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Smart Time Mobile for Apple iOS 8 Available Today

Campbell, CA – October 12, 2014 – Smart Time Apps, provider of the Smart Time family of timekeeping applications, today announced that Smart Time Mobile—available for iPad and iPhone—is now iOS 8 compatible and ready for download in the iTunes store. Users may also test drive the app using a guest login. Given the robust changes to iOS 8, this latest update makes Smart Time an even more powerful ally for on-the-go timekeepers.

Click here to go to the ITunes store.

Smart Time is an all-in-one timekeeping platform for law, accounting and professional services firms. The Smart Time timekeeping platform includes time entry, time capture and mobile modules. Any one of the modules can be installed independently or together to create a complete timekeeping platform. Smart Time enables firms to effectively collect, track and recoup billable time, thereby increasing revenue and profitability.

Smart Time Mobile enables timekeepers to enter and submit time anywhere. It provides real-time access to time entry information, and users can run reports, see calendars and view time statistics. Timers are available for users who want to keep track of their time as they do the work, what we call “contemporaneous” timekeeping.

“We’re excited to have the most up-to-date version of Smart Time Mobile ready for our users as they upgrade to iOS 8 on their Apple devices,” said Steve Bronstein, CTO and founder of Smart Time Apps. “I’m always pleased by the agility our development team can give to our products.”

Smart Time Mobile can be deployed as a standalone package for firms that need to add mobile time entry to their current system. Or, it can be combined with Smart Time’s desktop time entry and time capture modules to create a complete timekeeping solution. Smart Time integrates with Thomson Reuters Elite, Aderant Expert, Juris, LexisNexis PCLaw, Microsoft Dynamics and other leading accounting systems.

Todd Gerstein, CEO and founder of Smart Time Apps, encourages firms of all sizes to try Smart Time. “Smart Time’s intuitive interface makes timekeeping painless, easy and accurate,” he said. “Combined with Apple’s iOS 8, it is a powerful and easily accessible timekeeping solution.”

About us

Smart Time Apps creates software solutions that maximize profits for law, accounting and professional services firms. Our flagship product, Smart Time, is an all-in-one time management platform. Our team of experts specializes in finance, accounting, marketing, process engineering and technology. We utilize best-of-breed technologies, as well as the most advanced tools and production processes. We have built a dedicated team, who offer solutions that are unique in the industry.

Smart Time Apps is privately held and is headquartered in Campbell, California. For more information visit our website at www.smartwebparts.com.

Top 5 Things to Look for When Selecting a Mobile Time Entry System

If we’ve learned one thing about the mobile revolution, it is that it is ever changing (and usually rapidly so). When you’re searching for the right mobile solution for time entry, be certain you’re investing in a system that is agile, easy and up-to-date.

Here we’ll offer our top tips for “must-haves” that will make your mobile time entry system a joy to use.

1.   Start Small, Grow Big

The idea here is that you’ll be able to implement a system quickly, with little lag time between purchase and going live. Make sure the product can scale up for growing numbers of users and capabilities as your needs change.

Also, involve your users from the start. Product deployment only works when end users like the product and find it easy and intuitive to use. As you roll out a pilot program, include a sample of actual users from all departments, and take their feedback seriously. If you do, you’ll achieve wider and faster adoption.

2.   Implementation Options

Get it your way. Want the mobile system be installed on-premises behind your firewall? Or, do you prefer to have it in the cloud? Or maybe you’d like a hybrid solution that is partly on-premises and partly in the cloud?

Whichever way you want, make sure that security and safety of data is always the highest priority. Vendors accomplish this in a number of ways, including independent certification by industry-standards bodies, data protection schemas, firewalls, and encryption of in-transit data.

Finally, make sure the vendor’s product update delivery process is as agile as your business. As your business grows, your needs are bound to change. Ensure the product is designed to deliver new capabilities quickly and seamlessly, without affecting your budget.

3.  Highly Configurable

No matter the system, it must be flexible, highly configurable and powerful enough to meet the demands of any organization without having to undertake customization.

Ask if the application allows you to configure your time entry screen to match the requirements of your time and billing system? Besides date, client, matter, hours and narrative, can you configure other fields that you might need? For example, phase, task, action, activity, location and jurisdiction codes?

