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 an embedded project guide that follows Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) guidelines and takes users through each step of the project planning process.

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 the 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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Number of employees:  1,001-5,000 employees

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November 2018

Simple tool for project planning and management

If you're looking for ease-of-use project planning and management tool, this can be it! You can manage multiple projects at the same time, be able to estimate the project durations and costs, and assure that you can stay track on your targets.

Pros

We're looking for a software for project planning and we ended up using this application. I find this simple and straightforward for our projects. It allows me to create project timelines, build roadmaps (Gantt chart) and other basic functionalities for project planning and management.

Cons

Couldn't think of any. It fulfilled the needs of our small projects.

Review Source: Capterra

Jennifer from YMCA of Southwestern IN

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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November 2018

Special Events

It has been a great addition for our special events and maintenance projects.

Pros

User-Friendly and easy to navigate. With little instruction, our special events director was able to set up the events with mininal assistance.

Cons

Nothing so far. Customer service has been very helpful.

Review Source: Capterra
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Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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November 2018

Solid Project Management Tool

Students who use a macbook and cannot load MS Project need to rely on a solid management tool to perform their scheduling and cost management. It is a lifesaver for those students who rely on a macbook.

Pros

The software follows along the same principles of MS Project that helps my students learn the tool quicker. The compatibility to work along side MS Project likewise helps students that work with Macbooks where they cannot load MS Project to their system.

Cons

The reporting function is not as robust as MS Project.

Review Source: Capterra

Bill from Willis Sinclair Homes

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Great project management software.

My partner and I build large custom homes. By using RationalPlan, we can queue the subs and make the entire process go more quickly. It is a great tool, but like any tool, you have to use it. It is not magic.

Pros

Intuitive. Easy to learn. Many features (some I have not explored yet).

Cons

I have not figured out how to have a couple of projects open at the same time.
Also have not figured out how to sort entries.

Review Source: Capterra

Telemabo from Telesbravo Engineering Services Limited

Number of employees:  1 employee

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November 2018

Easy to use

I use it to develop work schedule for my company.

Pros

It is very easy to use, even as a novice.
You can also add your company logo in the heading of the printout.

Cons

I don't have any contrary opinion, for now

Review Source: Capterra

Hernan from AVX Corporation

Number of employees:  5,001-10,000 employees

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November 2018

Good management tool

Good management plan, easy to convert to other platforms.

Pros

Very easy to set up, and start building up Gantt timings.

Cons

Needs a "facelift", needs to be refreshed, make it more "interactive" (drag and drop functionality).

Review Source: Capterra
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Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

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November 2018

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Pros

The software is very easy to pick up. I use this software for smaller project that require professional looking gantt chart but not the bells and whistles of more powerful software like P6. I can very quickly develop a project schedule without issue using this software.

Cons

The software doesn't have the same level of user created support compared to other more popular software like MS project. If I have a problem with MS project I can usually just google the problem and find something on a forum.

Review Source: Capterra

Arun from CHOP

Number of employees:  10,000+ employees

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November 2018

Great Product!

Pros

Easy to use, very user friendly and excellent for project planning purposes.

Cons

Honestly, I cannot think of anything that I would change about it.

Review Source: Capterra
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Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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November 2018

Simple Scheduling

Pros

Has all the basic features needed for critical path scheduling and Gantt chart visuals.

Cons

At times I experience freezes that limit the ability to use the software. The print function is also not as clean as I would like for displaying a gantt.

Review Source: Capterra

Gary from Quadrant construction

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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November 2018

Excellent program

Pros

Easy to use and lots of detail
Looks professional

Cons

Would like to have the ability to link tasks from the middle of a task to the start of another

Review Source: Capterra

Scott from PDS

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February 2018

Very good project management software for the Mac OS

Pros

It is easy to work with. I can import MS Project files easily and work with them. Easy to setup project. It is also easy to integrate and manage multiple projects. Scheduling and tracking of tasks is also a plus with this product.

Cons

The inability to save straight out to MS Project format is an issue. I also have had issues with report and email templates. Updates frequently are not "flushed out" before they are released which sometimes breaks basic features temporarily.

Review Source: Capterra

nirmal from GMR Group

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February 2018

Found it better than MS Project for project management!

I am using Rational Plan as a MS Project substitute and have greatly benefitted by all its features. It helped me manage the tasks better.

Pros

It is web-based and has better compatibility among different OS, it has similarbut better features than MS Project which include task and Gantt Chart features that the executives work with want to see. It integrates with Outlook, so tasks can be emailed to responsible staff. The export to PDF is great for sharing a snapshot of all the tasks in the entire project along with the Gantt Chart.

Cons

while exporting to Excel,it loses the formatting. There's no way to set up emails on tasks that are late. The main way to track tasks is by manually entering the percentage of work completed.

Review Source: Capterra

Response: Stand By Soft, Stand By Soft

February 2018

Not sure what product you are using but in the latest version of RationalPlan Cloud it is implemented the late task notification. Just make sure it is activated from the Administration area. Resources can also track their tasks in the My Assignments area by entering their individual actual work and the percentage completion will be automatically computed by the application. Regarding loosing format when exporting to Excel we would appreciate some detailed feedback in order to improve it. Just drop us an email to support.

Bob from Brock Construction

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January 2018

Great scheduling software

Pros

This is a great alternative to microsoft project but can still make files that are compatible with microsoft project.

Review Source: Capterra

David from ASCC

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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December 2017

Functional, Complete, In Depth, Project Management Software. Very Nice

This is a full featured easy to use Project Management software that helps create a WBS and assign/track resources.

Pros

Rational Plan software is Great! It has Portfolio Management, Dashboard, WBS, Gantt View, and much much more. It has a downloadable Desktop view that syncs with the cloud version. It is very easy to set up and get started. The resource section is is very helpful for assigning tasks and managing projects. I also like the budget/cost features. I also love the controlling feature and work tracking features. I think this software is excellent

Cons

One think I would like to see is the option to use a graphic (Mind Map) view of the WBS. The other item I would like to see is a section for Risk Management.

Review Source: Capterra

Sandra from Partners Healthcare

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July 2017

Very good software at a reasonable price

I was able to provide it to many people in the organization for a reasonable price, with the assurance of knowing that it incorporates good, solid project management principles.

Pros

It most closely resembles the functionality in MS Project for a fraction of the price. It was obviously created by someone who understands project management, as evidenced by the list of steps on the left side. It supports dependencies, durations, and resource allocations that work together to come up with a completion date.

Cons

Online help documentation is practically non-existent, and the only apparent support is through email.

Review Source: Capterra

Carlo from Montefusco & Duarte Clínica Médica

Number of employees:  2-10 employees

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March 2017

Complete tool

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

Pros

Many features

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Bill from etc Network

Number of employees:  1 employee

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March 2017

Bill's MyReview

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

Pros

I use this software to help me develop proposals.

Cons

Only thing I miss is the PERT Chart

Review Source: Capterra

Ingo from selfemployed

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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February 2017

Excellent for medium size project

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!

Pros

Graphical overview, easy to learn.

Review Source: Capterra

Laurent from Duperval Consulting inc.

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February 2017

Provides what I need

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

Cons

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

Review Source: Capterra

Marcello from Ariadne srl

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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February 2017

all it takes

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

Review Source: Capterra