Timesheet Tracker Targets VS.NET
TeamExpand has announced a commercial version of its TX Chrono product. The Web-based timesheet-tracking application is aimed at software development organizations that have standardized on the Visual Studio .NET environment.
Essentially a Visual Studio Team System add-on, this version of TX Chrono comes with bug fixes, new workflow functionality and complete Team Foundation Server (TFS) compatibility, which will, the company says, "make software development activities more visible and predictable."
According to TeamExpand CTO Andrei Yurkevich, TX Chrono fills a gap in TFS functionality to provide timesheet-reporting capabilities the system traditionally lacks. It lets project managers and team members submit, approve and analyze timesheets and provides a set of notification capabilities that TFS lacks, he says. The new time-sheet app is designed to allow project managers to take control of employee activities, with the aim of increasing productivity and accelerating release cycles.
TeamExpand was founded in 2007. The company is a subsidiary of Altoros Systems Inc., which describes itself as "a global software delivery acceleration specialist." Headquartered in Western Massachusetts, the company also has a software development center in Minsk, Belarus.
Time is money, says TeamExpand evangelist Alena Semeshko. "TX Chrono is developed for those who understand the value of time and directly attribute this resource to money they earn or pay," she says. "It's a time-control tool that we've incorporated into your daily work. It doesn't require any additional resources beyond your TFS. It creates a powerful working environment for efficient work planning, reporting and monitoring."
The full-fledged, licensed version of TX Chrono is still under development, says Semeshko, but a trial version is available now as a free download from the company's Web site