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- It allows for attachments and notes at the row level; this keeps many of our documents organized and viewable on the mobile app and for all those who have rights to see the sheet.
- The automated approval process has cut down on manpower by 10%. This has resulted in increased productivity by eliminating repetitive but necessary steps.
- Reporting - this allows the roll-up of information that reaches across multiple Smartsheets. Important information can be realized at a glance rather than looking at many spreadsheets. It also allows for the sharing of only necessary information to stake holders.
- The mobile app has given me freedom to access the sheets at any time without having to store documents and information in multiple platforms.
- 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.
- Smartsheet does not require any special software to be able to access or contribute to the sheet.
- It is very easy to manage users.
- Creating the sheet or workbook is extremely easy and the tool will guide you through the setup.
- Works on any operating system.
- Features found in MS Project are not all available within Smartsheet.
- Advanced features are sometimes difficult to understand how to use.
- Not as much printing options as project.
- The software allows us to attach files on cells within the sheet. Other softwares don’t have this feature.
- Smartsheet has a feature called “Email Shared Users” which improves its reliability to notify users on the current updates.
- Smartsheet has been designed in a way that it integrates comfortably with most management systems of different organizations.
- This software has an outdated appearance when compared to its competitors, Google Sheets. The interface should be re-designed.
- Smartsheet does not support the use of equations/functions within the sheet, as it is done on Google Sheets.
- It sometimes takes too long to figure out how to log in using the company credentials depending on how the link to the sheet is set.
management tool, especially when a project is coordinated by a team. When storing a checklist of tasks to be completed, it is the best. Also, when users want
to give evidence after completing a task, the software has allowed them to attach files on the cell. I, however, consider it less effective when complex equations and functions are required.
- With Smartsheet, sharing information across the whole organization with due diligence has been realized. Departments
- The software has all the required functionalities as opposed to the previous software which was used in the organization. It allows us to import and export excel, projects and other document formats.
- When reporting from this software it's much easier. Data can be taken from multiple sheets and combined into a single report.
- Gantt charts which are drawn using this software are poor in quality. This is in comparison to other software such as Microsoft Project.
- It does not have all the basic formulas required in engineering calculations. This becomes a limitation when working on engineering projects.
- Exporting of information from other sources such as Excel, Microsoft Word and PDFs is limited.
Several departments are utilizing Smartsheet within the organization. We are fairly decentralized with several hundred locations making collaboration difficult at times. Smartsheet made project coordination much easier.
I use Smartsheet primarily with my team for many different activities. We track and share time off & out of office information, track and share information on projects, as well as track team member tasks/processes/procedures, to organize and share knowledge documents, and for notices and collaboration across other HR groups.
- Collaboration. Smartsheet makes it very easy to share information with multiple users at the same time. It also has great functionality for sharing with non-users with great options for read-only or allowing those outside users to even edit sheets.
- Project management. Smartsheet has all of the functionality that Microsoft Project does, but is much easier to use. You can import and export Excel, Project, or a few other formats, and the system has multiple options for entering information. Different types of views can be deployed or updated easily.
- Reporting from Smartsheet is very easy. You can take data from multiple different sheets and combine them into one report. Depending on the user access you can also edit information from a report to update the original Smartsheets.
- Gantt Charts: While the functionality here is very good, sometimes there could be some better options with the automatic coloration of these charts. Additionally, exporting is a little limited.
- Formulas: There are a lot of basic formula options but there could be more. Additionally, calculations across multiple sheets could also be improved.
- Pivot tables: These are only available as an additional add-on app. I wish this functionality would be standard.
- It is dynamic, changes can be made by multiple people without losing data and controlling version control
- Cell linking from sheet to sheet. Super helpful.
- Dashboards are a great way to roll up a lot of data into one source for review.
- Automation: Some of the functionality changed with the last update and it was a little difficult to adapt to the new functionality, but I figured it out.
- Best easy project management tool with online collaboration, even without a license.
