Productive Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing
Productive.io is an online business management application especially for agencies and consultancies. It is an all-in-one tool that allows users to manage client projects, sales pipeline, resource planning and scheduling, track time as well as profitability. It is simple to use, so adoption is quick and easy, but also has powerful and customizable features to cover any client project requirement.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Simple but Powerful Project Management – Productive allows users to assign work and collaborate on tasks with a built-in communication system. They can post comments, attach files, use @mentions or have a private conversation. Depending on the project, they can choose a board view or list view, and save their preference. It also has a calendar view for planning work across time. Other features include notifications on any update, and email integration, so users can reply from their inbox.
- Scheduling and Time Tracking – The software goes beyond task management and project tracking. With its scheduling and resource planning features, users can plan work ahead. They can view who is overbooked, who can take on additional work, or who is not available. With simple drag and drop, assignment or booking is created. Events feature allows them to anticipate off times and have a more accurate information on availability. Scheduling also improves forecasting with progress reports. With integrated time tracking, every scheduled booking is a time tracking suggestion. Other features include timesheets, prompting system, time approval, time reports, client access to time logs, rolled over company time, and a desktop timer.
- End-to-end Solution, from Sales to Productivity – Productive offers a comprehensive solution that covers the complete project lifecycle. Using the same online app, users can manage deals and get a visual overview of their sales pipeline. They can customize the sales pipeline so Productive follows their specific process. A Todos feature helps users remember to follow up any business opportunity. It is also a contact management center, where they can attach emails directly to the contact, deal, or budget. It also has sales reports, lost deals audit trail, and easy conversion of a deal to a project. Users can monitor profitability in real time, and run projects that are fixed price or hourly, or both. The software allows them to factor in overhead, view and manage salaries, create profitability reports, capture metrics, set recurring budgets, and create invoices. Mobile apps for iOS and Android devices are available.
Productive is priced at $12 per month per user on an annual basis, or $15 per user month-by-month. This includes all features, such as project management, time tracking, sales pipeline, invoices, profitability, and scheduling.
Social Network Presence
Productive is a for agencies, consultancies, and professional services providers of all sizes. It is for teams and companies who are looking for an all-in-one tool that supports their business process end-to-end.
Some of their Clients
Clients include Brandy Carroll Hellige, April 8, Coqtail, Rietta Web App Security, Glasnost PR Agency, and Active Collective Digital Agency.
Brandon Nicholas stated that what attracted them to Productive was the user experience and the simple interface. He explained that they were looking for a system that provided all the features they required, but also user-friendly enough without their team having to spend much time learning how to use it. He thinks Productive is an enterprise-level platform that is just easy to use.
Tim Hellige described the software as the ideal project management tool that is easy to use. He likes the ability for everything to be self-contained within Productive, so there is no more need to email documents and other elements.
Quendoline Jansen described the time tracking and insights in Productive as great. Because of it, they never forget to track their hours, and she can easily see how much time they spend on each project.
Productive is a tool used by their own designers for their own agency. With it, they have grown from a few people to a few hundred. Having only one tool working on one set of data improves integrity and accuracy, so costly mistakes are avoided. This is good for profitability. The software, running on 5 years now, is continually refined and re-aligned based on the creators’ roadmap and also from customer requests and feedback. Support is also available from day one to help users with their decision, and get assistance during migration, and even way after.
Productive is a privately held software development company based in San Francisco, CA, USA. It was founded in 2014 by Tomislav Car and Matej Spoler. Tom and Matej are also the founders of Infinum, Inc., a software design and development agency with headquarters in New York, and offices in San Francisco, Zagreb, and Ljubljana. Infinum started in 2004. As time went on and more work came in, they decided to build a tool that will help them organize and track their work. Then they realized that other agencies were looking for a similar tool, so they spun it off, founded the company, and created the brand Productive.