Getting Started with Gartle Time Tracker

Getting Started with Gartle Time Tracker

Gartle Time Tracker allows tracking user activities and creating detailed and aggregated reports.

The idea is simple. Users work with applications. Applications show titles.

Gartle Time Tracker Idea - Tracking Processes and Titles

The tracker records activities including attributes:

  • Tracker
  • Process
  • Window title
  • Solution, folder, filename
  • URL

So, users can get detailed and aggregated reports on these categories at any time.

Here is a report sample:

Gartle Time Tracker Workbook - Processes

The tracker allows configuring additional attributes based on the attributes listed above:

  • Organizational unit
  • Business role
  • Activity category
  • Project
  • Client

For example, a user opens a file like X:\Documents\Sales\Client ABC\Project XYZ\requirements.docx.

The tracker records the following data:

Start time
End time
DurationEnd time - Start time
CostDuration * Hourly rate of the tracker
Organizational unitThe unit of the tracker
Business roleThe role of the tracker
Titlerequirements.docx - Microsoft Word
FolderX:\Documents\Sales\Client ABC\Project XYZ
URLX:\Documents\Sales\Client ABC\Project XYZ\requirements.docx
Activity categorySales - Requirements
ProjectProject XYZ
ClientClient ABC

Users can get detailed and aggregated reports accordingly.

Moreover, the application allows getting these data in a cube.

So, users and managers can consume the aggregated data in an analytical tool.

Gartle Time Tracker targets on business people.

It allows improving personal productivity and measuring times and costs of business activities across the company.

For the first case, users can install Gartle Time Tracker in a personal mode.

In this mode, the tracker uses a local SQLite database, and only the current user can get data and reports.

For the second case, IT guys can install a corporate SQL Server or SQL Azure database, and users have choices:

  • Using the corporate database instead of the personal SQLite database.
  • Using the personal database and synchronizing low-level data with the corporate database.
  • Using the personal database and synchronizing high-level data with the corporate database.

The corporate database restricts access to the data. So, only authorized persons can have access.

For example, team leads can have access to the data of team members only.

Gartle Time Trackers implements a reactive tracking model contrary to the proactive one.

Key principles of the Gartle Time Tracker:

  • The tracker tracks actual usage automatically and as is.
  • Users have basic reports with zero configuration.
  • Users or analysts can create and change binding attributes for categories, projects, and clients.
  • The tracker binds categories, projects, and clients automatically.
  • Users and managers have advanced reports based on the additional attributes.

These principles give the following benefits:

  • The data are actual and precise.
  • The tracker does not require any user action to track activities.
  • The tracker gives enough data to improve productivity even with zero configuration.
  • The binding attributes are subject to change at any time.

You can start using Gartle Time Tracker easily. Just install and start it.

You will get the first results in a minute. Further, think about your goals and try more.