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Likelihood to Recommend

Bubble Innovator PPM

No stage gate or portfolio reporting solution can overcome poor input data. The organization has to be willing to commit to consistent and rigorous updates of the information, or the reporting becomes useless. From what I've seen of competitive systems, Bubble Innovator is the easiest to use in this regard, so the excuse of not having good data because it's painful to upload or cumbersome to retrieve goes away. And the ease with which you can produce customized reports allows you to immediately find the gaps and weak points in your data, and take action to address them. That's not to say that every report and function in Bubble Innovator is perfect. But the close collaboration and responsiveness of the Bubble Innovation team has made it relatively easy to triage, prioritize, and implement improvements along the way.
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Clarizen

Clarizen got the job done with time tracking and expense reports, but it didn't do enough to make our organization continue using it. We ended up switching because the key stakeholders (resource management) were unhappy with its offerings. This might be a good fit for smaller organizations that require less feature and capabilities. Instead, our company switched to OpenAir, which has more robust time tracking, expense reports, and PTO accrual and monitoring programs.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
7.0
Task Management
Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
8.3
Resource Management
Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
7.0
Gantt Charts
Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
5.9
Scheduling
Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
7.3
Workflow Automation
Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
6.2
Team Collaboration
Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
8.4
Support for Agile Methodology
Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
5.7
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
8.0
Document Management
Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
6.3
Email integration
Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
7.1
Mobile Access
Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
6.3
Timesheet Tracking
Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
8.2
Change request and Case Management
Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
6.8
Budget and Expense Management
Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
6.3

Professional Services Automation

Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
4.4
Project & financial reporting
Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
6.3
Integration with accounting software
Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
2.5

Pros

Bubble Innovator PPM

  • Bubble Innovator is a tremendous visualization tool. The entire organization can quickly see where projects are in the stage-gate process.
  • Bubble Innovator became a key part of our strategic process for new product revenue projections. Utilizing Bubble Innovator as a portfolio management tool allows us to quickly output new product revenue projections for our strategic planning process.
  • Bubble Innovator is highly flexible. We are able to adapt it to our particular needs at different sites. This adaptability also allows us to utilize information to support other business processes.
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Clarizen

  • Highly customizable, can develop organization specific workflows, modules, etc.
  • Interface (in most instances) is easy to use. Timesheets, project details, and report modules are fairly easy to navigate and understand.
  • Good comms tools like discussions, group pages, automatic reminders and notifications.
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Cons

Bubble Innovator PPM

  • Development of custom functionality, and redefining 'standard' options for the software. As Bubble grows and their customer base increases there will be opportunity for this, at present development projects can be slow and expensive. However the standard software options are excellent, but as processes evolve within organisations the flexibility to evolve the software could be made simpler.
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Clarizen

  • Export: I'm not wild about the export options. We created a custom project plan formatter to turn the ugly export in CSV to a customer facing color coded PDF. It's not super easy to give your customers something pretty to look at (although they do offer PPTs)
  • Gantt Charts: All I want in life is a nice little high level set of milestones to pop into a slide I'm showing to a steering committee. It's just not something the system does. I've just had to screen shot a hard to read gantt from the system or recreate in PPT or Visio. No fun
  • Speed: I am not sure what's going on here but Clarizen can be pretty slow to update small changes to project plans. It's rough when you have a laundry list of changes to make but the system is waiting
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Likelihood to Renew

Bubble Innovator PPM

Bubble Innovator PPM 9.1
Based on 3 answers
The business has been extremely satisfied with Bubble Innovator and is in support of rolling this tool out to our other businesses within the overall franchise.
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Clarizen

Clarizen 7.5
Based on 27 answers
I give my renewal of this product a 9. It's only because we never know what product may come out next and how other factors in our office political environment may cause impact upon this. If I always had my way, this is what we'd settle on as our de facto project management system.
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Usability

Bubble Innovator PPM

Bubble Innovator PPM 8.2
Based on 1 answer
The user interface is highly visual and simple. Literally within 10-15 minutes of my introduction to the software, I was up and running. Of course, deeper capabilities become apparent after additional use, but the basic functionality is very simple to grasp. Where there are consistent challenges reported by multiple users, the Bubble Innovation team is quick to connect and put plans in place to address the challenges.
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Clarizen

Clarizen 7.3
Based on 5 answers
It is easy to configure, intuitive. The customization process is in some ways better than Salesforce.com. It has a great UI. It does however depend on how it's implemented.

