10 Cloud-Based Project Management Tools to Serve Every Company's Needs

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-07-05 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Most enterprise applications have moved to the cloud, and project management is no exception. Many companies are investing heavily in cloud project management applications because they realize that employees can be more productive and get more work done when they can access work information wherever they are. Best of all, cloud-based solutions are typically priced affordably, making them all the more popular with companies struggling with budget constraints. One of the best ways to get more out of the cloud is to invest in project management tools you access from the browser. These applications offer all kinds of services for companies, including customer relationship management, full-time tracking and many other project management features that the enterprise needs to ensure employees are finishing projects on time and on budget. Perhaps the most important factor to the average company is that cloud-based project management software also goes a long way toward improving relations with customers who want to know that project milestones are being achieved on a timely basis. This eWEEK slide show will examine which cloud-based project-management tools have a good range of features to keep projects on track.

 
 
 
  • 10 Cloud-Based Project Management Tools to Serve Every Company's Needs

    by Don Reisinger
    1 - 10 Cloud-Based Project Management Tools to Serve Every Company's Needs
  • Citrix Podio Tracks Leads, Team Tasks

    Citrix's Podio platform comes with all the project-management features that enterprise users would expect to find, including tasks and meeting scheduling as well as the ability to track leads and keep an entire team informed. The service's best feature, however, might be its application marketplace, which provides tailor-made project management applications for different industries. Best of all, it's free for up to five employees. Pricing beyond that starts at $15 per employee per month.
    2 - Citrix Podio Tracks Leads, Team Tasks
  • Basecamp Optimized for Mobile Users

    Basecamp is one of the simplest applications in this roundup. The service allows companies to quickly create tasks and assign team members to them. It also includes an email alert system to notify employees of their tasks. Basecamp has also been optimized for mobile users, which comes in handy. The platform's service starts at $1 per day for up to 15 projects at once and 4GB of storage.
    3 - Basecamp Optimized for Mobile Users
  • Zoho Projects Platform Integrates Cloud Storage, Document Management

    Zoho has been competing in the online-productivity space for years with several different applications. Still, its Zoho Projects platform might just be the best option. It includes full cloud-storage integration, as well as document management and full coordination of different projects. Its calendaring feature is also a winner. One of the nicest things about Zoho is that it's free for a single project. Its cheapest paid plan costs $199 per year.
    4 - Zoho Projects Platform Integrates Cloud Storage, Document Management
  • Planbox Tracks Progress

    Planbox might not have the name-recognition of some of the other services in this roundup, but it's arguably one of the most capable. Chief among Planbox's features is something called the Storyboard, which pins items to a central location in the software and then can estimate progress, hours to completion, budget and more. Planbox is extremely high-powered, and is free for up to two employees. Its cheapest plan costs $20 per month.
    5 - Planbox Tracks Progress
  • Milestone Planner Delivers Basic Project Management

    Milestone Planner lacks some of the design features found in the other options, but can still help companies get work done in a timely fashion. The service allows managers to establish projects and tasks, track deadlines, track progress and create reports for executives. It's a simple applications solution, but at $9 per month, it's not so expensive.
    6 - Milestone Planner Delivers Basic Project Management
  • Smartsheet Focuses Heavily on Sales, Marketing, IT Management

    Smartsheet is an interesting inclusion in this roundup because it's designed around the idea of appealing to certain industries, and not necessarily every type of company under the sun. The company's platform, which looks somewhat similar to a spreadsheet in terms of its layout, focuses heavily on marketing, sales and IT, and includes everything from planning and budgeting to keeping track of new hires. However, Smartsheet's pricing schedule is a little convoluted, and it costs $15.95 to start.
    7 - Smartsheet Focuses Heavily on Sales, Marketing, IT Management
  • Office 365 Does Project Management, Too

    Microsoft doesn't necessarily bill Office 365 as a project-management platform, but it can very easily be turned into one. The company's cloud platform includes support for everything from creating and editing documents to collaborating on projects with Sharepoint. Plus, its Outlook integration is a welcome addition. Best of all, it costs just $5 per user per month.
    8 - Office 365 Does Project Management, Too
  • SugarSync Lets Users Collaborate Remotely

    Don't let SugarSync's name fool you: While it's perhaps best known for offering cloud storage and synchronization across devices, the service is also quite capable at handling projects. In fact, it includes the ability for users to collaborate on projects remotely and set up a single-point billing system that can be managed from the Web. Pricing for three years starts at $55 per month.
    9 - SugarSync Lets Users Collaborate Remotely
  • Salesforce Work Focuses on Sales--What Else?

    Salesforce Work is unlike the other applications in this roundup because it focuses on one primary business—sales—and no other. Still, it works quite well. The offering allows users to track customer engagement, set up a plan for work and assign tasks to team members. The platform also allows companies to set up sales goals and measure performance. But it won't take long for the cost to shoot up; pricing is $10 per user per month.
    10 - Salesforce Work Focuses on Sales--What Else?
  • Clarizen Does Hard-Core Project Management

    Clarizen is easily the most powerful project management software in this roundup. The application can do just about everything. From budgeting to scheduling to setting up Gantt charts, the service has every last thing a company would need to track a major project. However, those features come at a price; pricing starts at $49.95 per user per month for service.
    11 - Clarizen Does Hard-Core Project Management
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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