Central Desktop Review
|High level of customizability||Some functions are too basic|
|Easy to learn|
Central Desktop is a fully functional project management tool and resource that has particularly good support for collaboration between project managers, users, and stakeholders.
As you can see from the screenshot, the main screen provides an overview of what is happening with any project by detailing:
The layout of Central Desktop is very concise and does not contain unnecessary information or cluttering. The use of colors and its overall layout make it extremely easy to read and to find the appropriate sections. The menus and functions are intuitive and are fairly obvious as to what they do.
Additionally, the “Create” button is incredibly useful as it gives the user the option to quickly create an event, task, workspace, or run a report.
One of the best points to Central Desktop is its online collaboration features. Central Desktop allows project managers to add new users into the system whether they are external or internal. Additionally, when creating a user, the project manager or administrator can assign the new user to workspaces, and set their permissions. Permissions include the following:
The ability to set all these permissions allows project managers and administrators greater control over each person and their access, which in turn allows for more effective management as each person or group of people can be delegated and assigned to the appropriate responsibilities.
Additionally, users can also create and add “groups” and assign other users project roles and establish workflows among projects and assigned team members to those particular projects. Users and team members can then seamlessly collaborate, share files and documents, create events, and post comments pertaining to a particular project.
Central Desktop supports desktop sharing and can be used for performing presentations and also general collaboration between users, particularly if progress on a project is to be shown. For example, a developer could host a web meeting that displays the latest rendition of a 3D model, or a program that is being developed. Attendees could log into the web meeting and view all of this information to gain a higher degree of understanding of the task in general, and of its current state.
Furthermore, the creator of the web meeting can specify the following:
– A date which will be added to people’s calendars
– The length of the presentation
– Whether or not there will be repeats of the presentation, such as:
– Whether or not users should be notified via SMS that the web meeting is about to start.
As you can see, this offers considerable collaboration power due to the fact that project managers and users can gain updates and insights about the project and gain a further understanding of the project, which in turn will increase productivity as there will be less unanswered questions and more knowledge.
In general, the system is quite quick and page load times are minimal. There are very little disruptions or interruptions or “lag times” when navigating from various pages and screens. Pages load within one second, which is extremely fast and will save users time overall. Central Desktop’s speedy system certainly improves productivity and could also be considered to increase worker’s satisfaction as they can spend more time actually working on the project rather than waiting for the system to load.
Ease of Use
Central Desktop is built in such a way that it is extremely user friendly and intuitive to use. Users can become “experts” and use the system with ease after working with it for only a short amount of time. For where help is needed, users do not even have to venture into the help section as there are small help buttons on almost every section and page which explain what a page does and the basic functionality of each section.
Central Desktop is definitely one of the better online project management and collaboration tools that we have looked at due to the fact that it is so simple to use but also offers significantly useful tools and functions for project managers to be able to manage effectively. Additionally, it is friendly on users as well, allowing them to collaborate with ease, view the tasks that are assigned to them and add time entries for time worked on those particular tasks. The calendar could do with an update, as many alternatives provide a highly functional and interactive calendar, which Central Desktop seems to be lacking in. However, this does not detract from the overall positive experience.