For small businesses, the move towards using software for project management is gaining momentum, and there are trends emerging as to the types of project management software they prefer. Project management software is very helpful for streamlining certain elements of project management, whether that is plotting project milestones using task management solutions or analysing the outcome of a project using reporting tools.
Project management technology research and evaluation company Software Advice recently published a report which provides insight into how small businesses evaluate project management software. The report revealed that almost half of small business buyers are currently using manual methods to track and or analyse their projects. In fact, 46% were still using spreadsheets, email or pen and paper. This is indicative of a growing awareness of the benefits of using project management software to increase efficiencies in the workplace.
Interestingly, the vast majority of buyers (88%) were interested in integrated suites of two or more applications together. This made sense when considering the responses which mentioned that many businesses had trouble keeping track of projects managed across multiple platforms and wanted to consolidate their working.
The report also revealed that all of those buyers who had a preference for deployment type were looking for a web-based application rather than an in-house platform. There are numerous benefits to web applications, such as negating the need to install software on individual machines and the ability to access from any device.
Of the buyers questioned, 41% wanted project management software to improve efficiency and accuracy: something that working with an integrated suite of applications aids. Collaboration platforms are great for project management as they contain the key elements of project management software and integrate them with other tools too.
Task management, resource management, reporting and document management tools are usually included in the best collaboration platforms, with the added benefit of social and collaboration tools such as wikis, blogs and commenting. This means that all work and communication related to a project can be contained within the one platform rather than siloed across many different repositories.