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Score 7.3 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Project Management

    Bubble PPM

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.1

    Smartsheet

    81%
    Smartsheet ranks higher in 14/14 features

    Task Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.4
    84%
    118 Ratings

    Resource Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    101 Ratings

    Gantt Charts

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    101 Ratings

    Scheduling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    103 Ratings

    Workflow Automation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    92 Ratings

    Team Collaboration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    114 Ratings

    Support for Agile Methodology

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    74 Ratings

    Support for Waterfall Methodology

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.7
    77%
    71 Ratings

    Document Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    93 Ratings

    Email integration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    92 Ratings

    Mobile Access

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.5
    75%
    88 Ratings

    Timesheet Tracking

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    57 Ratings

    Change request and Case Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    61 Ratings

    Budget and Expense Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    67 Ratings

    Professional Services Automation

    Bubble PPM

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.6

    Smartsheet

    86%
    Smartsheet ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Quotes/estimates

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3
    83%
    38 Ratings

    Invoicing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    30 Ratings

    Project & financial reporting

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    53 Ratings

    Integration with accounting software

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1
    91%
    28 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Bubble PPM is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
    • Smartsheet is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Implementation Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.1

    Bubble PPM

    91%
    15 Ratings
    8.0

    Smartsheet

    80%
    139 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.1

    Bubble PPM

    91%
    3 Ratings
    10.0

    Smartsheet

    100%
    24 Ratings

    Usability

    8.2

    Bubble PPM

    82%
    1 Rating
    8.6

    Smartsheet

    86%
    12 Ratings

    Performance

    Bubble PPM

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Smartsheet

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.1

    Bubble PPM

    91%
    4 Ratings
    8.1

    Smartsheet

    81%
    90 Ratings

    Online Training

    Bubble PPM

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0

    Smartsheet

    70%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    8.1

    Bubble PPM

    81%
    6 Ratings
    10.0

    Smartsheet

    100%
    18 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Bubble Software

    Bubble PPM is well suited for anyone who manages product related projects, especially new product development. As we've matured in our implementation of the system we found that it is great for managing all projects, but the specific strength is product development to launch. Bubble PPM would not be as appropriate for use as a CRM tool, as the references to people are best suited to users within the organization
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    Smartsheet

    There were new vendors who needed to submit their documents by the sales department for legal and Risk department for reviewing and checking the validity of the documents, The way of escalation and attaching the documents and the vendor's data was well suited to be done through the smart sheet. As the sales use smart sheet tickets for submitting the vendor's details and attaching the documents. Through the Smartsheet automation process, a notification mail was sent to the legal and risk department for reviewing and the tickets were assigned already to the admins for validating . After the admin's review and tick mark on the check box of reviewing in the smart sheet which was customized than when its clicked send automated emails to the supervisors for approval, Then after the supervisor's approval, an automated mail was sent to the sales team for completing approval of the vendor. All of these scenarios and hierarchy did because of Smartsheet.
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    Pros

    Bubble Software

    • I already mentioned the simple user interface for data upload, and the equally intuitive customized reporting. Leadership and "supporting" functions for product development get tremendous value from this because they don't need to hunt down answers anymore. Everything from pipeline planning to operational planning can be built on the same foundation of objective data, rather than many different sources interpreted through many different lenses.
    • But the greatest value I think Bubble Innovator delivers is not really the product itself. It's the sense of partnership and responsiveness from the Bubble Innovation team. The Bubble Innovation team becomes a part of your team. They are valued consultants with helpful input on best practices for stage gate management, portfolio analytics, and report visualization. I have continually been impressed with the responsiveness and effort that their team brings to the table. When we have challenges and need to customize our data or analytics or reporting, they are right there beside us, finding the best solution, sharing prototypes in a test environment, and implementing as fast as possible.
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    Smartsheet

    • Its hard to overstate the value of familiarity. Being able to use a tool that has some familiarity takes away the time needed to train and orient employees on a new tool and allows an organization to hit the ground running.
    • Smartsheet covers most of the basics of a project management tool, the usual tasks, milestones and project viewing options.
    • For data viewing, you get multiple data viewing options including a calendar view (good for marketing teams and those who work around scheduling), Kanban, Gaant etc
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    Cons

    Bubble Software

    • 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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    Smartsheet

    • Smartsheet set up is similar to Excel, yet when you upload an Excel file, things like conditional formatting are lost. Smartsheet has its own conditional formatting, and you have to reinstate the rules. It would be great if those would apply automatically once a file is uploaded
    • Some Smartsheet management and access rules can take some tweaking to work properly. This may be a case of offering more info to admins so they can apply these better and with more efficiency
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    Pricing Details

    Bubble PPM

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Bubble PPM editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      Required

      Additional Details

      Element 1: One-time fixed SaaS set-up fee One-time investment based on required configuration and deployment. Element 2: Monthly license fee Calculated on #users (per user type). Variable - According to required users/types.

      Smartsheet

      Starting Price

      $0

      Editions & Modules

      Smartsheet editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      Individual141
      Business252
      EnterpriseContact Sales3
      PremierContact Sales4

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Bubble Software

      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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      Smartsheet

      It definitely meets our needs as far as organizing and archiving our tasks and files. As we train more staff to view it, I see opportunities for more improvement, which I am sure this program can handle. I look forward to seeing continued improvement from Smartsheet on their capabilities and functionality.
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      Usability

      Bubble Software

      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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      Smartsheet

      Smartsheet is very easy to learn. However, while I have been able to pick it easily, Microsoft Excel and Project super users that I have trained on Smartsheet get bogged down in the differences and can find it frustrating. Explaining the differences ahead of time and why Smartsheet is being chosen instead of a different software seems to counteract those reactions
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      Support Rating

      Bubble Software

      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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      Smartsheet

      I give this rating because it fills a niche in the market. MS Project scares many away from proper task management but there are limited tools our there, especially cloud-based that are mobile-friendly. Smartsheet fills this market gap, especially for small to medium-sized businesses. IT is not fair to compare it to MS Project, but fairer to see what gaps it fills.
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      Implementation Rating

      Bubble Software

      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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      Smartsheet

      It's absolutely paramount to take a few minutes to actually play with the software. It's nearly impossible to do anything wrong or make a mistake which cannot be fixed easily. Under the help menu is Live Training option. After you familiarize yourself with the commands, watch the live training for some in depth understanding of how to make the software fit your needs perfectly.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Bubble Software

      When evaluating Bubble Innovator against the competition, we felt that Bubble Innovator gave us the flexibility that we were looking for. Other solutions tended to have some hardwired functionality. Bubble Innovator was a great fit for managing our projects and was efficient to deploy, especially within our existing business processes.
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      Smartsheet

      Jira and Redmine are much more robust and technologically advanced project management solutions. I enjoy using either when managing a very large project. However, I prefer to use Smartsheet for my smaller to medium sized projects. As for Google Drive - I would say that Google sheets and Smartsheet are almost identical in my opinion when it comes to functionality. Personally I prefer to manage smaller projects via Google Drive, but it is a personal preference!
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      Return on Investment

      Bubble Software

      • Increased efficiency at several levels - Proejct Teams/Project Managers/Portfolio Decsision Makers
      • Driven consistency of process and reporting across a complex global organization
      • Greater visibility of NPD pipeline has led to improved cross functional alignment on priorites
      • Improved portfolio decision making capability
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      Smartsheet

      • This has really opened up collaboration across teams. A lot less working in silos.
      • It hasn't fully replaced any one tool so it means having to go to another place. Hopefully, we can eliminate a tool or two in the next six months.
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