Avaza and ProWorkflow are two of the most popular project management tools available today.
But how do they stack up against each other?
Which one manages tasks better?
Which one helps you allocate resources more effectively?
Which one is more affordable?
Discover all the answers in our detailed comparison guide.
A. Project and Task Management
Get. Things. Done.
You and every project manager likely live by those words.
It’s also the heart and soul of any project management software.
This is why, before anything else, you must evaluate a tool’s ability to help you manage your tasks and projects.
Features to look out for:
- Project structure: A simple, intuitive way to organize work and toggle through multiple projects, tasks, boards, etc.
- Views: Board, list, timeline, Gantt, and other types of views that let you visualize various types of information within each project.
- Tasks & subtasks: Dedicated spaces offering the ability to drill down to the smallest level of actionable detail about each project item.
- Statuses: Effortless ways to communicate the exact progress of each task, board, project, etc.
- Checklists: Quick to-do lists for each task so things don’t fall through the cracks
- Task templates: Easy-to-copy templates to create identical tasks at scale across multiple projects.
- Assignees: The ability to assign tasks, boards, or projects to individual team members, groups, or even teams.
- Priorities: A way to communicate the urgency level of each task, subtask, or project.
- Automations: Trigger-based (if X happens then do Y); ways to automate repetitive actions such as notifications, comments, status updates, etc.
1. Project Structure / Hierarchy
Avaza simplifies project management by breaking down projects into easy-to-use spaces based on roles and functions.
Projects > Sections > Tasks > Subtasks
- Project: An overarching campaign a team works on. A project’s goals can be broken into multiple sections.
- Section: A function or module of a project based on user access roles (admin, manager, employees, etc.). For example, you can create sections based on your development lifecycle (analysis, design, implementation, etc.). Each section can have its own set of Tasks.
- Task: Actionable items assigned to individuals or teams as a part of a section.
- Subtasks: Smaller steps within a task are necessary for task completion.
ProWorkflow has a simple hierarchy for project tracking:
Projects > Task Headings > Tasks
- Projects: A project could be a single end-product you aim to deliver, a client you manage, or any larger goal you’re working towards.
- Task heading: These large tasks act as stepping stones in the project and contain smaller steps.
- Tasks: These are the individual action items within a task heading.
Avaza has four project layout views:
- List View: Visualize all Tasks within a project in a list-based format with details about Task Status, Assigned To, and Due Dates.
- Kanban Boards: View Tasks as cards sorted into columns based on sections. Each card contains information about the Task name, Tags, and Assignees. You can also drag and drop Tasks to reorganize or reorder them.
- Gantt Chart: Monitor task timelines and dependencies with the Gantt view for project planning.
- Calendar View: Keep track of important deadlines with a calendar view to see Tasks based on Due Dates. You can sort the view by month, week, or day.
ProWorkflow offers the following nine ways to visualize work:
- Homepage: An overview of your workload, upcoming deadlines, recent activity, and staff activities.
- Calendar: Projects and tasks organized by start date and displayed on a calendar.
- Timesheet: Shows your time tracked and the tasks you worked on.
- Timeline: Displays your tasks by start and end date and the dependencies between them.
- Customer map: Allows you to see the locations of your clients on a map.
- Projects list: A table showing all your current projects and their details.
- Projects board: A Kanban board displaying your projects grouped according to your chosen parameter — E.g., task status, priority, or category.
- Tasks list: A table displaying details of all your tasks.
- Tasks board: A Kanban board of your tasks grouped by a chosen field.
3. Tasks & Subtasks
Avaza lets you create Tasks to track each actionable item of a project. Add details for effective task completion, like:
- Task Type
- Assigned To
- Start Date
- Due Date
- Estimated Hours
- Hours Per Day
- Timesheet Category
To establish a hierarchy of tasks in ProWorkflow, use the task styles feature: heading, bold, and normal. Bold and normal tasks serve as subtasks under a task heading, and bold tasks are higher priority than normal tasks.
