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Likelihood to Recommend

Asana

Asana is very suitable for creating milestones for app development, web development, marketing projects, lead generation projects, project fulfillment and tracking the progress all the goals and targets of the team. It less appropriate for tracking sales, storing customer details, software development (JIRA is more appropriate for this). I will highly recommend Asana to start-ups as well as corporate teams to organize their workflows very well.
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Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS is the perfect tool for a company that is looking to keep their website updated. The simple to use tools and templates means updating and creating new pages is easy. The WYSIWYG editor is a nice feature, however, for accessibility, there should be some more guidance on what is suitable to be used on the CMS.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

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

Professional Services Automation

Asana
6.2
Umbraco CMS
Project & financial reporting
Asana
5.5
Umbraco CMS
Integration with accounting software
Asana
7.0
Umbraco CMS

Security

Asana
Umbraco CMS
8.4
Role-based user permissions
Asana
Umbraco CMS
8.4

Platform & Infrastructure

Asana
Umbraco CMS
8.0
API
Asana
Umbraco CMS
8.8
Internationalization / multi-language
Asana
Umbraco CMS
7.2

Web Content Creation

Asana
Umbraco CMS
7.8
WYSIWYG editor
Asana
Umbraco CMS
7.7
Code quality / cleanliness
Asana
Umbraco CMS
7.4
Admin section
Asana
Umbraco CMS
8.6
Page templates
Asana
Umbraco CMS
7.5
Library of website themes
Asana
Umbraco CMS
7.4
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Asana
Umbraco CMS
7.5
Publishing workflow
Asana
Umbraco CMS
8.9
Form generator
Asana
Umbraco CMS
7.6

Web Content Management

Asana
Umbraco CMS
7.8
Content taxonomy
Asana
Umbraco CMS
8.4
SEO support
Asana
Umbraco CMS
8.4
Bulk management
Asana
Umbraco CMS
7.1
Availability / breadth of extensions
Asana
Umbraco CMS
8.1
Community / comment management
Asana
Umbraco CMS
7.1

Pros

  • Task management is all but flawless in Asana. Almost everything about the drag n' drop interface is perfectly suited for the assignment and timely completion of lots and lots of tasks and sub-tasks. Asana helped us launch a company record of 323 websites in a single month by streamlining our workflow to eliminate work-related "meta" like trying to figure out who was doing what, what should we do next by priority, and on and on. While Asana may have a great many minor flaws, task management and project management are not among them. I don't think anyone does it better, and it is hard to imagine anyone ever being able to.
  • Keyboard shortcuts. For old-school keyboard junkies like me, there is nothing better or more time-saving than being able to use the tab key to complete common functions quickly. As a long-time sufferer of repetitive stress injury from heavy mouse use, the less I need to rely on that mouse, the better. Just don't hit Tab+B. And don't ask.
  • Tags are especially helpful at organizing and finding groups of tasks. We use tags for almost everything: grouping projects by client company, grouping tasks by department, grouping photo shoots by state, matching prerequisite tasks to their counterparts. With tags, you can customize almost anything in Asana far beyond their probable intended uses.
  • e-mail straight to an Asana project... I can't tell you how much time this saves us being able to just send a client e-mail straight to Asana and have it create a task for you in the appropriate project that you can quickly assign out. You might think, "why not just forward the e-mail straight to the person you're assigning it to?" Well, for starters, in our company they are more likely to be looking at Asana at any given moment than their e-mail client. Second, if it goes to their e-mail address, who else do you copy on it? If it goes to Asana it is public for everyone in the workspace to see and comment on, re-assign to themselves if that person is not in the office that day, or whatever. If it goes in Asana it gets done, but if it goes to someone's e-mail and no one else sees it, the task will probably linger awhile.
  • Support is always respectful, thoughtful and on-target. While they don't necessarily have the resources to provide the same response times as other companies, the response you do get from Asana will usually not disappoint. Even if I know that I may not see a resolution to my issues immediately, at least with Asana I feel confident that I am being heard and that a fix is on the horizon somewhere. I get a sense that Asana's support team genuinely cares about their customers, and that goes a long, long way with me. I have been thanked no less than four times in a single e-mail from Asana support. They are just good people who manage to make YOU feel good about using their product.
  • There are more things Asana does well, and I probably can't really even list them all. The web-based cloud app is very fast, in many cases instantaneous, and we have anywhere from a thousand to two thousand projects with probably hundreds of thousands of tasks. It shouldn't be as fast as it is by any means, but they manage to satisfy somehow. They have a decent mobile app as well, though it is more suited to individual tasks and is of little use to me as a manager overseeing all of them. There are features we don't even use, like Harvest time tracking and several "Hacks". There is just a lot of stuff here.
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  • Plugins - as an open source CMS, Umbraco is very customizable and flexible to the needs of the organization
  • Publishing - Umbraco has powerful tools for publishing
  • Media hosting
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Cons

