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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.












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Deltek TrafficLIVE

Ask yourself what problems are you trying to resolve and what added value will adopting TrafficLIVE bring to your organisation?
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

ActiveCollab
7.4
Deltek TrafficLIVE
6.8
Task Management
ActiveCollab
9.3
Deltek TrafficLIVE
7.4
Resource Management
ActiveCollab
7.5
Deltek TrafficLIVE
7.8
Gantt Charts
ActiveCollab
6.1
Deltek TrafficLIVE
4.7
Scheduling
ActiveCollab
6.5
Deltek TrafficLIVE
8.1
Workflow Automation
ActiveCollab
7.0
Deltek TrafficLIVE
7.3
Team Collaboration
ActiveCollab
8.6
Deltek TrafficLIVE
6.4
Support for Agile Methodology
ActiveCollab
6.7
Deltek TrafficLIVE
Support for Waterfall Methodology
ActiveCollab
7.0
Deltek TrafficLIVE
7.1
Document Management
ActiveCollab
9.0
Deltek TrafficLIVE
5.6
Email integration
ActiveCollab
8.0
Deltek TrafficLIVE
5.5
Mobile Access
ActiveCollab
6.8
Deltek TrafficLIVE
Timesheet Tracking
ActiveCollab
8.5
Deltek TrafficLIVE
7.5
Change request and Case Management
ActiveCollab
5.3
Deltek TrafficLIVE
7.3
Budget and Expense Management
ActiveCollab
7.0
Deltek TrafficLIVE
7.4

Professional Services Automation

ActiveCollab
6.2
Deltek TrafficLIVE
7.4
Quotes/estimates
ActiveCollab
5.7
Deltek TrafficLIVE
8.0
Invoicing
ActiveCollab
6.5
Deltek TrafficLIVE
7.2
Project & financial reporting
ActiveCollab
7.7
Deltek TrafficLIVE
7.6
Integration with accounting software
ActiveCollab
5.0
Deltek TrafficLIVE
7.0

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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  • Being able to schedule in real-time in many different ways is a massive benefit as projects change. Giving users the ability to move their individual workloads around helps them organise their day in a more realistic fashion.
  • Having the ability to allocate resource in a variety of ways and reflect this in capacity reports makes it easier to constantly evaluate and instantly change employees availability to suit the needs of the business.
  • Flexibility of how you want to start a Project by translating a quote from a job and vice versa with adding tasks on the fly makes it easy to adapt to changing deadlines.
  • It negates the need to use paper PO books as all POs are kept within the wrapper of a project, along with expenses so they can be tracked and reclaimed on the fly saving time and your cash flow.
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Cons

  • They don' do Gantt charts well
  • Integrations aren't awesome yet
  • They don't have task dependencies
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  • Within the administration set up it needs clearer definition as to the type of user account - maybe a warning or prompt to tell you the additional charge if you switch more features on when setting users up or reusing accounts when employees leave.
  • I'd like to see other options and price points available when selecting what each user should have available to them.
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Alternatives Considered

ActiveCollab is 100% better than any of the other tools we have used. We had previously spent thousands of dollars trying out different software that was comparable, but this has been one of the best decisions we have made as a company. It's also the cheapest ongoing option, especially if you get the self-hosted version.
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Synergist - does the same thing, but the interface was far more complicated to use. Looked like a bit of a nightmare to use. Didn't get too far reviewing this one. Was too concerned about on boarding with our workforce.

Paprika - saw a demo, looked 'OK', heard bad reviews from friends in the same industry. Appeared to be plagued with the same issues as Synergistic. Paint to use.

Streamtime - Tested this thoroughly. Loved the interface, and very nearly bought this software over TrafficLIVE for that very reason. In the end it did not allow us to separate time into distinct categories such as 'estimated', 'quoted', 'scheduled', and 'actual'. In Streamtime, if you stretched the time next to a task, it seemed to also adjust the estimate as well. In contrast, Traffic separated time into these dimensions for every task, resulting in a far more useful data set for reporting.

Finally, Traffic was cloud based, which meant that I didn't need the added hassle of hosting and maintenance. In my opinion, Streamtime is suited to a smaller business, maybe 5-20 employees. It might have improved now but it's been two years since I reviewed it.
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Return on Investment

  • It has saved us a TON of money (literally thousands) in project management software.
  • It has helped us gain clients because we can show them the template of what they will see and give them access to it. When others don't have software that does this.
  • Positive impact on ROI based on the time it's saving compared to our previous PM software.
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  • Visibility of staff utilisation.
  • Faster invoicing for account managers and invoicing to clients.
  • Improved collaboration across departments and teams with little effect on the people who need to be creative.
  • Having the ability to run any kind of operational report - ultimately it's the estimated versus actuals which is what the finance guys love.
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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

Deltek TrafficLIVE

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Deltek TrafficLIVE Editions & Modules
Deltek TrafficLIVE
Additional Pricing Details
TrafficLIVE offers solutions for small to large agencies. Our prices range based on number of users and requirements.