The coorporate tool for big projects, if your IT is MS based.
February 26, 2016

The coorporate tool for big projects, if your IT is MS based.

Felix Maximiliano Obes | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project was the tool of choice to communicate progress on big projects. It does carry your project into the proper formatting as most of the features it has are correctly named after the project management principles of modern project managing. It solves the common format for communicating with other companies or for tracking of big plans. And if you are lucky to have built your infrastructure on top of the SharePoint and Project Server solutions, then you're in for an expensive but robust solution that covers all the features you'll likely need to manage any type of project, of any size.
  • Gantt chart making is the most valuable feature as it can include Active Directory info and allow for corporate resource planning over extensive and complex projects.
  • Exporting of information works well as most solutions accept the mpp format as common input.
  • Synchronization with SharePoint content. Well, it is an MS solution.
  • Online capabilities are complicated to acquire (licencing) and without SharePoint and Project Server there's really no online experience.
  • The interface is delivering the MS experience, too many features, most not used by anyone but NASA maybe.
  • No direct notification of flow view within the user experience natively.
  • Negative - It delays projects for overcomplexity of task completion when not used by more than one PM on a big project.
The strength it has is that it's the best complete solution for project planning. I would choose Microsoft Project over cloud solutions only if the requirements specify self-hosted solutions or that it allows integration with the AD and other corporate tools. But be prepared to spend a buck.
Well suited for big corporate cross team and cross enterprise projects. Not suitable for agile communication between teams and providers. Not suited for building a knowledge base based on projects.

Microsoft Project Feature Ratings

Task Management
Resource Management
Gantt Charts
Workflow Automation
Team Collaboration
Support for Agile Methodology
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Document Management
Email integration
Mobile Access
Timesheet Tracking
Change request and Case Management
Budget and Expense Management
Project & financial reporting
Integration with accounting software

Microsoft Project Support

They have 24/7 support, but you seldom need it.
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
No escalation required
Support understands my problem
Quick Initial Response
Difficult to get immediate help
No - It is not a Tier 1 product.