Great news! Timesheets and cost control now in German

Guten Tag!

We are very excited to announce the release of our German version of the Cronforce cloud application. If the administrator of the system has configured German as default language you will get German language when you log in. If you want to switch it to your preferred language just click on your profile picture in the header, select language and save your changes.

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Herzlich willkommen!

The Cronforce.com Team

3 hot trends that will shape project and business management in 2016

Compared with some other industries, project management – and any type of business management affair, really, seem a bit static. Don’t be fooled by the surface of things, though. At the beginning of every new year, a clock starts ticking. It sounds the alarm of new trends and things business owners and project managers alike should bear in mind.

As you can guess, 2016 is no exception. Over 2015 we saw the continuation of some trends (rich 3rd party integration to streamline operations even better) and we reacted accordingly. That’s why you see Cronforce adjusting to the industry’s finest with a portfolio of integrations that will ease your daily tasks immensely.

But what about 2016? What should you be on the lookout for when managing your business or projects?

Hot trend #1 to look out for: Remote teams

We’ve already talked in length about the flexible schedule business movement and why it’s actually pretty beneficial. Remote teams are a vital part of this process. In fact, we can safely say that the future for businesses of any size and kind slides towards everything going remote.

You can see that already with hundreds of apps and pieces of software to bring mobile teams together. Cronforce was built like that from the ground up too, because we ourselves are scattered across countries and continents. Remote teams are slowly becoming the norm, with market analyzers predicting that as much as 40% of the US workforce will be decentralized and follow the route of freelancing.

This trend, however, is not limited to US businesses only. The very nature of project management, enterprise management and business affairs is moving towards an all-remote paradigm. Contractors, freelancers and other type of temporary, per-project employees will construct the new working environment.

Business management and remote workers.

Image: RemoteNation.co

In such a situation, any project manager would need an efficient way to consolidate and properly manage these scattered team members. Remote teams reportedly have a greater output and increased motivation levels, plus efficiency per hour worked. At the same time, there are inherent risks for miscommunication that might lead to decreased productivity. With remote teams, the need for even better project management and business management will arise.

Forget about painful, hour-long meetings that need to be conducted face-to-face. A combination of Cronforce with GoogleApps, Trello, Basecamp or Asana will be the way to go. However, that will require a more intelligent approach to business management.

Hot trend #2 to look out for: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

2015 was crazy for the BYOD trend. The smartphone and tablet rise the tech industry saw was just a hint at what’s shaping up in the near future. If you feel great about the mobile generation sweeping in more sales for your business, you’ve only seen the start of it all. Same applies for project managers who enjoy the flexible, fast-paced way of overseeing how their team works on the project at hand.

If you’re unsure of what BYOD exactly is, here’s a short definition: the trend of enterprises letting their employees use their own device for any work purposes. Most of the time, we’re talking about smartphones or tablets here, though laptops are a honorable mention too.

BYOD will shape the new face of project management and business management as much as the remote revolution we discussed beforehand. Some IT specialists such as New Horizons mention that project management will undergo some “new generation” challenges due to the BYOD trends.

BYOD in project management

A notable one is the inclination towards help desk ticketing solutions integrated in the project management software businesses already use. BYOD makes any type of technical support a little more complex and demanding in comparison with its previous form. We might see a wide number of new processes and requirements towards project managers emerging. The rising importance of help desk software for proper business management is just one of them.

Which leads us to…

Hot trend #3 to look out for: the new age of project managers

Trend #1 and #2 should have clearly shown what the future for project and business management is: diversification. The business industry is getting more fragmented, more fast-paced, more demanding. Managing any enterprise – and its teams and project, is not only a matter of hard-set requirements any more. Project managers need to be constantly on the look for polishing their skills and updating them.

The hard truth for 2016 is this: you might be the most punctual and hardworking project manager out there. But if you can’t keep with the needed tech (the whole swarm of software, apps and integrations) or new working environment (remote teams, decentralized communication model), you’ll be at a disadvantage.

We might think of the new age of project managers as something that already happened in the IT niche. That’s right: certifications. Any IT specialist you ask will tell you that the certifications they earned were a requirement set by any company looking to hire them. With the current trends looming over the project and business management niche, any professional should look towards landing a few certifications.

The good news here?

More and more enterprises – especially the rising number of SMEs and startups, realize that any proper business management is linked with a project manager pro. Project manager positions are increasing and will continue to be a lucrative field to get into. Sure, the barrier to entry has just become a bit higher. However, as a project manager, you’ll deal with:

  • Hectic team management and the need to assess every team member’s skills and personality.

