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Is Skedsheet another version of JobTracker?

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For the past 6 years, we’ve been helping companies solve their scheduling problems with Moraware JobTracker. Skedsheet came about because we asked ourselves “If you were starting from scratch, what product would you build today?”

Luckily for us, we’re not starting from scratch. We’ve learned a lot over the past 6 years about replacing whiteboards and spreadsheets with dedicated scheduling software. And we’ve accumulated a lot of knowledge on the technical side around building robust web applications.

For those who know us from JobTracker, it’s natural to wonder if Skedsheet is just JobTracker light. Skedsheet is completely independent from JobTracker, and it has a very different purpose. (For those looking for a small version of JobTracker, we sell JobTracker Basic Edition for $99/month.)

Here are a few key differences between Skedsheet and JobTracker:

Skedsheet JobTracker
Purpose? Organize your schedule in a way that’s as easy to use, and show it on a calendar for easier understanding, without re-writing everything to Outlook or a whiteboard. Track every change made so you never lose important information. Track every important detail of every job online in one place, so everyone can find exactly what they need to do their job.

Who uses it? One person can start using it, share it with others. Maybe it grows to entire company using it, maybe not. Entire company – JobTracker is the central repository for job information.

How to get started? Anyone who wants to use it can start for free with no approval from the boss. Spend a couple minutes uploading a spreadsheet you already have, and start using it immediately. Business owners and key decision makers agree that JobTracker is the best solution, then spend a couple weeks implementing and getting current job information into the system.

Written by Ted Pitts

January 31, 2009 at 3:14 pm

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What do you do with a whiteboard?

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We think calendar whiteboards are bad. You can’t put a lot of information on a whiteboard, so you still need a spreadsheet for all of the details. Whiteboards don’t keep track of what you changed, and you can accidentally wipe out a lot by brushing against it with your shoulder.

I’ve got a whiteboard in my office, but mostly doodle on it. I think there are good uses for whiteboards… brainstorming, making a rough sketch of something, but this is my favorite:

Written by Harry Hollander

January 30, 2009 at 4:43 pm

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Hello world!

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I’ve been looking at the blank page, thinking of an awesome first post. Turns out, I really want to just say “testing, 1, 2, 3…” because chances are good that there’s an extra knob or dial that needs to be turned somewhere, and I won’t know until I add this.

So, I’ll introduce myself. I’m Harry, I work at Moraware, and I’m the guy who gets to do a little of everything. This is actually good, since I have the attention-span of a 3-year-old. For the past few years, we’ve been making scheduling and job management software, and now we’re trying a new twist with skedsheet.

In the past we’ve been scared of blogging because everything you write goes down on your permanent record. Well, instead of letting it paralyze me it’s an incentive to keep things fresh and make sure that the posts keep getting better over time.

We’re hoping to use this blog as a place to talk about what we’re working on, both product-wise and business wise. Some of the struggles, inspiration, and hopefully a funny story every so often.


Written by Harry Hollander

January 27, 2009 at 6:16 pm

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