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Score 8.3 out of 101

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Score 7.2 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Asana

Asana functions particularly well in scenarios with well-established teams with well-established processes and a mature SDLC. The reason is that Asana can be configured to do many, many different things, and be used in many, many different ways, and with that power comes a lot of responsibility to figure out your process before you try and automate it. It's software, not magic.
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IBM Connections

IBM Connections is well suited for larger organizations that need an internal social networking tool and are willing to deal with IBM and the complexity of the software. It is less appropriate for smaller organizations and those who don't want to deal with the complexity, or IBM's awful customer service and prices.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Asana
7.8
IBM Connections
7.5
Task Management
Asana
9.1
IBM Connections
5.9
Resource Management
Asana
8.2
IBM Connections
Gantt Charts
Asana
6.5
IBM Connections
Scheduling
Asana
8.3
IBM Connections
7.9
Workflow Automation
Asana
7.8
IBM Connections
8.0
Team Collaboration
Asana
9.0
IBM Connections
Support for Agile Methodology
Asana
8.5
IBM Connections
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Asana
8.5
IBM Connections
Document Management
Asana
6.9
IBM Connections
Email integration
Asana
7.3
IBM Connections
Mobile Access
Asana
8.2
IBM Connections
7.7
Timesheet Tracking
Asana
6.1
IBM Connections
Change request and Case Management
Asana
8.4
IBM Connections
Budget and Expense Management
Asana
7.1
IBM Connections
Search
Asana
IBM Connections
6.5
Visual planning tools
Asana
IBM Connections
8.9

Professional Services Automation

Asana
6.2
IBM Connections
Project & financial reporting
Asana
5.5
IBM Connections
Integration with accounting software
Asana
7.0
IBM Connections

Communication

Asana
IBM Connections
7.8
Chat
Asana
IBM Connections
7.5
Notifications
Asana
IBM Connections
8.1
Discussions
Asana
IBM Connections
8.4
Surveys
Asana
IBM Connections
6.9
Internal knowledgebase
Asana
IBM Connections
8.0
Integrates with GoToMeeting
Asana
IBM Connections
9.5
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
Asana
IBM Connections
10.0
Integrates with Outlook
Asana
IBM Connections
4.0

File Sharing & Management

Asana
IBM Connections
8.3
Versioning
Asana
IBM Connections
8.6
Video files
Asana
IBM Connections
8.5
Audio files
Asana
IBM Connections
8.5
Document collaboration
Asana
IBM Connections
8.0
Access control
Asana
IBM Connections
8.8
Advanced security features
Asana
IBM Connections
5.8
Integrates with Google Drive
Asana
IBM Connections
10.0
Device sync
Asana
IBM Connections
8.2

Pros

  • Asana has an easy to use UI. Even if you don't get into the advanced things Asana can do for your project management, it's super easy to use and keeps even the most basic task lists organized.
  • Asana lets you view your tasks in multiple views. You can view all the tasks assigned to you or all the tasks under a certain project (i.e. HR). It also lets you customize the views within each project by due date or by other customizable priorities.
  • Asana's email to task and Google Chrome extensions make getting tasks out of your email and into Asana super easy. I forward a large percentage of my emails directly to Asana so that I can prioritize how I choose to follow up and respond to requests in my inbox.
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  • The plugin for MS Office/Explorer has made saving and sharing working documents extremely convenient for me and my close colleagues
  • The newsfeed feature conveniently aggregates updates from the communities/people you follow. It's nice not to have to jump from community to community to see what's going on in the organization
  • The various apps can be used for several purposes. A little creativity goes a long way when establishing what type of information the apps can be useful for communicating
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Cons

  • This is not an improvement for Asana, but I wish there was a way to make team members held accountable when they do not actively participate on Asana and we do not know if they've accomplished their tasks or not if they have not logged in.
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  • As one who not only uses but also implements the software, IBM could still do further streamlining of the product's installation routines. I have been working with the product since Version 1, and it has gotten somewhat better in general. But new add-on packages pose more problems with installations and upgrades.
  • It would be nice to be able to more easily customize the interface. I would like it if IBM would provide less complicated CSS.
  • There is also a common request from systems administrators to have a consistent web interface for managing the various parts of the environment.
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Likelihood to Renew

