Microsoft and HMS extend their technical alliance for a 22nd year
Montreal, June 12, 2017 - HMS Software, the publisher of TimeControl, one of the world's most popular timesheet systems has announced today that Microsoft and HMS have renewed their technical alliance for another year. The relationship has lasted through numerous changes in the Microsoft Partner Program. This will be the 14th consecutive year in which HMS maintains its certified partner status within the Microsoft Partner Network and the 22nd year that the two firms have worked together in a formal technical alliance partnership.
“Many companies don’t even last as long as this relationship has,” says Chris Vandersluis, President of HMS Software. “Over the last 22 years we have worked with so many different people at Microsoft in making our products work together. Our first formal relationship was the Microsoft Project Partner Program to help with the link between the first version of our TimeControl timesheet and the early releases of Microsoft Project. The relationship between HMS and Microsoft has grown stronger every year since.”
HMS Software’s TimeControl timesheet has had an integration with every version of Microsoft Project on the desktop since 1995 and with every version of Microsoft Project Server since it was first launched in 2002 and with other Microsoft products like SharePoint.
This year HMS has qualified for two separate Microsoft Partner Network ‘competencies’: Application Development and Project and Portfolio Management. To qualify for these programs, HMS provided client references who provided examples of where HMS Software’s TimeControl successfully integrated Microsoft Project and Project Server and how that integration had provided benefits to the clients. HMS also had numerous HMS personnel pass Microsoft certification testing. In addition, Microsoft subjected TimeControl to rigorous external 3rd party testing to ensure its compliance with technical and quality standards.
Microsoft technology is used to deliver both TimeControl and TimeControl Online, HMS Software’s in-the-cloud timesheet service. Other technologies used can vary from client to client. Windows Server is the platform for the server, some clients will combine that with Microsoft Project or Project Server, SharePoint or SQL Server
“It’s hard to explain how integrated our two firms become because of all the touchpoints,” explains Stephen Eyton-Jones, Director of Technical Services at HMS. “We work with the Microsoft Project teams of course, but also with the SQL Server, SharePoint and Dynamics teams because of how we leverage or integrate with different systems.”
It is this tight integration between the two firm’s technical personnel that has enabled not only links with Microsoft products but also with the products of other firms that use the same technology.
“Our recent announcement of a link between BrightWork and TimeControl would likely not have been possible without the resources available to us as a Microsoft Partner,” explains Vandersluis. “The BrightWork collaborative project and portfolio management system is based on SharePoint and were able to use tools, skills and contacts to help complete that integration.”
Using HMS Software’s TimeControl with Microsoft technologies allows clients to enhance their business processes to comply with numerous timesheet requirements such as simultaneous project tracking, billing, HR management, payroll, job costing and auditable governance such as R&D tax credits, DCAA or Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.
HMS has created a resources portal to help identify which Microsoft technologies can be advantageous when using TimeControl. The portal includes numerous resources including white papers, webcasts, PowerPoint presentations and more. The TimeControl Microsoft Technology Portal can be found at: TimeControl.com/use-cases/microsoft-portal.
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 information about TimeControlOnline, our hosted timesheet subscription service in the cloud, go to www.timecontrol.net.
For any other questions, please contact HMS Software at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
BrightWork was founded in 1995 by Éamonn McGuinness with the purpose of making successful project and portfolio management possible and easy for every organization. BrightWork delivers a SharePoint solution for project and portfolio management that includes a range of best-practice templates and advanced cross-project reporting. The collaborative templates and automated reporting enable project managers to increase project success, and gives senior executives the high-level visibility they need to ensure customer satisfaction. For more information on BrightWork, visit www.BrightWork.com
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 Aegion, CRIM, MCAP, Georgia Pacific, Xerox, Volvo Novabus, the Government of Quebec, CAE, Safran, Tractor Supply, General Dynamics, Siemens, Foster Wheeler, EXFO, Boeing, Value Recovery, Pontoon, March Consulting and hundreds of others.