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Asana vs. Smartsheet
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Asana vs. Smartsheet and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"Monday.com is the best platform for working with project organizations.""Monday.com is effortless to use. You can customize it to adapt to your needs and work style. The product is beautiful and intuitive, which makes the work enjoyable.""The product gives the whole team an overall view of the status of every single project that we develop, alongside budget management and support triage.""Monday has been really beneficial in allowing us to place all of our records in one place.""We love how we can create boards specifically focused on one topic and have all tasks and projects pertaining to that in one place.""The time savings alone is worth every penny and man-hour it took settings up the business profile.""It has kept all our departments accountable and gives a quick birds-eye to see how projects are progressing.""There are many incredible features, however, the ability to tag each other in comments, mark out progress, and get alerts through the app keeps us moving forward."

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"It is very good for managing the timeline. I'm a quality manager, and I have different testing projects running with different work breakdown structures. Asana makes it very easy to implement and monitor the plans. It is easy to move the tasks and complete them, break them down, and assign them to people.""What I like most about Asana is its simplicity. For example: we're not the only ones using it, and we onboard our customers to it, and normally, they have no questions.""It has helped our departments maintain visibility.""Asana provides a lot of options and a lot of customization to give the best efficient way for your business to operate. For example, I can customize my tasks, tables, and pipelines the way I want them to fit my business model. It's easy and highly customizable.""The ability to share projects and tasks among team members appears to be the most valuable feature.""The ability to build subtasks and break things down off of our major tasks has been very valuable. It is very stable and extremely scalable. The initial setup is very simple.""The solution appears to be quite stable.""It is stable and easy to set up."

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"The fact that you can have different access groups is definitely a pro for Smartsheet. It also has the ability to integrate with a lot of tools.""Smartsheet does a really good job of creating Gantt charts. Export to Excel feature was also very useful.""Enables coordination and sharing of information that is relatively inexpensive.""Smartsheet is easy to use.""For doing project plans what was really valuable is the ability to do a predecessor.""The dashboard feature is the most valuable aspect of the solution.""It's very user friendly.""Smartsheet is stable."

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Cons
"The permission settings require workarounds for some use cases.""Better integration with Outlook would be awesome.""The solution could use a more streamlined Google Calendar integration.""Subitems could be reworked a little so that they’re more helpful.""There have recently been a lot of lagging and loading delays with saving.""A little more customization on the UI would be good.""Monday.com has tons of features and capabilities. However, you’ll need to upgrade your plan to actually benefit the most from these tools.""The ability to implement a timetabling functionality would be really useful for an education provider."

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"There could be some improvements in terms of how projects or day-to-day work is organized. One of the challenges when it comes to rolling out to an enterprise is the way the projects are organized. It has a kind of setup where you have different projects and tasks, but it is not as organized as Smartsheet when it comes to organizing projects or different teams. It can get really cluttered really fast. JIRA has another suite to submit the support tickets. It would be good if Asana could branch out to incorporate some kind of workflow. It is great for collaboration and recording work, but there isn't any workflow. It would be useful if they can map out a workflow of who approves what. This is kind of a big ask, and it is not geared towards that.""You need to have an action plan, otherwise, it won't be as effective.""In some instances, there were subtasks where more than one person needed to review it, but I could only assign it to one person. I would have to create a subtask under a subtask and then assign it to other people. This could be improved.""We don't get enough notifications.""Their workflows and automation could use a big improvement. I don't even know if they have anything in that regard right now. I would really love to see a way where you can send custom alerts based on a task's completion or status change or an approval coming through. I would love to see a way to get some low-code functionality into Asana because right now, that is a big miss.""For large teams, scalability should be improved.""It's hard to integrate Asana into other parts of the company workflow, so integration is an area for improvement.""The stability of Asana is good. However, there are some issues with maintenance, when the solution is down. For example, there might be maintained for a few hours where we cannot use the solution."