Asana10.0
Based on 32 answers
I had a positive experience with it. It was easy to learn and my team really enjoyed collaborating it and assigning projects through this tool. If I could get all staff involved and provide incentives for all of us to use the tool, we would be probably 2x more efficient with our productivity. Everyone has their own tools to manage projects but we should stick to just one tool like Asana.
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IBM Connections7.7
Based on 7 answers
I would renew it to keep the communications between departments and colleagues open and for the accessibility of documents and information
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Usability

Asana6.0
Based on 5 answers
This is the best task management App for teams I have used
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IBM Connections9.0
Based on 3 answers
Connections combines all the most useful abilities from various social networks. This makes it useful of course, but it also reduces user adoption time initially by allowing users to get comfortable with basic features. Once they are comfortable, it's easy for users to start exploring. They find new people in the organization to contact, new sources of information, etc. Before you know it, about half of the users are contributing back in some form -- and all with little or no training needed by IT.
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Reliability and Availability

Asana8.4
Based on 2 answers
Working with Asana on a daily basis
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IBM Connections10.0
Based on 1 answer
Once Connections was installed, patched, etc. it was ALWAYS up. We only had to bring it down for OS updates to the servers. That seems to be typical of anything that runs on WebSphere; it's bulletproof and could probably run for months and years if the underlying OS didn't require constant patching.
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
IBM Connections9.0
Based on 1 answer
IBM Connections web UI, mobile app (data sync to / from the device), and file transfer speeds were almost always very fast. It was rare for a slow-down of any kind, even when doing searches.
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Support

Asana8.3
Based on 2 answers
They don't fix everything, but they have certainly gone the extra mile for us. When we were frustrated with a recent change that altered our default view of every project, changing it from all projects being visible to just incomplete projects being visible, they wrote a custom script to change all of our default views back for us, so we didn't have to manually click 3,000 times (we have over a thousand projects).
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IBM Connections8.9
Based on 3 answers
IBM Support has ALWAYS been quick to respond, regardless of the product. Even first level techs seldom provide "canned" responses and they really try to help. If they can't help, they don't wallow around but engage the right person immediately. It's very rare that the first level tech needs to escalate, and even more rare when they do escalate and the next person engaged cannot solve it. We have been more than satisfied with IBM support's quick and professional responses to our issues.
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
IBM Connections7.3
Based on 1 answer
Try to understand you will never find a product which suites all your end user for 100%. IBM Connections is the best of all breeds but if you go look on each functionality on its own there are better example out there. But as IBM COnnections delivers it all in just one platform makes it the best example about integration of different functionality into one platform.
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Alternatives Considered

Asana was developed with a very specific function in mind. Assigning and tracking tasks and projects. It does this very very well and doesn't really do a whole lot yes, which is perfectly fine. The only alternatives I could think of would be some sort of Dropbox or Google Drive document keeping track of task assignment. While, this might work, it's definitely not as feature-packed as Asana. And you'll still use either Dropbox or Google Drive for document collaboration.
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We did not select IBM Connections via searching. We had a previous IBM product that was discontinued and so when we were given IBM Connections, we did evaluate it but not against other systems. However other one off products had been evaluated/used in the past but as I just said, it was a system/site that only provided a couple things you could do with it versus having it all integrated.
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Scalability

Asana8.2
Based on 1 answer
I used this tool on a daily basis at work and it runs as a solid rock
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IBM Connections7.0
Based on 2 answers
Scaling UP is never an issue with IBM's core technologies like WebSphere, DB2, etc. as long as you have or can find the technical resources to implement it. Where IBM seems to fail is scaling DOWN for smaller organizations. Connections 5.0 on-premises would have required us to create 7 servers -- yes, they would be virtualized, but still that's 7 OS licenses, 40 virtual CPU cores, 80GB RAM, and a few TB of hard disk space. All to replace Quick which runs on 1 server with 1 OS license, 4 cores, 8GB RAM and 600GB of disk. Granted, there are major differences in capabilities between the two, but how do you get a CFO understand why features like a mobile app, file sync, and social sharing require 10x the back-end resources?
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Return on Investment

  • Asana has allowed our team to improve out ability to complete tasks in a timely manner so it has to have been a benefit. I really don't see it being a hinderance in any manner.
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  • Recently implemented with the whole company so no information available at this time.
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Pricing Details

Asana

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
8.33*
1.  per user per month
Additional Pricing Details
Asana is always free for teams of up to 15 people.

IBM Connections

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Additional Pricing Details