Mavenlink Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing

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Overview Presentation

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Mavenlink is an online business and project management software that aims to connect people, projects and profits in one central workspace. Over the years, it has transformed into an integrated software and service with capabilities for advanced project management, resource planning, collaboration and financial management. In the new world of networked economy, managing projects and businesses with outdated tools of email inboxes, spreadsheets, legacy software and repetitive tasks will just get companies left behind. A new kind of software is needed that transforms people’s and organizations’ work through a single workspace where teams, contractors and clients can conduct business.

Features, Benefits, Product Strengths

  • Advanced Project Management and CollaborationMavenlink business and project management software enables users to initiate projects with a high degree of success with the correct framework right from the start. All project communications are centralized and prioritized in one location, eliminating the need to spend time for organizing or searching for information. Task management uses drag-and-drop prioritization, quick assignment and visual workspace. It has file sharing and assignable permissions. It can save previously successful work as templates and has dynamic Gantt charts. It also has resource planning features that provide visibility on team utilization and productivity.
  • Financial and Profit Management – This integrated business and project management software conveniently links projects with timesheets, expense reports, approvals and other project details, so users are able to track and take complete control of time and expenses. It has features to manage budgets in real time, set bill and cost rates, and create invoices.
  • Insights and Analytics, Mobility, Integrations and more – Mavenlink provides users real-time project analytics so they always have the information to make the right decisions for their business, team and clients. Financial reports from profit margins, invoices, accounts receivables, and expenses can be quickly generated to provide insight. Project health can be monitored through work-in-progress, project status, and time spent. Reports on resource utilization provides actual data to help determine staffing needs. The software runs on most browsers and devices with its HTML5 mobile app. It also integrates with many third-party apps such as Google Apps, Salesforce, JIRA, QuickBooks, PayPal and others through its API.

Pricing

Mavenlink offers three paid plans. The Premier plan contains the complete suite of features for project collaboration, schedules and timelines, financials and profits, resourcing and planning, performance analytics, customization, professional services, 24/7 support and API. Pricing is determined per client, which is billed annually. The Professional plan includes integrated financial management features only at $29 per month billed annually. The Team plan which includes collaborative task management features only for up to 5 users is priced at $19 per month billed annually or $29 per month billed on a monthly basis. It offers a 10-day free trial period.

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Target Market

Mavenlink is for businesses and organizations of all sizes. It is ideal for the services industry, such as architectural, engineering, IT, graphic design, marketing and management consulting sectors. It is valuable to the software project manager, finance managers, senior executives and owners.

Supported Languages

It supports English only at the moment.

Some of their Clients

Clients inclue APlus Interior Design and Remodelling, Legacy Health Strategies, Communications for Research Inc and Solutions 8.

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Testimonials

Alex Tabrizi of APlus described Mavenlink as easy to use and implement, and helps them do more in less time.

Jim Steber of CFR Inc stated that the integrated business and PM software provides them the information of their labor costs to the second, allowing them to track the jobs that are most profitable.

Why Mavenlink

Mavenlink is a robust integrated tool for today’s fast paced and interconnected business landscape. It monitors emerging trends, uses the latest technologies and listens to customer feedback to make sure that products and features are not only up-to-date but also relevant to users’ needs.

Company Info

Mavenlink is a privately held information technology and services company with corporate headquarters in Irvine, CA and engineering office in San Francisco, CA. It was founded in 2008 by Ray Grainger, CEO, Roger Neel, CTO, and Sean Crafts, Chief Customer Officer. They originally wanted to create an online workplace to locate talent that can work virtually on any kind of project. The first full version was launched in January 2010. In February 2015, it unveiled a new identity, appearance and design to reflect the company’s growth. It continues to deliver fixes and new features rapidly based on their vision and their customers’ needs.

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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 Project-Management.com. 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.

5 Responses

  1. Stephie Daniel says:

    Mavenlink is the best ever project management software I have used in my life. In a normal life style I have come across a lots of softwares for the official project management. More over as per my concern, the originality prevails in the best management when there comes a hurdle for task management as well.

    More over I am looking out for an online web based tool that can manage the overall process in an office. Getting involved in a number of softwares makes somebody much distracted and scattered. I was looking out for some such kind of tool and coincidentally I came across a post that gives quite impressive thoughts about an office management.

    Here is the link – http://www.replicon.com/blog/you-cant-manage-what-you-cant-measure . In fact I would suggest every office management people to go through this post once. Its really impressive and throws clear picture of the same.

  2. Jason Noel says:

    Thanks for the review Jose. One update though… Maven Link has updated their pricing info to $5 / user /month or $48 / year. I just wanted to give you a quick update. Nice review.

  3. RJ says:

    MavenLink at best, is okay. The integration process has been painful for our company. MavenLink is a new company and it shows. Features that should be standard are “being developed by our engineers”. There seems to always be some sort of a bug that needs repair. Most recently, their print feature stopped working. Unfortunately for us, it was during our billing cycle which ultimately delayed our billing for the month. Anyone who works for a small company can related, at this point in the year, any delay can affect your year-end. Their recommendation was to export the data to an Excel worksheet, which did work but the hours put into formatting the spreadsheets to make it presentable to the Client was a waste of valuable time. While we like the feature of tracking budgets by specific tasks, it’s disappointing that while in the time sheet view, there is nothing that tells you where you stand with your budgets. You either have to run a report, or dig a little deep into the project. Another burden we feel is not having the ability to exclude certain tasks from the burn rate. We have some tasks for clients that are billed on an hourly basis, that are not included in our main budget. To work around this, we have to create separate projects for the same client to track finances accurately. Other issues that we’ve experienced; No way to turn off invoice notifications (our staff can received up to 30+emails per day depending on where we are with our billing cycles), we’ve lost the ability to edit time entries on occasion (one time for days) because of issues on their end, you can’t mark invoices as “paid” from the invoice itself, or from the invoice section of MavenLink, waiting MONTHS for return calls, to name a few.

    My management staff wishes we would have researched more companies before making the commitment to MavenLink. We are able to accomplish what we need to in the program, but it’s painful on occasion.

  4. They started out good for the price. Now their customer service is subpar, their product has not evolved well, and they are charging more. Non-responsive, non-customizable dashboard. They lock you into a contract and quote user agreement when you question their changes and usability. Would never recommend to anyone.

  5. We are a multi-site heavy user of project and task management tools, and we are looking for a single alternative solution. I contacted Mavenlink, and after trying for several days to get the trial subscription to start, I was ultimately unsuccessful. Business development support is great, customer support is bad enough that I’ll keep looking for a solution.

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