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Killexams : VMware Explore 2023 Extends Into Cloud Networking And Security

This year, the VMware Explore 2023 world tour kicked off in Las Vegas, with regional conferences planned for Barcelona, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Tokyo later this fall. There were a handful of announcements that I found compelling at the U.S. event, and I would like to share my insights. In particular, I believe that VMware can Improve in some areas to compete for a greater share of wallet, especially with mid-market companies—so let’s dive in.

Networking announcements

VMware NSX is the company’s cloud networking software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution; it integrates security to enable consistent policy, operations and automation across multi-cloud environments. At VMware Explore, the company announced its existing cloud-managed service offering—NSX+.

As the name implies, NSX+ provides incremental enhancements, including support for global policy management, improving network and application visibility and providing consistent access control through a single click. From a security standpoint, NSX+ integrates VMware’s network detection response (NDR) and Carbon Black endpoint security capabilities into a single service. This has the potential to ease management and harden security by employing zero-trust principles across hybrid and multi-cloud instances. The convergence of networking and security is not new, but what I like about NSX+ is its ability to operate across AWS, Microsoft Azure and other public cloud platforms, simplifying the journey for both network and security operations staff.

Also worth noting is the company’s introduction of NSX+ virtual private clouds (VPCs) to facilitate the complete isolation of networking, security and adjacent services. This enhancement is designed to prevent impact to other tenants while enabling developer and application teams to select optimal cloud resources based on application requirements. I like VPCs' flexibility and the potential to accelerate developer innovation and provide improved application performance and end-user experiences.

Finally, VMware announced the initial availability of its VMware Private Mobile Network Service, a managed private cellular connectivity service for enterprises. VMware will provide the orchestration layer and private converged 4G and 5G core to facilitate overall management and integration into existing IT environments, both on-premises and in the cloud. The company is wisely partnering with Federated Wireless as one of its initial launch partners to build and operate the requisite 4G and 5G on-premises radio access network infrastructure, which spans Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) and privately licensed spectrum. Federated Wireless continues to demonstrate a solid track record in private networking and should help accelerate the new service’s adoption.

It’s good to see that VMware has entered the private networking space, but I wonder if the company is late to the game. Cisco, Cradlepoint and Nokia each have very mature private networking offerings and a considerable lead in market adoption. Consequently, VMware must make a solid case to vie for market share.

Security announcements

VMware’s Ransomware Recovery as-a-service solution was launched last year. Fundamentally, it facilitates the automation of workflows that isolate recovery environments in the cloud to prevent reinfection. This year at VMware Explore, the company announced enhancements that expand protection and accelerate recovery. New support for concurrent multi-virtual machine (VM) recovery operations aims to Improve the overall efficiency of the solution. Production VMs can also run in the cloud during forensics analysis before production workflows return on-premises. It's all very compelling, but seems complex compared to startup Airgap Networks, which offers a seemingly more straightforward Ransomware Kill Switch that is cloud-managed and does not require agents on endpoints.

Extended detection and response (XDR) is a hot category in cybersecurity right now, and at VMware Explore, the company announced advancements in its XDR offering through Carbon Black. At a high level, the product’s new extensibility applies to cloud-native application security, providing visibility and control within modern application environments leveraging containers and microservice architectures. The dynamic nature of these environments and the resulting blind spots make them ripe for infiltration by bad actors, so VMware is wise to address this area of concern, with expected general availability of its XDR offering within the next six months.

Wrapping up

From a networking and security standpoint, there was a lot to unpack at VMware Explore this year. The company's “North Star” vision (which is also its project code name for NSX+) provides a single platform that allows customers to manage multi-cloud infrastructure and networking and security operations through consistent policy constructs. That is a compelling value proposition, but the tradeoff comes in the form of VMware’s traditionally higher licensing costs, greater complexity and a steeper learning curve for IT operators and the greater demands on compute resources that VMs introduce. If VMware can address these challenges, it could expand its market presence, especially in smaller organizations that lack skill depth and employ lighter IT staffing models. From my perspective, that mid-market opportunity is ripe for the picking.

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Killexams : Review: Symantec Altiris Asset Management Suite 7.1

Managing vendor contracts, controlling hardware and software costs and optimizing IT assets to meet business requirements constitute critical chores for IT professionals. Symantec’s Altiris Asset Management Suite 7.1 aims to remove the hassle from IT asset management by giving enterprises the detailed information they need to make smart, informed decisions. Such tools are a necessity in today’s cost-conscious workplace.

