What should a Project Management Software do?

December 30, 2020


In today’s project economy, it is rare to find project professionals and organizations not using a ‘project management software’ to manage projects.

It is strangely unfortunate that decision-makers do not ask a fundamental question – “what should a project management software do?” When prodded, the answers invariably are tangential and indicate some of the following dimensions.

  • Features and functionalities
  • Simplicity
  • Customization
  • User Interface & User Experience
  • Dashboards
  • Cost, and…
  • …Others

There are project management software providers that explain ‘how’ to buy a ‘good project management software’ and some are very good!

It is not that the above pointers are not needed.

We need to reflect on the ‘purpose’ behind the adoption of a PM software. Some of them could be:

  • Better project scheduling
  • Improved visibility into resources
  • Workflow-based cost control
  • Digitized project processes
  • Data-driven decision-making, and…
  • …Others

There is a fundamental difference in the two views described above and it is clear which makes business sense.

If we elevate this question to the highest level, a project management software must build a foundation of norms, values, and behaviours, supported by systems, methodologies, and business processes.

TouchBase PPM by ProductDossier is designed to build a project management culture for your enterprise.

About ProductDossier

Started in 2006, ProductDossier is a leading project portfolio management solutions company. Its flagship product, TouchBase, is:

  • Out-of-the-box, yet configurable to industry and company-specific needs
  • A comprehensive solution that addresses scheduling, resources, costs, engineering, proposals, business cases, new product development, procurement, risks, issues, meetings, quality, documentation, dossiers (Pharma), and social collaboration.
  • Integrates with SAP, Oracle, Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, AutoCAD, QuickBooks, Tally, Microsoft Office, and Others.
  • Modular and scalable.
  • Hosted On-Premises and On-Cloud
  • Deployed by 50+ clients across 20+ countries.

TouchBase is designed to build a project management culture for your enterprise.

Srikanth PV


Srikanth PV comes with two decades of global corporate and consulting background across industries with diverse roles including Strategy, Leadership, and Management. Currently, Srikanth is Head, PPM Content Management at Kytes focused on content management strategy aimed to empower customers create and enhance value through its flagship digital solution - Kytes PSA. Srikanth is also a former member of the Board of Directors of PMI Bangalore Chapter.