Clarizen Software Review for 2021

Overview Presentation

Clarizen is an online project management software that helps teams and organizations simplify work and accomplish goals. It is an enterprise collaborative work management solution that allows users to share goals and increase accountability. It supports different work styles and hybrid methodologies that enable increased effectiveness, providing purposeful collaboration and real-time information, so people can respond faster. Start a free trial now!

Features, Benefits, Product Strengths

  • Collaborative Work ManagementClarizen project management software adapts to business processes, facilitates collaboration, and provides efficiency through workflow automation. It connects social context with tasks and projects to drive increased productivity and profitability. It has pre-built and customizable reports and dashboards. The Slide Publisher tool has a built-in wizard that automatically produces customer-facing PowerPoint presentations with the latest project data in user-branded templates. Users can create discussion groups at every level – files, tasks, projects, and more – for brainstorming and updates. With Interact, team members can create issues, update status, and participate in discussions, all within their email. Other features include centralized document management, document annotation, external collaboration, and customer portals.
  • Task and Project Management – The collaborative work management solution helps employees stay on top of their tasks, prioritize them, and collaborate, so they can do them right the first time. It centralizes all project- and non-project-related tasks in user workspaces for complete coverage. Project managers can monitor the status of all tasks and work items, and re-assign or add resources as needed. Other features include timesheets for tracking the all the team’s billable and non-billable hours spent on projects and change requests, and request management for tracking and managing all inbound work requests.
  • Resource Management, Financial Management, Integration, and more – Clarizen has capacity planning and resource management features that provide real-time information of available resources and their current workloads. It has project financial management tools that help users plan, set budgets, and make updates to actuals, so stakeholders are always up-to-date. It also has case management features for identifying and managing project-related risks. Other features include integration with popular apps through a full suite of APIs, such as with Salesforce, Box, Intacct, QuickBooks, Jira, Sharepoint, Google Docs, ServiceNow, and many more. It also has an Apps Marketplace for other applications such as mobile apps for iPhone and Android platforms. Custom Objects help extend the software to address unique business needs. Other products include Clarizen Eagle, Clarizen Go, and professional services.

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Clarizen offers 2 editions, the Enterprise edition and the Unlimited edition. Both editions offer unlimited number of projects, portfolios, programs, and number of cases. The Unlimited edition however offers more customization features and other advanced capabilities. Those interested can request for pricing by filling up an online form. It offers a free 30-day trial period.

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Target Market

Clarizen is ideal for mid-sized to large enterprises. It is a valuable tool for project managers, IT, professional services, marketing, C-suite, and other function teams across many industry sectors.

Supported Languages

Supports English, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Chinese (Simplified), and Chinese (Traditional)

Some of their Clients

Clients include Sodexo, Shaw Industries, Newell Brands, Ricoh, Box, and De Beers Group of Companies.

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Chris Carpenter stated because of limitations of a legacy request management software, they needed a way to effectively streamline and simplify their IS systems development process to help improve its ability to deliver projects and act on requests more efficiently. With Clarizen, they were able to reduce request types from 9 to 3, and the project management tool helped them greatly streamline the workflow required to initiate a request. He further stated that they have been able to reduce the time for auditing and compliance by nearly 75 percent, saving more than 700 hours per year.

Debbie Collins stated that before implementing Clarizen, they were looking for a better way to close the gap between their internal business partners and customers. She and her team implemented the PM tool over a 5-month period. Now, when they deliver a presentation, customers immediately see that they have control of the situation for them. The software also allowed Collins to demonstrate visibility and transparency, which builds trust and long relationship.

Why Clarizen

Clarizen is among the leaders in collaborative work management and cloud-based IT project and portfolio management software according to reports from Forrester and Gartner. it is a configurable enterprise solution that has tools to support a company’s entire work lifecycle, from strategy, to planning, to execution.

Company Info

Clarizen is a privately held computer software company with offices in San Mateo, CA, USA; Hod Hasharon, Israel; London, UK; Tokyo, Japan;and Johannesburg, South Africa. It was founded in 2006 by Avinoam Nowogrodski and Tanya Epstein. In 2010, Nowogrodski was the only remaining founder. The company went through 7 funding rounds from 2006 to 2014, receiving a total of $91M in investments. In 2016, Boaz Chalamish became the CEO and led the company to a dramatic growth. In January 2018, the company announced a partnership with K1 Investment Management, an LA-based private equity firm investing in software and technology private companies in North America. K1 committed over $100M to support Clarizen’s next phase of growth. In March of that year, the company announced that K1 will execute a management buyout of $110M, with an infusion of additional $10M for growth and expansion.

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Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose is a subject matter expert and member of the writing team for and Bridge24. He has written hundreds of articles including project management software reviews, books reviews, training site reviews, and general articles related to the project management industry.

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