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Presented by Team 3: Marlos Hill, Tamara Martin, Brandon Dahl & Joshua Winn A head-to-head challenge for the title of: Ultimate Project Management Software vs.

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Project is a project management software application developed by software giant, Microsoft. Its was first commercially released in 1984. MS Project is intended to work for project managers in developing plans, assigning resources, tracking progress, managing budgets and analyzing workloads. It is built to be a software representation of the detailed needs of a project manager with the flexibility to meet the needs of all levels of stakeholders in a project.

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Basecamp is a web-based project management software application developed by 37signals . It was first launched in 2004. Basecamp offers to-do lists, wiki-style web-based text documents, milestone management, file sharing, time tracking, and a messaging system. Focused on communication and collaboration to bring people together.

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“Some of the key challenges in Project Management relate to scheduling, resource management and tracking. MS Project is one of most popular tools to help a project manager for these very specific tasks. I have been using MS Project for the past 5 years and have found it to be a quite handy tool to have.” - Real epinions.com review from customer , ram_cv's http://www99.epinions.com/review/Microsoft_EasyTaskSync_MS_Project_Outlook_Sync/content_524279058052

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According to Basecamp , “ Recommended by 98% of our customers. In a recent customer satisfaction survey, 98% of Basecamp customers surveyed said they would recommend Basecamp to their friends, family, and colleagues .” According to a real Basecamp user, “If you need to manage simple projects where collaboration is the key or if you have requirements for specific custom functions that you would want to pick and add from the available add-ons you could go for B asecamp .” Reviewed by B. Linder http://pm-software.org/web-based/basecamp

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MS Project is by far the market leader in PC-based project management software. The software features a healthy integration with the venerable Microsoft Office suite and is an integral part of Microsoft’s Enterprise Project Management product. MS Project is robust with critical chain schedules, resource leveled schedules, integrated Gantt Chart visualization along with varying classes of users that allow different security-level access to different aspects of the project, views and data. MS Project has two editions, standard and professional and can be integrated with MS Project Server for a powerful client-server project management system.

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Basecamp mobile is especially made for popular mobile devices like iPhone and Android allowing for projects to be managed on the go.

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Get a quick overview on the dashboard

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Keep projects in one place Keeps both client & team discussions centralizes Milestones & deadlines made easy

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Use of Gantt charts with Milestones

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Collaborative Software Issue Tracking Scheduling Project Portfolio Management Resource Management Document Management Web based STATS

And the winner is…:

And the winner is…


(tie) Due to the fact that this was not a true Apples to Apples comparison, either application might be desirable depending on the project manager’s needs. Each program offers different benefits as they are based on completely different foundations. Although they are advertised against one another, we found it is not fair to compare. Project managers should use Basecamp: When communication and ease of use is the most important aspect. While a wide variety of add-on features are available that would give MS Project’s robustness a run for its money, doing so makes Basecamp a little more expensive for the value. Project managers should use MS Project: When you need to integrate the program with other office programs. When the industry leader and its compatibility is most important.


References http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Project http://www.microsoft.com/project/en/us/project-professional-2010.aspx http://www99.epinions.com/review/Microsoft_EasyTaskSync_MS_Project_Outlook_Sync/content_524279058052 http://pm-software.org/web-based/basecamp http://basecamphq.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basecamp_(software)

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