Auckland software developer Pictdata Productions has made a major sale of its Time Disciple project management software, to the US Air Force.
Two Pictdata consultants returned from Robbins Airbase in Georgia last week with signed contracts, having departed New Zealand expecting only to help roll out a pilot installation for 60 users at the base.
"They're treating it as a live scenario based on its success to date and they've signed the contracts ahead of time," says Pictdata managing director Grant Hughson.
Pictdata seems to have bene-fited from a two-month in-house trial by its US integration partner in the activity-based costing and analysis project. The US company, which has offices in seven US states and works for mainly military and government clients, initially contacted Pictdata about three months ago via the Time Disciple Web site.
"They didn't just get the standard email reply when they contacted us about the project," says Hughson, who admits the US Air Force "liked the fact we were so eager".
The other major appeal seems to have been the friendliness and simplicity of Timesheet, the Time Disciple module that most users work with directly. Pictdata provides nearly 1000 colourful icons that users can assign to tasks on their sheets.
The next step in the rollout will be to extend Time Disciple to 6000 of the 25,000 personnel at the base.
Pictdata is not yet divulging the worth of the deal, but Hughson says "it's really big for us and the company has already shown us to three other US government departments."
Pictdata's major sale of Time Disciple so far has been to the New Zealand Department of Statistics, but it recently appointed two distributors in the UK.
Pictdata's Web site is at www.time disciple.com.