Altiris Asset Management Suite (AMS) culls data from Symantec’s Client Management Suite (CMS) and Server Management Suite (SMS). AMS also integrates with similar Microsoft discovery tools so IT departments can tap installed investments.


IT departments often find it tough to tease out relationships between hardware, software, associated contracts, end users and user groups. Altiris AMS takes away the pain of guessing who has what system, who has what installed on their system and when their licenses are due for renewal.

The downloadable suite provides a wizard that assesses whether a system meets the minimum product requirements and will add any missing applications if prompted — a cool feature that saves the administrator time during installation. After ensuring that my hardware met the minimum product requirements prior to the installation, AMS downloaded successfully. The installation and initial setup were painless.

Why It Works For IT

AMS’s user interface logically divides hardware and software. An application metering capability provides insight into which applications have been installed, which have been paid for and which are being used. Such information makes this a real cost-cutting tool for IT.

IT managers can also see the full cradle-to-grave lifecycle of an asset, including contracts of all types associated with hardware and software, purchase orders, service-level agreements, warranties and even retirement and disposal documentation.

Administrators can calculate total cost of ownership by factoring in discoverable data such as purchase costs, monthly maintenance fees or chargeback costs. It’s possible to customize AMS to include fields specific to a school district and also add non-discoverable information to an asset, such as an additional cost center.

It’s also possible to designate who may view asset information by groups, which proves useful for security. For example, IT staff can limit asset visibility of a satellite campus to authorized people at that facility.


AMS is optimized for and depends heavily on its associated Symantec discovery tools, CMS and SMS. Figuring out these dependencies may take a bit of time and some experimentation. According to Symantec, most deployments consist of AMS coupled with CMS.

Product Requirements

Altiris Asset Management Suite requires the Symantec Management Platform, which includes the Symantec Management Console, Database, Notification Server and Asset Management Suite components. The Management Server must be installed with .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 or above, Internet Explorer 7.0 or above, SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 x64. The Workflow Server needs either Windows Server 2003 or 2008, SQL Server 2005, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows IIS and Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.

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1 Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Market Overview

1.1Product Overview and Scope of Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software

1.2 Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Segment by Type

1.3 Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Segment by Application

1.4 Global Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Market Size Estimates and Forecasts

1.5 Assumptions and Limitations

2 Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Market Competition by Manufacturers

2.1 Global Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Sales Market Share by Manufacturers (2018-2023)

2.2 Global Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Revenue Market Share by Manufacturers (2018-2023)

2.3 Global Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Average Price by Manufacturers (2018-2023)

2.4 Global Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Industry Ranking 2021 VS 2022 VS 2023

2.5 Global Key Manufacturers of Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software, Manufacturing Sites andamp; Headquarters

2.6 Global Key Manufacturers of Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software, Product Type andamp; Application

2.7 Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Market Competitive Situation and Trends

2.8 Manufacturers Mergers andamp; Acquisitions, Expansion Plans

3 Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Retrospective Market Scenario by Region

3.1 Global Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Market Size by Region: 2018 Versus 2022 Versus 2029

3.2 Global Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Global Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Sales by Region: 2018-2029

3.3 Global Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Global Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Revenue by Region: 2018-2029

3.4 North America Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Market Facts andamp; Figures by Country

3.5 Europe Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Market Facts andamp; Figures by Country

3.6 Asia Pacific Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Market Facts andamp; Figures by Country

3.7 Latin America Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Market Facts andamp; Figures by Country

3.8 Middle East and Africa Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Market Facts andamp; Figures by Country

4 Segment by Type

4.1 Global Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Sales by Type (2018-2029)

4.2 Global Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Revenue by Type (2018-2029)

4.3 Global Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Price by Type (2018-2029)

5 Segment by Application

5.1 Global Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Sales by Application (2018-2029)

5.2 Global Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Revenue by Application (2018-2029)

5.3 Global Distributed Performance and Availability Management Software Price by Application (2018-2029)

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The syllabus covered in the Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) Course’s eight modules will prepare you for managing apartments, one of the most common specialties in real estate, and provide a firm foundation for growing your property management skills if your career leads you to other niches. This widely applicable foundation, coupled with its comparatively low cost, makes it our choice for the best property management course overall.

