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I'm trying to find an integrated PM solution which will give my business all of the following:

  1. Timesheeting so we can track time spent on tasks
  2. Holiday planner (integrated with timesheet and project management
  3. Project management tool, integrating the above, with milestones, gantt chart, dependancies etc.
  4. Forecasting ability (nice to have, but not a requirement)
  5. Reporting capability - especially time spent on projects, costs etc.

Now yeah, that's quite a lot of functionality, I appreciate that! But currently we've got 3 systems, none of which really talk to each other and it's a right headache.

So far we've looked at:

Can anyone throw some other hats into the ring which maybe I've not heard about? Really interested to hear how other people have approached this, it's not an unusual business requirement!

Thanks!

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If there is a "too expensive" argument, it would be nice to know more about your budget for such program. –  Gnoupi Jan 12 '10 at 10:38
    
MS Project comes in at $1000 per license and we've got a team of 12 people! I've not looked into it enough to see whether one license covers multi-access timesheets etc, but it looks like we'd be spending several thousand pounds for this solution. Ideally we'd like it to be under £1000 –  MrFidge Jan 12 '10 at 15:07
    
possible duplicate? superuser.com/questions/121416/… –  warren Jul 8 '10 at 0:15
    
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OpenProj is worth a look.

We used Planview at my last company. It should do everything you want. I found it bloated, but it may work for you.

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Hmm yeah OpenProj looks like it might be worth a go - problem is finding time to roadtest all these options.. –  MrFidge Jan 13 '10 at 8:57
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It may not be exactly what you're looking for, but I like Fogbugz.

It is more geared towards keeping track of bugs, but it can be uses as a project planning tool too, if project items are entered as cases to work on.

  1. Timesheeting
    people can easily mark what they are working on
  2. Holiday planner
    Not included I think
  3. milestones, gantt chart, dependancies
    Included
  4. Forecasting ability
    Strong point: evidance based scheduling
  5. Reporting capability
    Included

There's a free student/startup version for 2 persons.

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Looks really useful for smaller businesses but we really need something which will grow with the business - I'm not sure this would really do the job in 3 years time. –  MrFidge Jan 13 '10 at 8:58
    
I admit I haven't used it in the context of a large enterprise. But their website ( fogcreek.com/FogBugz/Testimonials.html ) claims: Over the past three years FogBugz has been instrumental in tracking over 21,000 problems, tasks, and issues across 75 projects at JELD-WEN. –  jan Jan 13 '10 at 13:51
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Take a look at Intervals. It has almost every feature you have listed. Although the emphasis is more on project tracking than on planning. Anyways, check it out, as it may be a good fit for your needs.

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That looks promising tbh! $50 a month is quite attractive too. –  MrFidge Feb 2 '10 at 9:30
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please disclose your affiliation with this product. –  studiohack Jul 26 '11 at 0:29
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I recently did a little research on this very subject, as I was tasked with finding a new project management software. Most people suggested MS Project, which is what I ended up going with for our company. It is an easy to use project managing software and can do most of the things on your list. It’s been worth the price. (There is a free trial as well).

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I prefer to use Microsoft Project, I've used it for project portfolio management. I think it meets all of your requirements.

You can download a trial version here:

http://www.microsoft.com/project/en/us/try-buy.aspx

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Could you try and explain away the OPs feeling that MS-P (a pretty decent product, I agree) is not too expensive? –  Andrew Nov 21 '12 at 5:16
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Trac is great, open source, and has plugins for most of the features you need. There's a lot of hosted options around or you can roll your own server.

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I'm trying to find an integrated PM solution which will give my business all of the following:

Our Web based product, TrackerSuite.Net ( http://www.TrackerSuite.Net ) offers all of these functions. You can register for immediate access to demonstration site, if you would like a hands-on evaluation.

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