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We performed a comparison between Broadcom Clarity PPM and Microsoft Project Server based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Project Portfolio Management solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Broadcom Clarity PPM vs. Microsoft Project Server report (Updated: August 2022).
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Pros
"The structure it has, the sites, the boards, and how easily you can transfer information from one place to the other is great.""The various integrations have made it easier for us to focus on keeping our information in one place so that we're not spending time (wasting time) trying to find information in different places online.""Being able to assign our individual tasks helps us a ton. I’ve worked with other companies that did not use Monday, and sometimes things would fall through the cracks as there were misunderstandings about who’s the responsibility it was to do something.""I love being able to "check off" a task by changing its status to "done." It also disappears off the list when you complete it.""Monday is very easy to use and is very user-friendly.""It has improved our organizational skills and kept us up to the task.""The solution is easily scalable.""Monday.com is a very organized and easy-to-use tool."

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"The most useful feature for me as an implementer of Broadcom Clarity PPM is its extensibility. The tool is pretty extensible, and I haven't had any issues with it in terms of it getting used for multiple scenarios and for multiple clients where there's a need for high customization. Broadcom Clarity PPM is a very, very customizable tool, so you can pretty much implement any business process on it with no issues.""The most valuable feature is the portfolio functionality because we have the ability to work with different scenarios and many kinds of financial management. We can integrate with ERP, and with other solutions from third-party vendors. The financial model in Broadcom Clarity PPM, it's the most valuable aspect.""There were probably about five or six metrics that we used. As a result, the groups that I supported were consistently ranked at the absolute top of the organization, as we were leveraging these built-in tools for tracking.""Broadcom Clarity PPM is a high-value product that helps users become productive. It's a very stable, scalable, and fast platform, even from a self management perspective.""Broadcom Clarity PPM is robust and flexible, and all the functionality sets are in one place.""The dynamism of the application where you can modify it to fit your needs is valuable. For example, you can create fields, metrics, and measures on the fly. You don't have to be limited to what the out-of-the-box format would be. It allows you to generate fields, metrics, and reports off of that with relative ease.""The interfaces for project management, portfolio management, and reporting services are always helpful.""The feature that I have found most valuable is the XFlow, that interface is pretty cool."

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"Microsoft Project Server is easy to use compared to other similar solutions, such as Primavera. It functions similar to Excel or others Microsoft solutions which makes it simple for most people to be able to use right away.""The scheduling and the customization are very powerful.""The most valuable features are the gantt charts. It's easy to use for me.""The stability of the 2019 version is quite good.""The solution has easy integration with Excel.""The technical support for Microsoft Project Server and the support is very good. Microsoft support is working very well.""The usability is excellent.""I like the way you can build the schedule by the Don't Start Before or Don't Start After values. You can use it to build your schedule based on how you change your dates. This is how it actually builds the schedule."

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Cons
"One thing that would be cool is if Monday had a chat feature.""We'd like to see less downtime.""There have recently been a lot of lagging and loading delays with saving.""It would be good if we could have the option to choose custom colors for the status fields and groups so we can make some boards more branded.""I have just started to use this solution, and there are no new features that I need at this time, but it could be more user-friendly.""They could offer more packages. There seems to be a gap in price between package offers. One has as much as a $30 difference.""We often have problems with bugs and slow service.""Even when the person leaves the team, he/she can still access all the files he/she created."

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"Whenever that second instance of Clarity came about, it was overwhelming even to people who were accustomed to working with program management tools.""Clarity PPM would be improved by developing better support for the Agile framework.""Broadcom Clarity PPM should improve how the reports are being generated and contracts management.""The solution could improve the way the workflow is developed. I think they could be more dynamic because they are in a way static. They're very powerful, but they don't have any interaction with end-users.""One of the major pain points for me when it comes to Broadcom Clarity PPM is the new UI. The new UI is very good in terms of functionality and the drag and draw features, but it's not very responsive. When I say that it's not very responsive, what I mean is that sometimes, the tool is not very user-friendly. For example, a user saves a value on the form, but the tool doesn't give any indication to the user that the value has been saved. Some users are moving from the classic UI to the new UI, and end up getting confused because on the classic UI, when you click "Save", it'll save the information and you'll get an indication that it was saved. With the new UI, it auto saves the information, but it doesn't give an indication in the form of a popup box that "this form has been saved", or any type of message indicating that the information was successfully saved. It's been confusing for users who move to the new UI because of that. The users don't understand when the values are being saved or not being saved, even if there's an auto-save feature in the new UI.""The Broadcom Clarity PPM dashboard needs improvement , because it's too slow. The look and feel of the platform, including its UX, also need some enhancement.""The user interface (UI) needs to be improved. Right now, it's not the best.""In the future, I would like to see integrated Agile features and better integration with Agile tools."

