Project management software offers a wide variety of benefits to businesses. It can be used to schedule tasks, keep projects under budget, and provide a simplified means of collaboration. Wrike and Basecamp are two leading companies that provide this service through a web-based application.
The two products have a number of similarities and differences:
The feature sets of Wrike and Basecamp are fairly comprehensive. They both have project templates, time tracking, automatic notifications, and the ability to manage multiple projects at the same time. Both applications can also generate invoices for users and provide email and calendar integration.
It should be noted that Wrike fully supports inter-project dependencies, subtasks and hierarchal to-do lists, while Basecamp does not. Basecamp only has one-level lists to keep track of issues, though it does allow an unlimited number of them. These lists can also be as long as you want.
Wrike and Basecamp only provide email support to their users, though it is on slightly different time scales. Basecamp offers email support on Monday through Friday between 9am and 6pm, while Wrike has a general policy to answer emails to the company within 24 hours.
Wrike has the ability to integrate with Google Docs, Microsoft Outlook, and RSS feeds. Basecamp can do the same, but can also integrate with Salesforce, MSN Messenger, Wordpress, Harvest, Highrise, and more.
Both products provide APIs to assist with the development of user-made applications. The overall capabilities of the APIs are roughly the same, and they both have extensive documentation and wrappers available.
The mobile capabilities are similar between the two companies. They both have an optimized mobile application for the iPhone and iPad, and neither has an application for the Android. Wrike is the only company with a mobile application for the Blackberry, however.
Wrike has four pricing plans that are based on the number of people using the application. You can have up to 5 users for $49/month, 15 users for $99/month, 25 users for $129/month, and up to 50 users for $199/month. Each of these pricing plans supports an unlimited number of projects. They also provide storage space that varies between 5 and a 100 GB's, depending on the plan.
Basecamp, on the other hand, bases its pricing around the overall number of projects that will be managed by the application. You can manage 10 projects for $20/month, 40 projects for $50/month, 100 products for $100/month, and an unlimited number of projects for $150/month. Each of the pricing plans supports an unlimited number of users, and provides between 5 and 100 GB's of storage.
Both products are great, so it generally comes down to your company's specific makeup and needs. If you've got a lot of projects but less than 50 users, Wrike might be the way to go. If you've got a lot of users but not as many projects, Basecamp may be a better alternative. Either way, you've got a powerful application that comes with lots of great features.
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