Project Management Software applications help Project Manager to track Schedule, Performance, Cost and Resource utilization. Microsoft Project is the industry leader and a proprietary software that costs significant amount of money. If money is a constraint, then don’t think again because there are equally good Project management software applications that cost nothing!
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1. GanttProject (Alternative to Microsoft Project)
We had already featured GanttProject last month, which is a cross-platform desktop tool for project scheduling and management. It runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, it is free and its code is open source.
KPlato (part of KOffice on K Desktop Environment-KDE) is a project management application for Linux. It supports resource allocation, work breakdown structure, critical paths, Gantt chart and many more. A complete project management application for Linux
3. OpenProj (Alternative to Microsoft Project)
OpenProj is a free, open source project management solution. OpenProj is a complete desktop replacement of Microsoft Project and other commercial project solutions. OpenProj shares the industry’s most advanced scheduling engine with Project-ON-Demand and provides Gantt Charts, Network Diagrams (PERT Charts), WBS and RBS charts, Earned Value costing and more. It is very popular and crossed more than a million downloads in the few months since its launch.
4. Open Workbench (Alternative to Microsoft Project)
Open Workbench is an open source desktop application that provides robust project scheduling and management functionality. Already the scheduling standard for more than 100,000 project managers worldwide, Open Workbench is a free and powerful alternative to Microsoft Project. It runs on Windows platform with Sun JRE 1.3.1 or higher.
TaskJuggler is a modern and powerful, Open Source project management tool. Its new approach to project planning and tracking is more flexible and superior to the commonly used Gantt chart editing tools. It has already been successfully used in many projects and scales easily to projects with hundreds of resources and thousands of tasks. TaskJuggler runs on Linux/Unix. However, there are ports for Windows and Mac OS exist. For more info, please click here.