Better than homemade
Project managers have long favored using Microsoft Office Suite to help them manage their projects because this system allows them to integrate other applications into their Office tools. And software companies that develop project management software are taking notice. This article reviews the performance of two Microsoft Office-based software systems--ProjectSheet, TaskSheet, and TopSheet (Business Arts Inc.) and iS*Project Professional XE (KM Sciences Inc.)--that can provide project managers with the sophisticated functionality they need. In doing so, it explains each system's key features, benefits, and limitations. It also lists each system's operating requirements, price, and manufacturer Web address; it rates each system--using a five-star indicator--in relation to five categories.