Etain is one of UK’s and Ireland's leading custom software development companies. With headquarters in Belfast, and offices in London and Dublin, it is oriented on different markets. Being able to communicate, consolidate, and architect even the most complex of solutions for banks and financial institutions, Etain is helping more and more organizations become digital leaders.
Replacing quite a few tools with one
As the volume of projects started to grow, Etain found themselves in a position of using too many project management tools that were overcomplicating the processes and creating more administrative work for everyone. Regular workflow tasks, resource management, time registrations, project finances, were all kept in separate systems, in no way connected with each other. As a result, assembling the information dominated their work hours when they needed to follow up on the project progress.
Until one day, when Stacey McKinstry, a Finance Manager at Etain talked to her friend, who suggested checking up on Harvest. Stacey, responsible for the monthly accounts and performing the role touching on operations, saw a growing need in automation and the ability to stay at least one month ahead of project finances. Looking for Harvest, Stacey ended up in Forecast’s app catalog by accident. She soon realized that it was an even better fit for her company, because of the unifying capabilities Forecast provided.
“We had a lot of different systems not doing very much,” recalls Stacey. “Forecast centralized a lot of information and gave project managers a view from the project’s baby stages right through to the budget and profitability. It’s one encompassing system for everything.”
Before Forecast, Etain used Timesheet Portal, Microsoft Project, Resource Guru, and a couple more applications that, at the end of the day, didn’t fulfill their expectations because of the lack of connectivity.
Cutting administrative work in half
Since using Forecast, Etain has cut project management overhead and admin time in half. Project managers that used to spend time in different systems importing and exporting information into other systems, swapped around a completely obsolete process to automation and rich digital dashboards.
Perfect from a finance point of view, it’s also been life-changing for project managers.
Now, instead of exporting information from Excel into Timesheet Portal to be able to run a project burndown, project managers just login to Forecast to check up on the progress. "They have more time to do project management and they’ve already started to see the benefit,” says Stacey. Administrative workloads no longer clog up their days.