Michelle Durpetti Events is a Chicago based event management firm that provides event coordination services to non-profits, corporations, and individuals for projects of any size and complexity. These industry experts handle product launches, venue openings, holiday parties, destination weddings, street festivals, and fundraising galas. MDE has a history of successfully executing projects ranging from small, intimate gatherings to events hosting thousands of attendees.
According to MDE business manager Tiffany Crociani, each of the firm’s associates used to keep hours in their own way. Generally this involved simply jotting down time by hand in a notebook whenever they had a minute to spare. Every project had a binder where all receipts and time tracking paperwork accumulated to be sorted through later for billing purposes.
There was no formal system or software application in place to provide visibility into project details. This made it unnecessarily complicated to organize project information, review progress, and invoice clients promptly.
The company decided it was time to look for an application that could solve all these problems. The recommendation to contact Replicon came from an IT professional who had experienced the benefits of using the software. Crociani was warned away from a competing vendor’s program by a friend who had found it difficult to use.
The company’s business manager used one word to describe the implementation process: “Immediate”. The software was up and running for this client on the same day. Full adoption of the system by the four associates was accomplished easily inside a week. Crociani credits the application’s straightforward interface and design that makes it simple to enter time and review the calendar.
With an integrated calendar, everyone at MDE can see who has requested time off. This makes it less complicated for individuals to coordinate their schedules. Plus, vacation days are easily accounted for and managed with a clear record of how much time off each employee has available.
"Replicon has increased the ease and efficiency with which I do my job. Having accurate records of employee time and expenses is vital to correctly invoicing a client."