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Likelihood to Recommend

Accelo

It is really well suited for organizations that need to have a lot of tools but don't want a bunch of data silos. Our organization uses HubSpot as our CRM so we don't necessarily use the CRM portion of Accelo the way it is designed. Mainly because it isn't as agile as HubSpot from a CRM perspective.
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LiquidPlanner

It is suited well if the whole company is on-board and if you take the time and effort to train everyone and to use LiquidPlanner as it was designed. Used in such a scenario, I think it could be a very effective project management and task tracking tool. If you have custom needs and need a solution that will bend to support almost any scenario, you might end up fighting with the system to get it to do what you want.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Accelo
5.6
LiquidPlanner
7.9
Task Management
Accelo
6.0
LiquidPlanner
9.0
Resource Management
Accelo
5.5
LiquidPlanner
9.9
Gantt Charts
Accelo
6.0
LiquidPlanner
7.1
Scheduling
Accelo
5.5
LiquidPlanner
8.0
Workflow Automation
Accelo
6.0
LiquidPlanner
6.5
Team Collaboration
Accelo
4.0
LiquidPlanner
8.0
Support for Agile Methodology
Accelo
3.0
LiquidPlanner
9.0
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Accelo
6.0
LiquidPlanner
9.0
Email integration
Accelo
6.5
LiquidPlanner
8.0
Mobile Access
Accelo
6.0
LiquidPlanner
3.1
Timesheet Tracking
Accelo
7.1
LiquidPlanner
8.0
Change request and Case Management
Accelo
5.1
LiquidPlanner
Budget and Expense Management
Accelo
5.6
LiquidPlanner
7.0
Document Management
Accelo
LiquidPlanner
9.9

Professional Services Automation

Accelo
4.4
LiquidPlanner
Quotes/estimates
Accelo
3.5
LiquidPlanner
Invoicing
Accelo
4.1
LiquidPlanner
Project & financial reporting
Accelo
5.1
LiquidPlanner
Integration with accounting software
Accelo
5.1
LiquidPlanner

Pros

  • Retainer Management - I am not sure we could run retainers effectively without it.
  • Hour Logging and Tracking.
  • Customer Email Tracking.
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  • Priority based planning. Every other planning software we've used relies on dates and therefore needs constant attention. Priority based planning means that the plan is always up to date.
  • Ease of use. LiquidPlanner has a very short learning curve. This is critical to getting team members to use it.
  • Forecasting. LiquidPlanner makes it very easy to run scenarios by simply dragging and dropping projects and reassigning resources.
  • Awesome Support. I get personal responses very fast. Usually within a couple hours. And, they listen and ask for more information.
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Cons

  • Difficult to upload targets
  • Not easy to modify a target
  • When uploading targets you can not attach them to tags until after they are uploaded.
  • When listing opportunities in the system, you are limited with what stage the opportunity is in and the star system is not very helpful. The status' are very vague and not always accurate.
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  • Importing. Right now, LiquidPlanner only imports some fields. I have made an Excel spreadsheet that generates the labor tasks for our projects. I need importing to allow for dependencies, default activity and multiple owners. I've submitted a request for this. They are working on it.
  • Dashboards. Dashboards were just rolled out in the last release. I haven't found it particularly useful just yet. They have not exposed a lot of information for use in the widgets thus far.
  • Fixed expenses. It would be great to have the ability to account for fixed expenses for a project.
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Likelihood to Renew

Accelo9.0
Based on 1 answer
Looking forward to seeing more refinement of features provided and upcoming features promised :)
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LiquidPlanner4.4
Based on 2 answers
I believe I'd see better results if mine was a larger organization. Scalability is the issue here, I'm not sure I'm getting as much out of it as I should.
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Usability

Accelo7.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.
LiquidPlanner10.0
Based on 1 answer
Easy to learn and utilize. Can export charts and reports for sharing with colleagues.
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Support

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LiquidPlanner3.0
Based on 1 answer
Support is the least impressive part of LiquidPlanner for me. Issues are resolved, but software bugs or suggested improvements are generally blown off or responded to condescendingly. This software updates more frequently than any other software we use, frequently during times we use the product (Saturday mornings). Often the updates result in aesthetic changes that seem pointless when there are bigger updates that would make using the product easier, which should be a higher priority.
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Alternatives Considered

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.
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We use Teamwork for managing projects and love it for that, but we stick with LiquidPlanner for the high-level overview of our project workload, as well as for time-tracking (specifically for being able to bill out actuals). Teamwork and LiquidPlanner each have their merits; we find the combination of both tools to be right for our needs.
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Return on Investment

  • It substantially reduced the number of systems we use to run our business.
  • It reduced the need to train our staff on a variety of platforms.
  • It gave us the ability to have a client-facing portal that directly integrates with our backend systems.
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  • Increased employee efficiency
  • Ability to create accountability among team members
  • The lack of a useful mobile module creates a bit of lag in entering time.
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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
1.  Per Installation
Accelo Editions & Modules
Accelo
Edition
Plus
$191
Premium
$341
1. Per User
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LiquidPlanner

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
LiquidPlanner Editions & Modules
LiquidPlanner
Edition
Professional
$451
Enterprise
$691
1. 5-user minimum
Additional Pricing Details