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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

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

ActiveCollab
7.4
Microsoft Project
7.2
Task Management
ActiveCollab
9.3
Microsoft Project
8.3
Resource Management
ActiveCollab
7.5
Microsoft Project
8.0
Gantt Charts
ActiveCollab
6.1
Microsoft Project
8.5
Scheduling
ActiveCollab
6.5
Microsoft Project
8.3
Workflow Automation
ActiveCollab
7.0
Microsoft Project
7.3
Team Collaboration
ActiveCollab
8.6
Microsoft Project
6.7
Support for Agile Methodology
ActiveCollab
6.7
Microsoft Project
5.9
Support for Waterfall Methodology
ActiveCollab
7.0
Microsoft Project
7.5
Document Management
ActiveCollab
9.0
Microsoft Project
6.4
Email integration
ActiveCollab
8.0
Microsoft Project
6.7
Mobile Access
ActiveCollab
6.8
Microsoft Project
6.5
Timesheet Tracking
ActiveCollab
8.5
Microsoft Project
6.9
Change request and Case Management
ActiveCollab
5.3
Microsoft Project
6.7
Budget and Expense Management
ActiveCollab
7.0
Microsoft Project
7.8

Professional Services Automation

ActiveCollab
6.2
Microsoft Project
7.0
Quotes/estimates
ActiveCollab
5.7
Microsoft Project
7.3
Invoicing
ActiveCollab
6.5
Microsoft Project
6.3
Project & financial reporting
ActiveCollab
7.7
Microsoft Project
7.9
Integration with accounting software
ActiveCollab
5.0
Microsoft Project
6.5

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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  • Microsoft Project allows users to input a large and varied amount of detail pertinent to a specific project and then creates numerous varied out reports, as per the specific needs of a certain user working on that project.
  • Microsoft Project is very flexible in relation to the familiarity of a specific user with the Project. Someone with very little knowledge of Project can still input some data and receive some useful reports, without using the whole capability of the package.
  • Project allows a varied types of data to be inputted, such as definition of various subtasks related to the project, time information about the original estimates for tasks and the actual figures, monetary information about the cost of all items required to complete a project (such as rate per hour of specific participants working of a project, cost of equipment to be bought or rented, cost of materials required for project execution, etc).
  • A Project Manager very conversant with Project can get a very large number of reports, each one for a specific need.
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Cons

  • It is confusing when a review is made, before buying the product.
  • It lacks animation and pleasant forms for the user.
  • Does not allow effective communication when activities are reported. Since it does not provide a direct message chat.
  • The reports that are generated are basic, they do not have personalization characteristics.
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  • It takes some time getting used to using Project for agile rather than waterfall, but it's not impossible. And as you get more familiar with your sprints, using Project for agile becomes easier. Just a little learning curve is all.
  • There are some features that I don't see useful, like Timesheets. I'm sure it's a great aspect of Project, but not something that I'm interested in using.
  • Extra cost associated with it. I'd love if it was bundled in the Office Suite.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Microsoft Project10.0
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I like using Microsoft Project. It simplifies building a schedule
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Usability

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Microsoft Project9.0
Based on 2 answers
For basic schedule building, which is what I primarily use it for, is great and very easy. I don't really understand much else although I would like to learn because everything I do use it for is very easy to do and learn
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Support

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Microsoft Project5.0
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I've never used it so I don't know to say
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Implementation

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Microsoft Project5.0
Based on 1 answer
I wasn't part of it so I don't know
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Alternatives Considered

ActiveCollab has all the functions that are in these services, unlike them. Not everywhere there is a diagram of gantt. And somewhere the interface is very rewarded and in general looks obsolete.
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We compared MS Project to QuickBase and Smartsheet. We found that Smartsheet was a simple to use project management tool, which would fit our needs by allowing our end users the ability to create and track their own initiatives, with a minimal learning curve. Smartsheet also provided the level of reporting and sharing options needed.
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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.
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  • Increased productivity and on-time task achievement
  • More efficiency for remote members located away from HQ
  • Time saving
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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
$6.25*
1.  per member, per month, annual billing
ActiveCollab Editions & Modules
ActiveCollab
On-premise Edition
Self-Hosted Plan
$9991
1. license
SaaS Edition
Member annually
6.251
Addition - Get Paid Bundle Annually
$21
Addition - Get Paid Bundle Monthly
2.52
Member monthly
$72
1. per member, per month, annual billing
2. per member, per month, monthly billing
Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft Project

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