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I’m going to show you an application you can install onto your Android phone or tablet called Work In Progress. You probably seen over on the desktop version of Standard Time® the Work in Progress screen. So I’m going to go to the view menu, choose work in progress and up pops this screen that shows you the status of jobs, hours that you have worked, percent complete, employee status and whether the timer is runner for that job. You can put this on a big 75” monitor, hang it out on the shop floor so that every employee can see it. But it turns out there is also an application down on the Android that you can use on your phone or tablet.

We’re looking at a tablet here. I’ve got a little $50 RCA Voyager tablet. It’s basically looking at the same information. We’ve got the work in progress screen, very similar to what you saw before. You have a list of jobs, last activity, number of hours; and these columns are configurable just like on the desktop. Go back and we can look at employee status. You see the list of employees, the last time they worked on something, the job they worked on, shown there in the notes.

You have synchronization so you can pull down all the data from Standard Time, same data that you saw over there. Then you have settings. So let’s go ahead and look at the settings. There’s four sections here, general, notifications, data and sync and work in progress.

I’m going to tap on general for now; you basically got copy right, legal, contact information, nothing big there.

In notifications, this will pop up notifications for certain things that you’ve selected, you can look at employee timers not running for a certain amount of hours. Employee timers that exceed a certain number of hours and then project percentages that exceed a certain percentage. You can make choices there. Then this will pop up those notifications right there on your android phone or tablet.

Let’s look at data and sync. You have sync frequency; for how often you want to pull down data. The last synchronization, the number of time logs you want to pull down so that you can see more context. Of course you have your user name password and then the URL you’re synchronizing with. Whether that’s with web addition or windows addition, you can put the URL in there.

Let’s go into work in progress, you can see what designates a job; whether that is projects, tasks, work orders and some text fields. You can also configure the columns liked we’ve talked about before where you set which columns you want to display.

Basically you can go into these screens and see the status of jobs and see the columns you’ve selected. Down at the bottom here you also have some choices if you want to look at the employee status, very similar looking at the status from that home page. Then you’ve got your time logs, these are the raw time logs that you may want to take a look at; these are all synchronized, pulled down from Standard Time. You’ve got in this case 180 days’ worth, you can pull down as many as you like. That’s a synchronization choice.

Let’s go back and out and pull down here and looks like we have one notification, got some employees whose timers are not running right now. Let’s tap on that, it’s going to pull up a short list. It shows these are the people that don’t have the timer running right now. You can ask them what’s going on, maybe they are on break, maybe they are on lunch. You’ve got things like that that you can look into.

There’s you’re home page. That’s the Work in Progress application. I encourage not only to use it on the desktop but also on a tablet or right on your phone; get notifications and do regular synchronizations during business hours and be able to get the information right on your phone. Hope you like it!

See more at: http://www.stdtime.com


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