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Killexams : Symantec's Altiris Client Management Suite Remotely Manages Classroom Technology

Schools find that lifecycle management software lets them do more with less.

The I.T. staff at the Jurupa Unified School District in Riverside, Calif., knew they had to find a better way to manage the district’s 4,500 computers.

With a small staff of five technicians, it was simply impossible for the IT staff to make personal visits to the district’s 16 elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools and keep up with all the patches and software updates.

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“We’re spread out over 44 square miles, and with the state’s budget situation the way it is, hiring additional IT workers was not possible,” says Thomas Tan, Jurupa’s director of information and education technology. “We needed a smarter way to manage the network,” he explains.

Jurupa’s answer was the Altiris Client Management Suite from Symantec, lifecycle management software that helps the district remotely manage PC and network assets, software distribution, and configuration and patch management.

Unauthorized changes account for roughly 60 percent of system downtime.

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In the past, Tan says, it would take the IT staff 30 minutes to two hours to deploy a new PC image, which is a new version of an operating system with the appropriate configurations, drivers and applications. Now the staff can deploy new images in minutes.

“We could not re-image every computer manually on location,” adds Bob Ford, the district’s network manager. “It takes us 20 minutes to get to the most distant high school, so by managing the images remotely from a central location we save time and fuel costs,” he explains.

Tan says the ROI case for Altiris is very strong: Including two weeks of training and consulting, Altiris cost the district slightly less than $100,000 to deploy.

“A full-time tech would cost us $60,000 a year, so Altiris pays for itself in less than two years,” says Tan.

A Full View

Many school districts and organizations find that lifecycle management tools that let IT managers take a full view of the network are preferable to point solutions. Products such as Avocent’s LANDesk, Kace Networks’ KBOX, Novell’s ZENworks and Symantec’s Altiris are among the leading players. Prices vary based on the scope of a project, but most of the products cost in the five- to six-figure range for a 1,000-node deployment.

“We’ve gone from a silo-based view to a more holistic view of the network,” says Andi Mann, vice president, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA).

“As we develop new technologies, they tend to be integrated into the lifecycle management tools,” he says. “For example, we’re starting to see virtual applications management offered in many of the latest products.”

School districts struggling with tight budgets say deploying lifecycle management tools is the only way they can survive these challenging economic times. Here are some best practices they offer:

Deploy the tool as soon as possible.
Mike Roberts, technology director at Quinlan Independent School District in Quinlan, Texas, recommends not worrying about mastering all the features right away. Roberts, who deployed a KBOX appliance for his small six-school district, says IT managers are going to learn more about their networks than they ever imagined, so one approach is to just roll it out and use the training sessions to fill in the gaps.

“Very quickly, you’ll find out about license issues you didn’t know about and what’s actually running on each computer on the network,” Roberts says.

EMA’s Mann agrees that IT managers will derive immediate benefits from lifecycle management software. “For some, patch management may be the biggest problem to tackle first, while others may just start right off with inventory and asset control,” he says.

Conduct a thorough inventory of your software and licenses.
For those who are more comfortable with a formal plan, one of the best ways to start is to get control of your software licenses. It’s important to keep in mind that if an end user introduces pirated software onto the network, you could be held liable.

“Set up a baseline and run a variance report,” says EMA’s Mann. “Do it every week until you start seeing patterns as to what’s installed on your network.”

Karen Diggs, director of technology at North West Hendricks Schools in Lizton, Ind., says Novell’s ZENWorks 10 makes it very easy to get information on all the existing software licenses and the district’s hardware inventory.

“There are so many teachers using different software programs that it’s good to have ZENWorks keep track of all the software so we know what’s out there,” Diggs says.

Get your network backbone in order.
Especially for school districts that plan to use the software distribution feature, it’s important to have a robust network with the available bandwidth to handle remote trouble-shooting and software installs. Jurupa’s Ford says the district’s Altiris deployment was roughly in tandem with a gigabit network rollout.

“We now have 600 times more capacity than our existing T1 lines,” Ford says. “In a previous life, we would bring the Altiris servers to the site. Now we can do all the management from a centralized location and have LAN-quality speeds throughout the network,” he explains.

Minimize variations and lock down user desktops.
EMA’s Mann advises IT managers to stay away from multiple images. The fewer the images, the less complex the network is and the fewer procedures the IT staff will have to run and manage, he says.

