Although the hosted software model has not taken off as predicted, Carter Holt Harvey’s human resource spin-off Mariner7 is using a Seattle-based application service provider to manage projects around the world.
Mariner7 develops web-based applications to help businesses recruit and motivate staff and measure performance. It has customers in New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia and has been using the project management application service provider (ASP) eProject to collaborate with distributors in all three countries. It also uses eProject for software development with multiple partners in different locations and day-to-day business projects.
Mariner7 general manager of business development Warren Casey says more than 100 people use eProject, the majority of which are outside the company. Mariner7 has 15 employees.
He says the company needed in-depth document management and wanted an ASP-hosted solution, plus a fast start. It deployed eProject in one day without any training or IT infrastructure. Users can access it from anywhere as long as they have a browser.
“It‘s serving as a reliable set-up for the due diligence process of business development and we now have a permanent and ongoing record of project progression and an excellent knowledge repository.”
Mariner7 heard about eProject through Auckland solutions provider Ian McDonald, the former head of Lotus New Zealand. McDonald says he went looking for a project management software and came across eProject. His company, Integer, is working on a project management solution for corporate legal divisions called CLO as well as a document management application eDoc.
EProject is one of the handful of ASPs that survived the dot-com tech crash. The web site has a free portion with 163,000 users worldwide and a paid portion which has 21,000 users. Users pay a monthly subscription fee from $1437 ex GST or $58 per person for 12 months (with a minimum 24 users).
McDonald says 11 local organisations are trialling eProject including a major bank and dairy company. Counties Manukau Sport also has 100 people using the service. McDonald is negotiating with eProject to build a customised version catering to the corporate legal sector.