available to prevent the unnecessary use of resources.
In addition, the software allows users to assign colors to highlight specific resources and projects for scanning and picking.
The Resource Management feature allows users to manage people, conference rooms, call lines or any other resource and share it on a single coordinated calendar. Administrators can customize access per each project’s requirements.
Resource Guru creates real-time reports to provide status information about the utilization of resources and free capacity. The software is highly secured and utilizes 256-bit SSL encryption for data transfer.
Mark from MUTV - University of Missouri
Resource Guru has been fantastic to work with. They have always had excellent customer service, their product is easy to use, and the bills are on-time and consistent. At this point, Resource Guru is a staple program for our college TV station.
The only thing that I would change would be allowing for custom fields on resource checkouts as a standard. There is currently a large text box for any comments, but it would be great to have the ability to name and create one line text options if you use them for every checkout.
If you need solid tracking of resource materials, this is the best. The ability to upload photos, archive resources (i.e. take them out of rotation) and easily bring them back saves hundreds of hours a year in human capital tracking down "misplaced" equipment. As long as you are consistent with tracking all of your resources whenever they are used, expect a dramatic reduction in the amount of time spent locating resources.
Whilst it Guru is a promising, flexible and easy to use product it really is just bare bones at the moment and they have failed to deliver any additional functionality since launch despite increasing pricing.
The forums are filled with requests and suggestions for highly useful add-ons and improvements that always receive the same answer "It's on the road map but we are working on other aspects of development". However, there have been no new releases and even the highly anticipated Vacation and Leave function slated for October 2015 has not actually been delivered. In fact the only thing that has changed is a change in pricing model that has upped the cost of the product.
So, to conclude, even though Resource Guru has great potential the increased cost combined with a complete lack of development and capacity for integration make it a waste of time and money. Sad really because conceptually it is a fantastic product.
Jane from Bankside Chambers
I love the resource guru as it allows people to book their own meeting rooms when they need them. There is no possibility of double booking. It gives people their own password and access from anywhere. This is a huge bonus in our business.
Adam from asos
Could do with an 'undo' function when making / moving bookings.
Needs ability to assign a colour to a project when creating one quickly in the drop down.
remover the 'dead end' at the end of the month or so in order to feely look at months ahead without having to load it..
Alex from Platform45
Resource Guru helps ups solve the most difficult challenge we face in our business: sheduling!
We are able to make snap scheduling decisions and re-allocate resources with ease because we have a perfect bird's eye view of who is working on what. Finding out what a specific team member is working on only takes a few seconds.
Making or editing a booking is super simple.
The reports are also a huge help for our billing calculations.
Lily from SAATCHI & SAATCHI
It's a great app, super useful and efficient. The only slightly negative thing i comment on is the loading time when you have to go forward or back a month, sometimes this takes time and it'a a bit annoying you can't just keep scrolling past the months but apart form that it's all great!
Ann from Target McConnells
We've been using RG for over a year and it is great to work with. Easy, well designed and an excellent tool for our busy agency.
Used for reporting on current status of the work force as well as future planning for projects. The system is extremely easy to use and provides a great interface for managing resources. When screen sharing or meeting together, RG makes it simple to analyze which resources are available for which projects and determine who is over-booked. No training necessary and ready for complete use after just 30 minutes.
- Extremely simple (no training required)
- Easily accessible
- Resource management done right
- Gets costly after a few users
- Built-in reporting isn't great
- Minor UI/UX glitches that are annoying until you get used to them
Janet from The Jupiter Drawing Room (Cape Town)
With a little bit of playing around, it was easy to come to grips with how this app works.
You can easily see the availability of your resources over an extended period of time by department or by person.
The only thing that is a little frustrating for me is that it doesn't connect with diaries, which means I must manually capture any meetings that my resources have, but that's not a biggie.
The only thing I would recommend looking into is being able to print a report of jobs logged in the system per person over a specific period as I need to give details to my colleagues and currently the only way to do this is to screengrab what I need.
Otherwise, great scheduling tool.
Tré from The Loppist
Resource Guru has saved me a ton of time with team scheduling. Its intuitive interface and useful features make it really easy to get an overview of the projects that my team is currently working on, as well as to allocate upcoming project bookings to the right team member. It's hard to imagine going back to using a spreadsheet again after this..
Hayley from Brandwidth
Great user interface and it's so simple to use. The fact that it doesn't require any training is brilliant for us as we're so busy getting things done!
When I asked Stilwell about the best way for small businesses to use the solution, he said: by signing up and giving it a try. “I think Resource Guru is most effective when you invite resources to the solution,” he says. In that vein, consider this view my invitation for you to try out resource scheduling with Resource Guru. You will not regret it!
Martin from Y&R Group Switzerland
Employees number: 51-200 employees
Nick from Hard Medium Soft Ltd.
Employees number: 2-10 employees