Looking for PM Tools – where do you start?

Originally posted on the ProjExc Project Excellence Blog on 25-Feb-08
At ProjExc we are often asked to provide Project Management tools. This is one question where we answer “no”, but for a good reason.
There is no, “one size fits all solution”. We believe that it is crucial to get the process right for the organisation first, and then to go to the market for the best solution, which will be different depending on needs, legacy systems, budget, etc. Each time we trawl the market there is a huge array of tools out there, and they are all evolving quickly, with new entrants joining the market place on what feels like a daily basis. We continue to maintain our position of independence from the tool suppliers, and support our client in the specification, procurement and integration process for appropriate tools, as they need.
There is a helpful resource available on the excellent website of the PM Today Magazine. If you’re seeking some project management software for the 1st time, this could be a good place to start, but be aware that there are many other excellent tools out there which are not included in the list. We’re compiling a list of our own at the moment, which we hope to add to the ProjExc PM Portal website soon.