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ActiveCollab

18 Ratings

Mavenlink

41 Ratings

ActiveCollab

18 Ratings
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Score 7.8 out of 101

Mavenlink

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Score 7.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveCollab

Scenarios where ActiveCollab works well1) ActiveCollab works well for small teams specifically T&M teams.Its invoicing feature is unique & can make your life easy.2) It is very easy to use & posses good range of filters like on the task list, we can drag/drop tasks, Filter by assignee's,
tasks lists, due dates, or completed tasks. 3) It has some simple but awesome features like when you're in
the middle of writing something i.e a comment on story and get interrupted,
it retains what you wrote.4) It allows you to tag team members in threads of comments to grab their attention, its really needed when teams are distributed. Thus helping team members to collaborate easily & stay on same page.5) It integrates pretty well with other web apps like quickbooks , Slack, Trello, HubSpot, Zapier etcScenarios where ActiveCollab did not work well1) Tasks can not have multiple assignee's here so if two members are working on same task it did not allow you to reflect that.2) Sorting capability is not their under invoicing3) It did not work well for larger teams4) Search option is not very detailed & you may end up wasting lot of time searching one particular bug or issue.












Sourav Singla ,Safe Agilist, CSP,  ICP-ACC, CSM, CSPO, SSM, LSSG profile photo

Mavenlink

Mavenlink is perfect for software integration and deployment projects. We have evaluated other tools like Celoxis, Sciforma, Workfront, Pro Workflow, Eclipse, and others against our criteria list and so far Mavenlink score the highest. I wouldn't recommend Mavenlink in case you are doing software development projects since it's not the best for issue tracking (maybe look at JIRA or Redmine).
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

ActiveCollab
7.4
Mavenlink
7.1
Task Management
ActiveCollab
9.3
Mavenlink
8.4
Resource Management
ActiveCollab
7.5
Mavenlink
7.4
Gantt Charts
ActiveCollab
6.1
Mavenlink
7.9
Scheduling
ActiveCollab
6.5
Mavenlink
5.6
Workflow Automation
ActiveCollab
7.0
Mavenlink
8.2
Team Collaboration
ActiveCollab
8.6
Mavenlink
7.4
Support for Agile Methodology
ActiveCollab
6.7
Mavenlink
Support for Waterfall Methodology
ActiveCollab
7.0
Mavenlink
Document Management
ActiveCollab
8.9
Mavenlink
6.0
Email integration
ActiveCollab
8.0
Mavenlink
7.6
Mobile Access
ActiveCollab
6.8
Mavenlink
5.1
Timesheet Tracking
ActiveCollab
8.5
Mavenlink
8.7
Change request and Case Management
ActiveCollab
5.3
Mavenlink
6.0
Budget and Expense Management
ActiveCollab
7.1
Mavenlink
6.9

Professional Services Automation

ActiveCollab
6.3
Mavenlink
6.1
Quotes/estimates
ActiveCollab
5.8
Mavenlink
7.3
Invoicing
ActiveCollab
6.6
Mavenlink
5.5
Project & financial reporting
ActiveCollab
7.7
Mavenlink
7.3
Integration with accounting software
ActiveCollab
5.1
Mavenlink
4.3

Pros

  • Its billing & invoice feature worked pretty well for T&M teams. ActiveCollab version 5, the current version, allows you to directly track time to tasks using the Timer app and later create invoices based on those time entries. Their statuses will change through phases, as you are pending payment, or after they are set as paid.
  • Here cost can be easily assigned to each team member, Team members can start the timer after they start their work, then allows you to export the time records of team members making it easy to complete the billing.
  • File sharing feature is very useful for distributed teams as we can we can easily share files, screenshots.
  • Also ActiveCollab ability to connect to Google docs, attach images and link to web pages make it unique from other project management tools.
  • AC easily allows you to track your daily tasks & serves reminder if miss on the targets defined by giving daily / weekly reminders regarding tasks and any that have gone over due dates.
  • ActiveCollab is quite easy to use. With just a few clicks, you can create a new project.
  • The dashboard and options are easy to see and it is well laid out.
  • Here user have an opportunity to select the number of emails they receive from ActiveCollab and for some email providers, such as Gmail grouping is enabled. So rather than getting multiple mails, it send you a summary of all the daily notifications in one mail.
  • It allows users to upload several files at once on task comments, and if you are set with the owner role, or have the member role but are a project leader, you have a Batch Edit option available on project level. This allows you to edit multiple tasks at once and change all the details on them, such as assignee, due dates, labels, importance, and more.
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  • Friendly user interface - very modern and clean, easy to use even for a non-experienced project managers or clients. It also comes with a mobile app and even browser add-ons.
  • Robust feature set - variety of alert settings, project templates, permission system, detailed analytics and reporting, billing, estimates, and planning modules.
  • Integrations - Salesforce, JIRA, and many other which is possible thanks to Mavenlink API.
  • Customer service - very helpful and available 24/7. Easy to access from the user interface which is great.
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Cons

