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Accelo

11 Ratings

OmniFocus

17 Ratings

Accelo

11 Ratings
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Score 6.3 out of 101

OmniFocus

17 Ratings
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Score 9.2 out of 101

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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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OmniFocus

1) Great for managing your work and personal activities.2) One of the best implementations of the Getting Things Done method.3) Not really suited for collaborative work management; OmniFocus is managed on a per-user basis so you can't share/assign tasks.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Accelo
5.6
OmniFocus
6.0
Task Management
Accelo
6.0
OmniFocus
9.8
Resource Management
Accelo
5.5
OmniFocus
5.1
Gantt Charts
Accelo
6.0
OmniFocus
1.0
Scheduling
Accelo
5.5
OmniFocus
7.7
Workflow Automation
Accelo
6.0
OmniFocus
6.9
Team Collaboration
Accelo
4.0
OmniFocus
1.0
Support for Agile Methodology
Accelo
3.0
OmniFocus
10.0
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Accelo
6.0
OmniFocus
10.0
Email integration
Accelo
6.5
OmniFocus
7.6
Mobile Access
Accelo
6.0
OmniFocus
9.0
Timesheet Tracking
Accelo
7.0
OmniFocus
1.0
Change request and Case Management
Accelo
5.1
OmniFocus
9.8
Budget and Expense Management
Accelo
5.6
OmniFocus
1.0
Document Management
Accelo
OmniFocus
4.1

Professional Services Automation

Accelo
4.4
OmniFocus
2.7
Quotes/estimates
Accelo
3.5
OmniFocus
6.9
Invoicing
Accelo
4.0
OmniFocus
1.0
Project & financial reporting
Accelo
5.1
OmniFocus
2.0
Integration with accounting software
Accelo
5.1
OmniFocus
1.0

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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  • Planning. I have created templates for case management that I can cut and past into new cases. I use OmniFocus not only to stay on track with big picture items, but to keep in mind interesting thoughts that occur to me.
  • Accountability. I am better able to work ahead of deadlines using OmniFocus. OmniFocus is OS agnostic. My daily planning is done on my MacBook. I often add tasks using OmniFocus for iOS. I often use Siri to add tasks to OmniFocus while in the car ("Siri, open OmniFocus"). The dictated action items go into my Inbox, and I organize them (and clean up the almost inevitable grammar errors) when I am back in front of my computer.
  • Organizing by life focus. This is my default way to organize in OmniFocus. My big categories are Family, Work, Heath, Household. Work is then broken down by (1) administrative tasks (e.g., trust accounting, billing), (2) client matters, (3) business development, (4) miscellaneous. I can get as granular as I want to get, but can always back out to the 30,000 foot view.
  • Organizing by deadline. You don't have to assign deadlines to every task, which makes it helpful to keep in mind what is really important (e.g., the deadline to file an appeal).
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Cons

  • The client portal needs to be improved. It does not have the same user interface as we have within Accelo and we get a lot of client complaints about it.
  • It needs more executive-style reporting and the ability to create your own reports and filters.
  • It needs to be faster. With all of the things Accelo is doing to give you all the data, it is kind of slow compared to other systems in the browser.
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  • I would really like to see graphic presentations of how I allocate my time, what categories of tasks don't get accomplished, etc.
  • I would like to see OmniFocus include Gantt chart functionality, such as allowing me to see how long it took me to accomplish a task from start to finish. Allowing me to actually input time spent, and seeing it on a Gantt chart, would be icing on the cake.
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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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OmniFocus10.0
Based on 1 answer
Over the past 4 years of use I still haven't found any product that comes close in terms of capability
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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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The closest analog to OmniFocus is Todoist. OmniFocus, however, runs circles around Todoist and every other to-do list and reminder system. OmniFocus is not just best in class, it is in a class by itself. I feel somewhat incompetent saying more about how powerful OmniFocus is. I know that there are others who have done far more with OmniFocus. I am quite comfortable using it, but want to learn more so that I can improve the usefulness of OmniFocus.
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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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  • OmniFocus keeps me ahead of deadlines. I certainly feel better when I file a brief early.
  • OmniFocus keeps me focused on my clients and their needs and concerns.
  • OmniFocus has made me more pleasant -- less stress from deadlines.
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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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OmniFocus

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
OmniFocus Editions & Modules
OmniFocus
Additional Pricing Details