Next up – Project Open [project-open.com]

“Project Open is a comprehensive project management tool, fully integrated within an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.”- Project Open in a Nutshell

Project Open offers another alternative to the big-box solutions and presents an interesting integration point that other similar solutions do not have, an integration with your ERP system.

Project Open offers two options for installation, either a download and install on your server or a SaaS hosting and consulting model, which should fit most smaller companies well considering they won’t need any IT support.

For a demo of the site, check out this site: http://demo.project-open.net/

 Here are some of details on the tool:

Project Open is a web-based “Enterprise Project Management” software for project-based organizations with 2-200 users. Project Open integrates areas such as CRM, sales, project planning, project tracking, collaboration, timesheet, invoicing and payments.

  • Project Open is one of the largest open-source based web applications in the world with more than 1,000,000 lines of code.
  • More than 1000 companies in 25 countries use Project Open to run their businesses.

Here are some of the key features of the tool:

 Projects

  • Projects / Subprojects
  • Gantt Scheduling
  • Project Templates
  • Project Planning
  • Project Tracking
  • Project Reporting
  • “Earned Value”
  • Risk Management

Finance

  • Timesheet
  • Project Controlling
  • Profit & Loss
  • Project Invoicing
  • Purchase Orders
  • Expenses & Travel
  • Financial Reporting
  • Accounting Export

Reporting

  • Reporting-Engine
  • Data-Warehouse
  • Data-Warehouse (light)
  • Integrated Reports
  • Export Interface
 Customers

  • Unified Customer File
  • Customer Contacts
  • Key Account Permissions
  • Interaction History
  • Online Web Registration
  • Customer Tracking
  • Customer Classification
  • Customer Status Engine
  • Import Outlook Contacts

Collaboration

  • Project File Storage
  • Incident Management
  • News
  • Discussions
  • Chat

Human Resources

  • Unified User File
  • Employee Payroll
  • Employee Skills
  • Employee Recruiting
  • Employee Portraits
 Knowledge Mgmt.

  • Full-Text Search
  • Knowledge Mart
  • K-Permissions
  • Wiki

Translation

  • Translation Workflow
  • Trados Integration
  • Query Management
  • Translation Quality
  • Translation Status Reports
  • Automatic Invoices

Providers

  • Unified Provider File
  • Interaction History
  • Provider Skills

 

Here are my ratings of the solution (0-10, 10 being best):

Cost: 10 (Majority of modules are free)

Functionalities & Features: 9 (iPhone app available)

Innovative solution: 8

Support & Updates: 8 (basic is free, consulting services are additional to help you on your way)

Ease of use: 8

Ease of installation: 6 (on your own) and 9 as SaaS

Overall Rating: 9

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