The design of it is generally fine, however the ability to data upload people from a spreadsheet is an obvious miss.
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Reliability and Availability

Bubble Innovator PPM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Clarizen

Clarizen 8.2
Based on 3 answers
Sometimes it is slow when everyone is entering their time on Fridays or Mondays but other than that we rarely see downtime and maintenance notifications are well in advance.
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Performance

Bubble Innovator PPM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Clarizen

Clarizen 9.1
Based on 5 answers
Reports: Quick to Reasonable

Most Ancillary Pages: Quick to Reasonable
(By "ancillary" I mean lesser used/master data maintenance pages - e.g. People, Customers, Individual Tasks, Milestones, etc.)

Work Plan (with 100 sub items): Reasonable to Slow
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Support

Bubble Innovator PPM

Bubble Innovator PPM 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Outstanding response times, and solutions to issues requiring support are quickly implemented. For bigger issues or longer term developments, Bubble happily takes the time to meet in person and discuss requirements to drive detailed solutions.
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Clarizen

Clarizen 8.0
Based on 6 answers
It's a good experience overall. Clarizen was useful when needed. It's mostly needed for advice on how to do more sophisticated actions or how to change something that was set up administratively. It's seldom used otherwise. The product consistently works, the documentation is acceptable, and the generally intuitive product is easy enough for most staff to pick up without much issue.
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In-Person Training

Bubble Innovator PPM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Clarizen

Clarizen 8.2
Based on 2 answers
• We worked with a Project Manager on their side. He was very good about developing a project plan to hit our goal. I think we had weekly or twice weekly calls – very steady cadence over 3 month period.
• Their PM skills were great – kept us on task. For the last week, they sent 2 people on site and they did training for power users. After that a couple of them revisited here
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Online Training

Bubble Innovator PPM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Clarizen

Clarizen 5.4
Based on 5 answers
Our trainer, Alex, is exceptional and knows the product really well. I swear he must have wrote the product himself! His manner with training is very easy going, gives you homework that is applicable to what you need to learn and stages it correctly for you. It was a pleasure to be trained by him.
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Implementation

Bubble Innovator PPM

Bubble Innovator PPM 8.1
Based on 2 answers
The number of variables made this extremely challenging (org changes, stage gate harmonization, pipeline prioritization, and new governance model). I think the implementation was handled very well in spite of this, and managed to deliver on time and on budget.
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Clarizen

Clarizen 8.2
Based on 4 answers
I performed the implementation with our Clarizen provide trainer, who knew the product 100% and it went quickly and without a problem. It was a pleasurable process without the problems other software implementation often encounter. Kudos to the Clarizen team for making this a worry free process for their clients because it is worry free.
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Alternatives Considered

Bubble Innovator PPM

We found Innovator provided all the functionality we required in a lightweight solution that was easy to configure to our processes, provided benefits to almost all those who accessed it with little or no training. Other systems may offer more depth of functionality but this makes them more cumbersome to use and requires more training of users. Innovator also offers a more transparent cost structure - you can immediately see what it will cost as all the functionality is automatically available within the price
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Clarizen

There were several others I reviewed that I can no longer remember but none of them compared to Clarizen when it came to flexibility. Many factors sold us on Clarizen but most importantly it was that Clarizen was capable of wrapping itself around our existing processes instead of us changing to to meet the software tool. With that said, we are now looking at changing some of our processes due to the fact that Clarizen is such a powerful tool!
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Return on Investment

Bubble Innovator PPM

  • With financials being included in each SKU, it has lead us to be more finance focused and aware of what projects are more profitable than others.
  • It has given us a better oversight of what everyone is working on and the SKUs in our portfolio - allowed us to allocate resources more efficiently.
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Clarizen

  • Great customer feedback related to real-time availabilty of project status. We could tailor gant charts to various customers within an organization fairly quickly.
  • Seeing real-time breakdown of costs and time for projects was great. The main page with summary charts was a great way to get information at a glance.
  • Clarizen use definitely helped us stream-line project planning and assisted with identifying bottlenecks.
  • We run many projects in parallel with similar timepoints (pre-, interim-, and post-). The software was pretty straight forward, permitting us to create one project outline then dupiclating it (as a template) for a number of others.
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Pricing Details

Bubble Innovator PPM

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

Bubble Innovator PPM Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Clarizen

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Clarizen Editions & Modules

Edition
Enterprise Edition$451
Unlimited Edition$601
  1. per user per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Bubble Innovator PPM
8.9
Clarizen
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

Bubble Innovator PPM
9.1
Clarizen
7.5

Usability

Bubble Innovator PPM
8.2
Clarizen
7.3

Reliability and Availability

Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
8.2

Performance

Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
9.1

Support

Bubble Innovator PPM
9.1
Clarizen
8.0

In-Person Training

Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
8.2

Online Training

Bubble Innovator PPM
Clarizen
5.4

Implementation

Bubble Innovator PPM
8.1
Clarizen
8.2

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