With Smartflow’s extensive resource planning you can plan and track all artwork related costs including design, photography, re-touching, printing, plates and other printer set up costs. Time to cost management enables you to budget and estimate costs in advance of a project start and then track as the project as it develops; you also can include any ad hoc costs to your workflow for planning. It also can fully integrate with Smartflow project workflows to automatically capture actual time and costs incurred throughout a project. It then compares the estimate to the actuals in the cost center so you can find out if your project is on time and on budget. This provides great visibility for budget and resource planning for future projects.
Smartflow enables you to estimate your budget and resource requirements across multiple projects and campaigns ahead of initiation and third party estimates can be approved, providing justification for cost changes. The Smartflow resource planning feature also has roll up capability so any time and costs captured at an individual level can “roll up” to be added to total project cost.
Also, the Smartflow system holds vendor rate cards for freelancers, or graphics and translation houses and is automated to calculate hours and rates to offer full project costs. To make things easier, Smartflow offers integration with 3rd party billing systems to enable online approval of 3rd party estimates and for automated invoicing. Additionally, the system can track any existing type of currency because it is configurable to be set up for whatever currency you require.