4.   Tight Integration to the Backend Accounting System

You’ll want any solution to tightly integrate with your time and billing system.

Also, ask: Can it look up clients and matters? Can it reach into the time and billing system to determine if a phase task is required and then only present valid phase task options? Can the mobile solution see all time entries in the accounting system of record and present them in a calendar so the user can see where they stand for the month? How easy is it to insert records from the mobile system to the accounting system?

All of these must be addressed to create a fluid, error-free environment for both users and the admin group supporting the app.

5.  An Intuitive Product Design and Experience

Ease of use is so necessary and obvious that it might be ignored—don’t let it be. The user experience is critical to the adoption and success of any new product. When evaluating user experience, look at every interaction you have with your vendor and product. How easy was it to try out and purchase the product? Was implementation fast and easy? Is the end user’s experience intuitive and even fun?

When you step into the marketplace for a mobile time entry system, make sure you have these top 5 “must-haves” on your radar when selecting a new system.

 

Bilzin Sumberg Adds Smart Time Mobile Timekeeping

Smart Time Mobile Completes Bilzin Sumberg’s Existing Smart Time Platform

Campbell, CA – September 29, 2014 – Smart Time Apps, provider of the Smart Time family of timekeeping applications, today announced that Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP, a leading commercial law firm based in Miami, Florida, has deployed Smart Time Mobile to its attorneys in order to modernize client timekeeping.

Smart Time Mobile enables timekeepers to enter and submit time anywhere, giving them fast and efficient time entry. Users can run reports, see calendars and view time statistics. Timers are available for users who want to keep track of their time with stopwatch precision. Native applications are available for the iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

Bilzin Sumberg uses leading technology to increase efficiency and control costs, applying industry best practices and implementing legal project management software and techniques.  Adopting the Smart Time app is just another example of how the firm stays on the cutting-edge of technology for the legal industry.

“We were early adopters of Smart Time. At first, we deployed their desktop browser-based time entry and time capture modules. Recently we began a testing cycle with Smart Time Mobile, and our test group of attorneys really liked the system,” said Juan Torres, Chief Information Officer at Bilzin Sumberg.  ” We have now begun our mobile deployment and we are thrilled to provide our timekeepers an easy to use and effective mobile time entry solution.”

Steve Bronstein, CTO and Founder of Smart Time Apps, stated that “Smart Time is a best-built application that directly integrates with different accounting systems including: Aderant Expert, Rainmaker, Thomson Reuters Elite, LexisNexis, Juris, PCLaw, Microsoft Dynamics and other leading accounting systems. At Bilzin Sumberg, Smart Time is tightly integrated into the firm’s Aderant Expert accounting system.”

“We are delighted that Bilzin Sumberg has implemented Smart Time Mobile,” said Todd Gerstein, CEO and Founder of Smart Time Apps. “We look forward to supporting the firm’s ongoing success with the Smart Time platform.”

About Bilzin Sumberg

Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP is a commercial law firm based in Florida. The firm’s core practices include Business Finance & Restructuring, Corporate, International, Land Development & Government Relations, Litigation, Real Estate and Tax. For more information, please visit www.bilzin.com.

About Smart Time Apps

Smart Time Apps provides the leading timekeeping platform for law, accounting and professional services firms. Our flagship product, Smart Time, is an all-in-one timekeeping platform. Our team of experts specializes in finance, accounting, marketing, process engineering and technology. Smart Time Apps is privately held and is headquartered in Campbell, California. For more information, visit www.smartwebparts.com.

Mobile Time Entry App, Smart Time Now Available for the iPhone

Mobile Time Entry App for Attorneys, Accountants & Consultants

Campbell, CA – April 17, 2014 – Smart WebParts (www.smartwebparts.com), provider of the leading timekeeping platform for law, accounting and professional services firms, today announced the availability of Smart Time Mobile for the iPhone. The new mobile time entry app enables users to manage and enter time anywhere.

Smart Time Mobile can be deployed as a standalone package for firms that want to add mobile time entry to their current timekeeping environment. Or, it can be combined with Smart Time’s desktop time entry and time capture modules to create a complete timekeeping solution. Smart Time integrates with Aderant Expert, Rainmaker, Thomson Reuters Elite, Juris, LexisNexis, Microsoft Dynamics and other leading accounting systems.

