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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Project

Project is very well suited for large projects involving numerous personnel, equipment and materials,and expected to take many months or even years to completion. Also, it is useful when the stakeholders of the project are rather different in their capacity and require rather different types of reports (strictly financial reports, slippage in schedule and how the schedule can be brought back, etc.)On the other hand, a company specializing in projects that are relatively simple and only have a span of a few weeks or a couple of months would be better off adopting a simpler Project Management tool, one that costs less and has a much shorter learning curve.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Microsoft Project
7.2
Task Management
Microsoft Project
8.4
Resource Management
Microsoft Project
8.0
Gantt Charts
Microsoft Project
8.5
Scheduling
Microsoft Project
8.3
Workflow Automation
Microsoft Project
7.2
Team Collaboration
Microsoft Project
6.7
Support for Agile Methodology
Microsoft Project
5.8
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Microsoft Project
7.6
Document Management
Microsoft Project
6.3
Email integration
Microsoft Project
6.5
Mobile Access
Microsoft Project
6.1
Timesheet Tracking
Microsoft Project
6.8
Change request and Case Management
Microsoft Project
6.5
Budget and Expense Management
Microsoft Project
7.7

Professional Services Automation

Microsoft Project
6.8
Quotes/estimates
Microsoft Project
7.1
Invoicing
Microsoft Project
6.2
Project & financial reporting
Microsoft Project
7.7
Integration with accounting software
Microsoft Project
6.3

Pros

  • Microsoft Project allows users to input a large and varied amount of detail pertinent to a specific project and then creates numerous varied out reports, as per the specific needs of a certain user working on that project.
  • Microsoft Project is very flexible in relation to the familiarity of a specific user with the Project. Someone with very little knowledge of Project can still input some data and receive some useful reports, without using the whole capability of the package.
  • Project allows a varied types of data to be inputted, such as definition of various subtasks related to the project, time information about the original estimates for tasks and the actual figures, monetary information about the cost of all items required to complete a project (such as rate per hour of specific participants working of a project, cost of equipment to be bought or rented, cost of materials required for project execution, etc).
  • A Project Manager very conversant with Project can get a very large number of reports, each one for a specific need.
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Cons

  • As impressive as the reporting piece is in the standalone version, currently it does not allow you to report on the data that resides in the custom fields. It's only the standard columns that you can report against. If Microsoft would work to include the data out of the custom columns into the reporting it would make for some really cool reports and would negate the need for exporting the data into Excel for the most part.
  • Even though custom columns allow for formulas to be entered in, there is a max of 256 characters that can be entered. There have been a couple of times that this has created an issue, not only with entering formulas but also with the entry of data from other systems. Doubling the amount of characters for certain custom column types would go a long ways to alleviating this issue.
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Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Project10.0
Based on 1 answer
I am very happy with the software and am definitely get use out of it.
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Usability

Microsoft Project10.0
Based on 1 answer
It's so easy to use and I'm able to make it look however I want it to. It allows me to communicate to my team on exactly what needs to be done and when.
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Support

Microsoft Project5.9
Based on 2 answers
Self-directed help is usually just frustrating. Help Desks don't seem to be knowledgeable enough to provide good answers. There doesn't appear to be a way to get immediate help without great expense.
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Alternatives Considered

All of these tools have their strengths but none, I found, was an all-in-one solution like MS Project. I did find that project resources enjoyed working with Smartsheet for its simplicity but as a project manager, I found that MS project an overall winner
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Return on Investment

  • The biggest ROI when investing in MS project is the adoption. The teams can quickly and efficiently build a working project plan that can ensure the success of the project. Its can be used to manage the resources, tasks, budget and overall schedule without much effort. There are other tools out there that i have used but none are as simple and effective, in my opinion.
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Pricing Details

Microsoft Project

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