Over the years, there has been a plethora of task tracking and issue tracking tools for businesses, providing progressive solutions for project management. Whether your company handles projects internally or works with multiple partners and clients, it is essential to find an issue management tool that simplifies complex projects and offers financial viability. This can be achieved by implementing one of three issue tracking methods: in-house tracking, web-based tracking, and free web-based tracking.

In House Tracking

In-house tracking was the first phase of issue tracking, starting in the early 1980s and is still used today. The main advantage of in-house tracking is information security. If your company deals with information that is legally prohibited from third-party management, then in-house tracking is the best issue management tools to use. However, if your company's information isn't legally sensitive, then there is no need to bear the cost of implementing and maintaining an in-house tracking system. In all cases, in-house tracking brings about hardware costs, software costs, system maintenance fees, and system upgrade fees.

Web Based Tracking

Web-based tracking, also known as online tracking, began in the 1990s during the software as a service (SaaS) boom. Today, it has replaced in-house tracking as the issue and bug tracking method of choice. The advantages of web-based tracking include the elimination of software and hardware costs, system maintenance and upgrade fees, and supreme flexibility of tracking options. When a new project or area of work requires new tracking options, they can be seamlessly integrated into the existing system. Another advantage of web-based tracking is remote system access. Unlike in-house systems that can only be accessed on-site, web-based systems can be accessed from internet terminals worldwide.

Free Web Based Tracking

With the advent of free web-based tracking, many companies ask themselves, "Why pay for online tracking ever again?" The answer is simple: because free trackers are designed on a one-size-fits-all model to attract the most users, their adaptability to unique tracking needs is often impossible. Many companies find what they need in a free tracker, but more companies don't. If you spend weeks and months looking for a free tracking system that meets your unique needs, chances are that it doesn't exist.