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Score 7.1 out of 100
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Score 7.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Accelo

Accelo is a system that can do it all. It's extremely sophisticated. Depending on the sophistication of your organization, or specifically the abilities of the people you put in charge of the implementation, it can almost be too sophisticated. It all just depends on your situation. The more you use it, the more data you give it, the more you'll be able to see and do. It's incredibly powerful. But it's definitely not a tool that would be appropriate for smaller boutique type organizations that have only basic needs.
Charles Fashana, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

FinancialForce PSA

PSA is great at capturing all the data you would need to accurately track and report on consulting projects. It captures project financials, calculates projected GM%, and (among others) allows for hourly tracking of employees, which breaks it up between billable and non-billable for utilization tracking to accurately understand costs. However, the user interface is tough to learn, and the stability of the data reporting functions is questionable. This tool would be great for smaller consulting shops that fit the standard contracting mold. If your business is fairly straightforward without a lot of shades of gray, you shouldn't have much trouble with the tool. However, if your business practices have a lot of exceptions based on clients, then you'll have a tall administrative task on your hands.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Accelo
7.2
FinancialForce PSA
6.0
Task Management
Accelo
8.7
FinancialForce PSA
8.0
Resource Management
Accelo
7.8
FinancialForce PSA
8.0
Gantt Charts
Accelo
7.7
FinancialForce PSA
7.0
Scheduling
Accelo
5.6
FinancialForce PSA
7.0
Workflow Automation
Accelo
7.0
FinancialForce PSA
4.0
Team Collaboration
Accelo
6.1
FinancialForce PSA
2.2
Support for Agile Methodology
Accelo
6.8
FinancialForce PSA
5.1
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Accelo
4.8
FinancialForce PSA
7.0
Email integration
Accelo
6.4
FinancialForce PSA
3.0
Mobile Access
Accelo
7.2
FinancialForce PSA
5.0
Timesheet Tracking
Accelo
9.3
FinancialForce PSA
8.0
Change request and Case Management
Accelo
7.1
FinancialForce PSA
6.0
Budget and Expense Management
Accelo
8.6
FinancialForce PSA
8.0
Document Management
Accelo
FinancialForce PSA
5.0

Professional Services Automation

Accelo
7.8
FinancialForce PSA
6.7
Quotes/estimates
Accelo
7.2
FinancialForce PSA
3.0
Invoicing
Accelo
8.3
FinancialForce PSA
7.0
Project & financial reporting
Accelo
8.6
FinancialForce PSA
8.0
Integration with accounting software
Accelo
7.2
FinancialForce PSA
8.7

Pros

Accelo

  • Timing Client Work: You are able to better manage your time on your clients.
  • Housing Client Info in one Area: You can view all you need for any given client in one area.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FinancialForce PSA

  • The biggest strength of FinancialForce PSA is that it's built upon the force.com platform, which means it is very easily customizable to our business needs.
  • Projects are easily created, as well as milestones and assignments.
  • "Actuals" (dollars and hours) are calculated automatically, and are easily reported on.
  • Resources are easily managed by using the Resource Planner
  • FinancialForce PSA support is outstanding!
Luke Fitzwater | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Accelo

  • Cumbersome processes - feels like tasks take longer than they should.
  • We gave up on the Projects module, it was rather unintuitive. Switched to JIRA, which integrates with the Support module of Accelo.
  • Each email address requires a new contact. If one person uses multiple email addresses to contact you, that info will have to be spread across multiple contacts.
Ryan Freeman | TrustRadius Reviewer

FinancialForce PSA

  • The product is still maturing as a full featured PSA tool. The feature roadmap is compelling but is still being built out.
  • Tool is ideal for managing a services business. It is not yet a project manager tool.
  • Limited reporting
  • Maturing change order process
  • Limited integration to back-end financial systems beyond Financial Force Financials. We use Netsuite.
  • The underlying SalesForce UI is constrained and can be keystroke intensive at times
  • Limited archiving of historical data
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Accelo

Accelo 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Looking forward to seeing more refinement of features provided and upcoming features promised :)
Brendon O'Sullivan | TrustRadius Reviewer

FinancialForce PSA

FinancialForce PSA 9.0
Based on 3 answers
There is another PSA software program that we have been looking into (DreamFactory) that could potentially replace FinancialForce PSA in our organization. Like FinancialForce PSA, it is cloud based on the force.com platform. Licensing is slightly less than FinancialForce PSA, and the Resource Management tool is far superior to FinancialForce PSA. With that said, our renewal falls in Q4 2014 and I don't foresee us implementing a new system this fiscal year.
Luke Fitzwater | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Accelo

Accelo 7.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

FinancialForce PSA

FinancialForce PSA 8.0
Based on 2 answers
It is maturing and does what it does well although it is not fully complete.