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"I would like if Smartsheet allowed more formulas in its sheets. I don't think working with formulas is as intuitive as it is in Excel. I use Vlookups and index matches in some of my sheets, and I had to find an outside consultant to help me build out those formulas.""You were forced to create a new tab rather than add another sheet.""They provide a limited number of sheets which is not enough.""Lacks the ability to edit attachments within the solution.""The long-term timelines could be improved, especially the visuals on the projection Gantt chart.""There are some pain points for me. Other people use it a little differently, but I would like to be able to do a little more with it. I would like database functionality with it wherein if I bring in several Excel spreadsheets of data and load them into Smartsheets, I should be able to make a correlation between an index field and run a report against those two. I can do it, but it's a little clunky. So, I need a little more experience to feel comfortable doing that.""The integration with Microsoft products should be improved.""The dashboard is not user-friendly, it needs improvement."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I wasn't involved with the licensing, but I believe it's negotiable."
  • "The solution is quite inexpensive. For example, we pay $8,500 for 75 users. It's somewhere around $100 a user, approximately."
  • "The project manager would be responsible for any licensing fees. As an end-user, we just follow suit."
  • "Fees are paid monthly per user."
  • "The price is reasonable for the number of users we have."
  • "I am using its free version."
  • "We tell others it's about $2200 for a ten-person plan and it can be adjusted; it's easy to scale."
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  • "It has a free version."
  • "There is a free version of Asana, but we use the paid version to receive all the features we want. The overall price is reasonable."
  • "Its price is fair. Its licensing cost is cheaper than Microsoft Project. I would rate it a two out of five in terms of pricing."
  • "For what it brings to the table, I think Asana is fairly affordable. I would like to see the portfolio feature in our pricing plan, but other than that, it's definitely pretty good."
  • "We're on the business tier, which is $25 a month if you're on an annual contract. It's $31 if you're on a month-to-month contract. In my experience, there are no hidden costs with Asana. I know Smartsheet has these add-ons that you can buy, which is an additional cost, but Asana doesn't have any add-ons that I know of. When you're trying to scale the product and want to add users, you have to do it in buckets of five. This is also something to consider."
  • "This solution is reasonably priced."
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  • "This licensing is straightforward and they charge per user."
  • "Its licensing is on a yearly basis. I was responsible for negotiating the price with the Smartsheet team, but I don't remember what the price was. Its standard license probably was around 5,000 to 6,000 a year. The enterprise version is significantly more expensive."
  • "Smartsheet only requires licenses for project managers. When we were using Asana, we had to purchase a license for everyone who wanted to access their tasks and use the system. That gets costly fast. It was one of the main reasons we left Asana. As Asana and these other tools scale, they become way more expensive."
  • "There would be more extensive usage if the solution were cheaper. It's really expensive right now, and that's why we provide a few licenses for admins. The rest of them are just users without admin privileges."
  • "I would assume there is a licensing fee. I don't think that it is free."
  • "It is less expensive than Microsoft Project for enterprise or Oracle Primavera by an order of magnitude. If you buy a Microsoft Project license, it's probably $300 or so by itself, whereas Smartsheet is probably less than $50 per head."
  • "For a normal license, like the one I had: I had my own Smartsheet because I wanted to play with it and I didn't want to mess with what I was doing in Verizon, so I paid $200 monthly, and it gave me all the same functionalities, so I could do whatever I wanted for $200. The problem is if you have anyone else working on it or deploying on it, it's $200 a month for every single person who's deployed on it, that's working on it as an owner or an administrator, so owners and administrators are the only ones who can change, edit, and add data to worksheets and columns. Depending on the size of your organization, Smartsheet can be costly. As for implementing its Control Center, Smartsheet forces you to have three people come in: it's a minimum of three people from Smartsheet for three months who will provide you the solutions for the Control Center side, and that's $150 an hour, so it can become very expensive. For my company, not having the Control Center would save on the setup fees and then the $20,000 a year, because the Control Center of Smartsheet is a yearly subscription of $20,000."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Monday.com is one of the best project management softwares available on the market. It lets you create and customize the… more »
    Top Answer:Being able to see everything at a glance and check task status, is wonderful.
    Top Answer:Speed and reliability need to be better. I don't mean that in a very basic, "Oh, we can't log in." Rather, there are… more »
    Top Answer:It has helped our departments maintain visibility.
    Top Answer:For what it brings to the table, I think Asana is fairly affordable. There are some features, such as portfolios, that I… more »
    Top Answer:One of the main things I've been wishing for is an ID, a short ID, just like Jira. That is another tool that I used… more »
    Top Answer:Hi @Eire Zimmermann,  I helped an organization evaluate both MS-Project and Smartsheet when they were conducting their… more »
    Top Answer:For doing project plans what was really valuable is the ability to do a predecessor.
    Top Answer:I feel like Smartsheet tries to get people to spend a lot of money, particularly because of that $20,000 Control Center… more »
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    Overview

    monday.com is a cloud-based platform that allows teams to design their own work management software and applications. monday.com is a basic yet intuitive work operating system that facilitates teamwork in these ways:

    • Allows teams to define workflows

    • Adapts to changing demands

    • Establishes transparency

    • Allows for collaboration

    • Eliminates manual grunt work

    monday.com is extremely adaptable and may be utilized in any sector and for any workflow. You can build your apps to match your specific operational needs and modify your boards, dashboards, and documents to fit your team properly. It may be used for anything, including projects and procedures, and it can be used across teams, departments, leaders, and organizations.

