Montreal – HMS Software, a leading provider of project management and enterprise timesheet systems is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The Montreal-based company continues to specialize in project-oriented products and services and has expanded operations this year.
“It’s a remarkable milestone in the history of the company,” said Chris Vandersluis, President and founder of HMS. “When we got started in 1984, we’d never have imagined a company that would have had such a worldwide impact and that we’d still be here, thriving, 25 years later.”
HMS has established a reputation as a world class provider of enterprise project management and enterprise timesheet systems for mid-to-large-sized organizations. HMS has two main components to its business: the HMS services business that assists organizations in deploying enterprise project management systems and designing the organizational processes that such systems require and is also the publisher of TimeControl, an enterprise timesheet system that has sold over 100,000 licenses worldwide.
“We’ve worked on some of the most prestigious projects which has taken us into some of the largest most complex project management organizations in Canada and the U.S.” says Vandersluis. “We’ve been involved in projects like the Hibernia offshore oil platform, the Northern James Bay Hydro development, the Ontario Nuclear upgrade project, the InterProvincial Pipeline as well as numerous defense and aerospace projects such as Canada’s new Frigate program, the CF-18 upgrade, the Low-level air defense and the Light Armoured Vehicle.”
It is TimeControl however, that propelled HMS into an internationally recognized publisher.
“TimeControl has been sold around the world,” Vandersluis says. “We have sold TimeControl in Canada and the US of course, but also in Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. There are hundreds of mid-to-large-sized organizations using TimeControl on every continent.”
TimeControl’s success has been hinged on three main factors. First, its project orientation and the experience of HMS Software’s project management based staff on linking the product to popular project systems such as Microsoft Project, Project Server, Primavera and, Deltek’s Open Plan and Cobra. Secondly, the system’s tremendous flexibility to adapt to the processes, the data and reporting requirements and the integration needs of almost any organizations. And, finally, the ability to deploy TimeControl remarkably quickly which allows organizations to be up and running within weeks of deployment.
“We knew that TimeControl’s links to project management tools would be a powerful advantage for us,” says Vandersluis, “but it is the flexibility of the product that has been most important for organizations that have deployed TimeControl in large scale implementations. Every organization changes over time and we think this ability to adjust to whatever the organization requires is one of the reasons companies keep TimeControl on average for almost 10 years. We have clients who are on their 16th or 17th consecutive year of use with the product.”
“In what is a difficult time for the worldwide economy, HMS has enjoyed another year of expansion. The company has reported growth in each of its sectors as organizations worldwide look to products like TimeControl to manage their staff more effectively.
When asked about the future, Vandersluis seems bullish. “After 25 years, we’ve seen the economy in strong times and in challenging times. When the economy is challenging, organizations look to how to manage more effectively and that’s the benefit HMS has provided since our inception. I know that only a tiny percentage of companies survive 25 years but we’re looking forward to a year of growth at HMS.”