“Smartphones and tablets are changing the way everyone works,” said Smart WebParts founder and CEO Todd Gerstein.  “With the advent of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) culture in firms, it is important to support a full range of devices for mobile time entry. In addition to the native iPhone app, we have native mobile time entry apps for the iPad and Android smartphones.”

We invite you to test Smart Time Mobile.  First download the app from the store. When you launch the app you will be presented with a guest login that gives you access to a sample timekeeping database.

Smart Time Mobile for the iPhone and iPad in the Apple App store at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smart-time-mobile/id799128154?mt=8

For Android devices, Smart Time Mobile is available in the Google Play store at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smartwebparts.smarttime

Steve Bronstein, Smart WebParts founder and CTO added “Smart Time offers you a choice of deployment options to meet your particular security and budget needs. Smart Time can be deployed and integrated into your IT infrastructure behind your firewall or hosted by Smart WebParts in the cloud.”

Mobile Time Entry for Android Smartphones Added to Smart Time

Mobile Time Entry for Attorneys, Accountants & Consultants. Touch Timekeeping for iOS and Android Devices Now Available.

Campbell, CA – April 7, 2014 – Smart WebParts, provider of the most advanced timekeeping platform for law, accounting and professional services firms, today announced the availability of Smart Time Mobile for Android smartphones. Smart Time for the Android is a native mobile time entry app that makes it easy for professionals to record hours anywhere at any time.

“It’s no secret mobile technology has dramatically changed the face of law,” said Todd Gerstein, CEO and Founder of Smart WebParts. “According to the most recent ABA Legal Technology Survey, over 90% of attorneys use smartphones, and an ever-increasing number use tablets. Attorneys now live in a ‘work anywhere, anytime’ environment and the same should be true for mobile time entry.”

Smart Time is an all-in-one timekeeping platform for law, accounting and professional services firms. The platform includes three modules: Time Entry, Time Capture and Mobile Time Entry. Firms, depending upon their needs, can install any combination of modules. Smart Time can be deployed on-premises or in a private cloud. Smart Time integrates with Aderant, Thomson Reuters Elite, Microsoft Dynamics, LexisNexis and other leading time and billing systems.

Steve Bronstein, CTO and Founder of Smart WebParts, said, “Mobile development moves at the speed of light in Silicon Valley. To provide a consistent user interface to all tablet and smartphone devices, we’ve employed a mobile development platform that allows us to code once and publish multiple native applications. On the security front, Smart Time is encrypted to bank standards.”

Gerstein added: “Now that we can see, touch and use our Android app, we couldn’t be happier with the results. The interface is beautiful and intuitive – just right for smartphone mobile time entry. We invite you to test Smart Time to see what mobile time entry can do for you.”

Smart Time Mobile is now available in the Google Play Store. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smartwebparts.smarttime) You can test it for free. Downloading the app gives you default access to a sample time and billing database.

About Smart WebParts

Smart WebParts (www.smartwebparts.com)  creates software solutions that maximize profits for law, accounting and professional services firms. Our flagship product, Smart Time, is an all-in-one timekeeping platform that includes time entry, time capture and mobile time entry in one cohesive package. Our team of experts specializes in finance, accounting, marketing, process engineering and technology. We utilize best-of-breed technologies, as well as the most advanced tools and production processes. We have built a dedicated team who offer solutions that are unique in the industry.

Smart WebParts is privately held and is headquartered in Campbell, California.

Meyers Nave Selects Smart Time to Streamline Attorney Time Entry

Law Firm Deploys Mobile Time Entry on iPads and iPhones as Part of New Timekeeping Initiative

Campbell, CA – March 17, 2014 – Smart WebParts (www.smartwebparts.com), provider of the most advanced timekeeping platform, today announced that California’s leading municipal law firm, Meyers Nave, has selected Smart Time to streamline attorney time entry.

Smart Time is an all-in-one timekeeping platform for law, accounting and professional services firms. The Smart Time on-demand timekeeping application enables firms to effectively collect, track and recoup billable time, thereby increasing revenue and profitability. The Smart Time timekeeping platform includes time entry, time capture and mobile modules.

