- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 6, 2006

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — I saw a demo yesterday of something that will gain more coverage here and in the weekly column as time goes by: an online service, PlanPlusOnline.com, which is based on the famous FranklinCovey planner system. Devotees of that organizing tool will appreciate the online version’s familiar interface (it looks like a Franklin planner), as well as some rather powerful built-in tools for what the industry calls “CRM,” or customer relationship management. Those features will be especially useful to folks involved in sales.

The plus of having a system like this online is, of course, the ease of accessing the information as well as its platform flexibility. If you’re a Mac or Linux user, for example, there’s no easy way to access the firm’s PlanPlus software, which only appears in a Windows version. This Web-based product crosses those boundaries quite nicely. And, electronically, it’s easier to rearrange tasks, priorities and appointments — the firm claims you can drag these around the screen freely, something more difficult to accomplish with a paper-based system.

As I said, a more formal review will be forthcoming, but for now, you might want to check out the Web site just to get an idea of what’s available there. What I saw impressed me, and you might feel the same way.

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