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AceProject

6 Ratings

RationalPlan

3 Ratings

AceProject

6 Ratings
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Score 6.5 out of 101

RationalPlan

3 Ratings
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Score 8.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

AceProject

It is well suited if you have a specific work force or are working in a production or an assembly line style environment. It is also well suited if you have small teams that have to get out a certain amount of product in set periods of time. AceProjects is great for monitoring how long each individual spent on their specific task and subsequently how long the team took to complete their work.
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RationalPlan

It's got its shortcomings but is still the best PM tool in my opinion
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

AceProject
3.2
RationalPlan
7.5
Task Management
AceProject
5.0
RationalPlan
8.2
Resource Management
AceProject
6.0
RationalPlan
8.2
Gantt Charts
AceProject
3.0
RationalPlan
8.6
Scheduling
AceProject
4.0
RationalPlan
8.6
Workflow Automation
AceProject
1.0
RationalPlan
Team Collaboration
AceProject
5.0
RationalPlan
Support for Agile Methodology
AceProject
1.0
RationalPlan
Support for Waterfall Methodology
AceProject
1.0
RationalPlan
Document Management
AceProject
1.0
RationalPlan
6.4
Email integration
AceProject
2.0
RationalPlan
6.8
Mobile Access
AceProject
1.0
RationalPlan
9.1
Timesheet Tracking
AceProject
8.0
RationalPlan
4.5
Change request and Case Management
AceProject
4.0
RationalPlan
Budget and Expense Management
AceProject
3.0
RationalPlan
6.8

Professional Services Automation

AceProject
2.0
RationalPlan
4.5
Project & financial reporting
AceProject
2.0
RationalPlan
Invoicing
AceProject
RationalPlan
4.5

Pros

  • Time Tracking
  • Resource allocation
  • Easy to implement, small adoption curve.
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  • Portfolio view is great to get a feel for how your programme is running at a glance and which areas possibly might require attention. The fact that you can customise your view by adding your own columns is another plus.
  • All project information in one tool is a big plus for me considering the amount of projects we run with. This really improves efficiency and saves me time. You have the ability to add documents to tasks, manage risks, email resources tasks due for projects they are assigned to(might need some refinement depending on your requirements), material db with costing etc.
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Cons

  • Expand on data tracking
  • Improve report generation
  • Break out from just being a time clock manager.
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  • While the portfolio view is great is becomes difficult/cluttered with many projects. Highlighting master projects will help. Creating a tree view for master project and its sub projects would even be better.
  • Reporting is a big part of any project. While rationalplan has reports for key areas the presentation of these reports could really be improved. Make it more presentable. Add some burndown charts. I hate to compare you to MS Project but they do reporting really well in MS Project.
  • The email function is another great idea. Would be great if one had an option to either email an entire portfolio or by active project. At times I’m still scoping certain projects and if the WBS is not yet complete then this incomplete project is also communicated via email which leads to frustration in the team. You don’t always want to communicate tasks for all projects to all resources.
  • One need to be able to: Email per project
  • Email entire portfolio (as currently the case)
  • Email by resource (send pending or outstanding tasks to the resource in question)
  • Add a portfolio dashboard with graphical speed and bar charts giving you a glimpse of late projects, projects slipping, not started in progress etc., for your portfolio.
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Alternatives Considered

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I use Multi which is the standalone platform. While there is no team collaboration it does have an email feature built in. Rational Plan does have the Server option but it all comes at a price the same as Wrike.I have used many free and commercial platforms and rationalplan multi is a good balance with features especially if some of the proposed feature requests are implemented.
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Return on Investment

  • We were able to track our production teams work and refine our methods to improve deliverable dates.
  • Once our staff reached a certain size the capability of the software began to lag. Diminishing returns.
  • The lack of reporting features made data regression and extrapolation difficult.
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  • Helps explain the target schedule and resource estimates for cost of the project
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Pricing Details

AceProject

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
AceProject Editions & Modules
AceProject
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RationalPlan

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
RationalPlan Editions & Modules
RationalPlan
On-premise Edition
Single
$57 USD1
Multi
$98 USD1
Server
$350 USD1
Stakeholder
$32 USD1
1. Lifetime License per Seat
SaaS Edition
Beginner
$41
Master
$121
Production
$191
Free
$0
1. per user
Additional Pricing Details