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Actionspace

When you have many projects with different people on them Actionspace is well suited to handle that
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Microsoft Project

Project is very well suited for large projects involving numerous personnel, equipment and materials,and expected to take many months or even years to completion. Also, it is useful when the stakeholders of the project are rather different in their capacity and require rather different types of reports (strictly financial reports, slippage in schedule and how the schedule can be brought back, etc.)On the other hand, a company specializing in projects that are relatively simple and only have a span of a few weeks or a couple of months would be better off adopting a simpler Project Management tool, one that costs less and has a much shorter learning curve.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Actionspace
6.9
Microsoft Project
7.2
Task Management
Actionspace
8.0
Microsoft Project
8.4
Resource Management
Actionspace
4.0
Microsoft Project
8.0
Gantt Charts
Actionspace
7.0
Microsoft Project
8.5
Scheduling
Actionspace
5.0
Microsoft Project
8.3
Workflow Automation
Actionspace
6.0
Microsoft Project
7.3
Team Collaboration
Actionspace
6.0
Microsoft Project
6.7
Support for Agile Methodology
Actionspace
6.0
Microsoft Project
5.8
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Actionspace
7.0
Microsoft Project
7.6
Document Management
Actionspace
7.0
Microsoft Project
6.3
Email integration
Actionspace
7.0
Microsoft Project
6.6
Mobile Access
Actionspace
8.0
Microsoft Project
6.2
Timesheet Tracking
Actionspace
9.0
Microsoft Project
6.8
Change request and Case Management
Actionspace
8.0
Microsoft Project
6.5
Budget and Expense Management
Actionspace
8.0
Microsoft Project
7.7

Professional Services Automation

Actionspace
8.0
Microsoft Project
6.9
Quotes/estimates
Actionspace
8.0
Microsoft Project
7.1
Invoicing
Actionspace
8.0
Microsoft Project
6.2
Project & financial reporting
Actionspace
8.0
Microsoft Project
7.7
Integration with accounting software
Actionspace
8.0
Microsoft Project
6.4

Pros

  • User customization for each individual and their responsibilities
  • Great support staff and update capabilities
  • You can see the early stages of the project and see it through in a clean and organized way
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  • The custom columns and the ability to use formulas within Project allows the user flexibility with respect to the data that they want to display, and how they want it displayed. For example, I was able to enter a formula into a custom column that calculated the week of the project a particular task was scheduled to finish. We have also used custom columns to upload data from other systems into our schedules, for example the work package status out of SAP, and material information as well.
  • Using VBA to automate certain task is very useful and can be a great time saver. For example, I recently worked a program where I was managing 10k+ tasks in a single schedule that were comprised of material, engineering, and production activity, which required inputs from multiple stakeholders. Using data downloaded out of our enterprise systems, I was able to create a single set of data in Excel's Power Query, and I uploaded this data into Project using code developed in the VBA editor. Typically it would take a week or more to manual status a schedule of this size. But because I was able to automate this step, I could update my schedule in 20 minutes. This allowed me to status my schedule on a daily basis, making my schedule more relevant. We were also able to make the schedule more informative: we loaded any kind of material and/or engineering issues in to the schedule, along with comments from other systems that provided benefit to correcting an issue, or to help with taking advantage of an opportunity. Where I worked prior, we received various audits from different entities, and we always received positive input for the kind of data we were able to present.
  • Timelines! Timelines offer the user a way to quickly convey a high level narrative of the schedule. This gives the audience a more efficient way to dive into the schedule. The timeline view can allow for a super clean view of the project, and is great to use in presentation.
  • Project Online/Server - when this version of Project is used it really does turbo charge the functionality that is available to the user and tremendously grows the collaborated engagement with stakeholders. Project Online/Server is able to take advantage of all the resources that lay within Office 365 and SharePoint. Those resources would be SharePoint lists, Power Apps, Flows, Team, & Planner. And Project Online/Server makes it available for stakeholders to make updates directly into the schedule through several different mediums with all of these inputs having to go through an approval process prior to updating the schedule.
  • The reporting functionality is really impressive. The reporting features within the standalone Project allow the user to quickly cobble together some really impressive metrics that their IPT will find very helpful to managing a project. The reporting layout is really intuitive, and looks something similar to what you would find working with PivotTables in Excel. And the format that is provided for displaying data is really flexible and gives you several options on how to display the data. In a very short time, the user can put together a fairly impressive looking dashboard. But as impressive as the new reporting functionality is, the standalone version is nothing compared to what is available in Project Online/Server. With this version you are able to use Power BI to drive your reporting, which will put you into Superman status with your co-workers.
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Cons

  • Sometimes anyone who has touched a project still receive notification even if they don't need it
  • Having to manually enter information from other areas
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  • Server additions are costly and needed for true sharing between local users
  • Printing functionalities and flexibility need to be enhanced to better window section of project plans to print
  • Tiered training programs would enhance broader utilization within organizations
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Likelihood to Renew

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Microsoft Project10.0
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I am very happy with the software and am definitely get use out of it.
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Usability

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Microsoft Project10.0
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It's so easy to use and I'm able to make it look however I want it to. It allows me to communicate to my team on exactly what needs to be done and when.
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Support

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Microsoft Project5.9
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Self-directed help is usually just frustrating. Help Desks don't seem to be knowledgeable enough to provide good answers. There doesn't appear to be a way to get immediate help without great expense.
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Alternatives Considered

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I have not used HP PPM in some time, but found it to be much more useful in managing process flows and resources
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Return on Investment

  • ROI
  • tracking
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  • It showed our head board how to save time and go straight to the point with the task assigned
  • The people using MS Project were more open-minded to changes and to accepting specific assignments
  • It raised the confidence in the results expected from each project stage, by involving all parties to achieve the best result possible.
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Pricing Details

Actionspace

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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Microsoft Project

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