  • A complete lack of even the most basic reporting is a source of ongoing disappointment and frustration. I would like to know, at the very least, how many unarchived projects I have. It would be extremely helpful to know how many incomplete tasks there are, how many tasks are being completed per day or week, or any of those things. Asana doesn't tell you anything at all about what is going on inside of it. Even the filter dropdown, which shows a number of matching tasks for each tag filter includes both completed and incompleted tasks even if you have completed tasks hidden in that view. We have been on Asana for over a year-and-a-half with absolutely no reporting whatsoever beyond what we tracked manually in spreadsheets. This is without a doubt the single most annoying thing about using Asana.
  • The project list is an unmitigated, unsortable disaster if you have a large number of projects. Going through it is an hours-long chore of scrolling down, clicking "More Projects..." scrolling down and repeating over and over. To make matter worse, the most recently entered projects always appear at the bottom, so if you have any open but delayed/stalled projects, you'll have to scroll past them to get to the items you can actually get completed. Since projects have no defining characteristics unto themselves that allow any sorting options, you are ever at the mercy of the search box to find anything in any reasonable amount of time, and that search box carries its own set of tiny migraine-inducers.
  • The search box is fast enough to function, but not fast enough that you can actually click on things before the results change again as it searches through more items that match your terms. No less than twenty times a day do I search for a tag or project, then click (or arrow key down and hit enter) on the tag or project I am looking for in the results list just as it re-orders itself, causing me to have clicked on the wrong result. Then I have to type my search all over again. The search feature does not work for archived projects, either, so the only ways to find them are to search for a tag you know might be on that project, or scroll all the way down to the archived projects list at the bottom of the main projects list and then patiently hunt-and-peck for them as you scroll further still.
  • The API for integration, unlike the web app itself, is painfully slow. I don't know if it is because it wants to pull down every project every time (including archived ones) instead of just the ones you are looking to access or what, but our dev team has had one heck of a time getting it to stay online and functioning. Our integration breaks down regularly, and that affects our photography dispatch report, our automated generation of new tasks when a sale comes in, and our fledgling reporting system (which seems to return only zeroes and ones). Some of this is on our dev team to fix, but I have to blame a cumbersome API for most of the speed issues.
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  • Umbraco can initially be challenging for new users with limited or no development experience. After initial installation, there is a lot more work required to 'see' a site.
  • Umbraco isn't stable. For example, even on a fresh new site sometimes you'll get errors when trying to save something in the admin panel. It's not common, but it happens often enough to be annoying.
  • No out of the box contact forms. Umbraco sells their forms plugin that we've used in the past, but the plugin is disappointing. It isn't well maintained and it's very buggy. Making a new contact form with the paid plugin can take a lot of time to get everything right (fields, validation, confirmation emails, etc). This is especially frustrating for new users.
  • Documentation / resource links frequently 404. Umbraco seems to change their site URLs often enough that, when you encounter an issue, you're likely to find a number of bad links in Google's search results. This makes it difficult to research solutions to a problem.
  • Posts often go unanswered or without resolution in their community support forums. Hopefully this will improve as the community grows.
  • The update process is clumsy at best. Many people are familiar with the simple WordPress upgrade button for the core and plugins. This doesn't exist at all for Umbraco. Instead, you'll need to select specific files to overwrite and potentially update any old code references.
  • Migration between development environments is clumsy. Umbraco offers a premium plugin to address this because, as they state on the premium plugin page, deployments are "complicated, headache-inducing"
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Likelihood to Renew

Asana10.0
Based on 32 answers
Big fan of Asana. There are many free tools out there so difficult to take on more cost when we have free tools we can use
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No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Asana6.0
Based on 5 answers
This is the best task management App for teams I have used
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Umbraco CMS4.0
Based on 1 answer
Many end users will be overwhelmed with the admin interface. Some common functions are buried in menus
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Reliability and Availability

Asana8.4
Based on 2 answers
Working with Asana on a daily basis
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Umbraco CMS7.0
Based on 1 answer
Occasionally, errors will appear in the admin that make it impossible to work without developer support.
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Umbraco CMS3.0
Based on 1 answer
Working in the admin panel (adding / reviewing / editing content) is very slow.The public facing site speed is dependent on what the pages are doing and how well the code was written (whether it is optimized for speed).
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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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Umbraco CMS2.0
Based on 1 answer
Support for Umbraco-owned paid plugins is nonexistent.
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Online Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Umbraco CMS3.0
Based on 1 answer
Online training is often based on older versions of the platform. So, you'll have to fill in the gaps on your own.
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Umbraco CMS7.0
Based on 1 answer
Spend the time to wireframe the content structure prior to diving in. This helps speed the process of implementation and it serves as documentation for end users.
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Alternatives Considered

Outlook Outlook can track tasks. However, it's not very collaborative; you can send tasks to other people but you can see what them after that. This feature as part of Outlook was a disaster. The only benefit that currently exists is that it was free; it never really fit in with what we wanted.Wunderlist When we looked at this, it was a better application for tasks than Outlook. However, it still was really hard to use as a team (it seemed better suited for an individual). It was simpler to use (and lacked some of the depth of objects) that was a positive but we couldn't figure out how to get the mobile app and the desktop app to sync really well. TodoTXT This was the simplest product to use. It also meant that it lacked all the nice features of the other application.
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Umbraco vs WordPressUmbraco has more flexibility and customization options, but less features, reliability/stability, and community support.WordPress offers less customization for data and content, but it is immensely more stable, has better features /plugins, and includes an enormous amount of community support & documentation.Umbraco vs KenticoBoth are intended to be customized after installation (flexible design and data management)Kentico is more robust, reliable, and feature rich. But, it requires more effort to get a site up and running.Umbraco is less stable than Kentico. But, it is often easier to get a site up and running.
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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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Umbraco CMS4.0
Based on 1 answer
Without significant development, the product does not scale well.
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Return on Investment

  • Productivity was greatly improved; the average person was able to manage and communicate their workload extremely quickly.
  • Average response time from product management to our account management team went went from an average of 3 hours to an average of 35 minutes (team was better managing it's workload).
  • Average response time for customer inquiries went from 2 hours to 15 minutes (team was better managing it's workload).
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  • CMS is free
  • Support form Umbraco HQ is not expensive, can include Courier or other functionality
  • For most cases does not need back end developer
  • For trained Umbraco developers (Razor coding, using admin tool), developing medium site, takes a few weeks max
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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.

Umbraco CMS

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