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Most organizations use Microsoft Project as a project management tool. Microsoft have enjoyed many years of domination of the corporate project management tool market. Competitors like Clarity have challenged Microsoft, but MS Project remains dominant. And with recent enhancements its users can web-enable it on their intranet. Then add on Microsoft SharePoint and you have a neat suite of tools for project management and information sharing. But boy is it expensive! License costs can be in the $1000s per seat! Web-enabled project management tools are encroaching on Microsoft’s territory and can offer competing solutions at a fraction of the cost.
Here are ten such tools, and I’ve provided some of the marketese from their websites:
1. WebEx Weboffice
- Access documents and information securely from anywhere
- Organize calendars and schedules in a centralized resource
- Meet live, online anytime, anywhere
- Share presentations and demonstrations
2. DeskShare ProjectDesk
- Project Management
- Resource Building
- Report Generation
- Task Management
- Email Notification
- Document Sharing
- Easy project management
- Hierarchical projects and activities
- Employees/contractors timesheets
- Estimation analysis
- Customizable and Expandable
- Customer Request Tracking
- Task management and milestones
- Multiple projects
- Task dependencies
- Security and access rights
- Discussion forum
- Customizable branding
- Multiple resource management
- Statistics and reporting
- Time tracking
- Email notifications
- Message center
- Gantt charts
- Clear personalized dashboard views provide at-a-glance summary of your status across all projects.
- Allocate resources and view resource load across all projects and activities.
- All the information you need at your fingertips – Project status and plans, related documents, notes and discussions.
- Projects status and related data is securely shared in real time, based on each user’s role and permissions.
- Access over the web anytime, anywhere.
See Elizabeth Harrin’s review of Clarizen here.
6. Genius Project
- Harmonize and automate project processes
- Always have access to your project data
- All information centralized in one place
- All team members constantly informed
Basecamp takes a fresh, novel approach to project collaboration. Projects don’t fail from a lack of charts, graphs, stats, or reports, they fail from a lack of clear communication. Basecamp solves this problem by providing tools tailored to improve the communication between people working together on a project.
8. Zoho Projects
- Task Management
- Document Sharing
- Discussion Forums
- Milestone tracking
- Time tracking and gantt charts
- Manage Clients and Leads
- Manage Project Information
- Assign Tasks
- Update Tasks
- Monitor Project Progress
- Create Gantt Charts
- Log Hours and Progress
- Receive Update Emails
- Create Invoices
- Schedule Events
- Manage Calendar Entries
- Share Files
- Manage Forums
- Manage Trouble Tickets
- Manage Resources
- Manage User Permissions
- Manage User Roles
- Manage System Attributes
- Real time scheduling alerts you to project-killing delays.
- Ranged estimation creates accurate timelines.
- Project collaboration keeps teams connected.
- Dashboards and reports make analysis a snap.
- Web based software is always on and easy to use.
9 thoughts on “Ten Web-Based Project Management Tools”
Thanks for these Simon, I didn’t know any of these existed so I think I will take a look at them and see how they compare to MS Project
Great list. I only knew of one on the list (37 signals) so I’ll definitely check out the others.
Thanks for the list – perhaps it would have been good if you could include whether these are free or paid for?
Some of them look very complicated too – might be an idea to give them a ease of use rating too.
Thanks for the list.
@Ian – yes good points Ian – has anyone used these tools that could provide a brief review? Chris mentioned 37 signals. Chris did you pay anything for it’s use?
I use basecamp for all my projects – professional and personal. It’s simple and effective.
@polyGeek – thanks for the tip!
Great list Simon! I knew of some, but I’d never heard of most of them. Thanks! One of the benefits of the web based tools is that they make it easier to collaborate long-distance for freelancers working remotely.
@Donna – which ones had you heard of before, and have you used any of them on real projects?
Agree, definitely the best approach for dispersed teams of freelancers.
Great list but I think this blog post would have been much better if you had added your views about every tool and also, whether a tool is paid or free. 🙂