Basecamp vs. LoadSpring

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Basecamp
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Basecamp is a web-based project-management tool. Basecamp offers features standard to project management platforms, as well as mobile accessibility, unlimited users, and 3rd party integrations. Basecamp is priced by space requirements and concurrent projects.
$15
per month per user
LoadSpring
Score 8.0 out of 10
N/A
LoadSpring is a project management solution built specifically for IT teams.N/A
Pricing
BasecampLoadSpring
Editions & Modules
Basecamp Business
$99
Per Month [Unlimited Users]
Basecamp Personal
Free
Limited Capabilities
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BasecampLoadSpring
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
BasecampLoadSpring
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
BasecampLoadSpring
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Basecamp
4.0
118 Ratings
61% below category average
LoadSpring
7.4
1 Ratings
1% below category average
Task Management5.0117 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Resource Management3.898 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Gantt Charts2.940 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Scheduling3.993 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Workflow Automation2.968 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Team Collaboration4.4117 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Support for Agile Methodology3.849 Ratings00 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology3.345 Ratings00 Ratings
Document Management3.9109 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Email integration4.096 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Mobile Access4.295 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking3.144 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Change request and Case Management3.455 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management7.139 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
Basecamp
7.8
40 Ratings
5% above category average
LoadSpring
7.5
1 Ratings
1% above category average
Quotes/estimates8.329 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Invoicing6.925 Ratings7.01 Ratings
Project & financial reporting8.034 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Integration with accounting software7.927 Ratings7.01 Ratings
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BasecampLoadSpring
Small Businesses
Stackby
Stackby
Score 9.8 out of 10
Stackby
Stackby
Score 9.8 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
SAP Ruum
SAP Ruum
Score 9.0 out of 10
SAP Ruum
SAP Ruum
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
Quickbase
Quickbase
Score 9.2 out of 10
Quickbase
Quickbase
Score 9.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
BasecampLoadSpring
Likelihood to Recommend
6.5
(144 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(26 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
7.8
(15 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
7.3
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.8
(28 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
5.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.7
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BasecampLoadSpring
Likelihood to Recommend
37 Signals
Basecamp is a wonderful tool for teams of varying degrees of technical knowledge, teams managing lots of different types of "agifall" and waterfall projects, and teams that are remotely distributed. It's probably less useful for more strictly agile-focused development teams, compared to other more flexible software applications like Jira and Asana.
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LoadSpring Solutions, Inc.
LoadSpring is great for managing licenses so that a user who hasn't been utilizing the software can be placed inactive so the license isn't being occupied. Managing services and applications is great. You can easily change access through the management portion of the service. Uptime is also very good.
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Pros
37 Signals
  • Task management - It is very easy to add, organize and discuss tasks within Basecamp's interface.
  • The "Campfire" function is great for communicating when you just have a quick question for someone on the team.
  • Notifications - Basecamp lets you decide how often and about what you'd like to be notified. The ability to respond to messages in Basecamp directly via email saves a lot of time.
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LoadSpring Solutions, Inc.
  • Management of sessions.
  • Account/license management.
  • Reliability.
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Cons
37 Signals
  • High Learning Curve. It's true that it can be easy to use, but to use well and effectively takes some time to learn. It's recommended to have an agreed-upon system in your team of what tools to use and when.
  • Notification Overload. If people aren't careful they could send a notification to everyone when only a couple people were meant to be prompted. And since emails are sent by default, you could have your mailbox overloaded with unnecessary updates. This is where it takes a bit of training in your team to have an agreed-upon system.
  • Lack of organization with Archived Projects. I will often need to reference an archived project to make a new one, but there is only a list of archived projects in alphabetical order, with no way to organize by archive date, or even search.
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LoadSpring Solutions, Inc.
  • Self-service account reactivation.
  • Integration of instructions on a per application level.
  • Built in linked help for companies using the software.
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Likelihood to Renew
37 Signals
When I bring new people onto a project, it's immediately obvious how to use Basecamp. I don't have to worry about teaching them the features or walking them through it, it's just incredibly user-friendly. For this reason, I'll continue to renew my subscription even as new people are brought onto production jobs or the client changes.
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LoadSpring Solutions, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Usability
37 Signals
Basecamp is a little tricky to learn. I've used it for quite a while but I feel like there's still so much I don't know. It took me a while to learn but having used it in college definitely helped me integrate it into my work career.
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LoadSpring Solutions, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Reliability and Availability
37 Signals
I've never experienced downtime while using Basecamp, or been unable to access it when I needed it. That's not to say they've never had downtime, but I've been lucky enough not to encounter any, and I work odd hours, including late nights when maintenance is often undertaken.
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LoadSpring Solutions, Inc.
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
37 Signals
For the many reasons I've given, Basecamp is a very strong program. There are a few features I can imagine that might make it even better, but I don't have a basis for comparison to be able to say that there is definitely a better one out there. I've noticed that Basecamp has evolved a bit from the time I started using it until now, so that makes me think that the producer of this program values it and believes in continuous improvement. If you could use the features offered by Basecamp, I would think you could use it with confidence.
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LoadSpring Solutions, Inc.
LoadSpring support is very quick to respond. They have self-service for support which is great for quick fixes on the end-user side of things. They will respond with a good solution and if they need further assistance from an administrator, and they email them so they can assist the end-user with their issue.
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Implementation Rating
37 Signals
Decide the process before implementation - i.e. when it's due 8/9 does that mean 8am, noon, 5pm, 11:59pm? Check your to-do list frequently Set-up templates - just not with the dates (they can be funky)
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LoadSpring Solutions, Inc.
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Alternatives Considered
37 Signals
Pretty good, but [Basecamp] has its drawbacks. Honestly I find the interface non-intuitive and sometimes have trouble figuring out how to change the status of a task. Perhaps it has something to do with the way it was originally set up by the admin, but I'm not sure. I liked Jira's drag and drop obvious functionality, but the project management side of the software was lacking. Smartsheet has excellent project management functionality, but the task management isn't as good.
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LoadSpring Solutions, Inc.
LoadSpring has a great up-time compared to our old hosting service. We haven't had many outages and very few issues while running our concurrent sessions. Automated license management has been great so our active licenses stay very low. I wasn't involved with the purchase and migration but I feel this was the better option.
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Return on Investment
37 Signals
  • It has saved me time when having to get the same message out to multiple restaurants
  • It has helped us make smarter operational decisions because we can all collaborate on an answer in a shorter amount of time (instead of calling a meeting!!!)
  • The calendar function allows us to plot out our marketing agenda for the month and add/change it together as needed. The chef will post his recipe, the managers will cost it out, the social media manager will post pictures on it, and ultimately we will get that information out on an info sheet to the staff by printing the page.
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LoadSpring Solutions, Inc.
  • Great license manager.
  • Has great up-time for hosting our application.
  • Self service account management is non-existent.
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