There are already web applications focused on scheduling meetings between a bunch of participants including ScheduleOnce, Tungle, iKordo, Jiffle (formerly iPolipo), and others. Helpful if you have 4 or 5 people who need to meet at the same time and you want to narrow in on consensus.
TimeDriver, a new application making its debut at DEMO today, is designed for folks who have to make multiple one-on-one appointments with different people across pre-determined available blocks of time.
If you’ve ever scheduled your own appointment at QuestDiagnostics or Sears Portrait Studio, then you may be familiar with the technology behind TimeDriver. TimeTrade System’s TimeTrade Enterprise Scheduling Application (TESA) is an enterprise leader for managing individual appointment scheduling on a large scale. Their new application for the individual user, TimeDriver, uses the same technology as TESA but strips away all the complexity, leaving a very simple interface focusing on a single resource…the user.
TimeDriver connects with existing calendars in Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook, wisely not forcing the user to adapt to a new calendaring tool. The web interface works in all major browsers on both Mac and PC. Support for Salesforce and Lotus Notes for calendar connectivity is coming soon.
The idea is that you indicate what window of time you have available and the blocks of time you’ll take for your appointments.
The application then generates a link for participants to schedule their appointment with you. Once they’ve committed to a block, that time is immediately unavailable to everyone else, but your overall calendar is never publicly shared. The same link can go to multiple recipients or can be published on a website, making it a viable e-marketing tool.
TimeDriver will launch with a beta version (Windows only) in a few weeks, with a general roll-out that will include Mac support targeted for the second quarter of this year.
This looks like it could be a useful tool for the web workers who are frustrated waiting for clients to get back to them to confirm appointment times. You might also want to look at TimeBridge which offers a similar solution.