Our Top Picks

ClickUp
ClickUp
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), phone during business hours, online
  • Product road mapping

ClickUp is an online task management tool that lets managers customize workflows for individual projects and manage processes with reusable checklists. It accommodates different views, depending on the user role, and Mind Maps provide a visual landscape for managing tasks. Managers use due dates to add deadlines and get notified if tasks are past due. There are even Scrum points that can be used to measure sprints. With hundreds of pre-built templates managers can automate their workflows, even those with external applications. Reporting shows which teams are behind on what tasks, and it integrates with thousands of applications, such as GitHub repositories for issue tracking.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Pre-built templates for automation
  • Automated task status notifications
  • Time and expense tracking

Cons

  • Sprint automations unavailable in free version

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Free Version available
    • Unlimited: $5/month/user
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Bug Tracking
    yes
  • Scrum Support
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), phone during business hours, online
  • Product road mapping
GanttPRO
GanttPRO
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), phone during business hours, online
  • Task auto-scheduling

GanttPro is a project planner that uses Gantt charts to visualize all aspects of your projects. It helps managers track team objectives and gives them a high-level view of their road map. With auto-scheduling, tasks can be automatically adjusted when needed, and the monthly budget planner mitigates cost overruns. All project attachments and communications are kept within the repository, and with features such as single sign-on and two-factor authentication, project details stay secure. The software has many ready-made templates available, including agile/waterfall hybrid project templates. GanttPro has pre-built integrations for Google Drive and Jira as well as an API.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Document repository
  • Budget planner
  • Various templates to use

Cons

  • Limited number of pre-built connectors

Summary

GanttPRO
GanttPRO
  • Starting Price
    • Individual: $15/month/user
    • Team
    • 5 users: $8.90/month/user
    • 10 users, 15 users, 20 users: $8/month/user
    • Call for more pricing options
    • ENTERPRISE-Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    14-Day Free Trial, Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Bug Tracking
    yes
  • Scrum Support
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), phone during business hours, online
  • Task auto-scheduling
LiquidPlanner
LiquidPlanner
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Scheduling Engine for realistic deadlines

LiquidPlanner is a project management tool with automated scheduling and forecasting capabilities. The drag-and-drop interface allows managers to build and manage their pipeline, and with automated resource leveling, they can plan around team member schedules to ensure deadlines are met. The software includes baseline analytics reports, and users can build more advanced reports and dashboards. LiquidPlanner’s Scheduling Engine helps managers come up with realistic, accurate deadlines based on project priority, completion time, and resource availability.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Drag-and-drop interface
  • Zapier integration

Cons

  • Doesn’t offer bug tracking
  • No Scrum support

Summary

LiquidPlanner
LiquidPlanner
  • Starting Price
    • Enterprise: Custom Quote
    • Professional- $45/month/user
  • Free Trial/Demo
    14-Day Free Trial, Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Bug Tracking
    no
  • Scrum Support
    no
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Phone during business hours, online
  • Scheduling Engine for realistic deadlines
NetSuite
NetSuite
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), online
  • Real-time Gantt charts

The NetSuite project management tool improves real-time team collaboration and project profitability by helping managers effectively manage changes. Easy-to-read Gantt charts provide real-time snapshots of project progress, and with the platform's ability to record and track issues down to the task level, risks and issues are controlled. Project duplication and pre-built templates make project setup easy, and project-level budgets can be monitored down to the smallest detail.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Detailed budget management

Cons

  • No bug tracking

Summary

NetSuite
NetSuite
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Online
  • Bug Tracking
    no
  • Scrum Support
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), online
  • Real-time Gantt charts
Workfront
Workfront
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), phone during business hours, online
  • Real-time notifications and smart forms

Workfront is an enterprise work management tool from Adobe that helps IT teams connect business strategy and project delivery. Managers can track and audit approvals and automate and prioritize workflows. Teams and divisions can collaborate seamlessly with the help of real-time notifications and smart forms. Configurable dashboards and reports show stakeholders how resources are allocated as compared to productivity measures. Integrations include Slack and Jira.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Teams can measure and report on progress
  • Documents stored in one place

Cons

  • Cost isn't shown on the website

Summary

Workfront
Workfront
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Bug Tracking
    yes
  • Scrum Support
    yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), phone during business hours, online
  • Real-time notifications and smart forms

How We Chose the Best IT Project Management Software

Choosing the right IT project management software requires aligning business objectives and IT goals. Corporate IT departments need a solution that takes them step-by-step through the project’s progress as well as the expenses and deployment phases. Many software solutions offer certain aspects of this, but we looked for tools that spoke to the various types of development and have the features that work well for what managers need to accomplish in addition to good reporting.

Types of Development

Agile is a continuous development methodology that involves continuous iterations and testing. Scrum is a subset of the Agile methodology that focuses more on delivering updates after two- or three-week sprints. Ideally, IT project management software solutions accommodate both of these methodologies.

IT Project Management Features

Project management is a time-consuming process that gets complicated, especially when there are setbacks and overruns. Features that can help managers find the best path to success include tools that manage tasks and that offer a high-level overview of priority deliverables relative to goals. A bug tracking system that's mapped to development phases is also useful. 

Reports

Project managers need to know the state of their projects at any given moment in order to stem the typical challenges that plague them. Reporting provides that kind of summary overview and invites feedback and collaboration to help users improve their IT project management practices.