Integration to SF is great.

Gives great visibility to incoming services projects and allows the staffing process to start on pipeline deals.

There are certain processes that take more click-throughs then needed so there are refinement opportunities around the UI.

The resource management screen and project status views have really matured since our original purchase, and while not perfect, allow business leaders to do their jobs.

Configurations vs. customizations. We seem to have to bring in an Apex developer to do a customization for changes I would think could be configuration settings
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Accelo

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

FinancialForce PSA

FinancialForce PSA 9.0
Based on 1 answer
We have maybe had 1-2 outages over 3 years.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Accelo

Accelo 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

FinancialForce PSA

FinancialForce PSA 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Most of the time it is fine. There are peak periods of usage where performance noticably slows down (i.e., Monday mornings when time is due and many reports are being run)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Accelo

Accelo 7.3
Based on 4 answers
From the beginning the Accelo team has been very invested in ensuring our success and overall happiness with the platform. The initial implementation specialists and trainers did a fairly good job of learning our company and needs, and tried to tailor the trainings accordingly. However, once we made the formal switch to the platform, meaning we no longer were using our legacy systems, we found that we had a lot of questions....and a lot of ideas and recommendations. The support team is extremely responsive and seemingly happy to receive our continual feedback. And if we encounter an issue that seems to be a system issue, they work diligently to fix it (we've actually had an engineer join a call with us to learn of the issue - and subsequently fix it)
Charles Fashana, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

FinancialForce PSA

FinancialForce PSA 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Every time I submit a new help request, whether it's an actual help request or just a question about FinancialForce PSA, I always feel that I'm receiving world class support. The support we receive from FinancialForce PSA is always very detailed and professional. There are some requests that take longer than other for the initial response, which is why I did not give a full 10.
Luke Fitzwater | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Accelo

No answers on this topic

FinancialForce PSA

It was fine.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Accelo

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

FinancialForce PSA

FinancialForce PSA 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Appirio did a good job, however, the user team didn’t know enough to make all the right configuration/customization choices. The team focused too much on replicating existing processes vs. reengineering them. In hindsight we should have had deep dive reviews at key milestones and enforced more focus on how the software would operate. We didn’t have access to true best practices expertise. In hindsight, a consultant from the outside would have been helpful to drive this.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Accelo

We used Workfront prior to using Accelo, mainly for project management and retainer management. There is no comparison between the two as Accelo blows it away.
Chris Osterhout | TrustRadius Reviewer

FinancialForce PSA

FF PSA is a robust Project Management solution that can be configured to fits any size business. We have tried several other applications and PSA so far has met and exceeded our needs. We run our day to day operations on Salesforce so having a solution that is native was a must have. PSA met that requirement and much more.
Machell Enke | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Accelo

  • Helps with tracking prospects through the sales/marketing funnel
  • Has led some employees to stop using the tool and going back to spreadsheets. When trying to attach targets to tags you need to do so individually and if you upload a large list you need to do this manually, one by one, and requires a lot of time. So people have gone back to spreadsheets where they could simply just cut and paste new people in.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

FinancialForce PSA

  • FinancialForce PSA has helped us improve our data tracking and allows us to get more granular about our financial information and performance.
  • PSA has given more tools and reports to individual contributors to take greater ownership over their own data, and has increased accountability across the organization.
  • PSA has added a fairly hefty administrative burden to individuals, project managers, and our financial team.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Accelo

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

* Per Installation

Accelo Editions & Modules

Edition
Plus$191
Premium$341
  1. Per User
Additional Pricing Details

FinancialForce PSA

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

FinancialForce PSA Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Accelo
6.7
FinancialForce PSA
5.1

Likelihood to Renew

Accelo
9.0
FinancialForce PSA
9.0

Usability

Accelo
7.0
FinancialForce PSA
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Accelo
FinancialForce PSA
9.0

Performance

Accelo
10.0
FinancialForce PSA
7.0

Support Rating

Accelo
7.3
FinancialForce PSA
9.0

Implementation Rating

Accelo
FinancialForce PSA
8.0

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