Open Workbench

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Open Workbench – Project Management on Your Desktop


Open Workbench is a free software for planning and managing projects, compatible with CA PPM and Microsoft Project. 

It offers all professional features defining a modern project management tool. The data exchange between Open Workbench and CA PPM provides an added value and enables users to work on the internet and desktop at the same time.

The essential features are:

  • project planning
  • project process plan
  • resource management
  • project controlling

Our Trainings for You: Tried and Tested

Whether you’re an advanced user or a total beginner – you will benefit from our tried and tested Open Workbench trainings. Get a quick yet comprehensive introduction to the software and its features.

Regular Trainings – from Beginner to Professional

Get to know the basic functionalities of Open Workbench and gain first experiences through exercises in only one day. You will learn how to create and edit project plans and manage your projects efficiently in Open Workbench.

Individual Trainings – Tell Us What You Need

Remotely from home or on site in Tübingen – we adapt each individual training to your needs. As a beginner, we guide you through the software step by step. As an advanced user we invite you to benefit from our long-term experience with Open Workbench.

Open Workbench Features

project planning

  • Project structure plans with activities, phases, tasks, and milestones
  • Representation of dependencies in the project
  • Create sub-projects and links to the main project
  • Manage dependencies between projects
  • Resource Allocation
  • Calendar management for special holidays and absences

project process plan

  • Schedule and optimize tasks with the Auto-plan function
  • Automatic adjustments of tasks in the time plan to available resources
  • Automatic calculation of the critical path
  • General and individual calendar views

resource management

  • Definition of resources, such as employees, equipment, materials, or costs
  • Allocation of resources to each task
  • Matching resources with tasks and processes

project controlling

  • Review of the project status in percentages and estimates
  • Representation in Gantt charts and critical path
  • Definition, comparison, and adjustment of the project baseline
  • User-defined project views

Team Management Across Projects in CA PPM

Open Workbench as an independent software is a valuable addition to CA PPM if you are planning single projects.

Managing your team across multiple projects in CA PPM on the other hand is a collaborative task.
Therefore we developed an add-on, which is seamlessly integrated in CA PPM:  itd Advanced Resource Planning.

The essential features are:

  • detailed resource planning
  • real-time data on resource utilization
  • complete and collaborative project management
  • integration of agile project management methods

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