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"Collaboration within the tool is lacking when you compare it to online or cloud-based tools.""It should be more agile and more flexible when it comes to customization.""The initial setup was complex.""The deployment aspect of the product is a bit tedious.""Project Server could be improved by simplifying how tasks are assigned and reviewed on a daily basis.""We need to be able to compare milestones, calls, and other variables regarding the projects we are working on. I have to contract developers to make reports, which is where things get complicated. They need to develop personal and custom fields for us.""The user interface looks quite old and needs to be improved.""The check-in, check-out feature makes Microsoft Project Server pretty slow or cumbersome to use."

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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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  • "Broadcom Clarity PPM costs us $500K, and that's only for the installation and kick off within the first year. For each succeeding year, it could cost $200K."
  • "There are different licensing models with Broadcom Clarity PPM. With the software as a service model, you pay as you go, and if you are on-premises, you can buy a perpetual license and an annual fee for maintenance."
  • "Cost-wise, the tool is very expensive and some tools might be able to cater to 80% of the functionality provided by Broadcom Clarity PPM but are not as expensive."
  • "The price point of Broadcom Clarity PPM is less than Planisware. If a customer comes to me, and the cost is the main parameter for the selection of a tool, then I'll recommend Broadcom because cost-wise, they are less than other solutions."
  • "The licensing costs are a little bit high, and unfortunately, it has been a while since I've had that paperwork in front of me. I don't remember how much it was, but it seemed like it was fairly high. It is probably comparable to some of the other solutions because I do know that, for example, on a lot of the AWS stuff, they found that the costs wound up being higher than having some on-prem solution. Comparatively, Clarity is within the price range of other solutions."
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  • "It is on the expensive side."
  • "There is a licensing cost."
  • "There is an annual license required for this solution."
  • "I cannot comment on the price as I was not responsible for purchasing the solution."
  • "I'm not quite sure about the licensing costs. We're probably paying somewhere in the neighborhood of about 80,000 to 90,000 a year for our current on-prem because we handle our own licensing. As far as Project Online is concerned, we're still trying to get a good handle on that. It looks like it is going to be in a neighborhood of about 120,000 to 150,000 a year, but we're getting a lot more capability out of it."
  • "The price of the Microsoft Project Server could improve, it is expensive here in Africa. When comparing Microsoft Project Server to Oracle Primavera for us, Microsoft Project Server is quite cost-effective."
  • "It's not subscription-based, we purchased the on-premises version."
  • "There is a subscription model for different types of users for different types of roles."
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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:We have project overviews to keep track of each client and project and I can also see what the other managers are doing… more »
    Top Answer:Monday could be improved if it could be linked with Google Calendar. This way, I can add deadlines directly on Monday… more »
    Top Answer:The feature that I have found most valuable is the XFlow, that interface is pretty cool.
    Top Answer:In terms of what could be improved, the end user interface could be improved to be more intuitive, because we sometimes… more »
    Top Answer:I used to work for CA Technologies. After that, I worked for CA Partners. So I have some experience implementing these… more »
    Top Answer:The solution has easy integration with Excel.
    Top Answer:There is a subscription model for different types of users for different types of roles.
    Top Answer:The user interface needs to be improved. It looks quite old and nowhere near as good as the Jira UI. I also think they… more »
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    Also Known As
    DaPulse
    Clarity PPM, CA Clarity, CA PPM, CA Clarity PPM
    MS Project Server
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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.”

    Clarity is the Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) solution created by Broadcom. The platform aims to help medium and large organizations to manage products and services. Clarity features scoreboards, financial analysis tools, and more.

    The platform facilitates the delivery of projects and programs and can accelerate an organization’s digital transformation. It allows users to create initiatives, add budgets and projects with a few clicks, and assign and track teams. It shortens the time to make changes to projects to minutes instead of days.

    Broadcom Clarity PPM features in-app collaboration and timesheets accessible via mobile devices. Users can access the platform via desktop or mobile. The platform can be deployed on premises or as a cloud-based service with a hosted or SasS delivery.

    How does it work?

    Clarity’s Strategic Portfolio Management enables planning and prioritizing of work to fit customer demands and business needs, managing the value stream from concept to cash.

    Broadcom Clarity PPM Key Features

    • Strategic roadmaps: Clarity’s multidimensional road maps effectively eliminate organizational fatigue. It includes useful features such as drag-and-drop capabilities. It also allows you to map risks and dependencies and track project progress.

