Our Story

Our mission is to make project and portfolio management on SharePoint easier so you can reach your goals.

At BrightWork, we know you rely on project and portfolio management to innovate and grow.

We also know many projects fail as teams lack the tools and guidelines to collaborate successfully.

 

We created our software to help organizations achieve successful collaborative project and portfolio management on Microsoft SharePoint.

BrightWork is a long-time Microsoft ISV (Independent Software Vendor) Partner with offices in Galway, Ireland, and Boston, USA.

Using the philosophy of ‘Start-Evolve’, we help our customers to gain immediate visibility into the status of projects and gradually evolve project management maturity in their own time.

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Early Days

In 1995, Éamonn McGuinness (BrightWork CEO) was working with organizations to deploy project management processes.

He quickly noticed two trends amongst his customers.

Firstly, the new processes worked well for a few months, but the improvements didn’t last beyond 12-18 months. With so much time needed to keep these manual processes up-to-date, people soon fell back into old habits.

Secondly, customers were using email and spreadsheets to manage projects with no real visibility into progress.

What customers needed was a way to get more visibility and automate processes to help teams manage projects easily.

With a vision for a new product to make project management easier for customers, Éamonn started the company that would deliver BrightWork.

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Growth and Expansion

To find out if customers were interested in this new software, the idea was sketched onto five sheets of paper as a demo tool.

This sketch was enough to get positive feedback from five potential customers – a good sign we were on to something!

The question of funding was tackled next. In 1995, venture capital for start-up software companies was not yet available in Ireland.  Éamonn decided to invest the family savings into the company. In addition, two customers agreed to help fund the software as it was developed.

The first engineer joined the team in January 1996 and work continued on the new product.

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Growth and Expansion

To find out if customers were interested in this new software, the idea was sketched onto five sheets of paper as a demo tool.

This sketch was enough to get positive feedback from five potential customers – a good sign we were on to something!

The question of funding was tackled next. In 1995, venture capital for start-up software companies was not yet available in Ireland.  Éamonn decided to invest the family savings into the company. In addition, two customers agreed to help fund the software as it was developed.

The first engineer joined the team in January 1996 and work continued on the new product.

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The First Release

The first release of the aimware Suite, based on Lotus Notes, was shipped in 1996.

aimware refers to ‘’aiming for increases in work and project management maturity with software’’.

The software helped organizations deliver better projects quickly and at a lower cost.  Early customers included Eastman Kodak, Motorola, Dun and Bradstreet, and Bank of Chicago.

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The Road to SharePoint

 

1998 was a busy year. We opened our Boston office and began developing a product for Microsoft Exchange.

We shipped ‘TeamCentral’, a web-based collaborative project management solution for Exchange in early 2000.

The technology landscape was also changing. Organizations had started to move from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange for email. As Microsoft was promoting Exchange as a competitor to Lotus Notes in the collaboration space, we decided to switch to Microsoft Exchange Webstore as our development platform.

Shortly after the TeamCentral release on Exchange, a  Microsoft team started working on a project called ‘Tahoe’, which would deliver the first version of Microsoft SharePoint in 2001.

Seeing the potential in this new collaborative offering and following advice from Microsoft, we moved platforms again from Exchange to SharePoint.

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The Road to SharePoint

 

1998 was a busy year. We opened our Boston office and began developing a product for Microsoft Exchange.

We shipped ‘TeamCentral’, a web-based collaborative project management solution for Exchange in early 2000.

The technology landscape was also changing. Organizations had started to move from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange for email. As Microsoft was promoting Exchange as a competitor to Lotus Notes in the collaboration space, we decided to switch to Microsoft Exchange Webstore as our development platform.

Shortly after the TeamCentral release on Exchange, a  Microsoft team started working on a project called ‘Tahoe’, which would deliver the first version of Microsoft SharePoint in 2001.

Seeing the potential in this new collaborative offering and following advice from Microsoft, we moved platforms again from Exchange to SharePoint.

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BrightWork: A New Direction

Reflecting our new focus on SharePoint, aimware was rebranded as BrightWork in 2003.