- Good and easy dashboard for a project combining different info across platforms like Smartsheet, JIRA, ServiceNow, Google docu, etc.
- A good tool to do JIRA data mass updating with its Connector.
- MS Project/Excel similar cloud-based software, part Excel, part database to enable small biz processes without implementing an ERP like SAP or Oracle to keep data consistent.
If they better configured resource management and capacity management, then Smartsheet might have more function.
- For login purposes, we love that Smartsheet integrates with our university's existing login credentials.
- Smartsheet allows users to attach files to cells within a sheet. We have not seen this with similar products.
- The "Email Shared Users" feature is very convenient for notifying all interested parties of updates.
- The visual appearance of Smartsheet seems a bit outdated compared to products like Google Sheets.
- Depending on how a link to a sheet is sent to users, it sometimes takes a series of clicks to figure out how to log in with your company's credentials.
- It appears that Smartsheet does not accommodate the use of functions/equations within a sheet to the same level of complexity as Google Sheets.
- Collect information via forms.
- Store information in separate sheets.
- Create visual views of the information we have to easily see what we're missing.
- The number of sheets seems limited for the individual plan.
- I think the UI could be improved.
- There is a “predecessor” feature where you can put in the duration of a task and it will auto-populate the due date.
- You can make templates in seconds.
- It feels exactly like Excel so you don’t need to learn new functionalities, and it’s actually more intuitive.
- You can ping individuals and leave comments for them within the timeline.
- It’s hard to go back to an old version if you make a mistake.
- If you attach a document to the sheet it’s difficult to manage version control.
- Unlike a google doc, multiple users can be in the timeline at one time however only one version can be saved at any moment so you’re not seeing live updates.
A scenario in which Smartsheet is less appropriate is for assigning corresponding tickets or tasks that accompany a timeline or milestone.
- Quick Mobile forms
- Excel Tracking and organization
- Ability to take on document uploads
- Personalized Mobile Templates
- Logic to process Dynamic questions
- Tab out results by time periods and or certain fields - Example - if this field = yes then place results on sheet 2
- Collaboration with external users by using whitelists of domains or users
- Integration with JIRA
- Ability to have licenses users and just contributors
- The increase in cost and their platform has been very frustrating
- Lack of proper integration with Project files is less than ideal
- More integrations with other applications
- Easier collaboration on sheets that do not require refreshing or saving
- Follow up on projects and their progress.
- Share info with several people and have them update their own contributions.
- Budget management is more reasonable.
- Mobile usage is not very friendly.
- Tracking changes and restoring previous changes is not easy.
- The thing that made Smartsheet stand out to us from other project management solutions was how easy it is to use. The spreadsheet-like layout allows users to jump in and use it without much, if any, training. Once you are comfortable with the basic spreadsheet functions, you can dive into formulas and different layout options to make it as complex as you like.
- Alerts and Notifications help keep you aware of changes made or when certain tasks are due. It's easy to end up with a multitude of sheets and lose track of where you stand or what is due. With the variety of ways that you can set up notifications and alerts, Smartsheet does the work for you.
- I would love to see new features rolled out a little more quickly. Many users have been waiting for some time for the ability to multi-select items in a list.
It supports our project leadership, management, organization and resource management
- Easy to use and intuitive
- Sleek, clean user interface
- Manages user groups, security, and permissions with ease
- Parent / Child relationships at the 'sub-task' level could be easier to use. Sometimes i have issues 'rolling-up' data / numbers when I get below one level or two of sub-tasks. However it may just be user-error, as I have not had the time to investigate further or reference user manuals or tutorials.
- Nothing else. Smartsheet works quite well and does not leave much to be desired.
Smartsheets is well suited for collaboration. Multiple users, if given admin or editor privileges have the ability to make changes at once, avoiding issues that often can materialize regarding versioning errors typical, as a result of multiple authors or editors.
