sign of the times

The latest evidence that this is not your father's workplace? Adaptive Software, a venture-backed start-up in Newport Beach, Calif., has found opportunity in the management nightmares caused by telecommuting and flexible work schedules. In late January the company released a management software tool aptly named PeopleScheduler. "We hit a nerve with this one," says founder Kenneth Forbes III. The $495 package is customizable in both DOS and Windows versions and helps managers keep track of who's in when.

-- Alessandra Bianchi

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