Product Updates

TimeTracker now available in the Visual Studio Gallery

Starting today, those interested in benefitting from the time-management capabilities of Openhour's TimeTracker can download the platform via the Visual Studio Gallery. With our recent Visual Studio 2015 integration, TimeTracker hosts improved functionality for developers working within Microsoft's comprehensive application-building environment. And for those assessing time daily against a project plan or client requests, TimeTracker can alleviate the burden of documenting one's spent time; the tool runs in the background, automatically capturing your professional efforts using project codes, ultimately presenting a compiled, fully editable timesheet for your review and submission.

Click here to download Openhour's TimeTracker from the Visual Studio Gallery.

TimeTracker now integrates with Microsoft Visual Studio 2015

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Re-envisioning our brand and platform

When beginning a venture, one often envisions an ambitious goal that solves a significant problem; to develop a solution so complete, the product launch itself feels like a finale of sorts. Looking back, this beautifully positive outlook was a part of my vision when starting Openhour (formerly CreativeWorx). We were on a mission to provide something spectacular for creative services industries, addressing an issue that has plagued consultants and firms alike, for decades.

Then we got started. The path of a successful venture rarely follows a straight line.

ENTER TIMETRACKER

Upon first launching one year ago, we presented TimeTracker – a platform that solved the problems of late and inaccurate timesheets by leveraging automated activity collection, big data analysis, and machine learning. Despite the appealing market size and positive reaction from clients, I couldn’t help but examing the resulting analytics and contemplate the possibility that we had built something more meaningful than initially planned.

And in business, meaningfulness ought to be pursued, when possible.

MICROSOFT VENTURES

Microsoft Ventures selected our company to participate in their four-month start-up accelerator focused on enterprise productivity. Their investment and engagement became the catalyst to accelerate our development and capitalize on the much broader opportunity that we had created with our platform. The pieces were coming together.

MAKING MEANING

The Openhour platform has the potential to solve many issues across industries, by automatically capturing and understanding how people consume time. We are defining a new category of personal metrics, called Quantified Performance.

This expansion of our product drives productivity improvements related to how time is spent. While highlighting something as everyday as time, our platform was beginning to feel, well, exciting.

NEW PRODUCT, NEW VISION

Given our new product developments, the need to rebrand the company became obvious; clients, partners and investors felt the name CreativeWorx no longer aligned with our vision. We needed to reflect the value we provide people and organizations.

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Openhour encourages users to understand the details of how they spend their time, so they can identify and maximize each open hour; we want to encourage people to better balance their lives, through time. And at an organizational level, effective time management is imperative, improving productivity and personal satisfaction.

Those of us at Openhour realize this is a significant endeavor, but we’re pursuing it with the understanding that “significant” was one of our first collective goals.

THE FUTURE OF OPENHOUR

Time is the one resource we cannot get back. The Openhour mission is to help people save and enjoy our most precious resource, and we’re excited to see others are compelled by this vision.

Over the past month we’ve invited press to experience the new company and platform. Resulting from these efforts, Joao-Pierre Ruth of Xconomy crafted this piece highlighting our work amid Microsoft Ventures and intention to expand our focus, with Openhour.

As we continue on our path, we anticipate sharing additional stories on Openhour developments by press resources.

Above all, thank you for joining us on this adventure. We're grateful to have you with us.


Mark Hirsch  |  CEO of Openhour

TimeTracker Feature: "Project Nicknames"

FEATURE 4: PERSONAL PROJECT NICKNAMESHave you ever found yourself staring at a list of project names and billing codes, trying to determine which one is valid...despite having used that same code for weeks?!! Well, you're not alone. It's a common occurrence, but it doesn't have to be that way!

We've heard you loud and clear on this issue, and we're thrilled to announce TimeTracker Nicknames.

Nicknames are a simple concept: You provide alternative names that replace your project names in the TimeTracker interface. The original names are not lost, they're simply replaced in the user interface. However, your real-time searches are automatically processed against both the company name and your personal nickname.

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Defining your Project Nicknames is an easy task. Simply click the Edit Project icon and then click the pencil to edit the Project. When the window appears, you'll find a field for Personal Nickname. Enter the desired personal nickname and hit Save. That's It! (You may need to "refresh" your project lists from the Creative Suite extension and the TimeTracker Desktop application.)

Go enjoy it!