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ActiveCollab

18 Ratings

Unanet

13 Ratings

ActiveCollab

18 Ratings
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Score 7.8 out of 101

Unanet

13 Ratings
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Score 7.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveCollab

We have a marketing company. If you are an agency of any size and work with clients, it's easy to give your clients full access to whatever you want them to see. We allow our clients to see how their projects/tasks are going, but there is even a hidden from clients button on any task that allows you to give full visibility into any task for any and all clients.
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Unanet

As I said, Unanet is great for timekeeping and expense reporting. It's very easy to navigate and intuitive for my staff to use. On the other hand, reports are a challenge. The ones that are "canned" only come out as PDFs so I find I waste a lot of paper each month. Customized reports are better and come in Excel, but setting them up is not that easy. We've been working with Unanet just over a year. We went "live" effective 1/1/2017 and we're still avoiding the reporting functions even though that was one of the main reasons we purchased Unanet in the first place
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

ActiveCollab
7.4
Unanet
8.6
Task Management
ActiveCollab
9.3
Unanet
9.5
Resource Management
ActiveCollab
7.5
Unanet
9.0
Gantt Charts
ActiveCollab
6.1
Unanet
8.0
Scheduling
ActiveCollab
6.5
Unanet
9.0
Workflow Automation
ActiveCollab
7.0
Unanet
8.5
Team Collaboration
ActiveCollab
8.6
Unanet
8.4
Support for Agile Methodology
ActiveCollab
6.7
Unanet
9.9
Support for Waterfall Methodology
ActiveCollab
7.0
Unanet
10.0
Document Management
ActiveCollab
8.9
Unanet
7.0
Email integration
ActiveCollab
8.0
Unanet
8.5
Mobile Access
ActiveCollab
6.8
Unanet
6.1
Timesheet Tracking
ActiveCollab
8.5
Unanet
10.0
Change request and Case Management
ActiveCollab
5.3
Unanet
7.9
Budget and Expense Management
ActiveCollab
7.1
Unanet
8.5

Professional Services Automation

ActiveCollab
6.3
Unanet
9.1
Quotes/estimates
ActiveCollab
5.8
Unanet
8.9
Invoicing
ActiveCollab
6.6
Unanet
9.0
Project & financial reporting
ActiveCollab
7.7
Unanet
9.5
Integration with accounting software
ActiveCollab
5.1
Unanet
9.0

Pros

  • They give you the source code to use on your own server.
  • It is easy to sort clients and campaigns.
  • The email notifications work perfectly when tagging and talking to people. They allow you to subscribe to tasks as well to keep in the loop on what is going on.
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  • The time keeping component works well. It gives a level of confidentiality we did not have in our previous home grown system.
  • We are able to set up projects based on a number of criteria, allowing us to differentiate for reporting purposes.
  • We can easily import billing information into our Financial system from Unanet, when previously we would manually enter this information.
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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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  • We have timesheets set up on a monthly basis. Staff may work on anywhere from a few to 20 or more different projects in a month. The timesheet does not allow you to freeze columns or rows, so as the sheet takes up more than the screen it can be confusing to stay on the correct line.
  • The approval process for time and expenses is challenging. Any change initiated by one project manager requires every project manager associated with the timesheet to have to re-approve. This waste a lot of time my very busy leadership team could use elsewhere.
  • As long as timesheets are entered correctly, i.e. staff are selecting the exact right project to record their time, information flows to the customer billing process easily. If they don't changes are time consuming and cumbersome to make.
  • There were a lot of things we found out the hard way that I thought the implementation team could have warned us about. For example, we gave all our projects a 10-digit code. The number of digits was great. The fact that some of the codes then start with "0" is. When you export from Unanet you get a CSV file. CSV files drop the leading "0" from the worksheet. So if you make a change to a large group of projects that should be easy, you have to correct all those project codes by adding the "0" back or Unanet can't match it up. When I'm dealing with hundreds of lines on a worksheet that is a problem. The implementation team should have warned me about that.
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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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Unanet achieves all of our project based time management in one platform extremely well, which is what the goal was from the start. The previous platforms I have managed needed additional modules and significant resources to achieve the same result as Unanet
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Return on Investment

  • We began to finish projects on time, which undoubtedly will influence the return of customers
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  • Unanet has had a very significant ROI on several fronts. Our payroll department spends much less time managing and processing time in general.
  • Unanet has allowed all of the project managers teams bill on a much more granular level which has saved significant time over the previous Excel based processes of gathering project level data.
  • Using Unanet companywide has also saved many hours of time that were previously spent translating data from other platforms, and consolidating data via Excel for reporting purposes. Using the same tool (Unanet) with the included reports has saved significant time and hassle which has had an enormous impact on the ROI of Unanet.
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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
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Unanet

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Unanet Editions & Modules
Unanet
Additional Pricing Details