Along with minimal images, it’s also important to lock down user machines. This means preventing users from installing new programs, using external hard drives and accessing the control panel.

“By preventing user activities, you minimize changes, and there’s less of a chance the network will experience an unauthorized change,” he explains.

Set up a test lab.
Quinlan’s Roberts warns that remote software distribution can become a nightmare if it’s not managed properly. He recommends setting up a test lab to run remote software installs.

“The last thing you want to do is blast an install through your management system of software that doesn’t work,” Roberts says.

Diggs of North West Hendricks Schools is adamant that the best approach is to set up a test environment, configure based on the school’s specifications, take a snapshot and then run the test.

“Once you roll out the software, you don’t want to uninstall and re-image the machines,” she says. “Even with the automated tools, it’s still time consuming.”

Lifecycle Checklist

Ask these questions to determine if lifecycle management software is right for your school district:

  1. Do you know what you are dealing with in terms of software licenses and devices?
  2. Are you paying too much for software licenses?
  3. Can you upgrade applications with minimal disruption?
  4. Are all your systems up to date with the latest security patches?
  5. Are your IT technicians still making desktop or classroom visits?
  6. Can you quickly bring a new piece of hardware online?
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Let's say you're building a house—or even multiple houses. It's a complex process and some tasks must be done in a particular order. You can't install windows if you haven't put up the walls. You probably have dozens of certified working on the house, and you have to know which days they're available to pour the foundation, lay the tile, and so forth. You also have to schedule them based on not only their availability but also each task happening in the right order. And what if it rains one day? The whole schedule may change. The way to manage task dependency in a complex project like this one is to use project management software.

PCMag has been testing project management apps since 2015. In that time, we've tested (and retested) more than 25 project management tools, and here we tell you about those that scored the highest in our ratings, with a few notes about what makes them different. Below our recommendations is more information on what project management software is and advice on how to shop for the right app for your business or team. If you're managing less complex projects, see our list of the best collaboration software instead.

Deeper Dive: Our Top Tested Picks


Best for Beginners

Why We Picked It

With reasonable pricing, an interface that anyone can learn to use, and a good balance of features, GanttPro is one of the best project management apps. We also appreciate that it includes custom fields for tasks, a kanban board view, and a critical path feature, as well as a save history that allows you to do multiple undos.

Who It's For

GanttPro is one of the best project management apps for beginners. That also means it's a great pick for teams, especially small teams, that don't have an expert in project management on hand to run their projects for them. It does not have customizable reports and dashboards that larger teams may need, however.


  • Competitively priced
  • Well designed and easy to learn to use
  • Includes custom fields for tasks, kanban board view, critical path feature
  • Saves history for undo


  • No customizable reporting tools or customizable dashboards
  • No billing or invoicing
  • Light on integrations


Best for Client Work

Why We Picked It

Before Teamwork became focused on organizations that take on client work, it was already a superbly designed project management platform. If you are new to project planning, you could spend a bit of time using Teamwork and watching some of its excellent video tutorials to learn enough to use it in practice.

Who It's For

If your small business takes on projects for clients, then Teamwork is one of the best project management apps you'll find. It comes with billing and invoicing included, so it's easy to track hours worked on a project and know what to bill.


  • Simple and intuitive design
  • Great customization options
  • Billing and invoicing included
  • Free account available


  • No PDF or image markup tools

Zoho Projects

Best for Small and Growing Teams

Why We Picked It

We picked Zoho Projects as one of the best project management apps because it offers excellent value. It's easy to set up and navigate, offers deep configuration options, and includes the option to track time worked. You can make your own project templates in Zoho Projects, but the app does not come with its own set of templates.

Who It's For

Zoho Projects is a low-cost project management app with an array of helpful features, which makes it an attractive option for small and growing businesses. Its tiered pricing, with attractively low rates, is also targeted at organizations that are on a budget and those that expect to grow quickly.


  • Excellent value
  • Generally easy to set up and navigate
  • Multiple ways to communicate in the app
  • Deep configuration options
  • Strong time-tracking tools


  • Does not include premade templates
  • Slightly unusual resource management view

Why We Picked It

Celoxis is reasonably easy to use, with a short setup time. Medium to large businesses will like that it includes time tracking, budgeting, and resource management tools.

Who It's For

Celoxis is one of the best project management apps for medium and large organizations. This app provides ample reports and other tools that provide decision-makers and business owners value. For example, you can use Celoxis to not only work most efficiently by adjusting project schedules, but also to forecast revenue.


