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Analogies and Alternatives to the Microsoft Project MS Project Alternatives

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The way we work has changed a lot since 1984 when Microsoft first started the project.

Say, look at the possibilities of modern mobile devices. More and more people are working remotely, out of the office, on various devices and platforms, such as smartphones, tablets, or the ubiquitous iPad, which are not fully compatible with the Microsoft project. Today’s workers need access to project data and status updates, no matter where they are physically or what device they are using. Additionally, they need a simple, easy-to-use interface that is accepted by a large number of users.

The need for real-time collaboration with other workers is another example. Modern social and cloud technologies have created the need to communicate, view, and share data in real-time. With so much work being done in teams nowadays, a lot of people need to watch or report on the current state of the project, whether they work in the company or not.

Finally, let’s look at the cost of the software. As noted, cloud and software have created new subscription-based payment models as a service technology and eliminated the need to pay for expensive on-premise hardware, IT support and troubleshooting, and increased license fees. As companies analyze the importance of simple real-time collaboration and the cost of owning the tools they use, the benefit of finding some alternative becomes more and more apparent. As project management tools are essential in any company with customer relationship management systems and employee automation systems, companies have begun to rethink choosing Microsoft Project as the best tool. They still believe in many Microsoft Project features,

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MS Project Alternatives

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No company can do this without a tool that allows you to optimize time, tasks, the best available money, and set business processes right.

You can, of course, but all the projects in your head or mark the process on paper, and independently track progress, but this method is only suitable for relatively small organizations and projects.

One of the most promoted and well-known products for project management is the Microsoft Project, which is offered in two trim levels – Standard and Professional. The standard variant is a single-user version designed for small projects, in cases where managers do not need collaboration and coordination tools. Professional Edition is a corporate version that supports joint project and resource management with the ability to connect to Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 and Microsoft Office consulting and Project Web Access 2007. Both versions of the MS project are unreasonably expensive ($ 600 and $ 1000 respectively), so let’s try to find a replacement for them.

The project created by the Project Manager has all the required attributes: class, priority, start/end date, access, list of participants, budget, Gantt charts, and other data. Group-Office also has a similar module. This solution contains a free version distributed in the source code under the AGPL license.

 And Open-Exchange and some other CRMs, such as project management in Sugar CRM, also have a project management module. Next, we focus on special solutions.

Serena Software offers two product options: Paid POD (Projects on Demand), Served as a Service (SaaS, Software as a Service), which has collaborative functions in the project and is free OpenProj, designed for personal use and analog to the single-user MS Project Standard. They both use the same code base, so the main features and principles of their work are basically the same, it is also possible to exchange saved projects. The cost of a paid POD subscription is $ 20 per month, which is not much, as the implementation of the service does not require the additional purchase of equipment and OS, which also costs a little money. A free version of Open Prodi is included with Star Office, sold in Europe. According to project statistics, Open Prodi has been downloaded more than 1.250 million times, which is an excellent indicator.

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Open Prodi is written in Java and can be run on any platform with JRE (Java Runtime Environment). Developers offer installation packages for Windows, Linux (both RPM and Deb are available), and Mac. Developers do not specify system requirements, but experience shows that the minimum requirements for the OS are sufficient. The Open Prodi interface is localized and superficially resembles the MS project, although the design looks a bit outdated. But the possibilities are quite large. Open Prodi is available with project resources, free resources, network diagrams, earned and used resource charts, predecessor functions, and successor functions, as well as Gantt charts, hexagrams, and tables that display actual costs. Several reports are available – Plan,

Only suggestions (suggestions) are provided in the documentation, and if necessary, you can get online help. The project website has a section with incomplete documentation in Russian. Although the program is built logically, users who have experience with similar solutions or understand the process can easily figure out how to create a project.

Open workbench

The project began in early 1984, later known as the “Project Workbench”. Shortly after CA purchased Nikko, which had product rights in 2005, the code became available and the project was renamed Open Workbench.