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How Unify Solutions Uses Tempo Timesheets

We have some awesome customers representing a variety of industries around the globe. Here are some of their stories on how they’re using Tempo Timesheets, how Tempo has provided a solution for their business needs, and how their employees feel about using it.


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Name:  Shane Day, Chief Technology Officer

Company:  UNIFY Solutions

Location:  Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand; and Seattle, USA

Website:  http://www.unifysolutions.net

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Tell us about yourself and the company

I’m the Chief Technology Officer at UNIFY Solutions. We have a staff of 40 people, located in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand; and Seattle, USA.

UNIFY Solutions is a world leading identity and access management solutions provider for Microsoft platforms, with innovative products for hybrid cloud models, and a services team containing two MVPs for Forefront Identity Manager.

I’m responsible for all UNIFY product development functions, and manage the UNIFY Product Group.

How did you discover Tempo Timesheets?

We discovered Tempo Timesheets when UNIFY Solutions was looking for a consolidated knowledge and issue management platform, and was evaluating what was then JIRA Studio, now known as Atlassian OnDemand.

How long have you been using Tempo Timesheets?

Three years.

Were you previously using any other tools for time tracking, resources planning, and project management? If so, what prompted you to make the switch to Tempo?

We were using TimePro previously, but the integration with Issue and Knowledge Management through JIRA Studio (now Atlassian OnDemand) was a winner.

How do you use Tempo Timesheets?

Our Product R&D team uses Tempo Timesheets for the recording of time against the agile management issues. This allows us to log time at an issue level, but then report on variances to budget plans or cost centers, and then finally produce annual financial reports and eventually use these to prepare tax rebates for research and development.  The flexibility of JIRA and Tempo Timesheets together means reporting can be done on any number of parameters, which don't always have to be understood before the project starts.

What main purpose(s) would you say Tempo serves for your organization?

We use it primarily for time tracking.

Are there any specific features that your team frequently uses?

Yes, we frequently use the real-time tracker.  We also currently use it for part of our pre-invoicing process for customer support.

What would you say has been the biggest change in your organization since you’ve started using Tempo Timesheets?

Much more accurate reporting on R&D budgets, and financial reporting for R&D taxation rebates, whilst not involving developers in wasted second guessing.

How would you say your employees are feeling about using Tempo Timesheets?

They are generally pretty happy as it is unobtrusive to everyday activity.

What would you tell another company asking about Tempo Timesheets?

If you are using JIRA to manage support or agile project managements, then you absolutely need to evaluate Tempo Timesheets.

Any final thoughts?

Tempo Timesheets has been an extremely valuable addition to our Atlassian OnDemand suite, one that it would be difficult to do without.