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Score 9 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

Bubble 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.
Matt Parsons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

If you live in project management every day I still believe MS Project is the proper tool that gives you the most options. However, if you are team lead and lead smaller projects and project management is just one of many functions of your job, this tool is for you. It far and away surpasses MS Planner but is not as complex as MS Project.
Jesse Bickel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.2
Task Management
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.7
Resource Management
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
7.8
Gantt Charts
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.2
Scheduling
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.2
Workflow Automation
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.2
Team Collaboration
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.9
Support for Agile Methodology
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.2
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.2
Document Management
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.0
Email integration
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.1
Mobile Access
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.1
Timesheet Tracking
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.1
Change request and Case Management
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
7.5
Budget and Expense Management
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.1

Professional Services Automation

Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
7.6
Quotes/estimates
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
7.3
Invoicing
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
7.5
Project & financial reporting
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
7.9
Integration with accounting software
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
7.6

Pros

Bubble 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

  • Formulas. While not as robust as Excel, the formulas offered in Smartsheet are quite good.
  • Team collaboration. Multiple teammates can access and work on the same sheet at once.
  • Templates. The standard templates meet all my needs, and are a great guide for what Smartsheet is intended for and the problems it is best suited for solving.
  • Project management. It is great for creating, assigning, monitoring, and tracking tasks and projects.
Parker O'Very | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Bubble 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.
Emma Winter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

  • It would be helpful when importing an Excel spreadsheet if the format would remain the same; such as the color of the rows and columns.
  • Sometimes when viewing rows on the mobile app, they don't align properly when scrolling across.
  • I would like to see more in-depth training videos.
Janie Larsen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Bubble PPM

Bubble 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.
Douglas Raymond | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

Smartsheet 10.0
Based on 21 answers
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.
Courtney Barringer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Bubble PPM

Bubble 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.
Matt Parsons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

Smartsheet 8.6
Based on 13 answers
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
Meghan M. Prentiss | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Bubble PPM

Bubble PPM 9.1
Based on 4 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.
Emma Winter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

Smartsheet 8.2
Based on 96 answers
Overall, I would say that Smartsheet has provided our organization with the support that it has needed in our over 5 years of using the software. We have not had an issue outside of user management and that was handled within adequate time. New features always take their toll on our users, but it is always handled well and the learning curve is never too large.
Cameron Stenmark | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Bubble PPM

Bubble PPM 8.1
Based on 4 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.
Matt Parsons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

Smartsheet 10.0
Based on 12 answers
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.
Stephanie Carpenter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Bubble 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
Neville Turner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

Which software we use for project management is often determined by the team we interact with or the client's choices. I prefer Smartsheet for process management due to the ease of setting up alerts and attaching necessary documentation. It was also fairly easy to set up and learn.
Ann M. Frank | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Bubble 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.
Laura Sew Hoy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

  • It has allowed us to get easily organized and share the progress of projects with the team and some of our internal customers allowing us to deliver information much quicker, and reduce some of the meetings times and back and forth.
  • It has allowed us to easily collect process and procedure documentation, and tack updates. Previously we had several hundred documents in many different file folders. This allows us to catalog this information quickly add in additional fields/data points for sorting/details/primary users/additional info. We can easily find and share this information, and overall we are much more efficient.
Joshua Pekar | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Bubble PPM

General

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

Smartsheet

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Bubble PPM
8.9
Smartsheet
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Bubble PPM
9.1
Smartsheet
10.0

Usability

Bubble PPM
8.2
Smartsheet
8.6

Performance

Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
10.0

Support Rating

Bubble PPM
9.1
Smartsheet
8.2

Online Training

Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
7.0

Implementation Rating

Bubble PPM
8.1
Smartsheet
10.0

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