  • Ample reports and other tools for decision makers
  • Excellent value
  • Easy to use and short setup time
  • Includes time tracking, budgeting, and resource management


  • No proofing tools
  • No billing or invoicing features
  • No free version


Best for Automated Scheduling

Why We Picked It

LiquidPlanner is impressive at managing projects, tasks, workloads, and more. It can automatically and dynamically schedule work for your whole team, even as factors change—which may not be everyone's cup of tea. If you're open to what LiquidPlanner offers, this app can project best- and worst-case scenarios for projects and tasks, dish up rich management and insight tools, and provide you the tools you need for time-tracking—as long as you opt for a Professional or Ultimate plan.

Who It's For

While LiquidPlanner can be a great project management app for teams of any size, we think it's especially well suited to larger enterprise teams working on complex projects. One reason is because LiquidPlanner's area of specialization is automated scheduling. If a pain point for your organization is scheduling people to take on certain tasks at specific times, then LiquidPlanner can help. This app comes with ample tools for automatically fixing project schedules when tasks slip or when workers are suddenly unavailable.


  • Automated, intelligent scheduling
  • Projects best and worst case scenarios
  • Rich management and insight tools for a variety of resources
  • Good time tracking included in Professional and Ultimate plans


  • Takes significant time to set up projects and learn to use
  • Some functions are difficult to find
  • Gantt chart is not interactive
  • No milestones
  • No nonimage attachments


Best for Proofing

Why We Picked It

ProofHub aims for simplicity without skimping on core project management features. It's also competitively priced for small teams. This app is surprisingly easy to use, making it great for teams that don't have dedicated project managers.

Who It's For

ProofHub is a project management app for teams that include proofing stages as part of their workflow. In other words, if your team evaluates or critiques visual materials—whether ad campaigns or mobile app designs—ProofHub has tools that other project management apps lack to help you through those processes. More specifically, it has markup tools you can use to draw on PDFs and image files while you provide feedback or otherwise collaborate on them with your team.


  • Quick and easy setup
  • Cost-effective flat rate pricing for midsize teams
  • Nice balance of features and simplicity
  • Good tools for discussing visual materials


  • Sometimes loads slowly
  • Lacks budgeting tools


Best for Open-Source Project Management

Why We Picked It

While Redmine isn't for everyone, we chose it as one of the best project management apps because it's free and open source, which is a rarity in the project management world.

Who It's For

Redmine is the go-to project management app for anyone who wants a free and open-source option—but you also need to have people on hand that know how to install and maintain it. Redmine is not an off-the-shelf project management app. It's focused on projects that include issue- and bug-tracking.


  • Free
  • Open source
  • Customizable
  • Includes time estimates, task dependencies, Gantt charts, project wikis


  • Requires self-installation and maintenance
  • No included support (beyond the online community)
  • Support limited to community docs
  • Not suitable for all teams and projects; favors software developers


Best for Automations

Why We Picked It

If you're willing to put in the time to learn what Smartsheet can do and customize it to your needs, it's very powerful. It might become your go-to tool not only for project management but also for other collaborative business.

Who It's For

Smartsheet is the project management app for people who like to increase productivity through automations. That means you're willing to put in the time to set up "if this, then that" type commands that Smartsheet carries out for you automatically. For example, you might have an automation that says, "When someone marks a task as blocked, and the task status is 'in progress' or 'for review,' then alert the person assigned as the manager for that task." Most other project management apps don't have automation options built into them, though sometimes you can create them using third-party tools such as Zapier. One note about Smartsheet: Not all the tiers of service come with time tracking, budgeting, and resource management for free, though you can pay for the companion software that adds them.


  • Endlessly customizable and quite powerful
  • Supports automations, input from web forms, proofing and approvals
  • Robust resource management options for Business plan users


  • Lacks real-time time tracking and invoicing tools
  • Pages don't update in real time or autosave as frequently as we'd like


Best for Easy Entry Into Gantt Charts

Why We Picked It

TeamGantt has lovely interactive Gantt charts that are incredibly easy to learn to use. The app has exceptional tutorial content to help you learn anything you don't know. We also love a feature that automatically corrects any errors created among dependencies.

