Dive Into Innotas!
November 03, 2015
Dive Into Innotas!
Score 8 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Innotas
Innotas is being used within our Information Technology Department to track time spent on work for maintenance, production support, as well as project level work. It gives upper level management insight into resource management - is there a need for additional resources for the work load placed on current employees. It also tracks the effort for projects being worked on our portfolio to report more accurately the effort by the resources on the project.
- To me, the best thing it does from a project standpoint is track the effort by all resources on the project. It does require accurate reporting by the resources, but it can be truly helpful to management to know if projects are on track, behind, need additional resources, etc.
- Based on the tasks entered and their estimates in the beginning, as users enter their time, it reduces the time left on the task, and therefore, reports accurately. It minimizes human error for reporting purposes, and makes reporting extremely easy and effortless.
- It takes very little time for people to enter their time spent on a task, and it allows them to add comments for historical purposes for specific information about the time spent on a task.
- It takes some time to figure out how to do things in Innotas and is not very intuitive in my opinion. There are lots of avenues and ways to go about getting it to do what you want it to do. I wish it was a little more straight forward when setting up a project in Innotas.
- Some users think it's time consuming, although if they were trained properly and understood the benefits of Innotas, it may be different. So, possibly having quick tips within Innotas to help users better navigate and use the system itself.
- It's definitely been a huge help with reporting statuses of projects and being able to hire additional resources when people are overloaded.
We use JIRA in addition to Innotas. Innotas simply tracks the time spent whereas JIRA tracks the process and flow of the work. As I stated in a previous part of this review, I wish we could integrate the two where our time added to tasks in JIRA could roll up to the project in Innotas without having people duplicate their time entry.
Since we use Innotas for tracking project work, I personally think it is well suited for that. I think it may be less appropriate for simply tracking a person's time spent at work, although we use it for that as well. We have some teams within IT that use JIRA. I wish we could integrate JIRA and Innotas, and I'm sure there is a way to do that. We just haven't done it; but it would be very beneficial if there was an easy way to integrate those two systems for even better and more accurate reporting.