Established in 2002, 4c Systems Ltd. develop fully-integrated, user-configurable software applications for project portfolio and programme management, task and resource management, and time reporting.
Their extensive experience in meeting the needs of organisations who have a non-standard requirement means that they can provide a tailored system at a fraction of the cost of a fully-bespoke solution.
Being a UK company, the team provides a personal and responsive service to their customers, who come from a wide range of industries, including IT, engineering, financial services and publishing.
Users do not have to learn new terminology: they can change virtually all the system labels to reflect the terms that their organisation uses. Users choose the facilities needed to support their organisation’s working methods and best practices. As needs change, they can add new facilities by changing the relevant component settings. 4c collects estimated and actual time, cost and charge data at the task level and automatically rolls it up to the overall programme or portfolio. Users can break down the portfolio into as many levels of sub-programme as required.
They can use the ‘virtual programmes’ facility to analyse the portfolio, using any of the project categorisation fields. They can also produce programme bar charts, showing key milestones and deadlines, and inter-project dependencies. Services Almost all of 4c’s software development is in response to customer requests and suggestions for extra functionality. The company says most enhancements are built into the overall system so all users can utilise them if they want.
The design always includes a high level of user configurability – very little is ‘hard-coded’. 4c provides an implementation service, covering consultancy, training and customised documentation. The software also comes with context-sensitive help.