Microsoft Project killer?
Because project scheduling has emerged as a popular tool used by executives and business managers to monitor organizational progress, Niku Corporation (Redwood City, CA, USA) decided to distribute its well-known OpenWorkbench project scheduling software as an at-no-charge download. This strategic move enabled Niku to leverage a stronger market position against the ubiquitous Microsoft Project system and introduce its product--and the business value of using project management tools--to executives and non-project managers. This article examines the at-no-charge version (OpenWorkbench 1.1) and details its features, which include a collapsible work breakdown structure (WBS), resource-billing support, and basic import/export support for Microsoft Project. This article also recognizes the system's drawbacks and describes the changes Niku is considering for future versions.