Tempo Time Tracking is Closing

2015-05-11 08:00:00 -0400

Update, July 9th: We will be shutting down Tempo permanently on Monday, July 13th, to give our customers a couple more days for the transition.

After many happy years we have made the difficult decision to stop operation of the Tempo time tracking system in the near future.

When we started Tempo in 2007, the marketplace for online time tracking systems was limited. Existing systems were rigid and inflexible, often using antiquated desktop interfaces without mobile support. Tempo’s core ideas like flexible tagging, time entry via email / SMS / Twitter, and detailed trend reports, were fresh.

Since then, however, the number of cloud-based time trackers and mobile apps has grown substantially, and an increasing number of people have moved to consolidated project and billing platforms, or implemented their own time tracking solutions using simple and free cloud services. We believe strongly in working on projects that are sustainable and, unfortunately, Tempo is no longer sustainable in the long term.

Starting today we will be blocking new account registrations on Tempo. The system will be turned off permanently on July 10th, 2015. We will not be billing accounts during the transition period, so if you are a paying customer on a premium plan you will not be charged again for Tempo service.

In order to help you get data out of Tempo, you can use a new full account export feature to download a single compressed file containing the exports of your account’s time entries. The included CSV file can be easily opened by a spreadsheet program for manipulation, long-term historical archiving, or to provide a base data set to migrate to another system. The export function is now available to account owners and managers on the Accounts tab in Tempo.

All exports are refreshed daily and contain all of the information from the start of your account to the previous day. Please be sure to make a copy of your critical data before the system is shut off.

There are several other excellent project and time tracking systems that you might consider switching to. While we can’t recommend any particular system, we encourage you to try out a few over the coming weeks to see what you like. Some systems that we have seen recommended in the past include Harvest and Freckle, especially for advanced users.

Tempo is the only system that Zetetic is shutting down. Our other solutions, including SQLCipher, STRIP, and our Identity and Access Management services are unaffected. Despite Tempo’s lack of growth, Zetetic is still doing very well as a company, continuing to grow, and approaching our 10th year in business.

Finally, we want to say thank you to all of our Tempo users for providing feedback along the way, and helping to spread the word. We really appreciate you as customers and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this difficult decision may cause. If there is anything we can do to help make the transition easier please don’t hesitate to let us know.

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