  • Tight budgeting where financial rules might be changed at any second.

  • Stern requirements set by company owners or even worse – shareholders.

  • Difficult communication with demanding clients.

  • Deadlines and timelines that might fluctuate unexpectedly and call for quick yet mature way of adapting.

Project and business management challenges.

So we can safely say that a bit of a rough start is a good way for you to warm up and see whether you’re actually up to the challenge.

As we’re insiders to the business management industry, we understand your worries and pains. Cronforce is both easy to use and offers you the variety of features and integrations you can use to be a cut above the rest. What do you say about a) improving your team management skills, b) setting important bits of how any business operates and c) hitting all the right project management spots? Try Cronforce out for free and you might just do that.

The Cronforce.com Team

Amazing 2015. 2016 is going to be even better.

2016 rolled out and we’re hoping you had a great celebration and set your minds on the goals you want to achieve throughout the year!

For us, the New Year celebration put an end to a crazy 2015. Cronforce’s last 12 months were a real rollercoaster of emotions, events and achievements. Luckily, with your help and appreciation of our business software, the rollercoaster ended at a high point. With that, we’re ready to tackle an even better-looking 2016!

Let’s get a brief overview of what happened. We know it might seem dull to you, but we gauged what worked (and how it worked) for us, so last year’s trends are the basis of what you’re going to receive from us over this new year.

Expanding our portfolio to meet the needs you have

Cronforce started humbly, with a pack of well-tested functionalities. It was meant as a steady, reliable tool for tackling common project management issues. We had a MVP, we developed it as a core, and took it from there. You helped us refine and expand its functions later on.

Throughout the last years many projects managers and teams messaged us that a budget-related feature would complement Cronforce’s existing portfolio. So we worked on one and added the Finance module with its advanced budgeting, project costs overview and many other integral functions for a business of any size.

If you haven’t checked it out already, get your financial groove on and test it now!

Sailing the 3rd party integration seas with success

You also nodded towards our beneficial 3rd party integrations, mentioning how that made us shine in comparison with other business management solutions. That’s why we went further and added an award-winning Jira integration with the core of our project management software.

We like to believe it was yet another reason for the prestigious FinancesOnline awarding us with a Great User Experience badge.

As Jira is getting the industry favorite, we feel it will continue to gain traction as one of our most important 3rd party integrations. Why not give it a spin and tell us what you think of it?

Project management and time tracking with Jira

 

The social side of it all

We know everyone is so keen on social media right now, but we did some precious offline networking too. (Not only with our project management clients, we can be fun too, you know!)

Going back and forth, we ended up attending as much as 30 events. From industry-related happenings to events focused on startups or general tech, we gained important insight. It sure helped us re-imagine some Cronforce features for the better.

As it was our second Cronforce year, it was pretty spectacular to be able to connect with so many people! We also got to conclude some crucial partnerships that kickstarted a promising new 2016.

 

But if you really want to know about the social media side of things…Well, we tweeted a great deal of almost 1 200 tweets. What’s more important, close to 2 700 people on Twitter and the same amount of similarly thinking sidekicks decided to give us a like on Facebook. It’s a great result so we’re looking forward to taking our social media communication to the next level.

Best of all, we started producing more content on our blog. Seems like you like it, as we had some heartwarming thumbs up for that on our email!

Looking to the future with more project management in mind

2015 feels like a warm-up practice. We learned our lessons and you helped us throughout the process. We have just started giving back to you – and shaping Cronforce as the power business management software we want to see it develop as.

Thank you for being around over the last year. 2016 will be even crazier and we guarantee that you and your teams will love it. Stick with us and let’s reimagine how intelligent project management looks like. It’ll be beautiful.

The Cronforce.com Team

Why Cronforce works: a case for big picture planning

Hello,

You might have noticed by now that Cronforce is not your typical time-tracking, project or resource management tool. By focusing on big picture planning, we enable innovation within your company, rather than manage a finite, yet ever-changing list of tasks.

Innovation requires a perfect balance between constraints and flexibility. And if your team’s role is to innovate, consider ditching the myriad of alike tools and go for a clear and memorable delineation of KPIs and ever relevant cost and billable budget planning. Our flexible structure allows you to iterate and adapt the project as you go, but ensures everyone keeps the goal in mind.

By having high-level visibility you are more likely to have your team on the same page all the time and then you can detail out tasks in smaller chunks as the project develops. How do you do this best? By digging into our detailed KPI dashboards and all feature gems.

Happy budget planning and time tracking,

The Cronforce.com Team