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If you have done an implementation project with a certain major HMS provider (other suppliers, are of course available), you may have encountered Basecamp.
It's a cloud based project management environment. If anyone has experienced the 'Ruby on Rails' framework, it originated in the David Heinemeier Hansson Basecamp project. If that does ever pop up in some geeky pub quiz, you can have that factoid for free.
I have used Basecamp for a number of projects, particularly with those great guys in Scotland, at Arneil Johnston. It's been a pleasurable experience and I know we don't pay a king's ransom for it, which might be considered a very Scottish thing. Now don't get me on stereotypes, I have an unconditional love for Scotland, as all my friends understand. Basecamp does however, do the job.
It's not utopia, however, if we have an infinite amount of time, we might reach it. Basecamp provides a decent framework for communication, tracking the project and with lots of potential third party links. I have seen it compared with some Sharepoint template systems and frankly when all the licensing and everything else is costed in, Basecamp has generally been head & shoulders against many contenders.
I have seen alternative frameworks, one particular one which was Sharepoint based. It had an initial cost of about £3K, no big shakes there, but needed a shed load of licences. my initial thoughts were wow, 50 projects can be managed on Basecamp for about £60 per month, who would shelling out £40K make economic sense?
What it does, it does well. It does not try to do everything and what it does provide, it does it very well. However, there is no perfect solution here.
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