When you create a task, you can include the following:
- Task name and description
- File attachments
- Time estimate
- Start and due dates
- Billable status (yes or no)
- Billable rate
- Taxable status (yes or no)
Use Avaza’s default task statuses, like Not Started, In Progress, and Complete to indicate Task progress and completion. Administrators can also create custom statuses or modify color codes to suit different types of Projects.
With ProWorkflow, you can indicate project and task statuses using tags. You can set up custom status tags for projects, tasks, and contacts.
Avaza doesn’t have a checklist feature for Tasks. However, you can create Projects and use the Tasks as checklist items or use available Project Checklist Templates, like Welcome Email or Onboarding Checklist.
ProWorkflow doesn’t have a native feature for adding checklists to tasks. However, you can create a list of indented subtasks to serve as a checklist.
6. Task Templates
Generate Task templates from live Tasks in Avaza to suit your workflow and save time. Apply these templates to all Tasks in a List.
Each template can contain:
- Time Estimates
- Task statuses
- Start Date
- Due Date
- Recurring settings
- Custom fields
- And more
ProWorkflow enables you to create new task templates from scratch or based on other templates or current projects.
Assign Tasks to team members who have access to the project to hold them accountable for the Task’s completion.
You can assign a Task to one or more people, and all of them will receive Task-related notifications. Assignees can also update the Task Status as they complete the work.
ProWorkflow offers several ways to assign tasks, including:
- Drag and drop assignees from a list onto a task on the project description page.
- Assign or remove a team member across all tasks in a project
- Add assignees in the contacts column of the tasks view
- Assign multiple tasks to a contact at once
Set Tasks to Urgent, High, Medium, and Low priority levels — indicated also by different colored flags.
Select a low, medium, or high priority status for tasks and projects. To create custom priority statuses, you can use project or task tags.
Additionally, you can indicate priority using the bold task style.
Avaza’s Gantt Charts view lets you auto-schedule dependent Tasks based on changes to the Start and Due Dates of an earlier Task.
ProWorkflow doesn’t have any native automation features.
B. Time Management
Time is money for a reason.
The right software can be the difference between pinching pennies and raking in the big bucks.
Effective project management software offers effortless time management features to help you befriend the clock.
With the right one, expect to keep all your tasks running as scheduled and meet your deadlines with ease.
Features to look out for include:
- Due dates: Communicate expected delivery dates.
- Time estimates: Make capacity decisions based on how much time each task or project is expected to take.
- Time tracking: Measure productivity with accurate time consumption data for each team member.
1. Due Dates
Keep track of Project and Task deadlines by adding Due Dates to Tasks.
You can also add Start Dates to Tasks to give assignees more context on when they need to begin and finish working on them. Adding both Start and Due Dates will automatically add a Task to your Gantt Chart view.
ProWorkflow includes start and due date fields when you create a task, edit a task, or set up a task template.
2. Time Estimates
Avaza lets you add the Estimated Effort (Estimated Hours) for each Task as well as the Hours per day that need to be completed.
Add time estimates to tasks and projects using the time allocation field.
3. Time Tracking
Avaza’s native Time Tracker lets you track time spent on each Task or Project.
You can pause and continue the timer at any point, irrespective of Task Start or Due dates.
ProWorkflow offers four methods for tracking time on tasks:
- Live tracker: Track time for a task using a timer while you work
- Manual entry: Add a time record declaring hours and minutes worked on a task
- Drag and drop: Drag a task onto a timesheet and size the block to indicate time worked
- Direct entry: Enter time details directly into the timesheet
What you can’t measure, you can’t improve.
Reporting and analytics features can help you track real-time progress, monitor key metrics, and sniff out bottlenecks like a detective.
Armed with these insights, your team can stay ahead of the curve no matter the situation.
Expect better resource management, superior deadline compliance, and a more focused and decisive team.
Features to look out for include:
- Goals and milestones: Record targets for the whole team to see and work towards.
- Dashboards: Visualize data from all corners of the team into a user-friendly, interactive interface.
- Gantt charts: Keep your plans flexible with Gantt charts that allow you to adjust timelines based on changing resource availability and task completion ratio.
