Small businesses are continuing the upward trend of adopting online project management software into their workflow. The challenge is to sift through the myriad of online offerings to find the right software that provides the right blend of features — everything from task management and time tracking to resource allocation and reporting. Not sure what features you need? This buyers trend report from SoftwareAdvice.com may help. The report is a comprehensive analysis of current project management tools, challenges, and most-requested software features.
- The two most-requested software tools are task management (70 percent) and reporting (49 percent)—an interesting split between basic and advanced functionality.
- First-time buyers cite the need to automate processes (30 percent) as their main purchase driver, while most repeat buyers want to improve ease of use (32 percent).
- 44% of prospective buyers are using manual methods
Top requested features
- Task management
- Time tracking
Top Reasons for evaluating PM software for the first time
Almost half of all small businesses are still using manual methods — most likely Microsoft Excel — for project tracking. And yet their needs are more complex than Excel can accommodate. Making the transition to task and project management tools online allows you to standardize and automate processes and reduce workflow errors.
[B]usinesses often use Microsoft Excel to manage projects when the complexity and number of projects is low, eventually making the jump to PM software as both increase. PM software offers visibility and data analysis capabilities that other methods simply can’t provide.
Choosing the right software
Fortunately, our project management software tool, Intervals, is a great fit for companies who identify with the above findings. Here’s why:
- The perfect blend of top requested features
Intervals core features are time tracking, task management, and reporting — the top three most requested features.
- Currently using Excel?
Intervals can import data from Excel spreadsheets, decreasing the amount of time it takes to get your account up and running with your data.
- Standardize, automate, and simplify your workflow
Intervals puts your projects and team together inside one app. Quickly and easily delegate tasks and collaborate on projects with an improved workflow management system.
- Advanced reporting
This advanced feature is one that receives the most praise from our customers. Use reports to segment, filter, and analyze your data in countless ways. Export data to Excel for even more number crunching.
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