Who It's For

TeamGantt is for beginners, because it's so easy and intuitive to use. If you don't know anything about Gantt charts, you will quickly and painlessly learn while using TeamGantt. We like this app best for small teams who may not have a dedicated project manager on hand. TeamGantt doesn't have budgeting or invoicing tools, which is another reason it's better suited to small teams rather than large ones.


  • Intuitive and easy to use
  • Excellent interactive Gantt charts
  • Exceptional tutorial content
  • Automatic dependencies correction feature


  • Features for discussions, notifications, and uploaded files could be improved
  • No budgeting or invoicing tools
  • Average reports


Best for Managing Projects and Ongoing Work

Why We Picked It

Wrike is a powerful tool not only for project management but also for use as collaboration software. Now owned by Citrix, Wrike supports team collaboration, work management, and project management. It continues to grow by adding new work intelligence features that can, for example, predict when a project is at risk of falling behind and call attention to possible causes.

Who It's For

Wrike has a few paid plans targeted to very specific types of teams, namely marketing, creative industries, and professional service teams. Wrike is very good at what it does, so long as you put in some time to pick the right plan and learn its features—expect to work with Wrike's customer support on this process, rather than merely paying for an account and setting up the app on your own. In that sense, Wrike is for larger teams that have the time and resources to dedicate at least one person to work with Wrike during setup.


  • Modern, easy-to-use interface
  • Can manage both projects and ongoing work
  • Warnings when projects are at risk of slipping
  • Good proofing tools


  • Lacks robust budgeting and invoicing tools

Buying Guide: The Best Project Management Software for 2023

What Is Project Management Software?

Project management software is a type of online collaboration tool. All the people who are working on a project log in and see what they're supposed to do and when. These workers also record their progress on those tasks and add relevant details, such as notes about any changes. With the appropriate permission level, people can also learn more about what everyone else is doing, what requirements must be met for them to get it done, and when.

For the project manager, the project management app provides a clear overview of project progress. Are all the tasks on track to be completed on time? If one task is late, how does it affect the projected deadlines of items on the task list? Is someone available to pick up an urgent task if the person assigned to do it is ill? Plus, if the project management app supports tracking finances, the app will also tell the people in charge whether the project is running on budget.

How We Choose the Best Project Management Software

For this roundup of the best PM software, we evaluated and tested more than 25 project management platforms and have included here the products with the highest scores. Inclusion is based on PCMag's independent testing and evaluation. In determining scores, we consider the needs of a variety of business types, including small businesses on a budget and large organizations that need to manage many complex projects, people, and budgets simultaneously. We also look at ease of use, features, and value.

For this category, we stick to traditional project management apps only. These apps are specifically created to manage projects. A project is a set of work with a start date, an end date, and a deliverable. We don't include apps for managing ongoing work, such as answering support emails, or for recurring tasks.

To be included in this roundup, the app must offer Gantt charts, which is a type of timeline view that's commonly used in project management. All the apps included here also have other standard tools in addition to Gantt charts for tracking, organizing, and scheduling project-based work.

While there are many excellent workplace collaboration apps that sometimes are called "project management apps," (such as Trello, Basecamp, and Airtable), we don't include them here. Collaboration or work-management apps are very capable at managing certain kinds of work, but they aren't necessarily designed for juggling the complexities of dozens or hundreds of projects and their schedules simultaneously. Therefore, we don't include them here.

Gantt chart view in Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects' Gantt chart view (Credit: Zoho)

What Can You Do With Project Management Software?

Project management apps let you track progress and manage nearly any kind of project, such as the creation of a new product, building a house or website, or launching a marketing campaign. Teams that use project management apps typically track more than one project at a time. The software helps them figure out when to schedule work based on when things need to get done and the human resources available to do them.

The very best project management apps detect problems before they happen through detailed task management. By tracking the progress of work and individual tasks (for example, having completed six hours of a task that's estimated to take a total of eight hours), project management apps can sound an alarm when a deadline is in danger of slipping, but before it actually happens. The most powerful project management apps also offer to automatically reflow the project schedule when tasks do fall off course. They generate reports that provide project managers insight into which team members have too much or too little work assigned to them. Some let you track project budgets, too, and log billable hours so that you can send invoices to clients for time worked.

A full view of the TeamGantt interface

TeamGantt's Gantt chart and workload view (Credit: TeamGantt)

What Is the Best Free Project Management Software?

