RationalPlan Software


 

RationalPlan is a project management solution that helps small and midsize businesses plan projects, allocate resources, analyze workloads, track work progress, estimate project costs and manage budgets.

Students, universities and freelancers can also effectively utilize RationalPlan for managing projects.

RationalPlan offers a series of features that are tailored towards beginners in the realm of project planning. The product offers an embedded project guide that follows Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) guidelines and takes users through each step of the project planning process.

Experienced project managers can take advantage of project portfolio capabilities and collaboration features that can integrate multiple users. RationalPlan’s ProjectServer delivers a centralized location for storing and viewing all concurrent projects.

Resource management features help users understand expected timelines and budget allotment for particular projects.

RationalPlan can be deployed either on-premise or in the cloud. It can be purchased outright at a per user price that depends on size of business or on a tiered subscription basis.

 

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Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Linux, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, Unix, IBM OS/400, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10

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Carlo from Montefusco & Duarte Clínica Médica
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

March 2017

March 2017

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Rational Plan is a powerful tool for project management, with many features like Gantt Chart, resources allocation, priorities e risks. Complete!

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Bill from etc Network
Number of employees: 1 employee Employees number: 1 employee

March 2017

March 2017

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I think this is the best project management software for the Mac at an affordable price. It is easy to use with most of the features found in the Microsoft project management softwareI am still wishing for a PERT Chart

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I use this software to help me develop proposals.

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Only thing I miss is the PERT Chart

Source: Capterra
 

Ingo from selfemployed
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Excellent for medium size project

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Rationalplan I found very useful to track medium sized projects, e.g. when you set up a new production plant and plan for the scheduling of validations and training of people. Easy to align with other project managers and teams e.g. to transfer products from development into production. Interchangeable with other project software you find in different companies. Easy to track different speeds of teamwork. Great software and excellent value for money!

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Laurent from Duperval Consulting inc.

February 2017

February 2017

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My main use for a project planner is to manage dates, and resources somewhat. RationalPlan allows me to do this, and it also allows me to track changes and decisions over the course of the project. It's easy to use and provides the features I need the most. It's not complete, and there are a few features I would like to have (text import, cell highlighting), but overall it does the job and does it well.

Pros

Easy to use
Provides the features I need
Imports Excel Project files

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Cell background highlighting (instead of font only) would be a nice addition

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Marcello from Ariadne srl
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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I use it to setup a first plan for my projects. So I don't use its full potential, but it has all it takes for me.

Pros

works on mac

Cons

I think that MS Project is more powerful

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Alan from Float Plan Consulting,

February 2017

February 2017

Needed a planning tool for MacBook Pro similar to Microsoft Project

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Excellent support to answer questions and guide startup. Would like some better flexabilty/Options for Gantt timescale date format.

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Edwin from University of Zambia
Number of employees: 501-1,000 employees Employees number: 501-1,000 employees

February 2017

February 2017

RationalPlan is a very convenient alternative to the more well-known project planning software.

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RationalPlan is so intuitive that I have never had need for customer support since purchase. More effort needs to be put into advertising this software so that more people become aware that they have an alternative to the more well-known software packages which may be too expensive for an individual user. Functionallity is superb.

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Howard from HD Gannaway

February 2017

February 2017

Not at all bad for small projects but I am still searching for "the one"!

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As a sole-trader consultant I have been searching for an app that enables me to plan and manage projects that sometimes involve other consultants but sometimes just involve me and a whole load of people who are research subjects. After being led close to suicide by some other PM software (too complex, too "techie", only suitable for people who have nothing else in their lives!) I tried the add-on version of Rational Plan for Google docs and was impressed. So I bought the standalone Multi-Plan version. It worked very well for those projects where there was a good expectation of the steps laid out at the outset actually being the ones that were followed when the project started! The support from the team was excellent and my overall experience was good and I would recommend it to people who are actually running "manageable" projects. Having used it I realised that much of my work does not really fall into this category and, in much of what I am doing , the steps only emerge from the previous steps. In this case, the program is not very useful but I think that would be the case with any PM software I used. My dream is to have a single screen dashboard for all the components of Outlook so that I can see at a glance for a single project who is involved in it and in what capacity, that tasks that they have to do and the timescale, the e-mails associated with the project and the calendar entries for upcoming actions. It is really a cross between PM and CRM. Rational Plan comes close to the PM side of it.

Source: Capterra
 

Neil from JK Powell Ltd
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Everyday essential tool

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Rational plan has helped to transform the way that we run our manufacturing operation. Our facility has a real mix of make to order and long term forecast demands being placed on equipment. There are several additional and variable constraints that make capacity planning software consistently fail. To overcome any lack of visibility from failing to plan we have found no greater tool than the simple flexibility, and ease of use that comes with Rational Plan.