BrightWork is the first project management application built on the SharePoint platform. We have released a version of our software for SharePoint 2019/2016/2013/2010/2007/2001.

To help our customers quickly see the benefits of managing projects on SharePoint, we launched our free SharePoint Project Management Template in 2014. Many Free Template users have become BrightWork customers, including Amazon. A new, improved version of the template was released in 2018.

Thanks to offering and integrations with partners such as Project Hosts, Nintex, and TimeControl (HMS Software), we continue to serve the growing and diverse needs of our customers across all sectors.

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Our First Book

 

Remote working, new software, ‘accidental project managers’. Changes in how teams work together and run projects mean successful collaboration is more important than ever.

To help our customers improve team collaboration, we published a free, online guide to collaborative project management written by Éamonn in 2010.

This guide later evolved into our self-published ‘Collaborative Project Management: A Handbook’. The first edition was published in 2016 with a second edition in 2017.

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Our First Book

 

Remote working, new software, ‘accidental project managers’. Changes in how teams work together and run projects mean successful collaboration is more important than ever.

To help our customers improve team collaboration, we published a free, online guide to collaborative project management written by Éamonn in 2010. This guide later evolved into our self-published ‘Collaborative Project Management: A Handbook’. The first edition was published in 2016 with a second edition in 2017.

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The Next Chapter: Project Central

In 2018, we started the next chapter of our story with the launch of Project Central, a visual, simple, and dynamic way to manage projects using Office 365.

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BrightWork: More than Software 

 

We know it takes more than the right software to deliver great projects.

In 2020, we launched training, advisory, and technical services to help our customers achieve their project management goals.

From personalized coaching to BrightWork product certification and Power BI solutions, we’re there for every step of your project management journey.

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BrightWork: More than Software 

 

​We know it takes more than the right software to deliver great projects.

 In 2020, we launched training, advisory, and technical services to help our customers achieve their project management goals.

From personalized coaching to BrightWork product certification and Power BI solutions, we’re there for every step of your project management journey.

Our Offices

United States

BrightWork,
One Boston Place,
Suite 2600,
Boston, MA
02108

Tel: +1-617-357-9000
Fax: +1-617-357-9004

Europe

BrightWork,
Galway Business Park,
Dangan,
Galway,
Ireland
H91 P2DK

Tel: +353-91-514-500
Fax: +353-91-522-441

Our Offices

United States

BrightWork,
One International Place,
Suite 1400,
Boston, MA.
02110

Tel: +1-617-357-9000
Fax: +1-617-357-9004

Europe

BrightWork,
Galway Business Park,
Dangan,
Galway,
Ireland.
H91 P2DK

Tel: +353-91-514-500
Fax: +353-91-522-441

Product Overview
Everything you need for Project and Portfolio Management on SharePoint

Deployment Options
Software deployment programs catered to your SharePoint setup

What’s New in BrightWork
Manage your timelines with the enhanced Gantt Chart web part in the latest release, plus much more

Customer Stories
What our customers say about BrightWork

Templates Overview

Learn how BrightWork Templates simplify project management

Project Templates

Deliver succesful projects with best-practice templates

Portfolio Templates

Get visibility of multiple projects across an organisation

Free Template

Free SharePoint project management template, deployed in just 5 minutes

Professional Services
Advance your BrightWork solution and Project Management skills

The BrightWork Approach
Discover our ‘Start-Evolve’ framework to do what you want.

3D Deployment
Get started using our simple 3-step process, focused on your needs

BrightWork Services
Advisory Services
Technical Services
Want to know more about BrightWork Services?

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On-Premise Pricing

Pricing for BrightWork On-Premise – installed in your own SharePoint 2019, 2016, or 2013 environment.

Cloud Pricing

Pricing for BrightWork Online – Shared, Dedicated, FedRAMP, and HIPAA/HITRUST compliant options.

SharePoint templates free

Free Trial

Full access to all templates and dashboards for 30 days. No credit card required. 

Blog
Insights and articles from our team and guests

 CPM Handbook
A five-step approach to collaborative project management

 Webinars
Live and On-Demand webinars to help your SharePoint project management journey

 Guides and Ebooks
Free resources, videos, and advice to make project management easier

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