This really doesn't fit in any of the listed forums, so I'm putting it here! I work in a small planning office as an associate planner. The boss gave me the task of figuring out how to track our cases. No sweat. The only caveat is that we don't have any money! "Good luck" he said as he sent me off on my qwest.
So, we have reasonably up-to-date computers and the typical MS Office Suite of applications, including Access. What we want to do equates to (at least in my thinking) simple project management. We want to track overall cases (projects) and keep track of important dates. ie. agency notifications, referrals, planning commission dates, etc... In a perfect world, this software would have a calendaring feature with the ability to "tickle" you when certain items are due. We want the data to live on the server so all planners point to, and update, the same information.
So, does anyone have any suggestions? We might be able to spend a few hundred dollars if we found something that would work. I looked into MS Project but it doesn't look like it allows sharing of data or hooks into Outlook unless you purchase the high-dollar "enterprise" version. Please tell me if someone knows different. Any comments or suggestions, are of course welcome.