Hot! Into the New Year – Which Project Management Application?

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Project management is big business in organizations across the world and supporting project management software applications is even bigger business.  There cd shot webinarnow exists a whole plethora of online, software as a service (SaaS) applications that aim to service a business’s needs in terms of managing their day to day project operations and help teams to work in a collaborative way.  So much so, it can be difficult to distinguish between them and work out which is best for your specific requirements.

So, if you have a decision to make around which collaborative project management application to invest in for 2012, the list below might help point you in the right direction:

5pm offers a bright and colorful user interface.  Ideal for the smaller organization but still lots of useful features for the larger company.  Includes a time-tracking feature and has support for the iPhone. Visit:

activeCollab is a more sophisticated application with a professional-looking interface and some serious invoicing functionality. Also includes time tracking. Visist:

Apollo offers support for projects, tasks, contacts, calendars through an intuitive interface. Suitable for large and small companies alike. Visit:

Basecamp is simple to use and offers a colorful user interface.  Functionality covers tasks and contact management, with lots of collaboration support, including 37signals productswriteboards.  Visit:

Central Desktop offers a clean professional interface, with support for projects, tasks, milestones, calendar and reporting. Suitable for large and small organizations.  Visit:

Clarizen combines CRM with work execution to offer an end-to-end solution that works from the first contact for a sales person with the client, through the provision of ongoing support for clients, to final delivery of the product or service.  Includes many features across the business lifecycle including budgeting, billing and Gantt charts.  Visit:

Comindwork  includes support for Gantt charts, reporting and also includes a business wiki. Visit:

Deskaway  Crisp, clean interface and includes support for timesheets, calendar, contacts and a status update feature. Visit:

Feng office started it’s life as the Open Source application, OpenGoo, it quickly emerged as an new commercial product in its own right. Feng includes time tracking, calendar and contacts. Visit:

Goplan offers a colorful interface and includes both time tracking and a twitter-style activity stream. Visit:

Huddle offers Microsoft Office integration, strong customization and is a solution of choice for some government agencies due to its strong security. Visit:

LiquidPlanner includes time tracking, graphs and project analysis. Visit:

TeamLab was built with the aim of getting the best out of social networking and project management combined. TeamLab has some sophisticated features to help Teamlab main screenbusinesses to effectively manage their projects. Visit:

Wrike offers creation and update of tasks via email, through its intelligent email engine, and a timeline view. Wrike’s aim is to put the project manager in control of their project with progress reporting and resource management covering both time and costs.  Visit:

 Zoho Projects offers CRM, calendar, bug tracking software, chat facilities and a project wiki. Visit:

Of course, this list is not exhaustive, there are many, many more on the market, but hopefully will give you a starting point in your search!


Jan Birley

Jan holds a PhD in computing and started out in software development and IT training. She built a strong career as a project and program manager focusing on IT in the Health Service sector. Jan specializes in taking greenfield and immature services/departments to effective business-as-usual operation and is currently responsible for the delivery of clinical assessment forms into a high profile clinical system. Jan has authored 100′s of articles on project-management related topics.


  1. You should try, they have project management and co-sketch tool (graphic chat) It is very helful for designers, architects

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