A few of the best project management software systems have a free plan. The only one that made this list that is truly free is Redmine—more on it momentarily. The free plan for most apps is severely limited in some way. For example, you might be allowed to manage only one or two projects at a time or invite only a handful of people to work alongside you. In the paid plan, you might get unlimited projects. Plus, you usually don't get all the best advanced features of the paid plan in the free plan. Still, if you have a small team and need to only manage one or two projects, it might work. Free versions also let you try out the app before deciding whether the paid plans will meet your needs.

You can get a free account from Zoho Projects, Teamwork, Wrike, TeamGantt, ProofHub, plus a few others that did not make this list, such as AceProject

Redmine is a 100% free PM tool, but you have to install and maintain it yourself. It's not an off-the-shelf product, but rather an open-source alternative that requires you to have your own tech support. If you're looking for something simple that you can start using right away, Redmine isn't it. For simplicity, you're better off with Zoho Projects, TeamGantt, or AceProject.

Teamwork dashboard

Teamwork's project management dashboard (Credit: Teamwork)

What's the Easiest Project Management App to Use?

If you're new to project management and especially if your organization doesn't have a dedicated project manager, you need a project management app that's easy to use.

TeamGantt and GanttPro are the easiest project management apps to learn and use. They are both designed for beginners and other people who are inexperienced at project management.

Many of the project management apps we've reviewed are easy to use, provide good video tutorials, and work well for beginners, but after testing dozens of them, we believe GanttPro and TeamGantt are best.

What's the Best Project Management App for a Small Business?

If your project team needs to manage and track a couple of projects, but you're less concerned with employee scheduling, collecting time sheets to bill clients, and comparing the progress of multiple projects in development, a low-cost tool such as Zoho Projects (starting at $5 per person per month for Premium) is the best bet. What we especially like about Zoho Projects is that it scales easily if your team ends up growing and needs more features. Zoho, the company, offers a wide range of other business apps that can connect to Zoho Projects to expand what you can do with it.

We also like GanttPro as a low-cost option. It's one of the easiest tools to use and is great for people who have limited or no prior experience with project management.

There's no need to spend more than about $15 per person per month if you aren't going to use the tools that are unique to more expensive software, so stick with something inexpensive.

What's the Best Project Management App for Large Organizations?

Large organizations have starkly different needs than small businesses. Organizations with hundreds or thousands of employees and hundreds of projects use project management apps for scheduling, insights into their resources, budget-tracking, revenue projection, and time-tracking for billing purposes, among other reasons.

For a large company, it's important to be able to manage not just individuals, but also teams. If you have 15 hours of work for a junior designer, and it doesn't matter which junior designer does it, you want to be able to see how much work each junior designer has assigned to them and whether you can free up one of them for the task.

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For the same reason, all the managers and team leads in your company should be able to see what tasks are high-priority and which projects are in danger of slipping so that they can triage accordingly.

If your organization handles complex projects and has many team members collaborating on projects, we recommend Celoxis or LiquidPlanner.

What Project Management Software Has the Best Special Features?

Teams that are neither small businesses nor enormous organizations may have special needs that they want their project management software to address.

Our top pick in this category is Teamwork, which is specialized to handle client work. If your team primarily completes projects as billable work for clients, then Teamwork is the app we recommend. It includes billing and invoicing, as well as the ability to create intake forms for new projects. Another app called Paymo, which didn't quite score highly enough for this list, also has built-in billing and invoicing tools.

There are other areas of specialization for project management software, of course. If you're looking for a tool that can manage both project and non-project work, we recommend Wrike or Celoxis. (LiquidPlanner is a good pick too, but we think it's best for large groups.) If your team spends a lot of time discussing and iterating visual assets, ProofHub is a great choice. Smartsheet is good for building automation into your project management.

Choosing the right project management software can take time, but it's worthwhile to get it right before rolling the solution out to an entire team. Project management apps typically have a significant setup cost. Even when they are simple to learn to use and let you import project data, it still takes time to fine-tune the app to do what you need it to do and then get everyone on board using it.

When deciding which app to use, it's important to consider what kind of work your team does, how many people are in the organization, and how you want to run your business. There are a lot of excellent options to fit every budget.

With a reliable project management solution in place, people can collaborate with greater ease on project work. Plus, small business owners and team managers can get useful insights into how their teams work, whether projects are on track, and how to guide them back to a successful place when they slip.

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