Project Management Institute

Introduction to microcomputer software tools for project information management

The recent availability of low-cost computers and software systems that rival much more expensive mainframe systems has given more project managers access to computerized systems and has helped them increase their productivity in regards to planning, monitoring, and controlling projects. The challenge for most project managers, however, is finding a system that delivers the capabilities they need to perform well. This article discusses the software tools that can help project managers best manage project information. It describes the systems that are available and the capabilities that these provide as well as the ways that project managers can use data base management systems (DBMS) to manage project information. It then explains guidelines to help project managers combine their information needs with the capabilities of software systems, guidelines that can help them use software to resolve project information management problems.
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