For project managers, smartsheets has multiple 'views' available, which can come in handy depending on your specific purpose. For those interested in seeing all of the details, the standard view is a table/spreadsheet type of view. For a more agile approach, or a simplified user view, their 'task-list' type view can help to easily view in a card-type of format and classify those tasks that have been 'completed' versus 'in-progress' , 'in qa' or other relevant category / classification. Other views include the Gannt chart view, which is helpful for seeing things in a calendar-like view, helpful in showcasing things like dependencies.
- The Form is a great feature. It allows sheet managers to create a simple user interface for capturing data from other users that you may not want to have access to the full sheet. It's also just a simple way for inputting data without distractions if the sheet is complex. I have used the form myself many times where it was the least distracting method to input data for many rows.
- Smartsheet's pre-built templates make a great starting point for many different applications of the tool. I have used the project management template many times and it makes setup of simple to complex projects with goals and timelines much easier, allowing easy flipping between sheet view, Gantt view or calendar view to track project tasks and milestones.
- Frequent improvements, with easy-to-follow notifications highlighting the improvements! It's great to see a product that gets regular updates to improve functionality and user experience. Even better when a company includes simple, helpful communications about those updates. I think Smartsheet does a great job of both. I regularly see a tutorial popup when logging into Smartsheet to highlight some new features, which is easily dismissed if I want to check it out later.
- Version control could use improvement. I'm not sure if this is a feature included in a higher level license than mine, but currently the only way I can find to track changes is cell history. If there are major rollbacks needed on the sheet, it can be tedious to do this by individual cells, which I have had to do. Still better than no version control though.
- A bulk sharing option would be nice. Currently, it seems the only option to share is by searching users and adding one by one. There's an option to create a group and share with the group, but adding users to the group is the same issue: one by one. A list import option would be ideal, especially since you can import sheets for use within the product. I would like to import a group by using a sheet of email addresses. If that feature exists I cannot find it in the product or product documentation.
- The Smartsheet interface is very user friendly and organized.
- The Smartsheet website is very fast and can be accessed from anywhere.
- It is so easy and quick to share files with anyone anywhere in the world with Smartsheet.
- I wish there was an autosave feature. It is very frustrating when there is an interruption in your connection and data gets lost.
- You cannot view changes in real time like you can with some other similar programs. You have to refresh to see changes made by others.
- The site is often under maintenance.
Excel on steroids! If you manage a team that manages a ton of projects, Smartsheet is a LIFESAVER! It's familiar, dynamic, and comprehensive in its reporting and dashboard features.
- Dashboards. If you know how to use them, they can combine the info and data from multiple sheets into one comprehensive view. This is crucial if you are managing a team that manages multiple projects in Smartsheet. It's like having all of the up to date, real time info at my fingertips.
- Love that they went mobile. I can check info onsite when I'm traveling without having to login to my computer or have my computer with me.
- I would love to see the ability customize some of the forms with our own branding.
- I would love the ability to be able to delete a sheet, even if I was not the owner. Perhaps maybe give an overall administrator status. We have folks who have left the company and I cannot delete their old sheets. It gets very cluttered.
- Organizing and editing of items
- Aggregated reporting of disparate sheet
- Many structured categories
- Flexible templates for many use cases
- Better linking between Smartsheets
- Integration with Google Forms where submissions can go straight to a Smartsheet.
- Allow for card creation at all levels (when view is changed from grid mode that has nested rows)
- Conditional formatting makes it easy for anyone to personalize a sheet!
- Sharing sheets with free users, and they really have a considerable amount of usability!
- The scheduling aspect combined with many of the traditional Excel functions.
- Some of the automated update requests could use some tweaking. It would be nice to be able to send an automated request update to a contact list without a trigger.
- It seems as though there are a lot of requested functions that are not addressed.
- The sheet limitations seem a little low considering the package we are paying for.
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Three tiers cover Smartsheet's pricing options. The Basic level provides core features for small groups of individuals, while the Team level is recommended for groups of up to 50 people and supports more user features, allows multiple sheet creators, and has reporting functions. The Enterprise level is a custom fit tier for groups of greater than 50 individuals or companies, and may include dedicated support personnel if desired.
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