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Score 8.1 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

Bubble PPM

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
Matt Quist | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

For teams and users who are very familiar with Excel and its mode of operation, Smartsheet will feel like a walkover. If you have a number of users who use Excel or Google Sheets for their personal project management then you will find this tool to be very useful and somewhat familiar.
Teams that may be used to other project management suites or styles would find Smartsheet a bit challenging to adapt to, as formulas and formatting can be challenging to adapt to.
Abigail Selebe | 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
8.8
Scheduling
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.5
Workflow Automation
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
7.9
Team Collaboration
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.6
Support for Agile Methodology
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
7.7
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.1
Document Management
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
7.7
Email integration
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.2
Mobile Access
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.0
Timesheet Tracking
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.3
Change request and Case Management
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.2
Budget and Expense Management
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.0

Professional Services Automation

Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.3
Quotes/estimates
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.1
Invoicing
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.4
Project & financial reporting
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.1
Integration with accounting software
Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
8.7

Pros

Bubble PPM

  • 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.
Matt Parsons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Smartsheet

  • The easy to use dashboard has enabled us get comprehensive view of projects across the entire business.
  • It has streamlined internal communication with ease of sharing information across different teams.
  • Smartsheet automates our workflows, enhances collaboration and ensures there are no data silos.
  • I like that it saves time for us and ensures we spend less time switching between apps.
Gloria Musuli | 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

  • 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
Anonymous | 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 23 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 12 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 8.1
Based on 92 answers
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.
Jesse Bickel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Bubble PPM

Bubble PPM 8.1
Based on 6 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 18 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

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Bubble PPM

  • 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
Neville Turner | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | 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

Bubble PPM Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing 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

General

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

Smartsheet Editions & Modules

Edition
Individual$141
Business$252
EnterpriseContact Sales
PremierContact Sales
  1. per month
  2. Per User / Per Month
  3. none
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Bubble PPM
9.1
Smartsheet
8.4

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
8.1

Online Training

Bubble PPM
Smartsheet
7.0

Implementation Rating

Bubble PPM
8.1
Smartsheet
10.0

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