Holistic PM software provides a hierarchical structure for different levels of access.
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Features
Made for Multiple Teams/Locations
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Smartsheet
MS Project
Common PM Apps
Excel 365
TaskRay
Features
Managing brand and operational initiatives for multiple locations is complex. Shifting dates, priorities, and task overlaps need to be accounted for among the potentially hundreds working on them simultaneously. You need the ability to assign in bulk and manage individually.
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Smartsheet
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MS Project
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Excel 365
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TaskRay
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Intuitive Design
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Smartsheet
MS Project
Common PM Apps
Excel 365
TaskRay
Features
Tools need to be easily navigated on the go with information available at the touch of a button. You need access at your fingertips so you can shift your focus to employees and customers.
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99% of user need little to no training
Smartsheet
Familiar formatting but configurations controlled only by admins
MS Project
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Common PM Apps
Solutions vary widely
Excel 365
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TaskRay
Solutions vary widely
Features
Unlimited Users
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Smartsheet
MS Project
Common PM Apps
Excel 365
TaskRay
Features
Per user pricing discourages usage, promotes false accountability, and makes permissions difficult to manage.
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Monthly packages depending on the size and scope of the project.
Smartsheet
$14-25 a month per user, limited depth of offering
MS Project
$10-55 a month per user
Common PM Apps
Typically billed each month by number of users at $10+/month
Excel 365
Included with most Office365 subscriptions
TaskRay
Salesforce license costs plus $10-60 a month per user with a minimum of 120 users.
Features
Efficient + Repeatable Execution
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Smartsheet
MS Project
Common PM Apps
Excel 365
TaskRay
Features
As your project expands and contracts, adding tasks and contingencies that speak to one another is key to successful management.
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Smartsheet
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MS Project
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Common PM Apps
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Excel 365
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TaskRay
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Features
Stakeholder Dashboards
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Smartsheet
MS Project
Common PM Apps
Excel 365
TaskRay
Features
Different stakeholders need access to different information but all fed from the same source to ensure alignment.
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Always included
Smartsheet
Custom configurations only with premium subscription required
MS Project
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Common PM Apps
Typically a premium feature
Excel 365
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TaskRay
Requires additional software 
Features
User + Permissions Administration
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Smartsheet
MS Project
Common PM Apps
Excel 365
TaskRay
Features
Holistic PM software provides a hierarchical build structure for different levels of access and permissions to bring information to exactly those who need it.
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Easy admin actions
Smartsheet
Moderate difficulty and may require certification
MS Project
Moderate difficulty and may require software admin
Common PM Apps
Easy admin actions
Excel 365
Moderate difficulty and may require software admin
TaskRay
Moderate difficulty and may require software admin
Features
Adaptable Display Options
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Smartsheet
MS Project
Common PM Apps
Excel 365
TaskRay
Features
Being able to view projects from different angles gives you an edge with efficiency, like being able to swap between calendars, task lists, Gantt charts, and general workload views.
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Smartsheet
Premium subscribers only
MS Project
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Common PM Apps
Solutions vary widely
Excel 365
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TaskRay
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Features
Interactive Reporting Displays
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Smartsheet
MS Project
Common PM Apps
Excel 365
TaskRay
Features
The ability to drill down is made easier when it can be done directly within the reporting presentation providing a depth to your analytics with a user-friendly interface.
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Smartsheet
Requires expensive custom configuration 
MS Project
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Common PM Apps
Solutions vary widely
Excel 365
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TaskRay
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Features
Reporting Scheduling + Deliverability
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Smartsheet
MS Project
Common PM Apps
Excel 365
TaskRay
Features
Get reports at a cadence and makeup of your choosing right to your inbox.
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Smartsheet
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MS Project
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Common PM Apps
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Excel 365
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TaskRay
Salesforce reporting
Features
Technical Support
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Smartsheet
MS Project
Common PM Apps
Excel 365
TaskRay
Features
Response should be measured in hours, not days. Get technical support when and where you need it most.
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2-hour response time
Smartsheet
Tickets are serviced based on the plan purchased
MS Project
Requires a plan upgrade for access to support
Common PM Apps
Typically a 2-day response time
Excel 365
Requires a plan upgrade for access to support
TaskRay
24-hour response time
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