Whether you’re the manager of a multinational corporation or a small operation with a handful of workers, project management is something virtually every organization must deal with. From satisfying marketing objectives to gaining new clients, having practical tools at your disposal is crucial for maintaining business growth.
As such, deciding on the best project management software for your team can be a challenge — especially when you realize how many options there are.
Fortunately, we can help you land on the right decision. In this article, we’ll be reviewing some of the top choices: Monday.com, ClickUp, and Asana. Though all offer unique advantages (and drawbacks), it’s likely that only one of them will align with your requirements.
So, let’s see which one is right for you!
Advertised as an all-in-one solution for task management, this online solution is built for modern business projects. Launched in 2012, the platform is home to more than 80 thousand clients and remains on the rise, launching more improvements with each passing year.
Asana’s tools are more tailored for medium-sized businesses who primarily need an effective solution for their tasks. Some notable features include:
*Pre-made Templates: *Teams can get started immediately by using one of over 50 pre-made templates provided by Asana. These provide solutions for tasks like HR, engineering, design, marketing, and more.
*Portfolios: *This tool allows managers to track a project’s progress using a variety of metrics, from deadlines to user interactions.
*User-friendly Interface: *Virtually anyone can get started on Asana without experiencing some of the pitfalls that come with complex online management software. Its interface is simple and organized visually, so users can focus on work without distraction.
So, what kind of price point can you expect to pay to enjoy all the features listed above? Well, Asana is surprisingly quite generous when it comes to its monthly packages — especially the first few.
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Since its launch in 2014, Monday.com has remained a notable competitor in management software market by offering an effective, hassle-free tool for any organization. The platform is primarily built to help managers assign tasks and view their progress in real-time.
So, has Monday.com been able to beat the competition by offering unique advantages only its users can enjoy? Well, review some of its main features below and decide for yourself!
*Native Integrations: *Users can integrate Monday.com with up to 15 third-party apps, including popular names like Google Drive, Google calendar, Dropbox, and more.
Automation: For an enhanced workflow, users can also input code-free automation into their boards within the software.
*Visual Interface: *Monday.com’s iteration on this feature is a sight to behold. Its user-friendly design is clean, cool, and color coded, making it a joy to organize tasks — rather than a chore.
These tools are enticing, but will they burn a hole in your wallet? Let’s look at Monday.com’s monthly packages.
Finally, we turn to the last item on our list: ClickUp. This productivity-centered software is another platform that aims to be an all-in-one solution. And, based on some of its offerings, it’s quite close to achieving that goal. Still, does it hold up when put against the other alternatives listed above?
There’s nothing to hide here: ClickUp comes with a diverse range of features to take advantage of, including:
*Customization: *Need to personalize your project management? No problem: virtually everything in the software can be customized to fit your unique needs.
Collaboration: Using its built-in chat box, colleagues can collaborate easier than ever with ClickUp.
*Detailed Documentation: *Don’t want to miss a thing? With ClickUp’s documentation features, you can jot down notes, make edits, track ideas, and more — all in one convenient place.
Unsurprisingly, ClickUp’s pricing strategy also depends on a monthly subscription model. Its packages include:
Are you still having trouble deciding which option is best for your business? To help you land on your final choice, let’s review each.
*ClickUp: *Despite being a relatively new company, ClickUp is quite impressive. Its major advantages are its customizable templates and generous price points. However, its integrations are lacking compared to its competitors.
Asana: Virtually any workforce can benefit from Asana thanks to its wide range of advanced, effective features and integrations. Still, it’s going to be most useful for teams of 15 or more users — though its free version remains one of the best options on the market.
*Monday.com: *With a gorgeous interface, Monday.com may be the most user-friendly software of them all. However, organizations who simply require straightforward task management tools will save more money by opting for Asana’s free version.
On a technical level, Asana is the most compelling software of these three. Its pricing model is incredibly cost-effective, its features are powerful and practical, and its free package is arguably the best one on the market.
That’s not to say ClickUp and Monday.com aren’t worthwhile in their own ways. If Asana doesn’t align with your business needs, either choice can help streamline your workflows tenfold. If you want to learn more about automation and using these tools contact us here.
Cloud Integration, iPaaS, SaaS, BPA… Ough, hard to keep track of all these terms. They are currently used frequently (and increasingly) in the context of automation, and it is sometimes difficult to make a clear distinction and distinction. We have already written blog posts on the terms iPaaS, SaaS and BPA, but we’ll take them up again here to make the difference.
But let’s start with cloud integration, because that’s the central umbrella term in which we embed all the other technologies in this blog post.
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To illustrate these advantages, an example is suitable that we know well from our everyday work as an automation agency:
The central data to be used here is the data of a major customer. This can be the simplest information, such as the address. This address is required in numerous but completely different processes in the company: on the one hand, for correct invoicing in accounting. On the other hand, in the CRM system, where all the data of the large customer is also stored. But the address is also important in sales, for example, when employees go to the sales meeting on site.
Now the customer announces that the address of the company has changed after a move. This information will reach you by e-mail. There are now two options:
01. The e-mail is forwarded to all affected departments, accounting, sales, customer service, marketing… All persons open their corresponding program, CRM, accounting software, marketing tools (such as newsletter marketing) and change the data already stored there of the customer. This means that in multiple applications, different people do exactly the same thing: change one address.
02. But there is also an alternative: By connecting your applications, thus by integrizing them, the customer’s e-mail, or rather the information it contains about the address change, is automatically passed on to all affected applications: CRM, accounting, marketing, ERP. This does not require any clicks, because the cloud integration detects a trigger, i.e. address change, and thus automatically starts the process.
What sounds unimpressive in a single process becomes more effective when such a process occurs several times a day or weekly. Because there is a lot of data that is available in different applications and should always be correct. If these applications are cloud applications they are suitable for cloud integration.
But cloud integration doesn’t just happen. There are now a variety of applications that enable and implement this. Such tools usually allow us to link the relevant cloud applications on a central platform and define clear rules on when, how, where, how much data should be passed on and what happens to them.
To realize cloud integration, there are various applications and technologies that are sometimes used interchangeably.
We have made a first distinction between iPaaS and BPA here.
We explain the term SaaS in more detail here.
Cloud integration is rather an umbrella term that includes numerous technologies, such as SaaS, iPaaS and BPA, and this is also absolutely necessary. Cloud integration is a concept that is made possible by appropriate technologies.
However, all terms share the commonality that they are cloud-based and thus offer enormous potential for growth and scaling. In addition, they are often cheaper to implement and maintain because changed requirements are easy to implement.
As an independent automation agency, we implement cloud integration according to your requirements. We use a variety of SaaS tools and iPaas (strictly speaking BPA) software. Together we find individual solutions that are flexible and scalable.