HMS Software achieves Microsoft's Independent Software Vendor Competency based on TimeControl Software

Move brings HMS Software closer to Gold Certified Status at Microsoft

Montreal, Quebec March 24, 2005 - HMS Software, a leading provider of project management and enterprise timesheet solutions, has received confirmation that it has achieved Microsoft's Independent Software (ISV) Competency. This adds to the Information Worker Competency already completed by HMS and brings the company one step closer to Microsoft's top level of partner: Gold Certified Status.

"Achieving the ISV competency was a team effort by our HMS Staff," says Chris Vandersluis, president of HMS Software. "We are already a Microsoft Certified Partner and last year was awarded an Information Worker Competency based on our work in Project Management. This step is based on testing of our TimeControl enterprise timesheet product."

HMS submitted TimeControl to Microsoft to be tested under stringent conditions by Veritest, a third-party independent testing facility. To achieve ISV status, TimeControl had to pass the Microsoft Platform Tests for both Server and Client operation. TimeControl is HMS Software's enterprise timesheet system designed for project environments.

"Although TimeControl has been on the market since 1994, we had never submitted it for the extensive testing that the ISV competency calls for," explains Stephen Eyton-Jones, HMS Software's Director of Technical Services. "We had to work with both Microsoft and Veritest in advance to ensure that we covered all the categories prior to submission. Both organizations were tremendously helpful in making sure we had the tools we needed to prepare for the Platform Test."

Completing the ISV Competency opens new avenues for HMS to work with Microsoft field personnel with TimeControl. "Microsoft extends numerous programs for ISV partners to companies like HMS Software," says Julie Benard, HMS's Microsoft liaison. "We'll be able to tap into solution directories, get marketing assistance and be better able to explain the benefits of TimeControl to Microsoft sales personnel all over the world.

TimeControl has been on the market since 1984 and is in use in approximately 300 companies with over 100,000 users worldwide. It is a timesheet designed to integrate to both project management tools such as Microsoft Project and to Finance systems such as SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Great Plains and Solomon.

The completion of a second Microsoft Partner competency brings HMS Software close to the elite level of Partner Certification; Gold Certified Status.

"Our next step is to complete the work we need to do to become a Gold Certified Partner," says Vandersluis. "Our work with Microsoft in Canada, the US, Europe and with Microsoft Headquarters indicates how important this relationship is for HMS. We'll be extending that relationship in the coming months by achieving Gold Certified Partner Status."

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About TimeControl

TimeControl was originally released in 1994. It was immediately successful in the project management sector and today is recognized not only as a project management solution, but also as an enterprise timesheet solution in use by companies worldwide. TimeControl is designed as a multipurpose timesheet able to serve the needs of both Finance and Project Management simultaneously. It includes features such as a multi-browser, multi-device interface, a PC and mobile interface, vacation approvals, executive dashboards, extensive approval functionality, flexible reporting and links to project management and corporate systems which makes the timesheet product ideally suited for integration with existing systems in any organization. TimeControl's flexibility allows it to be deployed for use as a time and attendance, time and billing, project tracking and flex-time system. TimeControl is available both for purchase for an on-premises installation or as an on-line subscription in the Cloud.

To access the free Hosted TimeControl Trial site, visit our free trial page.

For more information about TimeControl, monitor the TimeControl blog at or the TimeControl website at

For information about TimeControlOnline, our hosted timesheet subscription service in the cloud, go to

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TimeControl is represented around the world by our distributors in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, the UK, and the U.S.

About HMS Software

Based in Montreal, Canada with offices in Toronto, HMS Software has been a leading provider of project management and enterprise timesheet systems and services since 1984. HMS Software's first customized timesheet application was written in 1984. With the launch of TimeControl as a commercial application in 1994, HMS Software began servicing clients worldwide.

HMS Software's client list reads like a who's who of business. It includes Acergy, Aecon, Rio Tinto, the Atlanta Airport, the City of Montreal, the County of San Mateo, Electromotive Diesel, EXFO, FT Services, Kelly Services, Koch, Merck Frosst, the Government of Quebec, Georgia Pacific, Parker Hannifin, Rolls Royce, Sobeys, Volvo Novabus, Zimmer Inc. and hundreds of others.

For further information about HMS Software, please visit the HMS website at: or contact us at