  • It does not provide support to scaled agile frameworks like SAfe which is there for Rally & Agilecraft.
Sourav Singla ,Safe Agilist, CSP,  ICP-ACC, CSM, CSPO, SSM, LSSG profile photo
  • Our accounting manager was not able to integrate it with QuickBooks as easily as we hoped but I'm not sure why.
  • The resource forecasting function is great but you have to get a little more detailed than we would need to so its a bit extra work.
  • We would love for you to be able to add company holidays and PTO for individuals into the tool to subtract from the "possible" hours in the utilization calculations.
  • Would be great to be able to distinguish between a full time and contract employee for margin calculations.
  • Risk and Issue tracking is available but it's not very intuitive - needs some work.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Mavenlink8.8
Based on 4 answers
Although the company I currently work for does not use the product I have recommended that we do switch to Mavenlink. We will be opening some new sites internationally this year and I can see that Mavenlink would be a great product for us to use
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Usability

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Mavenlink7.2
Based on 4 answers
It constantly changes and you have no control over changes.
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Reliability and Availability

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Mavenlink9.1
Based on 1 answer
Mavenlink gives advance notice for system upgrades, and they're not during our business day. Mavenlink has always been available when we needed it.
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Performance

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Mavenlink7.7
Based on 2 answers
There were less than a handful of times where we saw any issues with Mavenlink performance. Pages load quickly. Sometimes a search seems to take more than few seconds, but it's never been a huge deal.
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Support

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Mavenlink9.1
Based on 5 answers
They are not friendly or supportive. They will quote company policies and re-direct without fully understanding the issues you are having.
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In-Person Training

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Mavenlink9.1
Based on 1 answer
We prepared questions in advance, and our trainer was an expert in what Mavenlink was and wasn't able to do. We were able to have multiple people trained at once.
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Online Training

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Mavenlink8.2
Based on 1 answer
The training was very well-organized. We were able to send questions in advance so the instructor knew what to cover, and the brought up related topics to maximize the usefulness of what they were teaching us.
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Implementation

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Mavenlink5.6
Based on 4 answers
Dedicate as much internal time to the implementation effort as possible, even if you're using a 3rd party or Mavenlink services. Your team knows your processes the best
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Alternatives Considered

Since we moved from fixed capacity project to T&M we need some tool who support our billing & invoicing.HP ALM did not provide good support for invoicing so we moved out from HP ALM to ActiveCollab.The features like Timer, reminders are not available in other project management tools like JIRA, Rally & ALM making AC the first choice since we have strict SLA's & AC helps in meeting that.
Sourav Singla ,Safe Agilist, CSP,  ICP-ACC, CSM, CSPO, SSM, LSSG profile photo
Mavenlink is much more robust than other project management platforms that we have used in the past. The ability to match each task to a preset time, budget and invoice objective is better than their competitors. It is also worth noting that Mavenlink has the built-in time tracker for employees to use, a nice and convenient feature
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Scalability

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Mavenlink8.2
Based on 1 answer
It's very easy to add users and contractors into Mavenlink. There's also an option that let's you manage access for teams in multiple locations.
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Return on Investment

  • For T& M teams, it is very good tools not only to manage teams but billing & invoicing.
  • we are able to generate invoices easily which earlier was a lot of headache & took lot of effort & time to do.
  • Whenever we encounter any issue in using any feature of AC, we get lot of support from their support desk.
  • Their customer service has been very responsive and helpful throughout.
  • Task management is USP of AC. It supports active tracking of our daily tasks & serves reminder if we miss on the targets defined, this helping us keeping on track & meeting the customer SLA's.
Sourav Singla ,Safe Agilist, CSP,  ICP-ACC, CSM, CSPO, SSM, LSSG profile photo
  • It is hard to project ROI for a project management system but it has been positive. It will in no way replace a project manager, but it helps keep workflow moving and efficient.
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Pricing Details

ActiveCollab

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
ActiveCollab Editions & Modules
ActiveCollab
On-premise Edition
Self-Hosted Plan
$9991
1. license
SaaS Edition
5
$251
30
$992
60
$1993
Infinte
$2994
15
$495
1. 5 members per month
2. 30 members per month
3. 60 members per month
4. Infinite members per month
5. 15 members per month
Additional Pricing Details

Mavenlink

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$199 / hour*
1.  Training starts at $199. Additional client success programs are available.
Mavenlink Editions & Modules
Mavenlink
Edition
Teams
$191
Premier
$492
Professional
$293
1. annually, for up to 5 users. Additional Users: $4/month/user
2. For larger customers, price can go as low as $10.
3. per user, per month
Additional Pricing Details