Project Management Software Comparison: Microsoft vs. Smartsheet

Project Management Software Comparison: Microsoft vs. Smartsheet

 
Smartsheet
Microsoft Excel Online
Microsoft Planner
Microsoft Project Professional
Project Management
Gantt View        
Calendar View        
Kanban Board / Card View        
Sub-Tasks (collapse/expand)        
Task Dependencies        
Reminders        
Cross-Project Resource Views        
Cross-Project Summary Views        
Flexible Work Management
Spreadsheet View        
Create Custom Fields        
Filters        
Formulas        
Formatting        
Cross-Sheet Search        
Graphs/Charts        
Collaboration
Share Online (internal or external)        
Publish        
File Attachments        
Comments        
Notifications        
Change History        
Update Requests        
Forms        
Smartsheet Dashboard

Why do people still use Microsoft Excel for project management?

The simple answer is that most people are familiar with Excel spreadsheets. And, Excel is still the best tool for number crunching, financial analysis, and pivoting data. However, it was never intended for project management. So use Excel spreadsheets where it makes sense, like tracking your project bid and budget, then choose Smartsheet for managing the overall project. Plus, with the ability to attach and share any type of file (Excel and Google Sheets included), you can keep your budget spreadsheet in context with your work – conveniently attached to a row within your Smartsheet project plan sheet.

Smartsheet Dashboard

Why Microsoft Planner may not be right for your project management needs.

Microsoft Planner provides a kanban board look and feel, which is helpful for managing simple task lists such as personal to-dos or basic team tasks. But, if your projects are more complex and require the ability to easily switch between views, include dynamic timelines, use formulas, or get high-level visibility of KPIs and status across your projects, then you may want a more robust tool like Smartsheet. With Smartsheet you get multiple views including Grid, Gantt, Calendar, or Card Views, timelines with dependencies and milestones, automated notifications and alerts, and Sights dashboards that provide visibility across your project portfolio.

Smartsheet Dashboard

Why are people looking for an alternative to Microsoft Project Professional?

If you are that one out of a hundred person who needs sophisticated resource leveling, management of multiple rate sets, and integration with inventory systems, buy and install Microsoft Project Professional. It's likely that an online project management solution will not meet your needs. However, if you are one of the many who shudder at the thought of complex project management software or want to ensure that your internal and external teams easily understand and use your project management tool, give Smartsheet a try. It may be the solution that your team has been looking for.

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