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Likelihood to Recommend

ArchiOffice

Archioffice is only suitable for architect and interior design firms.
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RationalPlan

It's got its shortcomings but is still the best PM tool in my opinion
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

ArchiOffice
4.7
RationalPlan
7.5
Task Management
ArchiOffice
3.1
RationalPlan
8.2
Resource Management
ArchiOffice
3.0
RationalPlan
8.2
Gantt Charts
ArchiOffice
3.0
RationalPlan
8.6
Scheduling
ArchiOffice
3.0
RationalPlan
8.6
Workflow Automation
ArchiOffice
4.0
RationalPlan
Team Collaboration
ArchiOffice
3.0
RationalPlan
Support for Agile Methodology
ArchiOffice
4.0
RationalPlan
Support for Waterfall Methodology
ArchiOffice
4.0
RationalPlan
Document Management
ArchiOffice
5.8
RationalPlan
6.4
Email integration
ArchiOffice
3.0
RationalPlan
6.8
Mobile Access
ArchiOffice
4.0
RationalPlan
9.1
Timesheet Tracking
ArchiOffice
9.0
RationalPlan
4.5
Change request and Case Management
ArchiOffice
7.0
RationalPlan
Budget and Expense Management
ArchiOffice
9.9
RationalPlan
6.8

Professional Services Automation

ArchiOffice
8.6
RationalPlan
4.5
Quotes/estimates
ArchiOffice
5.0
RationalPlan
Invoicing
ArchiOffice
9.9
RationalPlan
4.5
Project & financial reporting
ArchiOffice
9.9
RationalPlan
Integration with accounting software
ArchiOffice
9.8
RationalPlan

Pros

  • Time tracking because you can account for almost every single minute of your day with detailed descriptions attached. The reporting of time came in very good use when clients questioned billing.
  • Robust billing portal that was pretty customizable.
  • Could track employee costs well once the correct numbers were placed into the system. Came in very handy for billing and company budgeting and projections.
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  • Portfolio view is great to get a feel for how your programme is running at a glance and which areas possibly might require attention. The fact that you can customise your view by adding your own columns is another plus.
  • All project information in one tool is a big plus for me considering the amount of projects we run with. This really improves efficiency and saves me time. You have the ability to add documents to tasks, manage risks, email resources tasks due for projects they are assigned to(might need some refinement depending on your requirements), material db with costing etc.
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Cons

  • The overall layout and physical design of the portals could be simplified greatly. The program is anything but intuitive to use.
  • I found myself clicking what felt like a 1,000 times just to complete one small task. Billing was very cumbersome and the program did not integrate smoothly with Quickbooks as was previously promised.
  • Saving and making templates for billing etc. was a tedious process that also cost extra!
  • The program is as good as what you put into it, but they designed the software for a more particular one-sided way to work and manage, so it made customizing a project to your companies methods tricky.
  • Overall a very cumbersome program that looks as if it was designed at the start of the millennium and note 16 years into it.
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  • While the portfolio view is great is becomes difficult/cluttered with many projects. Highlighting master projects will help. Creating a tree view for master project and its sub projects would even be better.
  • Reporting is a big part of any project. While rationalplan has reports for key areas the presentation of these reports could really be improved. Make it more presentable. Add some burndown charts. I hate to compare you to MS Project but they do reporting really well in MS Project.
  • The email function is another great idea. Would be great if one had an option to either email an entire portfolio or by active project. At times I’m still scoping certain projects and if the WBS is not yet complete then this incomplete project is also communicated via email which leads to frustration in the team. You don’t always want to communicate tasks for all projects to all resources.
  • One need to be able to: Email per project
  • Email entire portfolio (as currently the case)
  • Email by resource (send pending or outstanding tasks to the resource in question)
  • Add a portfolio dashboard with graphical speed and bar charts giving you a glimpse of late projects, projects slipping, not started in progress etc., for your portfolio.
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Alternatives Considered

I love Harvest, especially compared to Archioffice. It's very intuitive, simply designed and easy to use. Perhaps the billing isn't as robust or customizable as Archi, but I would take it over Archi any day.
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I use Multi which is the standalone platform. While there is no team collaboration it does have an email feature built in. Rational Plan does have the Server option but it all comes at a price the same as Wrike.I have used many free and commercial platforms and rationalplan multi is a good balance with features especially if some of the proposed feature requests are implemented.
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Return on Investment

  • It positively organized our time tracking and the reporting was robust enough to use for client meetings.
  • It negatively took up more time to do certain tasks that shouldn't be so time consuming.
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  • Helps explain the target schedule and resource estimates for cost of the project
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Pricing Details

ArchiOffice

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
ArchiOffice Editions & Modules
ArchiOffice
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RationalPlan

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
RationalPlan Editions & Modules
RationalPlan
On-premise Edition
Single
$57 USD1
Multi
$98 USD1
Server
$350 USD1
Stakeholder
$32 USD1
1. Lifetime License per Seat
SaaS Edition
Beginner
$41
Master
$121
Production
$191
Free
$0
1. per user
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