Awe Thanks

treeI recently enjoyed reading The Healing Power of Nature, an article in the July 14th issue of TIME magazine by Alexandra Sifferlin. One of the points in the piece was that a 2015 study found that people who spent 60 seconds looking up at towering trees were more likely to report feeling awe than those who looked at equally tall buildings.  

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Tech Changes Are Good Changes

ipads and floppiesWhen I was in my teens, my dad used to tell me that when he was a kid, a slice of pizza cost a nickel. I didn’t think much of it. I was getting a slice and a coke for a buck at that time. Not too bad, I thought. Things change. Now as a father myself, I understand what he was trying to tell me. Cost has certainly gone up over the years. Pizza for my sons costs quite a bit more than when I was a kid.

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Enhancement Requests

please-okI do believe that one of the strengths of Spitfire Management is our close relationships with our clients. Development spends a considerable amount of time and energy keeping up with new trends in technology and exploring what clients will be looking for next in project management software. Each version of the Spitfire Project Management System offers major new features and better ways to get tasks done. But Development also listens to our existing clients, who are free to ask at any time for improved features–both big and small–through enhancement requests.

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Data Deduplication and Single Instance Storage

deduplicationOkay, so this article is for the IT Crowd, or at least those who thought the British comedy was funny.   You see, sales told me that the fact that our system includes automatic and transparent Data Deduplication is so darn dry and boring that they couldn’t imagine including it in a fact sheet anywhere.

Apparently, the feature is so obscure  that even Google Chrome’s spell check doesn’t believe “deduplication” is a word.   Maybe that’s why Wikipedia has entries for both Data Deduplication and Single Instance Storage.

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“You guys are so darn cool!”

new enhancements make clients happyThe quote above came from a client recently.  Why was he so happy?  Because he had sent an enhancement request to Support and Support was able to tell him “we’ve already added that in V4.3” (our latest version).

While we get many ideas from clients on how to improve our software (and I know that Development considers each suggestion), sometimes we come up with ideas ourselves in anticipation of our client’s needs.  And by “we” I do mean everyone at Spitfire Management.  As we teach the Spitfire Project Management System, as we answer questions about it and demo it and document it and implement it, we all think of ways that the system could work better.  And we, ourselves, pass those ideas along to Development.

Sometimes those suggestions are not even major enhancements, but rather little tweaks that make it easier and faster for our clients to get work done.  Because, really, that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

What functionality do you look for in a project management system?  What user-interface features make work easier for you?  What makes you think, “Now, that would be cool!”? You never know; it may already be on our drawing board.