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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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Microsoft Project Server

You will be able to do the project management (scheduling, tasks assignment, resources allocation, cost tracking) for all your projects in one place, where the team members can contribute and keep the plans up to date. The web version does the main job right but if you find it more difficult to use you just use the standalone Microsoft Project and upload the changes back to the server.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Asana
7.8
Microsoft Project Server
Task Management
Asana
9.1
Microsoft Project Server
Resource Management
Asana
7.8
Microsoft Project Server
Gantt Charts
Asana
6.5
Microsoft Project Server
Scheduling
Asana
8.5
Microsoft Project Server
Workflow Automation
Asana
7.5
Microsoft Project Server
Team Collaboration
Asana
9.0
Microsoft Project Server
Support for Agile Methodology
Asana
8.5
Microsoft Project Server
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Asana
8.5
Microsoft Project Server
Document Management
Asana
6.8
Microsoft Project Server
Email integration
Asana
7.4
Microsoft Project Server
Mobile Access
Asana
7.8
Microsoft Project Server
Timesheet Tracking
Asana
6.1
Microsoft Project Server
Change request and Case Management
Asana
8.4
Microsoft Project Server
Budget and Expense Management
Asana
7.0
Microsoft Project Server

Professional Services Automation

Asana
6.2
Microsoft Project Server
Project & financial reporting
Asana
5.5
Microsoft Project Server
Integration with accounting software
Asana
7.0
Microsoft Project Server

Pros

  • Cross-team communication is always a challenge, but Asana helps make information transparent and accessible to all members of the team.
  • It's easy to share with individuals outside of the organization and still control the flow of information.
  • Being able to link in other design resources like InVision prototypes is a huge time saver.
  • Integrating with Slack makes much of our necessary communication automatic.
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  • Creates a single source of truth for all projects - All users interacting with the project can view the most recent copy.
  • Visibility - Project Managers are able to see all their projects at once, Managers/Admins are able to view all project information without having to open each project individually.
  • Customization - Easy to customize project attributes/fields.
  • Backup - If someone accidentally publishes something incorrectly, past publishes can be restored.
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Cons

  • I hate that Asana does not have time keeping functionality inbuilt. I use Asana with lot of contractors and I would love if there was a time keeping function.
  • Asana sends me a lot of notifications. Sometimes it is super helpful but often I opt out of notifications. I would love to see if Asana can optimize or change the notification frequency in a unique way.
  • Asana does not allow me to chat if the other user or team members are online. I would love to have that feature instead of just commenting.
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  • The online version can be a little faster (access time over the internet sometimes slow)
  • It needs to have its own MCTS track for certifications, i.e. Certified Project Technology Specialist
  • The ability to insert graphics into project plan online
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Likelihood to Renew

Asana10.0
Based on 32 answers
I just can't see us getting it off of Asana any time soon, despite the many headaches it has caused us. We have too much data in there, too much time & training invested into it, too much at stake to move. If we were just starting out today, fresh, I don't know for certain that I would absolutely go the same direction, but I *think* I still would. I just haven't seen anything better yet. Maybe if Podio's support staff hadn't treated me like a worthless nuisance to them, I might feel differently, but the fact is that their task management is simply inferior to Asana's. That can't be denied, and in fact Podio said it themselves: "Tasks are a simple function. They cannot be customized. Tasks in Podio can be used for quick to-do's for you and your team members." In our operation, however, prompt task completion is a big deal; one task can't be completed until another one is done first, and closing the gaps between those tasks is critical in meeting deadlines and servicing our customers. Asana gets us there, the others don't.
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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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Microsoft Project Server10.0
Based on 1 answer
We don't have to worry about maintenance, upgrades, or compatibility issues. All the capabilities we need are there, and are easily customizable.
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Reliability and Availability

Asana8.4
Based on 2 answers
Working with Asana on a daily basis
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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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Implementation

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Microsoft Project Server10.0
Based on 1 answer
Per Microsoft, Project Online provides more value long-term by reducing infrastructure cost and increase feature release cycle time
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Alternatives Considered

Trello is a very simple board based project management tool. It lacks clear display and organization. On the other hand, Asana provides a much better layout on all devices including mobile phones. It is cross platform and has much more advanced features than Trello. Asana is also better because of the comments, likes and inter-communication options.
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We tried few years ago to use Basecamp for our project management. Even if Basecamp is a much more easier to use tool with nice visualization and graphics, it didn't work out because the project managers are used more to the Excel way of doing things, which Project Professional and Project Server are doing.
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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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Return on Investment

  • While an ROI study on something like this is rarely done, I'd go with a success/failure comparison. Every project I've used Asana on has been successful (and yes, all other factors were the same). Nearly EVERY project using old tools such as excel, MS project, powerpoint reporting has failed, missed deadlines, mis-communicated scope and task management.
  • From an engineering perspective, developers and managers love it because there's clear visibility into what needs to be done and what is being done and by whom. Getting developers and managers to agree on almost anything is difficult and Asana accomplishes this.
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  • Increased ROI
  • Quick Implementation (Project Online)
  • Fast Updates
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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.

Microsoft Project Server

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