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Score 7.9 out of 101

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
7.4
Task Management
Microsoft Project
8.5
Resource Management
Microsoft Project
8.1
Gantt Charts
Microsoft Project
8.6
Scheduling
Microsoft Project
8.5
Workflow Automation
Microsoft Project
7.4
Team Collaboration
Microsoft Project
6.8
Support for Agile Methodology
Microsoft Project
6.0
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Microsoft Project
7.6
Document Management
Microsoft Project
6.6
Email integration
Microsoft Project
6.8
Mobile Access
Microsoft Project
6.6
Timesheet Tracking
Microsoft Project
7.2
Change request and Case Management
Microsoft Project
7.0
Budget and Expense Management
Microsoft Project
7.8

Professional Services Automation

Microsoft Project
7.2
Quotes/estimates
Microsoft Project
7.5
Invoicing
Microsoft Project
6.4
Project & financial reporting
Microsoft Project
7.9
Integration with accounting software
Microsoft Project
6.9

Pros

Microsoft Project

  • The custom columns and the ability to use formulas within Project allows the user flexibility with respect to the data that they want to display, and how they want it displayed. For example, I was able to enter a formula into a custom column that calculated the week of the project a particular task was scheduled to finish. We have also used custom columns to upload data from other systems into our schedules, for example the work package status out of SAP, and material information as well.
  • Using VBA to automate certain task is very useful and can be a great time saver. For example, I recently worked a program where I was managing 10k+ tasks in a single schedule that were comprised of material, engineering, and production activity, which required inputs from multiple stakeholders. Using data downloaded out of our enterprise systems, I was able to create a single set of data in Excel's Power Query, and I uploaded this data into Project using code developed in the VBA editor. Typically it would take a week or more to manual status a schedule of this size. But because I was able to automate this step, I could update my schedule in 20 minutes. This allowed me to status my schedule on a daily basis, making my schedule more relevant. We were also able to make the schedule more informative: we loaded any kind of material and/or engineering issues in to the schedule, along with comments from other systems that provided benefit to correcting an issue, or to help with taking advantage of an opportunity. Where I worked prior, we received various audits from different entities, and we always received positive input for the kind of data we were able to present.
  • Timelines! Timelines offer the user a way to quickly convey a high level narrative of the schedule. This gives the audience a more efficient way to dive into the schedule. The timeline view can allow for a super clean view of the project, and is great to use in presentation.
  • Project Online/Server - when this version of Project is used it really does turbo charge the functionality that is available to the user and tremendously grows the collaborated engagement with stakeholders. Project Online/Server is able to take advantage of all the resources that lay within Office 365 and SharePoint. Those resources would be SharePoint lists, Power Apps, Flows, Team, & Planner. And Project Online/Server makes it available for stakeholders to make updates directly into the schedule through several different mediums with all of these inputs having to go through an approval process prior to updating the schedule.
  • The reporting functionality is really impressive. The reporting features within the standalone Project allow the user to quickly cobble together some really impressive metrics that their IPT will find very helpful to managing a project. The reporting layout is really intuitive, and looks something similar to what you would find working with PivotTables in Excel. And the format that is provided for displaying data is really flexible and gives you several options on how to display the data. In a very short time, the user can put together a fairly impressive looking dashboard. But as impressive as the new reporting functionality is, the standalone version is nothing compared to what is available in Project Online/Server. With this version you are able to use Power BI to drive your reporting, which will put you into Superman status with your co-workers.
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Cons

Microsoft Project

  • Server additions are costly and needed for true sharing between local users
  • Printing functionalities and flexibility need to be enhanced to better window section of project plans to print
  • Tiered training programs would enhance broader utilization within organizations
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Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I like using Microsoft Project. It simplifies building a schedule
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Usability

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project 9.0
Based on 2 answers
For basic schedule building, which is what I primarily use it for, is great and very easy. I don't really understand much else although I would like to learn because everything I do use it for is very easy to do and learn
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Support

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project 5.0
Based on 3 answers
I've never used it so I don't know to say
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Implementation

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project 5.0
Based on 1 answer
I wasn't part of it so I don't know
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Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Project

I have not used HP PPM in some time, but found it to be much more useful in managing process flows and resources
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Return on Investment

Microsoft Project

  • Keeps us on track for all major initiatives - shows where things are slipping and helps identify when a specific goal/task might need to be crashed as well as down stream impacts of doing/not doing
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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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