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ActiveCollab

18 Ratings

Zoho Projects

50 Ratings

ActiveCollab

18 Ratings
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Score 7.8 out of 101

Zoho Projects

50 Ratings
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Score 8.2 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveCollab

Active Collab is great for small teams who want a web-based project management platform to help them on their day-to-day workflow tasks, billing, estimations, vendor assignments and even client communications. It is also great for agencies with users who are sometimes remotely working. Active Collab starts to show shortcomings when you have an immense amount of projects in the system (1000+), and, being a web-based platform, can sometimes experience downtime.
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Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects is a great solution for smaller companies looking to implement their first pass at task/bug tracking. It has more than enough functionality to last for a few years but is unlikely to be a tool that supports hundreds of users. It is especially suited for people who have limited experience implementing business applications because it is very simple to get up and running with the default implementation.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

ActiveCollab
7.4
Zoho Projects
7.3
Task Management
ActiveCollab
9.3
Zoho Projects
8.9
Resource Management
ActiveCollab
7.5
Zoho Projects
7.4
Gantt Charts
ActiveCollab
6.1
Zoho Projects
7.3
Scheduling
ActiveCollab
6.5
Zoho Projects
7.7
Workflow Automation
ActiveCollab
7.0
Zoho Projects
7.1
Team Collaboration
ActiveCollab
8.6
Zoho Projects
8.1
Support for Agile Methodology
ActiveCollab
6.7
Zoho Projects
6.1
Support for Waterfall Methodology
ActiveCollab
7.0
Zoho Projects
9.0
Document Management
ActiveCollab
8.9
Zoho Projects
6.5
Email integration
ActiveCollab
8.0
Zoho Projects
7.0
Mobile Access
ActiveCollab
6.8
Zoho Projects
7.5
Timesheet Tracking
ActiveCollab
8.5
Zoho Projects
7.2
Change request and Case Management
ActiveCollab
5.3
Zoho Projects
6.9
Budget and Expense Management
ActiveCollab
7.1
Zoho Projects
6.0

Professional Services Automation

ActiveCollab
6.3
Zoho Projects
7.4
Quotes/estimates
ActiveCollab
5.8
Zoho Projects
6.6
Invoicing
ActiveCollab
6.6
Zoho Projects
7.1
Project & financial reporting
ActiveCollab
7.7
Zoho Projects
7.9
Integration with accounting software
ActiveCollab
5.1
Zoho Projects
7.8

Pros

  • Great for project and task assignments, project workflow and communications.
  • Solid web-based platform that doesn't require software downloads, also includes great mobile platform.
  • Great reporting tools for managing billing, estimating, project workflow and other essential project details.
  • Allows for both the agency and its clients to interact on a single platform using role-specific permissions.
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  • Ease of customization, without introducing a level of complexity that makes it difficult to manage.
  • Simple workflows for common tasks like adding and assigning issues.
  • Integration with other Zoho tools for organization-wide collaboration and information sharing.
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Cons

  • As a web-based platform, sometimes things go down on their end and we lose access to our project management tool to the ire of all.
  • Project searching can be hit or miss, and filtered search often leaves out projects that should have shown.
  • Email alerts are often not as helpful as they seem.
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  • It would be great if some of the project printing functions could be enhanced. I love the way it visually looks on screen but on paper not so great.
  • Pricing isn't crazy expensive at $25/month per user but would be great if there was a discount provided or a package deal if using many of the other Zoho Suite of products.
  • The trial allows for 1 Project which is nice but I don't think it adequately allows someone to properly evaluate the app and to get a feel for it. Seems like allowing about 5 would be a much better way for someone to get the feel for it.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Zoho Projects9.9
Based on 3 answers
I have not found a better product that meets our need for the price.
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Usability

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Zoho Projects9.9
Based on 2 answers
The interface is easy to learn! Spending a few minutes is all you need to get the basics. It's fun to explore all of the different paths to log hours and allows you to choose the path best for you. The exported task XLS has all of the information I want and need.
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Reliability and Availability

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Zoho Projects9.0
Based on 1 answer
Has not been down to my knowledge.
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Performance

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Zoho Projects9.0
Based on 1 answer
Speed meets my expectations.
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Support

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Zoho Projects8.7
Based on 3 answers
Generally quite good.
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Alternatives Considered

We chose Active Collab overall because we liked its easy to use user interface, project management suite and agency/vendor/client interaction capabilities. We also chose it primarily because it was offered as a web-based platform that offered very clean and easy mobile access for our off-site users as well as clients and third-party vendors. Mavenlink and Basecamp, at the time, were more suited to specifically be used for project management on a more granular scale for project managers, not necessarily the whole team, including vendors and clients collaboration.
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  • Easy to deploy
  • Clear design and a good mobile app
  • Very good document and chat management
  • Integration with other Zoho tools we use
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Return on Investment

  • Active Collab has helped us to move to a completely digital project management system, moving away from physical time sheets and assignments many years ago. Since then, the platform has grown very quickly and very adeptly, and that is why we continue to use it.
  • The Active Collab platform helps us with quick, easy access to our project management system, even for off-site users, vendors and clients.
  • Time tracking and profit analysis has been great to help us price new agency services and change requests.
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  • We invest a very small and fair amount in a Zoho annual subscription. But the ROI is high for us as we run our entire governance on this application.
  • I would say without Zoho projects I would have hired at least 3 managers just to monitor things.
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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

Zoho Projects

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