Projector is a comprehensive professional services automation (PSA) solution suited for organizations seeking a better way to streamline their entire workflow. From the time a project is won through planning, staffing, management, invoicing and reporting, Projector offers an integrated, web-based system that's targeted to the upper SMB market.
Projector was designed and built by experts with a background in professional services, so the software includes industry-specific functionality firms need to be successful. It is a cloud-based solution, which ensures the company is always using the most up-to-date features available. Organizations are billed monthly for actual users and usage.
This solution integrates three core applications: project management, project accounting and resource management. This allows firms to manage the entire lifecycle of a project from a single system. Projector's configurable interface allows for detailed project tracking, resource scheduling and in-depth reporting. There's also a mobile interface for time and expense data entry.
Projector can grow with the company; it easily supports both start-ups and global entities. The software also helps bridge the gap between their CRMs and accounting solutions, as Projector has several pre-built integrations with leading vendors of both.
Bob from Avasant
Specialty: Management Consulting
It has a big improvement in ease of use over other Professional Service software and services we had previously used. We use the software globally and have gained great acceptance from the professional staff cross-culture in different regions. It's easy to understand and has plenty of aids to speed up time and expense entry. The SaaS based service has been very reliable over the years we have been a customer. It's above expectation given we are a user of several other SaaS based services. Other key points are the administrative functions of the product are far superior than other systems we use. It has a good report writer that they keep improving. Product support via phone is also a big plus. They have well trained, knowledgeable support staff. The accounting system integration has been reliable and has given us no issues with the cloud-based systems.
We haven't had many requests for new functions. I would like to see some improvement to credit card transaction input. However, their import function from a credit card transaction file works well and has helped a number of people. A mobile app might be nice but isn't critical given the ability to do offline input.
Evaluate the ability to administer the software, change configurations, and integrate easily to other corporate systems. Also, the ease of learning the system is very important. The number of screens needed to perform a function is critical. There are a bunch of PSA products out there, but you will need reliable online SaaS service, easy to use, easy to administer, and consistency of interfacing to other key systems for accounting or billing.
Evan from Park Place Technologies
Specialty: IT Services
It has an intuitive GUI, especially for those without a heavy-duty project management background.
The last time I used this product, there was not a very good mobile interface, but that may have changed since.
This is a low-cost niche product; there aren't many like it. They are good at personalized training and customization for the way you want to build out the tool. Be sure to take advantage of that and evaluate other software packages on customization and personalized training capabilities.
Bruce from Logical Design Solutions, Inc
Specialty: Management Consulting
Projector PSA provides a straightforward approach to Resource Planning and Time Entry, making implementation a breeze and enabling you to reach your full potential quickly. Projector's use of Excel Pivot Tables and easy-to-configure Report Writer also enabled us to train Project Managers and Department Heads to be self-proficient quickly. Through the use of Projector PSA, we have been able to "move the needle" in our professional services firm. Projector PSA has been with us all the way. They have a vested interest in our success and are always open to our input.
Projector has a no-frills interface that can easily be underestimated by end users. Further use of a graphical user interface would help to get users interested more quickly.
If you currently have the disciplines in place to track consultants' time and planning resources for projects, a professional services automation tool is for you. Find one that closely matches how you are doing it today, and you'll soon find there is much more to offer in buying one of these packages rather than going it alone.