Finding software can be overwhelming. Software Advice helps small businesses select the right enterprise project management software to manage projects more efficiently and boost employee productivity.

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NetSuite OpenAir

NetSuite OpenAir offers buyers a collection of applications designed to support every stage of the professional services delivery lifecycle. Offered as Software-as-a-Service, the platform includes applications to manage projects, resources,... Read more

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Workzone

Workzone is a project management solution that offers document management, project collaboration, customizable reporting, resource and task management and time tracking. The software is cloud-based and offers automated emailed reports... Read more

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NetSuite Professional Services Automation

NetSuite Professional Services Automation is used by professional services organizations to optimize their project-based operations. The software offers integrated project management, resource management, project-based accounting and... Read more

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BQE Core - Integrated Project Management and Accounting

BQE Core is a cloud-based solution that offers integrated business accounting, project management, and business intelligence. It can support the operations of a variety of industries, including legal services, architecture firms, engineering,... Read more

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Clarizen

Using Clarizen’s leading collaborative work management solution for the enterprise, businesses can solve challenges far beyond traditional work, project or resource management. With Clarizen’s enterprise-grade solution, teams are... Read more

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Quick Base

Quick Base is the smoothest way to manage complex and strategic projects involving many stakeholders in different departments and roles. Quick Base is a cloud-based low-code application development platform that is highly customizable... Read more

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Project Insight

Project Insight (PI) is the work management hub helping companies manage projects, allocate personnel and track what work is being done throughout the entire organization. The intuitive software aggregates data from high-productivity... Read more

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BigTime

BigTime is an online time and billing solution designed to serve professional service firms like accounting, engineering, government contracting, legal and IT services. The integrated solution offers features like time and expense... Read more

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KeyedIn Projects

KeyedIn Projects is a cloud-based project management solution for enterprise-level companies offering a suite with features, such as program management, professional services automation and project portfolio management application.... Read more

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Smartsheet

Smartsheet is a work execution platform and collaboration tool with a familiar spreadsheet-like interface that helps teams plan, track, and manage projects in real-time. Smartsheet features include a range of project management tools,... Read more

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Viewpath

Viewpath is a cloud-based project management solution that allows teams to view team availability, assign tasks and collaborate with teams in real time. With everything hosted in the cloud, the platform can be utilized by global teams,... Read more

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MPOWR Envision

Designed to eliminate rigid departmentalization and streamline strategic execution, MPOWR Envision helps organizations build an execution strategy using open communication and organizational alignment. As a cloud-based execution tool,... Read more

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Cora PPM

Cora Systems provide enterprise project and portfolio management solutions to global organizations and government agencies, such as Honeywell, Elanco, PwC, City of London and the UK’s National Health Service. Their solution, Cora... Read more

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FunctionFox

FunctionFox is a cloud-based time tracking and project management application, offering timesheets and estimates, as well as scheduling, task assignment, and reporting.  FunctionFox’s capabilities are suited for the billing and... Read more

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monday.com

monday.com, an award-winning collaboration and project management platform, helps teams plan together efficiently and execute complex projects to deliver results on time. monday.com team management and task management tool allows for... Read more

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Replicon TimeCost

Replicon’s cloud-based TimeCost solution, part of the Time Intelligence Platform, helps organizations manage multiple projects activities simultaneously. Organizations can manage resource productivity and assign specific people... Read more

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Mavenlink

Mavenlink offers services and solutions for project management, resource planning, collaboration, and project accounting. Mavenlink combines the robust functionality of a Professional Services Automation solution with intuitive user-friendly... Read more

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Sciforma

Sciforma is a cloud-based project and portfolio management solution for enterprises that allows to strategically track and analyze project data and make relevant decisions. It can be sold as a stand-alone portfolio management, project... Read more

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Workfront

Workfront is a platform for enterprise work management. Now there is one central application platform to share ideas, create content, manage complex processes, and help people do their best work. When all the information about work... Read more

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Scoro

Scoro is a cloud-based professional services solution for small to midsize companies in advertising, consulting, IT and other industries. The solution provides a control hub that displays pending tasks, account information, key performance... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: October 24, 2020

The Project Management Institute's (PMI's) Pulse of the Profession 2018 survey reveals that businesses waste a significant amount of money—"$99 million for every $1 billion invested"—on poor project performance.

The report also finds that the key reason for poor project performance is that businesses are not able to close the gap between project strategy and execution.

This is where enterprise project management (EPM) software comes into the picture.

EPM software, such as project portfolio management (PPM), can help businesses identify high-value projects and align them to business strategy.

Using these solutions, business can identify projects risks, monitor progress and analyze employee performance metrics, which help in improving project quality and processes.

However, there are many enterprise solutions out there and making the right choice means selecting the one that fits your current and future project management needs. There are many factors that should influence your software purchase decision: from the project management practices (waterfall or agile) your business follows to the niche requirements of your project management teams.

You should also research whether software vendors you're considering are adopting the new technologies that are redefining project management, such as project management bots and predictive analytics, to ensure you're investing in a solution that will remain relevant in the face of technology disruptions.

In this Buyer's Guide, we'll look at these and other considerations that buyers of enterprise project management software should have top of mind. Additionally, we'll look at the key features, benefits and uses cases of EPM solutions.

