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Accelo

9 Ratings

Podio

89 Ratings

Accelo

9 Ratings
Score 6.2 out of 101

Podio

89 Ratings
Score 7.5 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Accelo

If you are looking for a basic CRM this tool would work. It has lots of room to grow.
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Podio

I think Podio is flexible enough to be useful to almost any non profit or business. We built a suite of apps for event planning that completely streamlined our planning and logistics.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Accelo
4.2
Podio
7.0
Task Management
Accelo
5.0
Podio
9.2
Resource Management
Accelo
5.0
Podio
7.4
Scheduling
Accelo
5.0
Podio
6.8
Workflow Automation
Accelo
5.0
Podio
8.9
Team Collaboration
Accelo
5.0
Podio
9.6
Support for Agile Methodology
Accelo
3.0
Podio
9.8
Email integration
Accelo
5.0
Podio
6.6
Timesheet Tracking
Accelo
5.0
Podio
5.5
Change request and Case Management
Accelo
2.0
Podio
6.1
Budget and Expense Management
Accelo
2.0
Podio
7.0
Gantt Charts
Accelo
Podio
4.5
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Accelo
Podio
4.5
Document Management
Accelo
Podio
5.9
Mobile Access
Accelo
Podio
6.5

Professional Services Automation

Accelo
2.0
Podio
5.8
Quotes/estimates
Accelo
2.0
Podio
5.5
Invoicing
Accelo
2.0
Podio
5.5
Project & financial reporting
Accelo
2.0
Podio
6.3
Integration with accounting software
Accelo
2.0
Podio

Pros

  • Allows you to send emails directly from the target's account
  • Allows you to create tasks
  • Keeping track of notes made is easy
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  • Podio is great for organizing and storing communication. The ability to break project into logical chunks and organize events vs deliverables vs contacts works well. The email in to app (bcc the app item) is absolutely key and makes the platform more valuable.
  • Mobile access works well and makes it easy to find needed information on the fly.
  • The ability to integrate external users into just the needed portions of the platform works well and is a great time saver. It reduces a great deal of duplication in setting up events and sending invites.
  • Podio also manages notification well. Users can set the amount and form of notification they get on an individual basis and the daily summary works well.
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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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  • The biggest issue with Podio is the confusion with contacts. Podio has multiple forms of contacts which can be confusing and impact functionality. For CRM external contacts can be used but they can't be customized as needed (grouped by organization, link to social profiles, etc). To address this creating a contacts app works but limits other functionality (seeing contacts as contacts from mobile, callouts in comments). Currently I am using the contacts as an app method but hope the developers will integrate this better in the future.
  • The double edged sword of functionality vs simplicity falls a little against Podio as a platform. While many of the key functions are well thought out the inability to customize as needed can be frustrating. Coming from a traditional database (access, salesforce, etc) mentality the lack of data types and ability to customize is limiting.
  • Mobile access can also be frustrating depending on the use. Podio has stated that they want the system to be live and interactive so having an offline version doesn't make sense. While that makes sense it can be a deal breaker for mobile users with spotty connections.
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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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Podio9.1
Based on 17 answers
There is an increasing demand for flexible work hours, telecommuting and tapping into 3rd party expertise (freelancers, consultants) when needed. Podio not only streamlines work internally, but also provides the business with means to meet these demands.

Podio, and similar platforms in general, enables us to transform the business to a more agile model where collaboration is enabled by design, not by enforcement.
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Usability

Accelo7.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.
Podio6.0
Based on 2 answers
It is usable, for sure. Requires a bit of thinking to be really useful.
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Reliability and Availability

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Podio8.0
Based on 4 answers
Never experienced an off-time. Minor Bugs often solved within hours after reporting.
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Performance

Accelo10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.
Podio8.0
Based on 2 answers
It works all the time and if I have a question, support get back to me ASAP
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Support

No score
No answers yet
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Podio9.0
Based on 2 answers
Very fast responses from our own CSM. Very knowledgable and eager to make us successful
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Implementation

No score
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Podio7.0
Based on 1 answer
Could of got more help sooner and mapped out structure after the 1st month. Future planning
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Alternatives Considered

No answers on this topic
We actually use both Podio and Salesforce. Podio is used for more internal communication and projects. I work for an event planning company and we use Salesforce for more external conversations and budgeting/invoices.
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Scalability

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Podio10.0
Based on 2 answers
As you business grows, so does Podio. There seems to be no limit to the workspace and apps you can create on the platform
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Return on Investment

  • 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.
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  • At $9/user/month this is a great deal. It has lead to huge gains in efficiency around work flows.
  • Having detailed and easily searchable info on all sales leads and all projects leads to better customer service
  • Podio is beginning to benefit us in terms of cross-selling. Now that there is greater transparency across departments it's easier for people to see opportunities with customers that others are already working with
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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
Additional Pricing Details

Podio

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