Pros

Ease of use

Cons

The ability to lose information when closing down

Advice to Others

The flexibility means that if the solution isn't immediately clear, stick with it. The solution's there.

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Jose from TECNICA - Engenheiros Consultores, Lda.

February 2017

February 2017

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I moved from Microsoft MS Project to Rational Plan because I migrated to MacBook Pro and it was easy to install under OS. I found the Rational Plan very similar to MS Project and very friendly to sue.

Kind regards

José

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Frank from Franklin Automation, Inc.
Number of employees: 11-50 employees Employees number: 11-50 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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We have not gotten to the point yet where we are utilizing the resource management tools, but given that we are typically managing 3 - 4 projects at any given time this is definitely the goal. What would be most beneficial at this time is to have some way of entering and accumulating data. Currently I have to set-up project spreadsheets with all of my cost codes down the left margin and dates across the top so that I can enter time sheets and accumulate hours for each job cost code for all projects. With the accumulated sub-totals I can then update my Gantt charts on Rational plan from time to time. It would be great if I could enter this time sheet data directly into Rational Plan instead of having to create and update these summarizing spread sheets.

Pros

1. Inexpensive
2. Relatively easy to learn
3. Good customer support

Cons

1. cannot enter raw data; has no way of accumulating time in a given cost code
2. some of the options are confusing (e.g. "always keep assignment units as set" and "try to keep the work when changing resources"...what do these mean???

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Would be nice if I could export to a spreadsheet so that I could send to customers for review. Currently all I can send is PDF files and sometimes it is hard for them to read

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Ryan from City of Sydney Council

February 2017

February 2017

Great application

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I have used Rationalplan for a few years now and been extremely happy with it. It covers all my project management needs.

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Sandeep from Macewan University

February 2017

February 2017

Best application for projects

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It was easy to use and provided the best results. Professor did help but everything seemed easy after this software was started to used in the class.

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Daniel from FICOSA.COM

February 2017

February 2017

Quite good in general. To be improved: Resource Management and Estimation methods like MS Project.

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In general it works pretty well.
It would be much better for me if the resource management / leverage would be easier and more graphical and able to be balanced between several projects. For instance, being much simplier, GanttProject has much better landscape view: http://ganttproject.biz/about
For Compatibility with MS project I would really like to have the same estimation variables: work, resource units and duration and with same default approach.

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Paul from Built by Designs Ltd
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

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Have used Rational Plan now for 3 years, and found it an invaluable tool to assist the business, both with accounting and invoicing

Pros

Ease of use

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Not built exactly for construction industry

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William from Willis Sinclair Homes
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Best alternative to MS Project or Primevera!

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I own a small business and can not afford expensive software so I looked for a while for a scheduling program that would work but wasn't too expensive. I had learned Primevera Project Planner in college but that is an enterprise level program with a hefty price tag. I tried several free programs before I came across RationalPlan. RationalPlan is full featured, easy to use, performs well and is reasonably priced. As with all project planning programs I have tried my only complaint is with the printouts. It's a chore to get the schedule to print out nicely. I'm sure this will improve in future versions and I look forward to using RationalPlan for the foreseeable future.

Pros

Price, ease of use, features, interface.

Cons

Printing difficulties.

Advice to Others

Buy it!

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Krzysztof from PHERECYDES PHARMA

February 2017

February 2017

Great software for start-up company

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We are using RationalPlan to manage our three big projects. It is really simple and powerful tool for everyone. Lot of options inside give us a choice to precisely control all changes of time line project. Great value for the money you pay.

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Don from Duncan Geological Consulting Limited

February 2017

February 2017

Software which impresses

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OK, so it takes a little time to understand how it works, but then... Clients have been very impressed with the outputs and I discover more features with each project I start. It is excellent value for money and the updates just keep rolling in so that I always have the most current version. One of the best software purchases I have ever made - a great investment.

Source: Capterra
 

Bob from Brock Construction
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

February 2017

February 2017

Great Product

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Great alternative to Microsoft Project. Excellent value also. Easy to use and all the features you need.

Pros

Price and easy to use

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No issues

Advice to Others

Nothing

Source: Capterra
 

Rick from University of Missouri

February 2017

February 2017

RationalPlan was the easiest project planner I could find

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I don't need project plans very often. I just want a basic outline and gantt chart with lags of various types. For me, the complex planners on the market are not worth the money or the time to learn.

I don't use all the features of RationalPlan, either, but it has worked for me now, and I know I will not outgrow it.

Pros

Is easy to learn and not too expensive

Cons

For a long time, it had a java look to it because they were trying to make a low-cost cross-platform product. But it's getting better.

Advice to Others

Whether you want rationalplan is completely dependent upon your project planning needs. If they have what you need, I can tell you that they've been around for several years and I've never had a problem.

Source: Capterra
 
 
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