Clarizen vs Microsoft Project

Last updated: January 12, 2021

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Clarizen
Clarizen's online project management software facilitates team collaboration and project execution, ensuring data is always up-to-date and aligned with business objectives. No complex software or hardware installations are required due to Clarizen's software-as-a-Service (SaaS) structure, resulting in immediate business impact as teams and projects get up and running instantly.
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Microsoft Project
Microsoft Project is a project management software program developed and sold by Microsoft which is designed to assist project managers in developing plans, assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress, managing budgets and analyzing workloads. The application creates critical path schedules, and critical chain and event chain methodology third-party add-ons are also available. Schedules can be resource leveled, and chains are visualized in a Gantt chart.
Clarizen vs Microsoft Project in our news:

2021. Planview acquires Clarizen and Changepoint



Planview announced the acquisitions of two industry leaders: Clarizen, a global leader in enterprise Collaborative Work Management, and Changepoint, a leading enterprise Portfolio Management provider. As a result of the transaction, Planview, Clarizen and Changepoint customers will benefit from being part of a premier community of PMOs, PPM, and Professional Services Automation (PSA) practitioners. The expanded portfolio of solutions will provide customers the tools and resources to better strategically plan and deliver on their most important initiatives. The combination will be transformative for the industry and has received strong feedback from customers to date. The close of the transactions closely follows Planview’s acquisition in December 2020 by TPG Capital and TA Associates, whose investment has focused on accelerating Planview’s growth and vision for Agile and PPM for Enterprises. Clarizen and Changepoint are the company’s largest acquisitions to date and represent an important first step in Planview’s growth strategy for 2021.


2019. Microsoft Project becomes user-friendly


Microsoft Project is, of course, the most famous and legendary project management software, but it can be hardly called simple and user-friendly, especially in comparison with a most of new cloud services such as Asana, Basecamp, Trello or Wrike. Microsoft finally understood this, and made a massive redesign of the system. As you can see, the presentation video is focused on simplicity (like even a child can use it). Nevertheless, the developers also managed to implement several new features: kanban board, resource management, budget analysis, and time and expense tracking. In addition from now use Microsoft Project as a subscription service for $10 per month per user.


2016. Microsoft unveiles Project Server 2016, inpired by Cloud



Microsoft has announced general availability of Project Server 2016, which provides significant project and portfolio management (PPM) value to our on-premises customers. Microsoft says that its performance and scale are inspired by cloud - from an engineering standpoint, Project Server is built from the same code used to deliver company's cloud service. As for the functionality, Project Server 2016 release looks largely similar to the 2013 version, but it expands functions at resource management, into resource engagements with heat map displays, adds capacity to bring transparency to the interaction between project planning and line planning, removes the Resource Plan from the Project Web App interface as Microsoft Project 2016 expanded to include this function. Microsoft also released a content pack for Power BI Dashboards which integrates with its cloud-based Project Online offering.


2012. Microsoft Project and SharePoint will join Office 365



Together with SharePoint 2013 (probably in early 2013) Microsoft will release its project management system Microsoft Project 2013. These two systems have become inseparable, because SharePoint is used as a collaboration layer under the administrative component of MS Project. With the new version, this integration will become even tighter. You'll be able to start a new project by creating a simple page with a task list and calendar in SharePoint, and only when you need more close control over the project you'll be able to turn on this project management in the MS Project. But of course, the main news about Project 2013 is appearance of the online version Project Online, that will be available in the Office 365 cloud. And, (like in case with new SharePoint Online), developers will be able to create their own add-ons and even sell them via Office marketplace.


2009. Project 2010 to become a part of Sharepoint



Today at the MS Project Conference in Phoenix Microsoft previewed the next generation of its project management system MS Project 2010. And the new version is quite interesting. It's generally known, that the main lack of MS Project is that it's not suitable for collaboration. Common users never understood its interface, and it never provided collaborative tools. Microsoft fixed this problem in its own way. First, MS Project will work only on top of SharePoint 2010 Server and will be integrated in it. So users will be able to create a project site (with Gantt Chart and task list) and easily share it in Sharepoint. Second, Project 2010 will be connected to Exchange Server and all the project tasks will be available in Outlook, Outlook Web Access and Outlook Exchange for Mobile.


2009. Clarizen 3.0 add Issue and Expense management

Clarizen 3.0 adds a variety of new features, including the option to manage business issues, track expenses, and view Gantt charts. The company also tweaked Clarizen's design and added more tutorials to its site to make it easier for users to learn how to use Clarizen. The two major updates in this version - Issue management and Expense management. Clarizen's Issue management pane allows project managers to highlight problems with the project, assign someone to solve the problem, and describe exactly what needs to be fixed. In the Expenses pane, you can create an expense report. You can input your own expense description or pick those created by the project manager. If the project manager created expense categories, you can choose the appropriate item from a drop-down list. If not, you can add your own.Clarizen plans start at $24.95 per user per month up to $49.95 per user per month, depending on the number of licenses you need and the length of time you plan to subscribe to the service


2009. Clarizen: Project Management for Non-Project Managers

Israeli startup Clarizen positions itself as a project management and collaboration tool specifically aimed at non-project managers. Of course, Clarizen is a latecomer to the space, but they seem to have the right ingredients: A fairly convenient interface, a smidgen of unique differentiation. Clarizen was designed as a PM tool for operational/functional managers. This is a good move because the biggest failing point in project management is probably during the set-up stage which requires the project be planned out to the “T” before it can be rolled out. This is a process that requires a high level of familiarity with such methodologies, so it’s no surprise why non-professional project managers bail on it so often. Clarizen deals with this basic problem by allowing the project participants to assist in the planning, even if the project has already begun. The collaborative planning and execution can transpire among teams working within the same organization, or among those whose resources are dispersed between two or more companies.