Need better scheduling software...
April 10, 2006 2:44 PM   Subscribe

Anyone have the holy grail of personnel scheduling? Web based, muli-user, and....

Searching desperately for a scheduling solution. We're a department in a reasonably small academic library that has a wishlist for our scheduling:

*Interface with Outlook (the university insists that we use Outlook for meeting reminders and such...if the solution doesn't sync, it just adds to our workload having to manually move things over)
*Have web based output. We want to be able to post the reference desk schedule directly from the scheduling software to a website that is publically available. Doesn't have to be interactive, but needs to be accurate and "live" or configurable to update as needed.
*Must support multiple users, and access levels would be great.

We currently use Outlook for rough scheduling, but it doesn't allow a lot of things that more robust scheduling apps should (ability to overlay individual schedules to determine if someone is free, for example). We'd like something a bit more user friendly, if possible. We could use Outlook, if there was a plugin or something that would push it to the web in some manner.

We're not tied to local software, web based would be ok. We have the ability to use local Windows XP machines if needed, but also can support LAMP style software on our local server. Have a preference for open source, but would be willing to entertain commercial if it answered our questions. Multiple software is even fine...don't need an "all in one" solution, if multiple pieces will solve the issues.

Any suggestions? Even software to explore would be helpful...websites? I've seen 30boxes...any other web 2.0 calendaring apps to check out?
posted by griffey to Computers & Internet (3 answers total)
 
Try Trumba. It does exactly what you ask for.
posted by special-k at 4:12 PM on April 10, 2006


You might want to look at Chandler. It's still in beta (real beta, not "web 2.0" beta), but it's open source, and will eventually cover all of your requirements.
posted by scottreynen at 6:18 PM on April 10, 2006


I use www.30boxes.com for my personal scheduling, but for multi-user scheduling check out the products at www.37signals.com.
posted by deeman at 6:53 AM on April 12, 2006


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