Planio Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing

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Planio is an online project management and productivity suite based on Redmine, an open source Ruby on Rails-based project management software. Redmine is a cross-platform and cross-database web application. Planio uses fully tested and stable Redmine versions with enhancements of its own. It is engineered to bring improvements in work, planning and team collaboration. Users can work on their projects wherever they are, and allow them to collaborate productively with team members anywhere in the world, to achieve results.

Features, Benefits, Product Strengths

  • Traditional, Agile Project Management, Task and Workflow ManagementPlanio project management platform provides users both control and flexibility. It has roadmaps and milestones functionality to convey critical status information. The auto-generated Gantt Chart associates each task with a date or a milestone. It gives users the ability to see task progress at a glance. It uses roles-based access, with roles that are 100 percent customizable. It is also capable of regular sprint planning, with movable task boards. It can auto-generate burndown, burnup, cumulative flow, lead time or velocity charts. It also has a configurable task management feature where users can define status, priority, assignee, due dates and more. Workflow management allows a user to be assigned to a role that follows a process and perform tasks that is only permitted for that role.
  • Time Tracking, File Management, and Repository Hosting – This online project management and productivity suite has a built-in time tracking feature that simplifies issue management. With a simple click, the time tracker can be started, paused or stopped. Raw time data can be presented in a meaningful manner with a comprehensive reporting feature with date and detail-level filtering. Files can be shared through the Document page. Users are automatically provided with unlimited hosted SVN and Git repositories. The software is also tightly integrated such that code commits can be associated to task management, time tracking and documentation.
  • Communication, Knowledge Management, Team Chat, Mobile and more – Planio uses project blog posts that broadcast the latest information to project participants on the homepage or each of their personal My Page. It also has flexible message forums for team discussions. Commenting capability is included in various pages so users can share, suggest or explain on the spot about any item, idea or issue. Knowledge management allows users to share just about anything on wiki easily with rich text tools. It can also be linked to tasks, projects, repository files, versions, or forum messages. The Team Chat, which is a Pro feature, integrates with all other features. The project management platform also has a native iPhone app, while Redmine To Go makes it compatible with Windows Phone.

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Pricing

Planio is offered in five paid plans, namely, Silver, Gold, Diamond, Platinum and Enterprise. Silver is priced at 9 euro per month and includes for 5 active projects, 6 active users and 2 GB of cloud storage. There is an option to add Team Chat at an additional 4 euro per month, and CRM + Helpdesk at 9 euro per month. The higher plans include a greater number of projects, users and storage. The Enterprise plan that starts at 199 euro per month includes for unlimited projects, users, and storage, plus custom branding and domain, and more. All plans include SSL encryption, continuous updates, backup and maintenance, unlimited Git and Subversion repositories, free imports of existing data and support via email and phone. There is also a free Bronze plan that includes for 1 project, 2 users, 10 customers and 500 MB storage. They offer a 30-day free trial period.

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Target Market

Planio project management platform is for organizations of all sizes, ideal for SMEs and startups. It can be used in any sector or industry, most beneficial for IT, software development, design agencies and professional services. It is valuable for project managers, teams, and small business owners.

Supported Languages

It is available in Bulgarian, Bosnian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, Basque, Persian, Finnish, French, Galician, Hebrew, Croatian, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Latvian, Macedonian, Mongolian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Brazilian, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Serbian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

Some of their Clients

Clients include Software AG, MTV Networks, Fraunhofer ITWM, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Albert Bauer Digital, Sausel Architekten, Brandnooz Media, Pidoco and HKK Health Insurance.

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Testimonials

Guido Laures of Software AG stated that every item they are searching for in their project management and collaboration platform requirement was checked when Planio was presented to them.

Ivo Stock of MTV Networks North Europe described as impressive the smooth migration of their in-house Redmine system to Planio Enterprise with just a short duration of downtime. In the long run, they were able to reduce costs and implement their agile PM methods.

Why Planio

Planio is a flexible platform that can adapt to different types of projects for different customers, whether using traditional or agile project management. It is an effective tool that is very accessible and compatible with today’s global virtual workspace and teams.

Company Info

Planio is a product of LAUNCH/CO, a privately held web, design, and software agency based in Berlin, Germany, founded by Jan Schulz-Hofen, CEO. Planio was originally built for the needs of LAUNCH/CO, as they were not able to find a suitable project management tool for their own business needs. Unable to fulfill their requirements with existing products from the market, they built their own, and Planio was launched in 2009. Soon after, customers were requesting for it even after their project was already completed. They decided to share to the world this collaborative project management app that takes advantage of the flexibility and adaptability of open source, and make it better as time goes on.

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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.

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