“We made the decision to adopt Smart Time to streamline attorney timekeeping,” said Matthew Reynolds, Director of IT, Meyers Nave. “We conducted a survey earlier this year that revealed a high level of disenchantment with our current time entry system. We went into the marketplace to evaluate our options, and selected Smart Time because of the robustness of its platform. We were not only impressed by the application’s functionality, but by its intuitive user interface. And, the attorneys are especially excited that Smart Time will be available on their iPads, which fits right into our firmwide mobility initiative.”

“Timekeeping is a major pain point for firms that bill by the hour,” said Smart WebParts Founder and CEO Todd Gerstein. “Often the timekeeping process is broken or ineffective. It can happen for many reasons, from poorly functioning legacy time entry software to process and compliance problems. We’ve developed a solution that results in greater revenue, less pain and total mobility. Smart Time supports every timekeeping behavior, all while ensuring complete, accurate and easy-to-complete timesheets.”

Reynolds added: “We are implementing the complete Smart Time platform. We are hooking up the time capture module to Microsoft Exchange, iManage, Shortel and the user desktop. With Smart Time, timekeepers will no longer have to spend countless hours mining Outlook, our document management system and phone logs to construct their billable time. For time entry, Smart Time will be integrated to our Aderant Platinum accounting system.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Meyers Nave to the Smart Time family of firms,” said Steve Bronstein, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Smart WebParts. “We look forward to supporting the firm’s ongoing success with Smart Time.”

About Meyers Nave

As a full-service law firm, Meyers Nave offers comprehensive knowledge and experience in virtually all areas of law impacting public and private entities. Many of our attorneys have worked in public agency law for more than 20 years. As such, we deliver the best of both worlds—the insight of insiders who understand the operation and character of government agencies and businesses in California, and the perspective and objectivity of a third-party legal expert. We can provide legal advice, transactional assistance and litigation representation in the many disciplines encompassed within our firm’s 16 practice groups.

Today the firm has over 70 attorneys and practices in eighteen distinct areas of law from six offices strategically located throughout California. Still a leader in California’s municipal law arena, Meyers Nave also provides legal advice, transactional assistance and litigation representation to private clients. (www.meyersnave.com)

Mobile Time Entry for the iPad, Smart Time Now Available in the Apple App Store

New Mobile Timekeeping App for Attorneys, Accountants and Consultants

Campbell, CA – March 4, 2014 – Smart WebParts (www.smartwebparts.com), provider of the most advanced timekeeping platform, today announced the release of Smart Time for the iPad.

Smart Time is an all-in-one timekeeping platform for law, accounting and professional services firms. The Smart Time on-demand timekeeping application enables firms to effectively collect, track and recoup billable time, thereby increasing revenue and profitability.  The new mobile edition enables users to manage and enter time anywhere.

“We are really excited to offer intuitive touch timekeeping for iPad,” said Smart WebParts founder Steve Bronstein. “Users will be amazed by what they are able to accomplish on their tablets. It is no secret professionals are aggressively integrating iPads into their practice, and we are excited to add Smart Time to the mix.”

Smart Time for the iPad enables timekeepers to enter and submit time anywhere.  It provides timekeepers real time access to their time entry information.  Users can run reports, see calendars and view time statistics. Timers are available for the user who wants to keep track of their time contemporaneously.

Smart Time Mobile can be deployed as a standalone package for firms that need to add mobile time entry to the current timekeeping environment. Or, it can be combined with Smart Time’s desktop time entry and time capture modules to create a complete timekeeping solution. Smart Time integrates with Aderant Expert, Thomson Reuters Elite, Juris, Prolaw, LexisNexis PCLaw, Microsoft Dynamics and other leading accounting systems.

Todd Gerstein, CEO and founder of Smart WebParts, encourages firms, large and small, to try Smart Time. “Smart Time offers an intuitive interface to make timekeeping painless, easy and accurate.  It will make your timekeeper’s lives better.” It is now available in the Apple App Store  and can be tested with a guest login.

About Smart WebParts
Smart WebParts creates software solutions that maximize profits for law, accounting and professional services firms. Our flagship product, Smart Time, is an all-in-one timekeeping platform. Our team of experts specializes in finance, accounting, marketing, process engineering and technology. We utilize best-of-breed technologies, as well as the most advanced tools and production processes. We have built a dedicated team who offer solutions that are unique in the industry.

Smart WebParts is privately held and is headquartered in Campbell, California.