Accelo brings sophistication and power to your team and your business
April 23, 2020

Accelo brings sophistication and power to your team and your business

Charles Fashana, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Accelo

We made the switch to Accelo to consolidate a few different platforms into one, and to enhance our overall capabilities as it related to CRM, project management, time tracking, capacity planning, business development, and financial reporting. We were very inefficient in our processes, using systems that were no longer meeting our growing needs, and missing out on a number of opportunities to improve and grow our business. The migration to Accelo was done across our entire company. While our various groups use the system differently, it does cater to the differing needs we have. We are only six months into being live with the system, but it is going very well. We're hoping to more fully integrate in the coming six months—specifically focusing on better use of the sales, invoicing and ticketing functionality.
  • Complete end-to-end project management.
  • Job planning, budgeting, and time allocations.
  • Integrations to G-Suite for email and calendar sync/visibility.
  • Connecting clients to companies to projects and keeping a sightline of the broader relationships.
  • Easy task management and schedule views.
  • Seemingly limitless customization options for preferences, notifications, groups, permissions, etc.
  • While much of the data you will be looking for is there and within the system, it's not always easy to find, and the export functions are terrible.
  • Moving/reallocating tasks, meetings, or time entries is very cumbersome and in some cases not available.
  • Views of time sheet reports and different types of reporting for unbillable/agency time vs billable client time are not great.
  • Not able to have multiple assignees on tasks that are shared.
  • This was/is a major investment for our company. Despite the consolidation of systems, it was an increase in cost. But we determined that this was the tool to help us grow. We were going to grow into Accelo. We are confident this will take us where we want to go.
  • Apart from the fairly hefty per user monthly cost, there will be a significant investment of team time required to lead the internal implementation and ongoing evolution of how the system gets best utilized.
  • We now can see true profitability across clients and projects based on internal costs and billings. This is helping us become more efficient but also plan for future project growth.
  • We determined to get the full value and power of the tool, we needed to go with the full ServOps Premium tier—which runs $69/user/month. If your agency or company covers multiple competencies, you'll want the full package in order to best leverage it. We felt it wouldn't make sense to take a lesser tier and forgo critical functionality.
Harvest and Asana combined don't even scratch the surface of what Accelo can do. Harvest is nothing more than rudimentary time tracking. It's about as easy to use as they come, but it stops there. There's no tie in to project management, invoicing, capacity planning, etc. and the reporting isn't great. Asana we found to be very difficult to use for complex projects with multiple deliverables, multiple deadlines, multiple teams - and it didn't tie back to budgets and hours worked. So the deficiencies of those two tools are what led us to Accelo. In terms of more comparable systems, I had previously used Workamajig. The sophistication of Workamajig was there, but it didn't seem to have quite as much flexibility and customization. ProWorkflow we evaluated just based on sales and marketing information available on the platform and felt it wasn't quite as good.
From the beginning the Accelo team has been very invested in ensuring our success and overall happiness with the platform. The initial implementation specialists and trainers did a fairly good job of learning our company and needs, and tried to tailor the trainings accordingly. However, once we made the formal switch to the platform, meaning we no longer were using our legacy systems, we found that we had a lot of questions....and a lot of ideas and recommendations. The support team is extremely responsive and seemingly happy to receive our continual feedback. And if we encounter an issue that seems to be a system issue, they work diligently to fix it (we've actually had an engineer join a call with us to learn of the issue - and subsequently fix it).

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Accelo is a system that can do it all. It's extremely sophisticated. Depending on the sophistication of your organization, or specifically the abilities of the people you put in charge of the implementation, it can almost be too sophisticated. It all just depends on your situation. The more you use it, the more data you give it, the more you'll be able to see and do. It's incredibly powerful. But it's definitely not a tool that would be appropriate for smaller boutique type organizations that have only basic needs.

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