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Abacus

Abacus has been great for our small startup of 37 employees, it has grown with our team since we were very small. Since we have not experienced it as a bigger company, I am not sure what the scalability would be like. If you're looking for a site with a cleaner look that is easy to use, Abacus is it. I haven't had to reach out to customer service yet because I haven't had any issues. If that isn't proof positive of how easy it is to use, I don't know what is!
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OpenAir PSA

This product is well suited for an organization that is focused on client services, project delivery, time tracking, expense reporting, and revenue recognition. From a pure project management perspective, this product is not as feature rich as say Microsoft Project Server. For organizations that are looking for detailed complex project plan and resource management (along with resource leveling, etc.), this is probably not the best suited product
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Abacus
OpenAir PSA
6.9
Task Management
Abacus
OpenAir PSA
6.6
Resource Management
Abacus
OpenAir PSA
6.6
Gantt Charts
Abacus
OpenAir PSA
6.5
Scheduling
Abacus
OpenAir PSA
7.3
Workflow Automation
Abacus
OpenAir PSA
7.4
Team Collaboration
Abacus
OpenAir PSA
7.0
Support for Agile Methodology
Abacus
OpenAir PSA
5.0
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Abacus
OpenAir PSA
6.0
Document Management
Abacus
OpenAir PSA
5.0
Email integration
Abacus
OpenAir PSA
5.5
Mobile Access
Abacus
OpenAir PSA
8.5
Timesheet Tracking
Abacus
OpenAir PSA
8.6
Change request and Case Management
Abacus
OpenAir PSA
7.6
Budget and Expense Management
Abacus
OpenAir PSA
8.9

Professional Services Automation

Abacus
OpenAir PSA
6.1
Quotes/estimates
Abacus
OpenAir PSA
5.0
Invoicing
Abacus
OpenAir PSA
5.8
Project & financial reporting
Abacus
OpenAir PSA
8.0
Integration with accounting software
Abacus
OpenAir PSA
5.8

Pros

  • It is very easy for employees to upload their expense receipts to abacus.
  • Abacus has an easy UI.
  • We haven't had any issues with their customer service team not responding when asked.
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  • Integration between various modules is seamless and they complement each other well.
  • Resource management and planning.
  • Project planning and monitoring in terms of traditional project management metrics.
  • Reporting and dashboards were flexible.
  • From time sheets to customer invoicing, the workflow for approvals and reviews worked great.
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Cons

  • When you upload a receipt to abacus it would be great to port in the information from the receipt to the text fields.
  • It would be good to have a more automated way for Abacus to integrate in with other payroll systems.
  • It would be nice to have more levels of permissions, e.g. manager level, administer level and employee level.
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  • The robust interface can be overwhelming
  • Lack of training
  • Ability to hide modules & sections not used by the teams
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Likelihood to Renew

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OpenAir PSA8.2
Based on 7 answers
It all depends. We are still looking at moving our consultants to Oracle PAC, in order to get our financial systems in line (we use Oracle Financials currently). We are feeling a lot of pain with integration and segmented systems.

Ultimately,it depends on how much pain is felt there. OpenAir has given us a path to follow on from QuickArrow. I foresee either moving onto Oracle PAC by end of calendar, or staying on OpenAir.

OpenAir to Oracle integration is not easy. From a reporting and process perspective, there’s been pain from being in different systems
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Usability

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OpenAir PSA9.4
Based on 4 answers
Aside from Reporting, where there is some room for improvement, the usability is overall very strong. In Reporting, you can get the job done for the most part, but it might take a lot of creativity to get there.
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Reliability and Availability

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OpenAir PSA10.0
Based on 3 answers
The system up time was reliable and that was never anything we ever had any concerns/issues with.
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Performance

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OpenAir PSA9.0
Based on 3 answers
The performance was acceptable. If you had a very large data set you were working with it might take a little longer, but within reason.
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Support

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OpenAir PSA10.0
Based on 3 answers
They were responsive and knowledgeable. We had access to a single point of contact and we could contact him via phone/email as needed. It was very convenient and it made it easy since that person was already familiar with how we were using the solution, our configuration, etc.
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In-Person Training

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OpenAir PSA10.0
Based on 2 answers
Very knowledgeable and able to articulate how other customers configured the solution to meet their needs as well as the best practices they recommended.
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Online Training

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We did a 3 day online remote course back in April. NetSuite prefers training to occur before migration. We went over the functionality of tool and three months later we migrated. Personally, I didn’t find it that beneficial. Certain parts of it were beneficial as they applied to me – talked a lot about invoicing capabilities that didn’t apply to me. They also have knowledge base / e-learning assets, but I haven’t referred to them
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Implementation

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OpenAir PSA10.0
Based on 2 answers
It went fine. Everything came over the way we wanted. In addition to migrating the current projects we wanted to migrate historical data – did that seamlessly. The finished product looked pretty good – just needed to tweak – and they helped us with that
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Alternatives Considered

I used expensify in my last role, however it was at a bigger company so I was not involved in the process besides being a user. Abacus seems easier to use from a user perspective. It would be great to have a better integration with our payroll system, but it seems like with all softwares, you can't have it all
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We used to use QuickArrow which went end of life at the end of 2009.We were forced to move onto another platform; which was a good thing since QuickArrow did not fulfill all of our business needs.Ease of reporting was a HUGE thing for my organization. NetSuite OpenAir PSA has certainly come a long way with their reporting and we use it everyday for multiple purposes. I don't have many use case scenarios with other PSA systems to describe why NetSuite OpenAir PSA is better aside from my experience with QuickArrow.
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Scalability

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OpenAir PSA10.0
Based on 2 answers
Once the system is setup, it's easy to manage and maintain.
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Return on Investment

  • It does seem like they are still working out some kinks in the web and mobile apps – a few times the app has crashed. But they're also very fast to push updates.
  • The benefits are simple. No one likes taking time out of their day to do expense reporting. Abacus speeds that process up considerably. The interface is clean, and I'm able to see what expenses are pending vs. expenses that are already cleared.
  • The benefit from a user standpoint is that it adds an element of organization to a process that is typically disorganized. It has saved us numerous hours.
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  • Keep track of open deliverables
  • Report on trend data
  • Keep track of resources/ employees
  • Manage schedules
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Pricing Details

Abacus

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Abacus Editions & Modules
Abacus
Edition
Abacus
$51
1. Per User per Month
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OpenAir PSA

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
OpenAir PSA Editions & Modules
OpenAir PSA
Additional Pricing Details