TimeTracker now integrates with Microsoft Visual Studio 2015

TimeTracker integrates with an array of tools offered by Adobe, Apple, Google, Intuit, and Microsoft, and we are continually expanding the capacity of Openhour’s premier productivity-focused platform.

Today, we are pleased to announce the integration of TimeTracker with Microsoft Visual Studio 2015.

With TimeTracker automatically capturing time for those building within the Visual Studio Development Environment (IDE), we can help document and understand how developers spend their productive time, and eventually provide thoughtful analytics to guide professional endeavors and improve developers’ overall workday experience.

“Together, Openhour and Microsoft provide a solution that helps developers focus on what matters most,” explains Openhour CEO, Mark Hirsch.

We anticipate further integrations with Microsoft services to better serve Openhour customers – providing fitting solutions for businesses, large and small, and across industries.

Be the first to get TimeTracker for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015. Register here.

TimeTracker announces integration with QuickBooks

TimeTracker integrates fluidly with tools available in Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and Adobe Creative Cloud, as well as productivity applications by Apple, among others.

Today, we are thrilled to highlight our integration of TimeTracker with Intuit QuickBooks. With TimeTracker automatically capturing time, it is now even easier to submit time to QuickBooks, providing a streamlined process for submitting completed projects to clients.

Together, TimeTracker and QuickBooks provide a solution that lets professionals focus on what matters most.

We are encouraged by the partnership with Intuit, and look to continue integrating with Intuit’s other business and financial management solutions for small businesses, consumers and accounting professionals.

Be the first to get TimeTracker for QuickBooks. Simply register here and then in your Account Settings (Preferences section), simply click the “Connect to QuickBooks” button.

Connect to QuickBooks Button

Organize your time: Past, present, and future with TimeTracker

For those professionally invested in client services – from a digital creative agency crafting developing applications, to a legal firm verbalizing the respective positions of clientele – it’s likely your day-to-day workplace endeavors are in a constant flux; from new clients to fresh projects, each day invites something different – often requiring a different focus.

TimeTracker is built to adapt with you, to make sure tracking your time remains as effortless as possible.

Your project efforts, captured with ease.

With TimeTracker, you can add, edit, or hide projects in your Projects List at any time. Click the gear icon of the Projects section on the right side of the Calendar View.

If you have an individual account, you’ll be able to Add/Create projects in the same location. If you have a TimeTracker Team or Enterprise account, you’ll be able to Add projects to your list from the organization’s list. Just double-click on a Project to move it into your list.

Cross-platform syncing.

Your Project List will be visible in all of TimeTracker interfaces – browser, desktop application, and the Adobe Creative Cloud extension. Make a change in one place, and all interfaces will sync.

Within the Edit Projects panel, you make Hide/Unhide a Project by clicking the Eye Icon. This can be particularly useful if your company has numerous ongoing projects. Simply Hide them when you’re done, and Unhide them when they’re needed once more.

We are continually looking for new ways to improve the TimeTracker experience – if you have feedback and a moment to spare, please contact our team at feedback@openhour.com.

The market for analytics: Openhour is making data meaningful

With a mass of headlines and marketing campaigns highlighting the importance of Big Data, it may seem somewhat obvious to assert that data is big. Especially now.

Over the past decade our capacity to capture and assess massive swaths of data has increased significantly; analysis that would have once commanded hours of processing now requires mere seconds. And we’re only recently beginning to envision how best this newfound ability can be harnessed.

Those of us at Openhour are thrilled to be playing a part in this shared venture by making data meaningful, starting with TimeTracker.

Making data meaningful.

TimeTracker provides you with the personal intelligence needed to continually improve your expenditure of time, from the simplest on-time timesheet preparation, to offering analytical insights to help users understand where the minutes and hours of every day are being spent.

With weighty companies like Microsoft identifying unique ways to integrate data in users’ day-to-day, via platforms like Office Delve and their recent acquisition of VoloMetrix, we’re excited by the market validation, knowing that Openhour’s patent-pending efforts can extract unique productivity analytics from the myriad of data-centric apps and user applications.

