Top Project Management Software Used

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jan 30, 2018

What do integrators use to manage their projects? Nothing? Spreadsheet? MS Project? Online software?

This continues IPVM's series on project management, adding to Integrator Managing Projects StatisticsSecurity Integrator Project Management Certifications, and Project Plans for Security Integrators.

100+ integrators told IPVM what they software they use.

Project Work Planning Statistics

The largest group of respondents cited using Microsoft products (most typically Project or Excel):

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**** *** '*************' *********, specific **** *** ******* deliverables ** ******, **** using ******* *** ********, Microsoft ******* *** ***** Charts, *** ******* *** Scheduling:

  • "** ** *** *********** Quickbooks, ******* ********, ********* Wordpad, *** ******* ** achieve ****. ************ *'** seen * ***** ***** but *'* *** **** how **'* ***** ********."
  • "****** (** **** ***) project **********. ***** *** information ** ***, *********** location. ***** (** **** for) ******** ************* ****, GroundPlan (** **** ***) ******** and ******, *** ******** (is **** ***) ******** revisions *** ******* *******."
  • "** *** ******* ***** is ********* **** ** a ******* ****** ******. But ** **** ********** it *** *********** ******* stages *** **** **********. At *** ****** *** general **** ** ******** this *** ****** *** for ** *** * can ******* ** ****** annual ******* (****?) **** would ****** * ****** issue. ** **** ****** at ***** ******** ********* (Microsoft's ******* ********** ******** most *******), *** **** all ******* **** ********/********** time **** ** **** to ******** ** *** system. *** **** *** out ** ** **** you *** **** **."
  • "** *** ***** ****** to ********** ***** ********, and ***** ************ ** administer ****** ********"
  • "********* *******, *****, ******. In ******* ***** ***** I *** ****** **********, cost ******* *** **** management."
  • "********** *** ***** *** software *** ******** ***** but ** **** **** excel ************ **** **** been ***** **** *** years **** *** ****** good ** ******* ***** thing ** ********."

Microsoft ******** ***

***** ** ****** ******** captured ******* *****, *********'* footprint ** ******* ********** software ** ***********. ******* in *********** **** ***** Microsoft ********, **** **% of ********* ********* ** least ***  ********* *********** as * ******* ***** of *** ******* ********** toolbox:

  • "********* *******, ********* ******, SharePoint. ** **** ****** other **** *********"
  • "*****, ** *******. **** convenient."
  • "** *******. ****** ******** and ** ** **** we *** **** **."
  • "*********- *******, *****, *****, Access. ********** *** * few ***** ************ **** as ****** *** **** calculators."
  • "**** *** ********* ********* Excel."
  • "***** *** ******* ********** all ** *** ******** resources **** ** ************** to/from ********** *** ******* purposes, **** **** ***********, estimates, ***."
  • "** *** ***** *** item ******** & **** management, ***** *** ****** layouts, *** ********/******** ** sync *****/***** ****** *** needed ******* ********. ****** and *** **** **** is ***** $**/**** *** Evernote ***** *** ******* cost *** ********* ****** programs."
  • "********* *******. **** ********* due ** *** **** of *** ******** **** runs ** *** ** becomes ********** **** ******** systems."

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********* *********'* *********** ******* PM ******** ********, *** company's ******** ******** *** managing ***** ********* *******, Microsoft *******, *** ******* adoption.

***** *** ********** *****, widespread *********** ********* ** less **** ********, *** common ********* ********* ********** across **** ********** *** clients *** ********** **********.

******* ****** *********** *********** in ********** **** ** reports ** ****** *** can ********* **** * variety ** ******** **** sources ** ******** *****, to * ****** ***** PM ******** ** ***.

******* ****** *******$**/***** *** **** *** the ***** ****** *** version, ** ~$*** *** a ****** **** ***** install, ** ** ~$*,*** for * ****** ***** 'Professional' *****-**** *** ********** version.

Custom ********** ************ ******

**** ********* ***** **** many *********** *** * customized ********* ** ******** packages, ** **** ******* with ***** ********* ** improve ********** ** ***** tasks **** *******, ***** quotations, ** **** **********:

  • "* *** ********** ** it ** ****** **** my ********** *** ** really **** ******* *** which * ** ******* for."
  • "** *** ****** *** with ********** ***** ***** ended ** ****** ********* or *** *****. **** and *****, ****** **** anywhere *******."
  • "********* ******* *** ********** for ******** ********** *** tracking. **** ***** *** cost ******** *** ********."
  • "********* ******* ** ********* to *** ********** ******** so ****** ******* ******** can ** **** ******, our ******* ******** **** over ******** ***** ** work."
  • "** *** * **** called ******* ** ******** to *** ******** ********** systems"

******* *** **** ******* of ******** ***** ** integrators, **** ** *** 'minor' ******** ******* * small ****** ** ****** votes.  ***** ***** ********* multiple ********: 

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*********** * *****-*****, ************* spreadsheet ******** ******** ***** Chart ********,********** ****** * ***** ** cloud-based ************ ** ********* like ****** ***, * Suite, *******, *** **********.

******* ****** *******$**/***** *** **** *** the '**********' *******, ** to * **** ** $25/month *** ****, ***** includes ***** ******** **** ****** logos *** ***** *****. 

'None' ******, ****** ****** ***********

*******, *** *** *********** use * ******* ***** of ******** *** ******* management. ******, **** **** 10% ** ******* ********* no *** ** ** single ******* ** ***** used, ***** *********** ** color ******** ********** **** situation ** *** ***** and ** ****** ** be *********:

  • "**** ************, ****** ** have ******* **** ** Project. - ******* ** custom ***, *** *********** now. **** ** ******* up."
  • "****. ** ****** ** utilised *** ******* *** commissioning ********* ** ***** progress. ** **** *** found * ******** ******* that ***** *** ************."
  • "**** ** **** ****, but ******* *** * good ********** ******** **** would ********* **** **** we *** *** ********** and *******. *** ****** this ** ******** * problem."
  • "** * *******, ** don't *** *** ******** project ********** ********."
  • "** ** ******** **** I ** ***** **."
  • "****. *** *'* ****** to **** ********** **** D-tools."

Comments (7)

If you really don't want to use real scheduling software, there are plenty of excellent spreadsheet based scheduling solutions on the market OR you can build your own.  For instance, you can get the following (https://www.vertex42.com/ExcelTemplates/excel-gantt-chart.html) for free. It's a great tool to get started producing quality Gannt charts - it doesn't do PERT yet, but I'm certain some smarty out there can make that happen.  

Avoid Connectwise like the plague.  Slow, clunky and their support is poor.  ....from experience...

Are you running a hosted Connectwise server or onsite version? 

curious for more details. We just switched to ConnectWise and aside from the steep learning curve were finding it much better than out previous solution.

I prefer using MS Project Professional for complex projects with a lot of deliverables from a lot of different people or groups. I like to use System Surveyor to plot devices, it's very useful when used on an iPad.

As a company we use a couple of softwares...D-tools is a good software for the quoting process.  It is clean and very easy to use.  Our A/V dept started with it and it is slowly trickling to Security.  We also use Tigerpaw. It is a CRM software that completes the project from quoting, to service ordering, to purchasing.  Time tracking and scheduling is including in their software suite.  it is really geared towards the construction (Security Included) industry.

I use Asana for my team's project management.  It has a lot of integrations with other software and tools and is really user friendly. I recommend it based on my experience.

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