Came across a couple of nice overviews on Zoho Projects. Chris Kasten at Solo Technology is a long-time Zoho fan. He is looking for a project management solution for his company and has started evaluating Zoho Projects first. From his illustrated pictorial overview :
I have a project, I suppose I should have some tasks associated with it. Here it gets more interestingâ€¦ Thereâ€™s a variety of ways this tool can be used to manage a project. For the moment, Iâ€™ve decided that Iâ€™d layout milestones, and then for each milestone Iâ€™d define tasks. In my example, I added one task list per milestone (â€readinessâ€ tasks) but you could actually have many task lists per milestone â€” or one or more tasklists not associated with a milestone.
Did I mention this is all â€œAjaxyâ€ and fluid? You can see (above) that Iâ€™ve defining a task without jumping to interim pages. Itâ€™s all live an â€œin placeâ€.
Tasks can easily be re-ordered and edited.
Thereâ€™s tons more here. Meetings scheduling, messaging, project reports, forums and who knows what else I missed. I like that the company logo can be added. Iâ€™ve not looked at the other candidates yet, but this definitely seems like itâ€™d fit the bill for what weâ€™re after. Performance is good, key features all seem to be there.
Brett & Randy at Circle Six Design blog are happy customers of Zoho Projects and like it very much. From their excellent blog post titled “Project Management with Zoho“
Zoho provides Gantt charts, calendars and timers. It also has file sharing and storage, with the space determined by your payment plan. By the way, Zoho is 100% free for open source projects. You can put tasks on a timeline, along with meetings and major milestones, and then see them in different formats.
There are more features that I didnâ€™t touch here, mostly because I havenâ€™t gotten to exploring every nook and cranny yet. But overall, Iâ€™m very impressed, and for most purposes, Zoho is very affordable. If youâ€™re looking at project management solutions, be sure to add this to your list to check out.
Thanks for the nice overviews Chris, Brett & Randy 🙂