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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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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
8.8
Resource Management
ActiveCollab
7.5
Zoho Projects
7.4
Gantt Charts
ActiveCollab
6.1
Zoho Projects
7.2
Scheduling
ActiveCollab
6.5
Zoho Projects
7.6
Workflow Automation
ActiveCollab
7.0
Zoho Projects
7.0
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
9.0
Zoho Projects
6.3
Email integration
ActiveCollab
8.0
Zoho Projects
6.8
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
6.8
Budget and Expense Management
ActiveCollab
7.0
Zoho Projects
5.9

Professional Services Automation

ActiveCollab
6.2
Zoho Projects
7.2
Quotes/estimates
ActiveCollab
5.7
Zoho Projects
6.5
Invoicing
ActiveCollab
6.5
Zoho Projects
6.8
Project & financial reporting
ActiveCollab
7.7
Zoho Projects
7.7
Integration with accounting software
ActiveCollab
5.0
Zoho Projects
7.7

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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  • 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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  • There is no ability to add custom fields in the "Bugs" module - for example, if we want to add fields such as Version Number.
  • Reporting is not integrated - its a fairly expensive add-on.
  • There is no easy way to track actual and completed dates for tasks - so historical variance analysis is not easy.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Zoho Projects9.9
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I've reviewed about 8 other project management solutions and Zoho Projects is the best I've seen without being overly complicated. Zoho Projects keeps getting better! Recent new enhancements makes it even easier to navigate. There are new keyboard shortcuts that cut my time way down. The tools are very easy to use.
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Usability

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Zoho Projects9.9
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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
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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
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Generally quite good.
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Alternatives Considered

I have used multiple project management platforms such as ActiveCollab, JIRA, Trello, etc. Trello has great visualization with their (Kanban Board) board system and support drag and drop functionality for managing tasks. ActiveCollab, however, does not have the fancy visualization, but is very powerful when it comes to ticketing, task management, task delegation, time tracking, etc.
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I used Zoho projects initially because it was easy to setup and gets going for FREE. The best thing you can get out of Zoho projects is that it needs zero setup time. It is also a great tool for manage projects, however not that suitable for product management, I believe. JIRA or Youtrack are way better for such tasks. Nevertheless, I would recommend Zoho projects for someone who is looking at organizing their projects in a neat manner and get started without too much upfront cost or effort.
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Return on Investment

  • Allows our team to stay organized and keep conversations on tasks.
  • The To-Do List email every morning helps me mentally prepare and know exactly what I should be doing as soon as I start work.
  • Powerful and useful integrations save lots of time (Google Drive, Slack, Dropbox, Zapier and more!).
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  • It made us stay organised with our product development from day 1.
  • It helped me get a clear picture of where we are with our product development, so that I was sure of what to cut down in a particular release.
  • It is a great tool to also stay organized with your personal tasks, which is something I used it for a long time.
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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
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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