    • Project financials: Clarity integrates with Power BI and Tableau with business intelligence solutions. The platform uses Microsoft Excel charting and grouping functions to keep a familiar feel to project and financial reports. You can customize your projects according to investment types and fiscal periods.
    • Collaboration features: Broadcom Clarity PPM provides a central view of each employee’s projects, schedule, and status. You can assign tasks to teams with pinning features without time-consuming filters.
    • Resource management: Clarity enables you to filter available resources and investments to the department level. Doing this allows for managing labor and non-labor resources with ease.

    Other features include:

    • One-click charts
    • Staffing and resource management
    • To-do boards
    • Investment hierarchies
    • Business widgets

    Broadcom Clarity PPM Benefits

    • Quick setup: The platform is easy and fast to configure and deploy. It also includes migration services to help customers move to the cloud.

    • Lower cost: The SaaS version is a user-based subscription service that eliminates the need for infrastructure investment.

    • Constant updates: Updates are rolled automatically and included in the subscription to ensure the user always has the latest version.

    • Strong security: The Clarity infrastructure constantly updates identity-centric intrusion detection services. It features data protection capabilities on desktops and mobiles, including protection against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS).

    • Scalability: Its load-balanced environment enables users to scale up or down to match spikes in project-based activities. It also features pay-as-you-use.

    • Integrations: Integrates with financial apps, executive dashboards, HR software, ERP systems, etc.

    • Configurability: You can adapt Clarity PPM to your organization’s requirements.

    • Reporting and business intelligence: Clarity’s features include a built-in data warehouse and BI platform.

    • User-friendly: It features an intuitive user interface and interactive communication options.

    • Project management options: You can manage your project with Agile, classic, or hybrid methods inside Clarity PPM.

    Broadcom Clarity PPM Use Cases

    Organizations use Clarity PPM for a variety of use cases:

    • Time management
    • Product management
    • Resource management
    • Financial management
    • Project portfolio management
    • Reporting services
    • Project management
    • Ticket and change management
    • IT service desks
    • Financial services

    Reviews from Real Users

    "Broadcom Clarity PPM is a high-value product that helps users become productive. It's a very stable, scalable, and fast platform, even from a self management perspective," says Mohammad J., Senior Clarity PPM Technical Consultant at Al Rajhi Bank.

    A Director of Operations at a tech services company adds that "It's very good out of the box, without configurations required."

    Sergio C., Service Delivery Manager at Syntech, says, "The most valuable feature is the portfolio functionality because we have the ability to work with different scenarios and many kinds of financial management. We can integrate with ERP, and with other solutions from third-party vendors. The financial model in Broadcom Clarity PPM, it's the most valuable aspect."

    Microsoft Project Server 2013 is a flexible on-premises solution for project portfolio management (PPM) and everyday work. Team members, project participants, and business decision makers can get started, prioritize project portfolio investments and deliver the intended business value from virtually anywhere. Requires SharePoint 2013, sold separately.
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    Sample Customers
    Raw Digital, Wix, Discovery, Frost & Sullivan, Adidas, Asos, Uber
    Toyota Financial Services, GameStop, Polycom, Sky, Qantas, Cox Enterprises, Banco Mercantil, Borealis
    Magnachip, Gwinnett County Schools, CLEAResult, Medbit Oy, Intelbras S.A., ETS, CORE Construction, Keller Foundations
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    Marketing Services Firm18%
    Non Tech Company8%
    Retailer7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company13%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Financial Services Firm28%
    Insurance Company11%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Healthcare Company9%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government9%
    Comms Service Provider8%
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government11%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business79%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise62%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise5%
    Large Enterprise80%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise73%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business37%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise50%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Buyer's Guide
    Broadcom Clarity PPM vs. Microsoft Project Server
    August 2022
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    Broadcom Clarity PPM is ranked 2nd in Project Portfolio Management with 13 reviews while Microsoft Project Server is ranked 7th in Project Portfolio Management with 16 reviews. Broadcom Clarity PPM is rated 8.8, while Microsoft Project Server is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Broadcom Clarity PPM writes "Good tracking and custom reports with helpful support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Project Server writes "Provides holistic reporting and allows us to keep track of what's going on with projects". Broadcom Clarity PPM is most compared with Jira, ServiceNow Strategic Portfolio Management, Planview Portfolios, Microsoft Project and Smartsheet, whereas Microsoft Project Server is most compared with ServiceNow Strategic Portfolio Management, Jira, JIRA Portfolio and Planisware. See our Broadcom Clarity PPM vs. Microsoft Project Server report.

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