Good project management is often connected to the management tool we use. In the sector, MS Project seems vital. While it is true that it has multiple features and that it enjoys the firepower of Microsoft, it isn’t the only project management solution available. There are versatile and efficient alternatives available on the market. All of our tips and best practices in project management are available in our dedicated section.
Microsoft Project is by far the most used project management software in the world. Its features integrate all of the project management steps – both vertically (A to Z) and horizontally (deployment of tasks linked to a project step). Thanks to MS Project, companies can carry out project plans and piloting, optimise human resource management and monitor budgets. MS Project online includes an project analysis and communication tool. It's an integral tool of the first order. However, MS Project is far from being the only contender on the market.
Planzone stands out by being ergonomic and for its intuitive interface. It’s a very powerful and easy-to-use tool. It must be said that this project management software works by drag and drop which simplifies the user experience. Planzone is also practical, offering the option to leave comments on project tasks.
Developed with the spirit of collaboration, the Planzone interface allows you to centralise all information linked to the proper daily management of a project: task, document, calendar and planning management, time management and even discussions. The latter feature, which is very practical for communication, substitutes internal emails and integrates all of the communication linked to the projects efficiently in the interface. Finally, all of the updates are automatic by integrating constraints and interactions between each task.
Fitnet Manager is a profession-specific solution. It’s a project management tool aimed in particular at consulting agencies, design offices and company service providers in general. Very smooth to implement, Fitnet Manager uptake is instant. This solution allows you to optimise all of the project management processes – from presales, thanks to a CRM tool, to automated invoicing and reports.
The Fitnet Manager control panel allows a summarized visualisation of all of the projects. This complete approach offers the option to see ongoing and up-and-coming projects at a glance. Fitnet Manager stands out with its very affordable price. The rate is adjusted according to the number of users.
Smartsheet is a general management software adapted to all companies. It’s quick in uptake. A big advantage of Smartsheet is the integration of Google Apps : you can import and export spreadsheets between Google Sheet and Smartsheet or very easily attach any kind of file created with Google Documents. Smartsheet is also compatible with the Microsoft Office suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Smartsheet is perfect in the team project management framework. Aside from document sharing, the software manages the log of modifications, comments, as well as all of the documents attached to a project. Finally, each project is visualised in the form of a Gantt chart to monitor the development of the project. This allows you to have a complete view of the time schedule of each staff member and to know the project and tasks list they’re involved in for improved productivity.
Sciforma is a project portfolio and project management solution. This software is the successor of the famous PSN 7, PSN 8, etc. product range. Adapted to all company sizes, Sciforma owes its success to its ease of use. Its adaptability and compatibility with most project management methods is one of its great strengths. Those adept at the Critical Path Methods or Agile, the Critical Chain or even the PRINCE 2 method will enjoy using Sciforma.
The other advantage of Sciforma is its project portfolios. This feature allows for the management of the piloting of multiple projects at a time, and the determining of launch priorities. It should be noted that it allows you to make decisions in relation to strategic issues, risks, cost constraints, deadlines and even the impact of one project on another. The Sciforma software is available in SaaS mode, hosted mode or installed on site (on the desktop, compatible Windows, Mac OS and Linux).
Genius Project is a software issued by Cerri.com making a great comeback in France after 3 years of solution improvement. Genius Project is general enough to be used for all kinds of projects and customisable to adapt to the needs of the company. It’s a real alternative for current users of Microsoft Project because its integration with this tool is flawless: you can shift from MS Project to Genius Project without losing any data whatsoever.
The strength of Genius Project is its cared after social environment which allows project stakeholders to have easier interactions, to send messages, talk directly via chat, comment on a project or task, etc.
Even if MS Project is an almost indispensable giant in the field of project management, other project management software are available on the market. Versatility, ease of uptake and a global view of projects define them. Economical and emphasising collaborative work, these solutions are solid and serious alternatives to Microsoft Project for organising and planning your projects. If open source project management software attract you (open and generally free software), Project Libre, Gantt Project and Open Workbench are also alternatives to MS Project to take into consideration.