Moving forward, with TimeTracker.

As we continue building TimeTracker (and beyond), we’ll offer updates on features, feature benefits, and insights from Openhour’s ever-growing data bank.

Quantified Performance: Your professional efforts, by the numbers

In support of our leading goal to help users improve productivity, we’ve built the most sophisticated behavioral analytics platform for professionals; with TimeTracker and beyond, we want to benefit businesses by capturing productivity data and providing actionable, reliable analytics.

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure,” explains Openhour CEO, Mark Hirsch.

TimeTracker provides you with the personal intelligence necessary to continually improve your expenditure of time, from the simplest on-time submissions to offering analytical guidance to help users understand where the minutes and hours of every day are being spent.

Have you ever wondered where the day went? Ever considered that you might be faster at responding to emails in the morning? Ever left a meeting and questioned what was accomplished, truly? A holistic view of how you are spending your time can help prioritize time in the future.

Quantify your performance.

Quantified Performance will continue to be a focus for Openhour, and we have a collection of data-driven features intended to assist those dedicated to improving their personal and professional productivity.

We know you can’t get your time back, but we hope that TimeTracker can get close.

Cross-device, cross-platform integrations.

TimeTracker is taking a step closer to aggregating time across busy lifestyles and multiple mediums. Future phases of Openhour include phone, fitness trackers, and Internet-of-Things integrations, to make tracking time as effortless as possible, using the devices and platforms that are already a part of your life.

And of course, we will place updates to the Openhour Blog as we continue developing and launching new integrations for TimeTracker.

Openhour customer benefits: Our transition to Microsoft Azure

When choosing a cloud computing platform, a number of details are likely to drive the decision. For many companies, database breadth and ease of integration lead the selection process, though for those with a consumer-facing product, performance metrics may trump all other measures.

“Performance impacts the customer in both obvious and not-so-evident ways. At Openhour, the experience of our customers inspires every innovation,” explains CEO Mark Hirsch.

With our recent transition to Azure, the Openhour engineering team identified a notable improvement in the customer experience of TimeTracker; with faster, more consistent service, our platform will be more responsive to customers’ individual needs, and ultimately, more engaging as a whole.

And these gains in performance positively impact our engineering team, too.

Openhour engineers note Azure’s extended global database network and flexibility among operating systems, programming languages, databases and devices, offer a superior overall engineering experience – encouraging faster, more resolute builds by the team. Coupled with Microsoft’s strong customer service, our Azure engagement has been little short of flawless.

As we continue our transition to Azure – expected to release in-full over the coming week – we will provide platform-specific updates and tips from our engineers to yours.

Transitioning to Azure: Moving our business to Microsoft’s cloud solution

As we execute on the broader vision for Openhour, we continue expanding TimeTracker features and developing additional ways for users to maximize their time with automatic learning from their behaviors.

As a part of our growth, and following participation in the Microsoft Ventures’ accelerator, we’ve made the decision to move our business from AWS to Microsoft’s cloud solution Azure, to capitalize on improved performance, global capacity, and ease of development.

MS Azure

As with any significant technical transition, we were prepared for a challenge, starting with learning a completely different user interface.

Fortunately, Microsoft’s cloud solution offers a UI that is “far more consistent and predictable” than competing platforms, explains Openhour CTO, David Torres. “Azure feels very interface driven,” says Torres, who affirms to those new to Azure, “Once you understand the basics you can navigate very quickly.”

Torres recommends dedicating time to understand Azure’s interface to take advantage of the breadth of features.

Encountering issues during the transition process, the Openhour technical team has been pleased with Microsoft’s “personalized, hands-on” approach to customer service. “I’m definitely enjoying working with Azure and it keeps improving every day,” says Torres, who assures Microsoft’s Azure support team has “been extremely helpful in planning architecture and solving issues.”

As Openhour engineers continue to learn more about the Azure platform, we’ll offer updates on our experience and any tips we believe may be helpful for those new to Microsoft’s cloud solution.