HMS launches TimeControl 4.5

A major release of one of the world's most popular timesheet systems begins shipping

Montreal, October 20, 2005 - HMS Software, a leading provider of project management and enterprise timesheet solutions, announced the release of TimeControl, version 4.5. This major release of HMS Software's popular enterprise project timesheet system includes a number of exciting new features and several enhancements which constitute a huge leap forward for TimeControl. These new features are designed to improve usability of the project-based system and improve corporate effectiveness.

TimeControl 4.5

"Version 4.5 of TimeControl represents a significant enhancement to the product." explains Stephen Eyton-Jones, Director of Technical Services for HMS Software. "Our development team has been working on this for almost a year. We have polled both existing and prospective users to create features we know are needed in the marketplace. In particular, the ability to manage user-defined fields dynamically from within the interface and to edit the interface definition including all the field names, will have a dramatic impact on the flexibility of the system."

TimeControl 4.5 includes:

Manage field names within the TimeControl interface Until now, changing the name of a field could only be accomplished by an Administrator working on the actual server where the ATS was installed. In TimeControl 4.5, this functionality has been integrated directly into the Administration menu and access to it is managed through User Profiles. An administrator can now update the names of existing or user-defined fields along with the equivalent translation value for any of the existing languages which TimeControl supports. An administrator can also create a completely new language or a variant on an existing language and manage the field names, error messages, and other text-values of the system from within this utility.

User-defined fields TimeControl already supports an unlimited number of user-defined fields for each table. Now, the ability to add a new field is managed completely within the TimeControl menu. In the past, administrators had to execute SQL commands to create the field and to populate certain required values in different TimeControl tables. Now this flexibility is completely automated. Administrators can add a new field to any of the tables directly through a menu selection from the table screen in question. In addition, multiple types of fields are now supported including text, numeric and date fields.

Edit pop-up fields on-screen TimeControl has a little-known capacity to create a list of selectable values for any field. Previously this function appeared in the Administration area only. In TimeControl 4.5, the ability to create and/or edit a pop-up list of values for any field can be managed from within the table screen where that field appears. Users with the appropriate rights are now able to add a new pop-up value instantly.

Delegate Timesheet Users can now delegate authority for entering or approving timesheets. This feature is particularly useful when a supervisor must be absent for a period of time and wishes to assign the responsibility of approving timesheets in their absence to another user.

TimeControl 4.5's improved functionality includes:

  • Improved installation

  • Enhanced batch release via the timesheet list

  • Improved error handling

  • Improved Wizards for reporting and exporting

  • Ability to edit reports after they've been created

  • Extended security for table functions

  • Improved table dialogs for all tables

  • Improved grid for filtering and sorting data

  • Improved PM links to Microsoft Project Server, Primavera and Open Plan

"We are very excited about this release," says Chris Vandersluis, President of HMS Software. "In particular, the work that was done by our team to identify where organizations would get the most value from our product, has been key to this release. We've been able to include features that will have the greatest impact on the effectiveness of their organizations. We've also been able to speak with our implementation partners around the world and our development partners, including Microsoft and Primavera, to ensure that our upcoming release delivers value added to their solutions."

TimeControl 4.5 is available for immediate shipment. Clients with a current support and maintenance contract will receive the new version free of charge. Pricing for new systems varies according to volume - from $50 to $160 per license.

To find out more about TimeControl 4.5, visit the TimeControl's Latest page.

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.

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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.

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