Here’s what actual buyers are saying

Celoxis has better project management capabilities than Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects does not have portfolio management capabilities

Celoxis has more comprehensive resource management capabilities than Zoho Projects

Celoxis has better product capabilities than Zoho Projects

Celoxis offers more granular enterprise-level security and user management capabilities than Zoho Projects

Celoxis outperforms Zoho Projects in terms of quality of support

Sources: G2Crowd | Gartner PI

Let’s look at the facts

  Project Planning

Zoho Projects is fairly strong on project planning. However, it does not still include and cover all of the real-world complexities in project planning as depicted below.

CeloxisZoho Projects
Interactive Gantt chart
Multiple resources per task
Allocate resources in hours instead of %
Advanced scheduling
FS, FF, SF & SS predecessor types
Inter-project dependencies
Critical Path
Recurring Tasks

  Project Tracking

Zoho Projects does not offer multiple avenues to track and manage projects. It only provides the basic task monitoring features.

CeloxisZoho Projects
Tracking Dashboards
Intelligent health indicators
Request an update from resources in one click
Track planned vs. actual - dates, hours and cost
Baselines and EVA
Change-request tracking
Log time and updates via email
Email alerts of important events

  Project Financials

Zoho Projects lacks tools for cost and revenue estimations and forecasting, which is a crucial requirement for dynamic teams and dynamic projects.

CeloxisZoho Projects
Cost estimation
Cost tracking & forecasting
Revenue estimation
Revenue tracking & forecasting
Flexible billing models
Milestone-based billing
Track KPIs like cashflow, profit & margin

  Portfolio Management (PPM)

Zoho Projects lacks portfolio management capabilities, and it better suited for small to medium businesses requiring a task management software with a garnish of project management flavor.

CeloxisZoho Projects
Project request queue
Project prioritization
Demand management
Portfolio analysis
Portfolio dashboards

  Resource Management

Zoho Projects fails to deliver on comprehensive resource management capabilities, and the ones that are available come with their Premium/Enterprise plans only.

CeloxisZoho Projects
Resources in different locations or shifts
Holidays and exceptions
Reporting manager
Virtual users
Support for external consultants
Cross-project workload chart
Planned vs. actual utilization
Job roles
Capacity planning

  Collaboration

While Zoho Projects is at par with Celoxis on team collaboration, it lacks in the areas of document management and client collaboration. Client collaboration, especially is an increasingly popular trend with forward-looking companies as it helps build trust and relationships with project clients.

CeloxisZoho Projects
@ mentions
Comment on tasks, issues and other work items
File attachments
Version control
Online discussions
Client portal
Participate via email

  Time Tracking

Zoho Projects’ time tracking capabilities are pretty comprehensive, but they lack enterprise and productivity features like multi-level approvals, timesheet reminders, one-click and automatic approvals.

CeloxisZoho Projects
Weekly timesheets
Inbuilt timers
Log time via email
Log time for another user
Incomplete timesheets automation
Multi-level approval workflow
Automatic approvals
1-Click approvals

  Risk Management

Zoho Projects does not offer integrated risk management capabilities. For risk management, you have use Zoho Creator, which albeit a free software, comes with its own limitations, and integration challenges.

CeloxisZoho Projects
Organization & project risk registers
Qualify risks
Custom risk parameters
Risk assesment
Escalation rules

  Issue & Bug Tracking

While Zoho Projects allows basic issue tracking in its lower plans, customization and SLAs, etc.. come only with their Premium/Enterprise plans. For bugs, you need to integrate with Crashlytics, which is again only available with their Premium/Enterprise plans as a custom integration.

CeloxisZoho Projects
Customizable workflow
Escalation rules
Log time
Kanban view

  Expense Tracking

Zoho Projects does not offer any expense tracking capabilities.

CeloxisZoho Projects
Billable and non-billable expenses
Custom expense codes
Online approval
File attachments to expenses (e.g. Receipts)
Reimbursible flag

  Analytics & Reporting

With Zoho Projects, default reports offer minimal analytics and insights. For more comprehensive reporting, you need to integrate with Zoho Reports and other plugins. Celoxis, on the other hand, delivers powerful and actionable real-time insights across projects without any add-ins or extensions without any tiered pricing.

CeloxisZoho Projects
Cross-project reporting
Dynamic filters
Drill-down charts
Reporting on custom fields including formula fields.
Trend charts
Automatically email reports

  Integrations

Celoxis offers deeper and wider array of integrations without incurring any additional costs. With Zoho Projects, custom integrations are possible with all other Zoho products and are not available out-of-the-box. Zoho Projects does not offer enterprise-level integrations with SSO, LDAP, MS Project, Salesforce or QuickBooks Online.

CeloxisZoho Projects
Microsoft Project
Microsoft Excel
Zapier
Google Drive
Quick Books Online
API
Salesforce
iCal
LDAP
Single Sign-On

  Security

Granular security features comes with Zoho Projects’ Premium/Enterprise plans only. They are still not granular enough to offer project-level security, as is needed by many mid and enterprise-level organizations.

CeloxisZoho Projects
Workspace
Role-based permissions
Project-level overrides

  Deployment

Zoho Projects does not offer the flexibility of an On-premise deployment option.

CeloxisZoho Projects
Cloud (SaaS)
On-Premise

Pricing


Zoho Projects


$ 50~125

Monthly, Limited Users


In our regular activity we keep an average of 50 projects active. Celoxis allows us to keep an updated view on the project portfolio and resource pool usage, while at the same time allow us to do detailed planning and control on individual projects. Using Celoxis we do weekly revisions on our detailed 8 to 12 weeks ahead project planning and resource assignment.

Luis Reis
Luis Reis, CEO (Inteliesse - Business Analytics), Inferência

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