    Here are a few examples of how monday.com software can be put to good use:

    • Marketing pipelines
    • Recruitment procedures
    • Video production planning
    • Tracking progress
    • Product timelines
    • Business management
    • Design planning
    • Bug tracking
    • Event planning
    • Construction planning

    monday.com Features

    monday.com has many valuable features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Customized workflows
    • Task prioritizing
    • File sharing
    • Drag-and-drop
    • Context-aware communication
    • Progress and milestone monitoring

    The most popular key features include:

    • Work scheduling: monday.com’s Workload feature allows you to accurately assign and schedule team members at any given time. Check who's available and who isn't so you may reschedule or reassign work as needed to meet all of your project deadlines.
    • Tracking time for tasks: It's crucial to know where your time goes, especially if you're invoicing clients by the hour. Greater work precision is achieved by having a clear grasp of how much time is spent on each task because you’re able to make more informed decisions about how you spend your time.
    • Automated processes: Automations eliminate the need for manual labor in the completion of repetitive tasks.
    • At-a-glance dashboards: Dashboards are an excellent method to quickly see what's essential. They make it simple to gather useful information, manage project progress, predict effort, and keep track of budgets. They also keep your team focused and engaged on the high-level objectives that drive progress.
    • Integration with external tools: With two-click integrations, you can easily make monday.com your primary work hub. Integrate popular external apps like Jira and Slack, as well as Gmail and Mailchimp, to optimize your workflow even further.
    • Varied options for viewing data with Views: monday.com provides a number of ways to examine the data in your boards, including Gantt Chart View for project plans and Chart View for progress tracking. Views helps you to take a fresh perspective on things and obtain crucial insights that you might not have gotten otherwise.

    Reviews from Real Users

    monday.com stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its task status feature and its ability to integrate with external apps. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    Ben D., Front End Developer at a marketing services firm, writes of the product, “Their flagship feature, what used to be called the pulse, is great. Pulse offers great management. Being able to see everything at a glance and check task status, is wonderful. They use subtasks and the simple aspects of task management have been really helpful.”

    Another PeerSpot reviewer, the Head of Projects at Smart Media SA, notes, “The boards offer an amazing and clear view of my tasks, campaigns, and progress. Automations especially with Slack and Outlook help with keeping my team up-to-date always. Graphs and charts are valuable for reporting purposes and to track progress made. Workforms/surveys are valuable and a very cool added feature.”

    Asana is web-based software-as-a-service that helps teams coordinate and manage their work. It helps companies move faster by making sure everyone knows the team’s plan and process and who is doing what by when.

    Each user can create projects using a list, board, calendar, or timeline view. Within each project, users can add tasks, subtasks, sections, comments, attachments, start and due dates, and custom fields. Project and task followers get notifications on changes or comments on the project and/or task in their Inbox. Individual users can see all of the tasks they're responsible for across all of their projects in a view called My Tasks.

    Asana is available in English, French, Spanish, German, and Portuguese.

    Smartsheet is the enterprise platform for dynamic work. A leading cloud-based platform for work management, Smartsheet empowers organizations and teams to dynamically plan, execute, and report on work at scale, resulting in more efficient processes, innovative solutions, and better business outcomes.

    Today over 90% of Fortune 100 companies and over 75% of Fortune 500 companies rely on the secure, scalable Smartsheet platform to connect the entire enterprise. The single Smartsheet platform gives people a solution flexible enough to adapt to the changing needs of dynamic work across a broad array of departments and use cases.

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    Sample Customers
    Raw Digital, Wix, Discovery, Frost & Sullivan, Adidas, Asos, Uber
    Uber, Vodaphone, NASA, Spotify, Lyft, Baggu, Udacity, Patreon, Flipboard, Dropbox, Intel, Samsung, Airbnb, SFMoma, Hubspot, Trivago
    Sony Music, ESPN, Hilton, Unisource, Colliers, Extreme Networks, Groupon, Netflix
    Top Industries
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    Marketing Services Firm18%
    Non Tech Company8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Retailer7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Non Profit21%
    Non Tech Company14%
    Legal Firm14%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Government7%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Financial Services Firm22%
    Pharma/Biotech Company22%
    International Affairs Institute11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Healthcare Company8%
    Government7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business79%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise57%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business78%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise57%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business43%
    Large Enterprise57%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Buyer's Guide
    Asana vs. Smartsheet
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Asana vs. Smartsheet and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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    Asana is ranked 6th in Project Management Software with 15 reviews while Smartsheet is ranked 5th in Project Management Software with 13 reviews. Asana is rated 8.2, while Smartsheet is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Asana writes "Stands out with portfolios, easy setup, and real-time information, but needs big improvement when it comes to workflows, automation, and dashboards". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Smartsheet writes "Has customization, data pulling, and cross-functional global communication features; it's a secure solution". Asana is most compared with Trello, Wrike, Jira, ServiceNow IT Business Management and Broadcom Clarity PPM, whereas Smartsheet is most compared with Microsoft Project, JIRA Portfolio, ServiceNow IT Business Management, Teamwork Projects and Broadcom Clarity PPM. See our Asana vs. Smartsheet report.

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