1. Goals & Milestones
Avaza doesn’t have a dedicated feature for tracking goals and milestones.
ProWorkflow doesn’t have any native features for setting goals and milestones.
Avaza’s primary Account Dashboard lets you view widgets containing different types of project and time data.
You can customize the Dashboard with different widgets, like:
- Unpaid Invoices
- Task Summary
- Task Project Breakdown
- Time Summary
- Expense Summary
- Sales & Payments
You can adjust the widgets’ settings based on date range and group.
Your ProWorkflow homepage displays a dashboard of graphs and details on upcoming tasks.
The graphs can display details like projects and tasks by status or priority, time tracked vs billable time, and quotes and invoices.
You’ll also see a list of upcoming task start and due dates.
3. Gantt Charts
Avaza’s Gantt Chart view lets you:
- Add, edit, and delete Tasks.
- Drag and drop to reschedule Task start dates and due dates.
- Auto-schedule codependent Tasks by changing the start and due dates on an earlier Task.
- View Tasks in a month, week, or day, and group them by sections.
- Sort Tasks by start dates and due dates.
- See and edit the progress percentage of Tasks.
ProWorkflow’s timeline view functions as a Gantt chart and allows you to:
- Create new tasks
- Drag to adjust start and due dates
- Select and adjust multiple tasks at once
- Set or remove task dependencies
D. User Management
Software, features, and other tech things aside, the real heroes of any project are your team members. So make sure to pick the kind of project management software that puts them front and center!
How do you do this?
Look for software that knows what different team members need and helps you deliver the right experience.
Features to look out for include:
- User groups: Create internal teams representing various departments, functions, or projects.
- Permission levels: Grant different access levels depending on the users’ information requirements and the company’s security concerns.
- Guest users: Invite team members from other companies/teams to collaborate with your team without compromising on confidential data.
1. User Groups
Avaza has various user groups, including:
- Finance Manager
- Timesheet Approver
- Expense Approver
- Scheduling Manager
- Customer Finances
- Portfolio Manager
- Project Manager
- Scheduling User
- Timesheet/Expense User
- Chat User
- Project Collaborator
Administrators have the highest authority while Project Collaborators have the lowest.
Project Managers can add Team Members or External Contacts as Projects Collaborators. You can assign a Timesheet/Expense User role if you want to track a user’s time or expenses.
You can change their roles later by editing their access.
From the users and permissions settings in ProWorkflow, you can set up user roles and assign them to your contacts. You can use this feature to group people by role, department, team, etc.
2. Permission Levels
You can set Task-Level Permissions to make Tasks visible to your team or everyone (team + External Contacts). Viewers in Avaza can comment and access Task data.
In ProWorkflow, there is only one permission level with default settings — super user. Other than that, you must create custom roles to define your organization’s permission levels.
Permissions for roles include:
- Super user status (full access)
- Ability to view all work
- Ability to see sensitive business information (quotes, invoices, rates, etc.)
- Whether the role can receive client project requests
- Whether the role receives billing alerts from ProWorkflow
- If the role can view, add, edit, or delete information on each page of the organization
- Ability to add, edit, or delete user permissions
- Whether the role can access and make changes to areas in the settings menu
3. Guest Users
Collaborate with clients, customers, contractors, etc. by adding them as External Contacts on Tasks.
You can add clients and external parties as contacts in your ProWorkflow organization and customize the permissions for all client contacts or individual clients.
On their contact profile, you can edit the following information and settings:
- Client name, title, and company name
- Whether they’re the main contact for that company
- Whether they can log in (you set the username and password)
- Their email address and phone contact details
- Whether they can request projects
- Which projects and tasks can they view
- Which views can they access
In project management, collaboration and communication are like a ballroom dance — if everyone isn’t in sync, you’re just stepping on each other’s toes!
A project manager should encourage their team to be on the same page regarding everything happening on the project. This could involve regular meetings, periodic status updates, shared checklists, etc.
But things can get tricky when you add different team structures (remote, hybrid, distributed, etc.).
