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Microsoft Project vs RationalPlan System Properties Comparison

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SystemsMicrosoft Project  Xexclude from comparisonRationalPlan  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionProject planning and tracking tools available in various editions: Standard, Pro, Server and Online.RationalPlan is a project planning tool that comes in three interacting modules: RationalPlan Single, Multi and Server.
CategoryProject PlanningProject Planning
Project Management Zone Rankinginfomeasures the popularity of Project Management SystemsScore 877.61
Rank #4
Score 2.90
Rank #146
DeveloperMicrosoftStand By Soft
Websitemicrosoft.com/­microsoft-365/­project/­project-management-softwarerationalplan.com
Technical documentationrationalplan.com/­tutorial
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Initial release19842007
LicenseCommercial
Web-based service (SaaS)infoSoftware-as-a-Service modelinfoProject Online
Commercial
Web-based architectureyesinfoProject OnlinenoinfoRationalPlan Project Server provides a central repository, accessibly via clients and via a web interface.
Programming languageJava
Operating systemsWindowsLinux
OS X
Windows
Mobile appsnoinfo3rd-party apps to import Microsoft Project files existno
APIinfoApplication Programming Interfaceyesno
Multi-useryesinfoProject OnlineyesinfoRationalPlan Project Server
Authentication mechanismActive DirectoryinfoProject OnlinePasswordinfoRationalPlan Project Server
NotificationsEmailinfoProject OnlineEmailinfoRationalPlan Project Server
Project Planning Properties
Hierarchical tasksinfoSupport for parent-child relationships of tasksyesyes
Recurring tasksinfoSupport for definition of tasks that occur repeatedlyyesyes
Milestone trackinginfoMilestones indicate the completion of major deliverables, normally by completing a set of tasksyesyes
Task dependenciesinfoDependencies between tasks are logical relationships that restrict the sequence of task executions, e.g. one task must be completed before another task can startyesyes
Critical path managementinfoThe critical path method calculates the set of tasks that cannot be delayed without increasing the project's duration, taking into account task dependenciesyesyes
Critical chain managementinfoThe critical chain method expands the critical path method by additionally taking resource constraints into accountyesinfoavailable via 3rd-party add-onno
Gantt chartsinfoBar chart to visualize a project's tasks and milestones scheduleyesyes
PERT chartsinfoNetwork diagrams according to Program Evaluation Review Techniqueyesno
BaselinesinfoSupport for creating and using snapshots of a project's plan in terms of cost, scope and schedule yesyes
Resource managementinfoSupport for managing a project's human and/or non-human resourcesyesyes
Resource levelinginfoSupport for optimizing the allocation of a project's resourcesyesnoinfosupport for manual resource leveling
Time trackinginfoSupport for estimating and monitoring the time spent on a project's tasksyesyes
Cost trackinginfoSupport for monitoring a project's expensesyesyes
Earned value managementinfoSupport for tracking a project's performance and progress via earned value measurementsyesyes
Risk managementinfoSupport for identifying and keeping track of project risks and risk-related activitiesyesyes
Scrum supportinfoSupport for typical Scrum techniques such as sprints, backlogs and burn-down chartsnono
Kanban supportinfoSupport for typical Kanban techniques such as visualization of tasks on boards using cardsnoyes
Project portfolio management infoSupport for collectively managing a set of current or proposed projects, e.g. by evaluation and prioritization of projectsyesyesinfoRationalPlan Multi Project

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