Central Desktop, a leading cloud-based collaboration platform company, today announced the first phase of project management enhancements to their platform. The updates, including the addition of Gantt charts, budgeted-versus-actual time and resource tracking, and streamlined task management, will further integrate the company’s project planning and execution capabilities. These improvements are the first in a series to roll out later this quarter.

“These enhancements will enable our customers to bridge the gap between project planning and project execution by automating processes and creating clear project visibility. This keeps everyone focused on the right things without losing sight of the big picture,” said Isaac Garcia, CEO and co-founder of Central Desktop. “We’re confident these updates will increase the speed and execution of how teams manage and complete projects.”

Central Desktop’s online collaboration platform centralizes social and workflow tools into one access point in the cloud, bringing teams together to collaborate more effectively and get back to the root of their natural teamwork process. As more teams seek ways to simplify processes, companies are recognizing the need for a solution that organically combines these applications in a comprehensive offering versus “bolting on” features or simply providing a narrow, one-off solution.

The new enhancements are ideal for marketing organizations and creative agencies that tackle several projects at a time across different teams. The upgrades make it easy for teams to plan, organize, manage resources, and execute as simply and efficiently as possible throughout the course of a project.

“The project management improvements will help our team accomplish key goals, keep a closer eye on costs and better manage resources that could otherwise slow down a project,” said Michelle Wilson of SCS Engineers. “It’s absolutely essential for us to have one central place that brings together all the tools necessary for project planning and execution, so we can keep the focus on our core business and our clients.”

The first phase of upgrades includes a streamlined user interface, deeper project management capabilities, and the ability to track projects across an organization and better manage time and resources.

Initial features included in this project management upgrade include:

  • Gantt charts that display teams’ project schedules from start to finish and help to better illustrate the project plan for a more global and visual perspective of project scheduling
  • A new “Projects” tab which lets users view the status and progress of all milestones, manage task lists, rapidly add tasks, and track deadlines and time spent on tasks all in one place
  • Enhanced time tracking functionality that gives project and account managers the ability to manage budgeted versus actual time spent on individual tasks and provide additional insight in to project duration, so that project workflow is not interrupted

Central Desktop is a cloud-based collaboration platform that centralizes the way people work, teams collaborate and managers lead. The company’s comprehensive online collaboration solution centralizes social and workflow tools into one access point in the cloud, streamlining processes and bringing people together to collaborate and engage.

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