Are you trying to make a decision about which project management or collaboration software to use for your business?
We love using Basecamp for its mind-bending simplicity, but it still leaves much to imagination.
So what we did was put the most popular hosted software options under the microscope and compare must-haves and other essential features, such as mobile compatibility, price, and more.
Here are the contenders:
Listed from most popular to least popular based on Alexa rankings:
- Basecamp – simple to use and very popular. One of many popular products that fly under the 37 Signals banner. We currently have a Time Doctor integration for Basecamp, which allows managers to accurately track time spent on projects & other tasks, as well as monitoring individual team member’s productivity.
- Zoho Projects – a wide range of applications available on top of project management including CRM, calendar, chat and a wiki. Over 3 million users.
- Freshbooks – a very popular invoicing application that includes time tracking, task and project management. Over 2 million users.
- Central Desktop – 425,000 users, includes real time integration between Microsoft office and the central workspace.
- Deskaway – includes timesheets, calendar, contacts and a micro-blogging status update feature.
- Smartsheet – project management, CRM and other features based around using online spreadsheets.
- 5pm – very colorful interface, and lots of features including time tracking, contacts and an iPhone app.
- TeamworkPM – includes project tracking, contacts and calendar. We currently have a Time Doctor integration for TeamworkPM users, which allows managers to accurately track time spent on projects & other tasks, as well as monitoring individual team member’s productivity.
- activeCollab – includes invoicing, time tracking and email reports.
- Ace Project – some HR and expense management features.
- Redbooth – includes a twitter style updates feature.
- Feng office – includes time tracking, calendar and contacts.
- Huddle – integrates with Microsoft Office so you can save Microsoft files directly to a shared workspace.
- Comindwork – includes Gantt charts, and a business wiki.
- Nozbe – project management based around the David Allen “Getting Things Done” methodology.
- Harvest – focused on invoicing and time tracking, a competitor to Freshbooks.
- Wrike – some unique features such as the ability to create and update tasks via email and timeline view of project plans.
- Goplan – includes a twitter like activity stream.
- EGroupware – consists of multiple installable applications and includes a calendar app, address book, eMail, project management, timesheet and others.
- Clarizen – many features including budgeting, billing, Gantt charts.
- Hyperoffice – has a hosted email service and contact management.
- LiquidPlanner – project scheduling, time tracking and lots of graphs and analysis.
- Visma Severa – includes CRM and invoicing.
- Xtrant – is a cloud-based project platform that lets you share files, tasks and conversations in one secure online space to reduce email noise, increase accountability, and keep everyone on the same page.
Plus a few more hopefuls:
TeamWork Live, Nirvana, Intervals, ProWorkflow, Teamly, Glasscubes, Copper, Workspace, Tenrox, Journyx, Clientspot, Vertabase, Celoxis, 24sevenoffice, PlanDone, Teameffect, Attask, Workzone, Proofhub, ProjectManager.com and CloudBooks
Some notes about this list
This is only about hosted SaaS online project management software.
There are dozens other open source platforms which we didn’t include in this list, especially those that are not hosted (meaning, you have to install the software yourself).
We have also not included products that are more focused on CRM or products that are more of a bug tracker such as JIRA. We also excluded sites that did not have their pricing listed on their sites.
We know that the ranking of sites is not completely accurate, but it’s the best we could find. Compete or Quantcast are other alternatives for ranking sites but we decided to use Alexa.
Finally, here are collaboration tools you can use to manage remote teams.