AtTask originated in 2001 and have positioned themselves as thought leaders over the last decade. Collaboration is critical to project success and the AtTask user interface lends to easy adoption for the project manager, team and customer.
Beyond just regular projects, I found that AtTask excelled at helping organizations manage reactive work and template best practices to better manage repetitive types of tasks and projects. The changing nature of the way organizations manage work and the workforce demands tools that provide value at every level of the project management process. AtTask seems to do this very well. A UI which will seem familiar to project professionals used to current social media tools facilitates the collaborative environment where project team members can share contextual information along with status information about projects, tasks and issues - giving project managers and executives a more complete picture of exactly what’s going on within projects.
AtTask is very reasonably priced at $25 per user. There are special packages available if you want to rollout it out at an enterprise level.
AtTask doesn’t require much – since it’s cloud-based it only requires a current web-browser to run so it runs well in either a Windows or Mac OS environment.
Who is it for?
AtTask is really intended for any business that needs to better understand and organize their work. This can mean traditional IT or software shops – large or small – consulting practices, professional service providers, general business operations, or marketing-focused companies.
As tested, the project management software was very robust and should appeal to project mangers across the board regardless of industry. That, along with the business intelligence tools needed by executives to inform decisions and a UI designed to engage individual team members makes AtTask a great solution for more experienced project professionals as well as organizations new to managing project-based work.
AtTask is available in seven different languages to it is truly a global solution for any organization that needs a good project management software tool.
Some key features
Easy to use interface
Project management software usually isn’t known for making it easy for anyone but experienced project professionals to use their software and participate in the process. However, AtTask appears to have broken this stereotype by seemingly making their software accessible to everyone on the project team: project managers, individual team members and project stakeholders should all have no trouble mastering this web-based software. The TeamHome interface makes project management accessible to everyone by leveraging the familiar collaboration metaphors associated with social media.
Seamless integration with Microsoft Outlook
Outlook users have access to all the sophisticated project management tools available in AtTask making it possible for project managers and team members to organize and understand their work without ever leaving Outlook. It’s as easy as simply dragging an email message into the AtTask tab and naming the task.
Available for iPhone and Android
There is an iPhone and Android app for AtTask making it available for PMs and teams on the two most popular smartphone platforms. Everything available on the desktop via TeamHome is available with both the iPhone and Android apps. While I didn’t have the right equipment to test the Android app, I do have an iPhone and was impressed with the interface and functionality.
The reporting capability of the product right out of the box (figuratively speaking, of course) was solid. If you need more, though, it’s easy to create customer views and dashboards as needed.
What is wrong?
Local vs. cloud
Because AtTask operates in the cloud, offline users are out of luck. But this is usually only a rare or periodic need.
Too much configurability?
I immediately recognized that AtTask offers a significant degree of configurability. This is a good thing, unless you get overwhelmed or a very novice user – or possibly a new PM. Just be careful and you should be fine.
Who is the competition?
- Microsoft Project
- Liquid Planner
- CA Clarity
AtTask offers one of the most innovative solutions for managing not just projects but all kinds of tasks. Its unique approach to UI makes it easy for project team members (with little or no training) to start using AtTask to organize and execute on their work right away. To me this is an important consideration as few busy project professionals have time for additional training tasks. (NOTE: Information I was given by AtTask indicates an upswing of 400 percent in end user adoption attributed to their new UI.) Whether you’re a seasoned project professional or the CEO of a small to midsized business, AtTask can help you get your work done and keep your team working together cohesively.