Here's what we'll cover: What Is Enterprise Project Management Software?
Common Features of Project Management Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Benefits and Potential Issues
Key Considerations

What Is Enterprise Project Management Software?

Enterprise project management software helps businesses accurately measure and control scope creep (costs, time and resources) and consistently deliver projects that are in alignment with business goals to ensure project success.

These tools come as a full suite solution, or as separate tools for niche buyers, with functionalities such as project portfolio management, resource management, risk management, demand management and project analytics.

Project delivery reporting dashboard in Clarizen

Project delivery reporting dashboard in Clarizen (Source)

Additionally, EPM solutions offer features typical of small business project management solutions, such as task management, document management, project collaboration, mobile applications and integrations.

Common Features of Project Management Software

Enterprise project management solutions offer a wide variety of functionalities that can meet different business needs. For instance, if your business needs a solution for managing IT projects, then demand management is a key feature that will help you accommodate ongoing changes in projects owing to new feature requests from stakeholders, adopting technological changes, managing competition and more.

Similarly, businesses can use the features of enterprise project management tools to gain insights into top performing projects in a portfolio, improve team collaboration, manage employee work and more.

Project planning and management Plan projects with timelines and task schedules using built-in templates. Access reports such as burndown charts to track project progress and upcoming milestones.
Project portfolio and program management Manage projects from initial concept to final delivery. Create risk-return profiles to compare initiatives so that all the projects within a portfolio align with strategic goals and deliver business value.
Reporting Monitor key performance indicators and export data for a snapshot of current standing. Analyze data and compare with previous reports to better understand organizational performance.
Project collaboration Allow teams to collaborate and communicate effectively via centralized online workspaces where they can view each other's activity streams and project calendars and discuss projects via chat or by commenting on tasks.
Resource capacity planning and management Assess employee skill levels and allocate resources across multiple projects based on skill sets and availability. Practice resource capacity planning and ensure that high priority projects are staffed first.
Security and user management Check for flexible security options, which includes data encryption, as well as user management functionalities for controlling user permissions and setting up single sign on (SSO).
Demand management Evaluate and manage incoming demands such as new product features, technical changes, operational constraints etc. in existing, planned and unplanned projects, within a portfolio.
Risk management Identify known risks, assign to staff for evaluation and monitoring and create risk management plans. Establish issue/change management protocols to deal with change requests and new issues that arise during project execution.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Buyers evaluating enterprise project management solutions may fall into one of three categories: large business buyers, best-of-breed buyers and small business buyers.

Here's a quick look at the top concerns of each buyer type when selecting EPM solutions.

  • Large business buyers. These are the ideal buyers of enterprise project management solutions, as they can make use of the full gamut of features offered. In addition to extensive features, these buyers also require built-in third-party and API integrations that allow them to transfer data seamlessly between their existing solutions, which typically consist of enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools and customer relationship management (CRM) software.
  • Small business buyers. Small businesses do not typically want an enterprise project management solution owing to the high cost of adoption. However, since many enterprise tools offer cloud-based pricing models, growing businesses (with fewer than 1,000 employees) can quickly evaluate the uses and benefits of such a solution without spending a fortune on it. The fact remains, though, that SMBs would be better served by simple web-based project management tools or specialized PM solutions designed for their needs such as Kanban tools or task management software.

Benefits and Potential Issues

In a GetApp survey, two out of three (67 percent) of small business respondents say they use Microsoft Project (MSP) for their project management software.

Typically considered a tool fit for large organizations, the solution's popularity with SMBs is largely due to its seamless integration with Microsoft Office Suite.

Since many small businesses and their clients have a default reliance on MS tools, an integrated project management solution that can talk with common tools such as Word, Excel, Outlook and Skype makes project communication and collaboration easy.

Like MSP, most enterprise project management solutions are integrated tools that offer many benefits to small businesses, such as:

  • Saving you the hassle of switching software tools, as these solutions are designed to scale with your business's growing needs.
  • Eliminating the need for you to purchase multiple tools, as these are one-stop solutions with features that support varied use cases.
  • Supporting API and third-party integrations that allow you to customize the solution's functionalities.

The primary downside of enterprise project management software is that these are expensive solutions. Not all SMBs would get the best value for their money by purchasing EPM software, instead they should check out more affordable project management solutions that can get the job done as efficiently.

Key Considerations

Besides understanding the features and benefits of enterprise project management solutions, there are many things to consider before making a purchase decision. Here, we highlight some key considerations that you should keep in mind.

  • Your organizational project management practices. The choice of your enterprise project management solution depends on your project management framework. For instance, if your enterprise is currently undergoing an agile transformation, then the tool you select should offer enterprise agile project management capabilities. Similarly, businesses that have attained a high-level of PPM maturity and have established a project management office (PMO) need full suite enterprise project management solutions, while other large organization with low PPM maturity might not.
  • Software deployment concerns. One of the key things to decide is whether you need an on-premise solution or cloud-based tool. While historically, enterprise-grade solutions have been built as on-premise solutions, the improvements in software security has led to many large businesses preferring cloud-based solutions. This is primarily because cloud-based solutions take less time to set up and are easy to maintain with software upgrades that are seamless and fast.