Robust Online Project Management Software: Celoxis Review

celoxis reviewWhen we talk about cloud computing for business, one of the first and foremost cloud software pops from our head is online project management and collaboration tool. How so? It’s simple: Such software allows us to work on a project from start to finish while managing what’s necessary to run it, namely human resources, time and money. One of such software is Celoxis.

An overview on Celoxis

In a nutshell, Celoxis is a powerful web-based project portfolio management allowing a business team to collaborate and streamline many management aspects, namely projects, time sheets, expenses and specific business processes. Celoxis – based in India but has established themselves in the global market – was launched back in 2002. Since then, the company has served users across all continents – thanks to the robust online project management tool. The software can be deployed on-premise or off-premise SaaS.

Is Celoxis for me?

If your organization manages multiple projects and/or work with team members residing in multiple geographical locations, then you will definitely benefit from project management software like Celoxis. First off all, Celoxis is available as Software as a Service (SaaS) – meaning, you can set up an account with Celoxis and your team can access it anytime, anywhere – 24/7. What you might want to look for are some of the special features that differentiate Celoxis from its competitors in the online project management market:

Advanced scheduling: Not your typical scheduling, Celoxis allows you to automatically schedule tasks based on the available resources, with considering to timings, time zones, holidays and set exception rules. What’s more, unlike many other online project management software, it supports inter-project dependencies, allowing you to connect from one project to another.

Interactive Gantt chart: Gantt is a must-have chart for every project manager. Celoxis takes Gantt chart a step further, enabling you to work on a web-based interactive Gantt via drag-and-drop.

Customize everything: Celoxis lets you customize many aspects, such as custom fields, custom reporting, and user-defined drill-down charts.

Client collaboration: Not only working with your team member, Celoxis enables you to invite your clients, allowing them to track the progress of the project, as well as participate in discussions and workflows

Mobile interface: Celoxis can work with almost all smartphones, allowing you to manage projects right from your mobile devices. Here’s a playlist of Celoxis’ how-to videos: The best thing you can do right now is to review Celoxis’ client testomonials to learn what others think about the company’s services.

Pricing

Celoxis features can be accessed as a service (SaaS) or on-premise. For SaaS, the cost is an affordable $14.95/user/month. The basic plan includes 500MB disk spaces/user/month. If you want more storage capacity, you can add more for $20/GB/month. For a perpetual on-premise license, the cost can be as low as $117/user plus a one-time cost of $299 and annual support cost at 33% of total invoice (1st year free.) The more users in the software, the lower per-user costs. Just like any good online project management tools, you can test the service by signing up for a 30-day free trial.

Verdict

Celoxis can be a good solution for businesses looking for a tool to manage their projects at an affordable price. The features are powerful and highly customizable – they will help you achieve your business objectives. My number one concern with any web-based services is their customer support, so – if I must put Celoxis under the spotlight, I will highlight the customer support issues.

If I must name an issue, that would be the unavailability of phone support; this is understandable, though, as they are based in India. However, they have good quality email-based support. Your questions will be answered in less than 24 hours. If you are lost, you can always view their decent video tutorials – more is all the better, though. They also have software documentation, but to be honest, it needs improvement.

All in all, I strongly recommend you Celoxis. You can always make use of the 30-day free trial to see whether Celoxis is for you – indeed, you have nothing to lose. Here’s your next step: Learn more about Celoxis or sign up for a 30-day free trial

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  • Don Wilmer

    “Interactive Gantt chart: Gantt is a must-have chart for every project manager. Celoxis takes Gantt chart a step further, enabling you to work on a web-based interactive Gantt via drag-and-drop.”

    Ivan, have you used it anytime?

    • Ivan

      Don,

      I’m not sure I understand what you mean, but yes, I’ve tried Celoxis 🙂

    • Peter Taylor

      Yes, and it’s great! Though I think there has to be a better way of entering inter project dependencies.

      Tip: Turn the “auto save” off so that you can do things faster in the gantt

  • When is comes to project management and tracking I always prefer either Basecamp or Celoxis.

    • Ivan

      Kumar,

      Just wondering, have you ever tried Bitrix24? It looks promising because it features social aspects of the collaboration (you can “like” updates, share and comment…)

  • Addison Collins

    Your blog gives me more knowledge and perspective regarding on the said topic that may be a beneficial towards success. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Andy

    In my opinion, support of Celoxis is very poor.

    • David Brinkley

      The responsiveness and pertinence of the answers provided by the Celoxis support team has improved considerably over the past couple years. Most of my queries have been resolved within 30 minutes flat! They also have a good knowledge base and an active community forum on their support site. However they still lack phone support, which could be bothersome at times especially when you really need to get something to work.

  • Cynthia Ledbetter

    Celoxis has been helping us keep track of all our projects, resources and budgets and stay in control all the time! The platform is completely customizable and is intuitive & user friendly. Their pre-built apps (specifically risk management) have helped us stay right on top of foreseeable risks and plan mitigation accordingly.

  • Doris Lindqvist

    With Celoxis, we have a better hold of our resources’ times. This helps us keep track of their utilization and also helps us identify free capacity for incoming projects.

  • Barbara C. Tomlinson

    With Celoxis we are now spending almost 30% less time on project related communications.