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Differences Between Project Clock Editions

Project Clock is a project time entry and time billing application that keeps accurate time records and manages project costs and schedules. See the Project Clock page for more information.

There are eight different editions of Project Clock: Project Clock Standard, Project Clock Pro, Project Clock Client/Server, Project Clock Enterprise, Project Clock Web, Project Clock Palm, Project Clock CE and Employee Project Clock. CyberMatrix Timesheets, is based on the timesheet entry feature in Project Clock Pro.
 


Project Clock Standard

This edition of Project Clock is the most affordable and can only run on single user machines. Data cannot be shared over a network and there is no custom reporting feature.
 
Pros

  • Very easy to install.
  • Affordable.
  • Easy to use graphical interface.

Cons

  • Data cannot be shared over a network.
  • Can only be used on Windows machines.
  • Cannot change or create reports.

Project Clock Pro

Project Clock Pro has all the features of Project Clock Standard but also allows multiple users to share common data over a network. Project Clock Pro also has a custom reporting tool that enables users to edit and create reports. The Pro edition has a security feature to prevent users from seeing the time data of others. A timesheet entry form in the Pro edition lets you enter a weeks worth of data at a single sitting.
 
Pros

  • Time data can be shared over a network.
  • Easy to install.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Simple intuitive graphical interface.
  • Can change and create reports.

Cons

  • More likely to require occasional database re-indexing maintenance in an unstable environment. An unstable environment is one in which a machine crashes or is powered off improperly.
  • Poor performance with many (10 or more) people using it at the same time.
  • Can only be used on Windows PCs.

Project Clock Client/Server

Project Clock C/S is the most expensive of the Project Clock editions. The client/server edition of Project Clock is ideal for small or large numbers of simultaneous users in a Windows environment who need to access time charge data over the intranet or Internet. Project Clock C/S has all the features of Project Clock Pro except that the raw data and configuration options can only be accessed and changed in the server application. Project Clock C/S is a true client/server implementation in that all database access takes place only on the server. Additionally, the data is shared over a TCP/IP connection. This means you can have a server running in Wyoming and have a client with an open Internet connection running in Australia sharing time data like it was in Wyoming.

  Pros

  • Time data can be accessed over an intranet or even the Internet.
  • Low probability of needing database re-indexing maintenance.
  • Good performance with many people using it at the same time.
  • Simple intuitive graphical interface.
  • Can change and create reports.

Cons

  • Can only be used on Windows PCs.
  • Cannot directly connect to other database servers such as MS SQL Server or MySQL.

Project Clock Enterprise


Project Clock Enterprise is ideal for large numbers of people using it at the same time on a Windows network who need to access project time data over the network or over Internet. Project Clock Enterprise has all the features of Project Clock Client/Server. The biggest advantage of Project Clock Enterprise over Project Clock Client/Server is that the Enterprise edition is scalable. You can start with a small group of users using a single database server. Over time you can increase the number of users. If performance starts to degrade you can use your database server's load balancing capabilities to improve performance. Using the advanced features of database servers, you can accommodate unlimited numbers of people.

Pros

  • Time data can be shared over an intranet or even the Internet.
  • Data can be stored on your choice of several database servers, including MS SQL Server and MySQL.
  • Very little chance of requiring database re-indexing maintenance.
  • Good performance with many people using it at the same time.
  • User-friendly interface.

Cons

  • Can only be used on Windows PCs.
  • Must use and maintain an external database server, such as MS SQL Server and MySQL.


Project Clock Web

Project Clock Web can run from a web browser on virtually any operating system. The Project Clock Web is ideal for small or large numbers of users who need to record time charge data over the intranet or Internet. Due to the limitations of web applications not all the features of the Windows editions of Project Clock can be found in the web edition. For example, the Data Manager in Project Clock Web is not as easy to use, the project and task pull-down lists in the Timesheet Entry form do not limit based on the client or project selected.

Pros

  • Time data can be shared over the intranet or even the Internet.
  • Low probability of needing database re-indexing maintenance.
  • Good performance with many people using it at the same time.
  • Software can be used from any web browser.

Cons

  • Less functional Html interface.
  • Must run the server software on a Windows-based PC.
  • Cannot change or create reports.
  • Cannot directly connect to other database servers, such as MySQL or MS SQL Server.

Project Clock App

Project Clock App runs on iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, iPods), Android devices, and on Macs and PCs using the Chrome browser. Project Clock App can be used by itself to collect time spent on different projects. However, the main purpose of Project Clock App is to allow the data collected on a compatible device to be imported into the Windows edition of Project Clock.


Pros

  • Automatic installation and updates.

Cons

  • Fewer features than Windows editions.
  • Database can be lost on dumping browser cache.

Project Clock CE

Project Clock CE runs on Windows Mobile-based (except SmartPhones) and Windows Embedded-based handheld computers (PDAs). Project Clock CE can be used by itself to collect time spent on different projects. However, the main use of Project Clock CE is to allow the data collected on a Pocket PC device to be imported into the Windows edition of Project Clock.
 


Project Clock Palm

Project Clock Palm runs on handheld computers (PDAs) using PalmOS. Project Clock Palm can be used by itself to collect time spent on different projects. However, the main use of Project Clock Palm is to allow the data collected on the Palm to be imported into the Windows edition of Project Clock.
 



Employee Project Clock

Employee Project Clock is similar to Project Clock Pro but with a few important exceptions. Unlike Project Clock Pro, in Employee Project Clock time records are not stamped with the person's network LoginID. Instead Employee Project Clock has the Employee field. When using Employee Project Clock each Employee must choose their name from a pull-down list before they start or stop billing. Employee Project Clock was intended to replace the old time-card machines.


CyberMatrix Timesheets

CyberMatrix Timesheets is very similar to the timesheet entry feature of Project Clock Pro. Unlike Project Clock Pro, timesheets in CyberMatrix Timesheets must be approved by a manager before they can be used in reports. CyberMatrix Timesheets was designed for those companies that do not need precise details of the time people spend on projects, just a fast method of entering a week's worth of time data in one setting.

 

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"As a Law Enforcement consultant, I was looking for a ‘quick, down and dirty’ management and billing program. I downloaded over 15 different programs and all were either too cumbersome or time consuming to bother with. UNTIL I found Project Clock. As with any government bureaucracy, all projects are given names (usually silly acronyms), but the bean counters only want the project codes to properly charge the project. Viola!!, Project Clock does just want Big Brother asks for. Thanks for using the KISS principle."

- William L. Stillman


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