10 Essential Attributes of the Latest IT Management Tools

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2014-06-20

Although it's a fact that more and more enterprise applications have been or are being moved to the cloud, it's also a fact that IT will continue to be a mixed bag of on-site and in-cloud nodes for a long time. This makes project management an increasing challenge. Enterprises are investing in new project management apps that can handle on-premise and cloud functions because they know that employees can be more productive and get more work done when they can access work information wherever they are. New-generation project management tools offer much more functionality than their predecessors. These apps offer various services for companies, including CRM, full-time tracking and other project management features that the enterprise needs to ensure that employees are finishing projects on time and on budget. When evaluating tools like these, there are some key attributes for which to look. These may appear to be buzzwords that we hear regularly, but in fact, they provide a foundation for the selection of good management tools. In this slide show, using eWEEK reporting along with insight from Bharani Kumar, marketing manager of ManageEngine, we point out the key attributes of good project management tools.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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