Zoho Projects is a feature-rich project management solution that has an good array of collaboration tools, coupled with useful bug tracking utilities. The platform is packed with functions that improve team collaboration, making project monitoring an easy affair. It is able to provide users with a multifaceted view of a project, as it happens in real-time.
Zoho Projects can be used by a varied range of businesses and is especially suited for SMBs. The bug tracking features make it particularly relevant to the software development industry.
Interactive ForumsA great feature of Zoho Projects are the interactive forums. Within the confines of Zoho Project’s interactive forums, users are able to post topics, discuss important ideas, and share knowledge. Users are able to upload images or links as well as text to discussions.
When you post a new topic in a forum, Zoho Projects will notify any team members who may be interested. The forums are organized into categories, and users can watch specific topics, which are applicable by using Zoho Projects’ 'watch a topic' feature.
Gantt ChartsGantt charts are a superb way to give teams a visualized representation of a project. Whether that be by means of task progression, list progression, or individually reached milestones within a project. Zoho Projects’ Gantt view has two charts to choose from; Chronology charts and Milestone charts. The Chronology charts present tasks sequentially, whilst the Milestone chart shows a users’ milestones, the task lists those milestones contain, and any related tasks.
Editing any part of a task, for instance the start or end date, or moving a whole task for that matter, is very straightforward; a user simply needs to drag a bar to the appropriate space. Task dependancies can also be set and filters can be added to Gantt charts based on set criteria. The link between tasks and Gantt charts are seamless; as you manually update a task's completion level, the Gantt chart will also update automatically.
PricingZoho Projects uses a freemium/subscription pricing model with a free trial available (no credit card required). Plans start from $20 per month for the Express plan. The next tier is the Premium plan, which is charged at $35 per month. The Enterprise plan is directed towards larger teams and is priced at $80 per month.
Bottom LineZoho Projects is a really well designed solution to project management. Managers can get a complete overview of events as they occur in real-time, or have the ability to drill down to track the progress of individual tasks. With Zoho Projects, teams have the ability to collaborate how they see fit, utilizing various tools such as interactive forums in order to work together in a more productive way. Zoho Projects has a simple user interface for creating projects. It allows you to set up tasks by project or by milestone within a project. You can also set up predecessor tasks and dependency tasks. With calendar views, team chat features and a great selection of third party integrations, Zoho Projects is a great platform to consider if you run a SMB.