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Buying Considerations for Project Management Software
1. Types of projects
Managers know different projects require different team structures and management tactics. Project management software products are either built to support a specific kind of management schema or are customizable and require initial setup and configuration. Knowing what types of projects your team will be tackling and how you imagine organizing them in a PM system will help you select a product that fits your process. Some example questions to ask might be:
2. Size of team or company
Some products are better built for orchestrating a large number of team members than others. If you will require organizing users into different teams, assigning certain users to certain projects, or some other permissions structure to control which users can access or edit which information, then be sure to investigate products that scale appropriately. Many project management programs also charge per user, so budgeting for PM software should include discerning which users will reap the most benefit from management software. You might have to decide between a more powerful and expensive solution to manage your most mission-critical resources or a less expensive but perhaps less robust system for your entire enterprise.
3. In-house team or contracted resources?
Does your project team consist entirely of in-house personnel, or will you be managing contracted workers, consultants, or agency resources as well? Some project management software have special access and payment structures for sharing projects with people outside of your organization. This kind of tool can be a great aid for managers organizing efforts across many projects with various outside firms.
The project management market has found some success in specialization. Many industries have management software tools that are optimized and marketed primarily to managers in a single vertical. Hospitality, food and restaurants, marketing, architecture, and IT are just some of the industries that have dedicated project management products. These vendors can build tools based on an understanding of the intricacies of that industry’s work environment to provide the best available instruments to manage that environment’s projects. Additionally, there are bulkier time and expense software tools for firms that require time tracking or expense management, and professional services automation (PSA) software is available for consultants and other professionals. Source: G2
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