CloudBlue PSA vs. Microsoft Project Server

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
CloudBlue PSA
Score 9.3 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
CloudBlue PSA (formerly HarmonyPSA) provides full visibility of projects, customers and profitability in a single pane of glass, along with automation of sales, finance and operational processes. Ingram Micro acquired Harmony Business Systems and HarmonyPSA in April 2021.
$65
per month (billed annually)
Microsoft Project Server
Score 7.7 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft Project Server is a project portfolio management option.N/A
Pricing
CloudBlue PSAMicrosoft Project Server
Editions & Modules
Annual SaaS
$65.00
per month (billed annually)
Monthly SaaS
Contact Sales
Annual On-Premise
Contact Sales
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
CloudBlue PSAMicrosoft Project Server
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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User Ratings
CloudBlue PSAMicrosoft Project Server
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(8 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
CloudBlue PSAMicrosoft Project Server
Likelihood to Recommend
Ingram Micro
For organizations with 10+ employees, I think it is suitable. Smaller shops might find it overly complex.
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Microsoft
Microsoft Project Server I believe is best for any organization from small to large. As I mentioned, it is a little pricey so I would do research into alternative software and depending on your needs maybe look at all options, competing software. This is a tool with a learning curve and some may not be able to easily navigate this software. There isn't really great training, resources available for this tool however there are some free YouTube tutorial videos. This is great for cross company, department project management, sharing, managing of projects and timelines.
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Pros
Ingram Micro
  • The help desk ticket system is robust and modern.
  • Billing & invoicing from Harmony meets all our needs and is easy to use.
  • Project management and scheduling features help us stay organized and on schedule.
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Microsoft
  • Project planning: tasks assignments, resources allocation, progress and cost tracking. The Server version is the natural extension of the Microsoft Project standalone.
  • Provides one place to manage all projects, accessible by everyone in the team. This opens the plan updates to team members as well(on their tasks), as opposed to being done only by the project manager.
  • Reporting and visualization - resources utilization, timeline etc
  • The integration with the Microsoft Project standalone: if you don't like the web version, you can download the latest and work locally. When done just sync it back to the server.
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Cons
Ingram Micro
  • Training resources are still a work in progress.
  • As a software engineer, I'd like to see a more extensive API
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Microsoft
  • Resource loading and leveling extremely complicated within the tool
  • Software makes incorrect assumptions and changes without user knowledge
  • Inconsistencies within the tool make it hard to predict & troubleshoot
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Usability
Ingram Micro
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
We don't have to worry about maintenance, upgrades, or compatibility issues. All the capabilities we need are there, and are easily customizable.
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Implementation Rating
Ingram Micro
No answers on this topic
Microsoft
Per Microsoft, Project Online provides more value long-term by reducing infrastructure cost and increase feature release cycle time
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Alternatives Considered
Ingram Micro
Connectwise was the 600 pound gorilla with lots of features, but it was also the titantic, too big to get out of its own way. We found it too complex to use and too archaic to integrate with. As powerful as it was, it was missing a few key features that a modern PSA like CloudBlue had as a matter of course. CloudBlue feels like the new generation, and so far it's only gotten better as they grow.
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Microsoft
One of the key advantages of Microsoft Project Server (MSPS) is its ecosystem. It gels very well with SharePoint, Office, Office 365. The support from Microsoft is also a key driver and they are very experienced and many ways to resolve issues. Also, Microsoft has bridged the gap of cloud offering from other competitors by providing Project Online. It is an offering through Office 365 which is very lean and low maintenance.
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Return on Investment
Ingram Micro
  • It's allowed us to migrate away from home grown solutions to adhere to industry standards and better utilize our engineer's time.
  • Quoting new projects and hardware is easier to delegate and vastly more efficient than our previous methods.
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Microsoft
  • We've been able to reduce the number of staff in our PMO by utilising the Project Server data in Power BI, reducing the need for manual reporting.
  • Being able to forecast utilization in the product allows us to accurately estimate resource needs to ensure optimum staff levels.
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ScreenShots

CloudBlue PSA Screenshots

Screenshot of Customised dashboard with key business metricsScreenshot of Auto generated invoicing ensures nothing gets forgottenScreenshot of Keep on top of projectsScreenshot of Fully integrated and configurable ticketingScreenshot of Conversion of leads to prospects to customers is seamless, with no re-keying