Mavenlink is a new paradigm when compared to traditional PSA's (Kimble, Changepoint, FinancialForce, etc.). Our solution is what the modern PSO needs to plan and deliver effectively in today's highly-collaborative, fast-changing business environment where agility and productivity are more important than ever. We are reimagining it in four distinct ways.
1) Collaboration at the Core - Mavenlink is built to bring teams together, and help them plan and deliver work in a highly collaborative, efficient, disciplined way. We're the only app serving PSO's that combines the principles of the latest Collaborative Work Management (CWM) apps and PSA in one. Also, unique to our collaborative approach, is our focus on facilitating work across business and geographic boundaries, bringing in remote employees, subcontractors, and clients with ease and a persona-specific experience. Also, Mavenlink strives to promote adoption and solution value by providing a great user experience -- buyers often comment on the contrast of our modern, intuitive user experience and that of the PSA's they're evaluating. One large software company that specializes in UX/CX recently ran Mavenlink and two common PSA's through a formal UX evaluation with their expert team and commented at time of selecting Mavenlink that the results weren't even close.
2) Robust Project Management with Financials in One - many PSA's say they offer project management, but in reality, the functionality is weak and incomplete, so project managers are left to turn to spreadsheets and third-party project management applications to manage their projects, tasks, and teams. Mavenlink has recognized the importance of this work and its related data living inside the same system where resource management, project accounting, and reporting live, in order to have a complete and ready view of status and performance at any time. Our collaborative Project Management capabilities are top-of-class, evident on G2Crowd as we're the only app listed as a Project Management Leader AND a PSA Leader. Project Accounting is tightly coupled into every element of the project in Mavenlink, so leaders can track financial progress against budget and margin targets down to the task level.
3) Full-Cycle Resource Management - Mavenlink is the only app on the market that truly provides resource managers the ability to maximize utilization, and drive planning and delivery success through the entire project lifecycle. From capacity planning and estimating, to project planning, delivery, and optimization, Mavenlink addresses the most pressing needs of resource planners at every stage. PSA's can often do the job on project planning, but lack in effectively supporting demand and capacity planning, and in providing the visibility and collaboration necessary to address regular unplanned changes in resource needs at the speed the business requires - especially when active projects are being managed in another app.
4) BI Built-In - Managing a PSO with precision and agility today starts with having all-important operational information in one place. A key to achieving this is leveraging an operational platform that comprehensively collects all important data points throughout the planning and delivery lifecycle, and displays up-to-date views of the information required to make confident business decisions. Mavenlink not only collects all of these key data elements with its "operational system of record" approach but since everyone on the team is using Mavenlink (breadth of solution + adoption), there's no waiting for timesheet updates and data loads from other systems to make sense of things. Unlike PSA's that often provide weak reporting toolkits or just an option to integrate with a third-party Business Intelligence solution, Mavenlink provides 60+ thoughtfully designed, services-centric business intelligence reports out of the box. Our customers quickly gain the insights required to plan hiring, forecast revenue, drive desired profit margins, track project health, and optimize the business, from day one. Talk about time-to-value! Honeywell recently shared with us that not only have our BI capabilities provided newfound visibility and control over their business, but also saved them an entire day every week that they used to spend crunching numbers.