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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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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
 
 
Project Insight is a project and portfolio management solution for project driven organizations. It provides visibility into the workloads of resources, project budget, and status, with real-time reports. Project Insight is a collaborative... Read More
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Project Insight is a project and portfolio management solution for project driven organizations. It provides visibility into the workloads of resources, project budget, and status, with real-time reports. Project Insight is a collaborative... Read More
 
 
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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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
 
 
Clarizen is a cloud-based collaborative work management solution designed to help organizations manage cross-company engagement. The solution provides tools to connect resources, manage workflows and plan activities. Clarizen planning... Read More
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Clarizen is a cloud-based collaborative work management solution designed to help organizations manage cross-company engagement. The solution provides tools to connect resources, manage workflows and plan activities. Clarizen planning... Read More
 
 
Smartsheet is a project management application with a spreadsheet-like interface to help teams collaborate, plan projects and manage tasks. The software offers a suite of project management applications, such as document management,... Read More
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Smartsheet is a project management application with a spreadsheet-like interface to help teams collaborate, plan projects and manage tasks. The software offers a suite of project management applications, such as document management,... Read More

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Wrike is a cloud-based project management platform for teams of 20+ and is suitable for both enterprise and SMB. It comes with Gantt charts, calendars, workload view for resource management, custom dashboards and real-time updates.... Read More
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Wrike is a cloud-based project management platform for teams of 20+ and is suitable for both enterprise and SMB. It comes with Gantt charts, calendars, workload view for resource management, custom dashboards and real-time updates.... Read More
 
 
Workfront (formerly AtTask) is a cloud-based project management solution that helps teams to prioritize, route, manage and report on their work. It is suitable for businesses of any size and industry including IT, architecture and... Read More
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Workfront (formerly AtTask) is a cloud-based project management solution that helps teams to prioritize, route, manage and report on their work. It is suitable for businesses of any size and industry including IT, architecture and... Read More
 
 
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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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
 
 
NetSuite SRP is used by professional services organizations to optimize their project-based operations. The software offers integrated project management, resource management, project-based accounting and time & expense tracking applications. Users... Read More
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NetSuite SRP is used by professional services organizations to optimize their project-based operations. The software offers integrated project management, resource management, project-based accounting and time & expense tracking applications. Users... Read More
 
 
Deltek Vision is a cloud-based project-based solution for professional services firms that is available for cloud or on-premise deployment. It combines project accounting, resource management, project management, time/expense management... Read More
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Deltek Vision is a cloud-based project-based solution for professional services firms that is available for cloud or on-premise deployment. It combines project accounting, resource management, project management, time/expense management... Read More

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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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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
 
 
Mavenlink offers services and solutions for project management, resource planning, collaboration and financial management. It was designed for professional services and it is suited businesses looking for team collaboration and project... Read More
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Mavenlink offers services and solutions for project management, resource planning, collaboration and financial management. It was designed for professional services and it is suited businesses looking for team collaboration and project... Read More
 
 
MeisterTask is a cloud-based project and task management solution that caters to businesses of all sizes. Key features include file management, time tracking and reporting. MeisterTask offers a dashboard that helps users view current... Read More
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MeisterTask is a cloud-based project and task management solution that caters to businesses of all sizes. Key features include file management, time tracking and reporting. MeisterTask offers a dashboard that helps users view current... Read More
 
 
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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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
 
 
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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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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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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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
 
 
Clearview InFocus is a cloud and on-premise-based billing, invoicing and project management solution that also includes financial management capabilities. This is the flagship product for Clearview and its sole focus is to develop... Read More
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Clearview InFocus is a cloud and on-premise-based billing, invoicing and project management solution that also includes financial management capabilities. This is the flagship product for Clearview and its sole focus is to develop... Read More
 
 
Visual Planning is a hybrid resource management and scheduling platform that helps businesses to manage their assets and day-to-day operations. The solution can be deployed on-premise or hosted in the cloud. Visual Planning offers... Read More
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Visual Planning is a hybrid resource management and scheduling platform that helps businesses to manage their assets and day-to-day operations. The solution can be deployed on-premise or hosted in the cloud. Visual Planning offers... Read More
 
 
Demand Metric is a cloud-based agile project management solution designed for marketing professionals, product managers, consultants and marketing tech vendors. The solution caters to various segments such as customer engagement, digital... Read More
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Demand Metric is a cloud-based agile project management solution designed for marketing professionals, product managers, consultants and marketing tech vendors. The solution caters to various segments such as customer engagement, digital... Read More
 
 
Deltek Ajera is an integrated accounting and project management solution built for architecture and engineering (A/E) firms. It is suitable for small to mid-size firms seeking an industry-tailored solution to improve project level... Read More
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Deltek Ajera is an integrated accounting and project management solution built for architecture and engineering (A/E) firms. It is suitable for small to mid-size firms seeking an industry-tailored solution to improve project level... Read More
 

Buyer's Guide

by Eileen O'Loughlin,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: November 2, 2018


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.
 

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