December 6, 2000
OpenAir Adds Resource Management Module to Its Web-Native Professional
Services Automation (PSA) Suite
Manages Staffing Needs Over Project Lifecycles, Boosting Utilization and Profits
Anaheim, Calif. (December 6, 2000) Boston - OpenAir today announced at Project
World Anaheim 2000 the upcoming addition of its resource management module, Resources,
to its Professional Services Automation (PSA) suite. Resources makes it easy to cost
effectively deploy staff throughout project lifecycles from initial estimate through
completion. It is the sixth integrated module in a suite that already includes:
Proposals, Projects, Timesheets, Expenses, and Invoices.
PSA solutions help Professional Service Organizations (PSOs) better manage both
information and people. A PSO's most important assets are human and intellectual
capital, so it is critical to accurately estimate staffing needs in proposals, deploy
staff effectively and efficiently, and track their progress and utilization throughout
an entire project. Fine-tuned and reliable resource management tools are a critical
component of any PSO.
"Resources will be key to helping our users plan and organize projects,” said Jeff
Hunt, VP of Marketing for OpenAir. “With Resources OpenAir users will improve
service quality by ensuring that all projects are appropriately staffed and will
increase profits by optimizing employee utilization."
Employees at PSOs that use OpenAir can now enter their skills and project
preferences into the OpenAir Web site. Project managers can easily search for
specific skills and availability and allocate staff for each project without having to
check personally with each individual. During the lifecycle of a project, a manager can
instantly check the status of every active project for each person. At the end of a
project, the financial manager can view utilization and profitability metrics for that
project. OpenAir Resources helps a company increase both its revenue and the accuracy of
its project bids by estimating and managing projects more effectively.
Resources will be available on December 19th.
All OpenAir services, including Resources, Proposals, Projects, Timesheets,
Expenses, and Invoices, can be used individually, in any combination or as a complete
suite of business services depending on a company's needs. The OpenAir Web-native
delivery platform and ASP model make the system both affordable and immediately
To make the suite even more accessible for on-the-go professionals and to ensure
accurate and real time data entry, OpenAir offers several data entry methods,
including handheld PDAs using the Palm Computing® platform, WAP-enabled phones, and the
OpenAir OffLine thin client for use on a PC when it is not connected to the Internet.
OpenAir, founded in 1999 as TimeBills.com, is the integrated suite of Web-native
business tools that gives companies a more efficient way to win new business, optimize
resources, deliver services and manage financial processes. These services allow
professionals to allocate and manage resources, build and submit proposals, analyze
employee time, report and approve travel expenses, track and bill time, create and
deliver invoices and outsource payroll and expense reimbursement.
More than 45,000 professionals currently utilize OpenAir to increase profits.
Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, OpenAir supports all major Internet
browsers and is easily accessed from any Internet-equipped computer. All data is backed
up on state-of-the-art servers, encrypted, password protected and only accessible to the