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5 project management solutions that work for multiple industries

There are tons of project management solutions out there and they're all slightly different. Here are some suggestions for solutions based on industry.

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When you're looking for project management software, you'll find there's no shortage of options to choose from. It can seem daunting to find the best one for your unique industry challenges. This list offers some visibility into five project management solutions, including their capabilities, industry focus, and pricing options.

1. WorkflowMax

Intended for mid-size and small businesses, this software solution offers an end-to-end project/job management platform. WorkflowMax allows project teams to develop budgets, work with resource and task management, milestones, time and expense, percent complete, status tracking, and integrates with over 30 systems. WorkflowMax has business intelligence capabilities to reduce a user's learning curve while helping teams to master their ability to be more productive and more efficient. From the start of lead generation through to the invoicing process, teams can collaborate and access projects via mobile devices.

Features like time and expense tracking for billable and non-billable hours, collaborative workspaces, configurable workflow, multiple system integrations, lead generation, customizable reporting, quotes, and invoices, make WorkflowMax work well for these professional service industries that require flexibility and precision:

  • Creative agencies (marketing and freelancers)
  • Building, construction, and architecture
  • Engineering
  • IT
  • Management consulting
  • Accounting

Pricing:

1 user2-5 users6-10 users11-20 users21-50 users
$15/month$49/month$110/month$170/month$250/month

2. Workfront

Workfront is a a collaborative work management solution intended for large enterprises, mid-size business, and public administrations. It offers client-facing and governance services to help companies protect profit margins, effectively manage client expectations, increase productivity, increase accountability and confidence, and help leaders make better decisions. Integrations include over a dozen systems for increased flexibility so that teams can access project information and communicate on the go via their mobile devices.

The ability to work with different types of projects, visibility across multiple areas, collaboration, the easy to navigate and use interface, reporting functionality, and resource and project planning make Workfront suitable for these industries that require scalability and visibility:

  • IT
  • Software development
  • Marketing
  • Higher education

Pricing:

StandardSelectPremium
$40/month/userContact for pricingContact for pricing

3. Teamwork Projects

This is a solution for all business sizes, with practical tools to organize work, reduce unnecessary meetings, and get more done. Teams can use this solution to stay in control and keep order across projects, plan ahead and track team progress from initiation to close, set automatic direct messages or emails reminders. Teamwork Projects allows teams to visually see project tasks using boards, click-and-drag tasks easily and simplifies collaboration. Time and expense tracking enable team leaders to estimate the time needed to complete tasks and then log actual time against estimates.

Features like centralized document storage, flexible private and public collaboration, time logging, integrations with various systems, work assignment and updates, and organizational capability make this solution work well for these industries that rely on expedience and organization:

  • IT
  • Marketing
  • Software development
  • Design

Pricing:

Small officeProfessionalBusinessEnterprise
$69/month$169/month$269/monthContact for pricing

4. ProjectManager.com

This solution, aimed at all business sizes, allows teams to create, monitor and share project plans in multiple views, manage tasks, assign tasks to multiple projects, auto-fill timesheets, and manage workload across all projects. Teams are alerted as projects are updated, and teams can communicate via team chats or private messages. Users can generate project reports including project status, tasks, timesheet, workload, and expenses in one click, and teams can leverage dashboards to see at-a-glance project information and see progress. ProjectManager.com offers integration with over 75 systems to simplify and streamline processes.

Features like auto alerts, reporting capabilities, resource planning flexibility, capacity planning, intuitive user interface and collaboration capabilities, and project templates make it work for these industries that require versatility and ease of use:

  • IT
  • Oil and energy
  • Software development

Pricing:

Personal TeamBusiness
$30/user/month$25/user/month$20/user/month

5. DA Pulse

This all-purpose solution gives project leaders the ability to assign teammates to tasks or projects, closely monitor the status of a project, and effectively plan workloads. DA Pulse helps teams reduce the time required for team meetings by housing all communications in one location. Teams can visualize workload at-a-glance, monitor team bandwidth, ensure deadlines are met, and update other stakeholders all in one platform. DA Pulse also integrates with almost a dozen systems to help simplify workflow.

Intuitive interface and task management tools, organized collaboration capabilities, role, date, and prioritization, visibility, configurable workflow management, and board sharing capabilities makes DA Pulse work well for these industries that require visibility and flexibility:

  • IT
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Retail
  • Construction

Pricing:

BasicStandardProEnterprise
$34/user/month$52/user/month$79/user/month$157/user/month

While this isn't an exhaustive list of project and job management platforms for each industry, it offers a starting point for evaluation. Make sure to do your own due diligence, talk with these vendors, and others, to find out which solution is best suited for your next project. Also make sure to ask about free trials of the software as many vendors offer this for a limited period of time.

Also see:


Break into project management by getting certified (TechRepublic Academy)
How to set up projects in Mavenlink (TechRepublic)
How to select dashboards that improve KPI tracking and increase project success rates (TechRepublic)
Project management tips: Five ways to keep your project and your team on target (ZDNet)

About Moira Alexander

Moira Alexander is the author of "LEAD or LAG: Linking Strategic Project Management & Thought Leadership" and Founder & President of Lead-Her-Ship Group. She's also a project management and IT freelance columnist for various publications and a former...

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