The trick is to balance ‘informing everyone’ with ‘over-communicating.’
The solution is to forge a shared space where the whole team can contribute without hampering individual productivity. Picking a suitable project management software is the first step toward achieving this goal.
Features to look for include:
- Comments: Simple ways to send feedback or discuss a task or project.
- Threads: Keep all relevant comments in a single thread.
- Tagging/@mention: Mention a team member on a task, in comments, or in any shared space to notify them.
- Sharing tasks: Share tasks with relevant team members for efficient collaboration.
- File management: Attach and store files, create and annotate documents, etc., for ready access to project documentation.
- Notifications: Customize how team members receive notifications.
1. Comments, Threads, & Tagging
Avaza lets you add comments to Tasks for better collaboration with assignees or watchers.
You can tag people (@mention) in the comments and add links or attachments to provide resources or context.
Followers and Assignees of the task will get notifications about the comments.
Clicking on a task title in ProWorkflow will reveal a comment icon where you can leave messages.
This feature allows you to:
- @mention contacts
- Include hashtags to tag the message
- Select recipients
- Add file attachments
- Set the message as private
- Send an email notification to recipients
2. File Management
Attach files, like documents and images, to Projects, Tasks, and comments to share project resources in Avaza.
You can also add Tags to uploads and access easy previews in Tasks.
Attach files in various formats to projects, tasks, and messages.
Stay informed with notifications across various channels (in-app, email, and push). You can receive notifications for Tasks assigned to you, Task Status changes, mentions, etc.
ProWorkflow delivers both in-app and email notifications to assignees for activities in projects and tasks, account alerts, and resource alerts.
F. Customer Support
Individual users in smaller teams often face a steep learning curve with most project management software.
In their case, having access to responsive support executives and a wealth of helpful resources can make a significant difference, turning a frustrating experience into a positive one.
However, customer support is just as crucial for larger teams.
Even if these teams initially received thorough onboarding and training, their needs and use cases tend to evolve over time. Continuous and adaptable customer support becomes essential to address these changing needs effectively.
With adequate customer support, you can:
- Derive maximum value from the app with the help of professional guidance whenever required
- Ensure your team is making full use of all the features you’re paying for
- Learn from case studies of other teams using the same software
- Expand your use cases with time
- Learn about the features your team uses the most and avoid spending on those you don’t need
- Solve minor issues on your end by going through help resources
- Get hands-on support when you get stuck
- Keep a record of all your complaints and feedback for the platform to aid future buying decisions
- Send feedback to the app’s developers so they can design the features you most desire
Features to look for include:
- Detailed knowledge bases and documentation to aid DIY solutions to common issues
- Case studies, templates, guides, and other resources
- Easy access to resources for all types of users — free or paid
- Async support executives to cover for the time difference
- Live agents who can respond via chat or phone
- Screenshots and recordings to display how the tool works
- Translations to resources in other languages, if needed
- Video Tutorials: Quick videos on getting started with basic Avaza features
- Support Docs: Guides on how to complete various actions using Avaza
- Customer support: Chat, Email
- Help center: A collection of tutorials relating to ProWorkflow features
- Video guides: A playlist of YouTube how-to videos
- Contact support: Via the support request form, email addresses, or phone number
G. Platforms Supported
Distributed and field teams might not always be armed with laptops or computers.
But that doesn’t mean productivity has to stop.
With a mobile-friendly project management tool, the workflow keeps humming along, turning those smartphones into mighty workflow tools.
More reason to look into this?
If your company follows a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach, your team members need the freedom to switch between various devices.
With support for all types of apps, you can:
- Ensure uniform access irrespective of device type
- Save on the cost of buying the same types of devices for the whole team
- Give all team members a chance to log work from anywhere, anytime
Features to look for include:
- App support for the latest Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android versions.
- Maximum coverage for all key features across devices
- Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge (all modern browsers)
- Desktop: Mac, Windows
- Mobile: iOS, Android
- Browser: Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer
- Desktop: Windows, Mac
- Mobile: Mobile web app
Whether you have deep pockets or shoestring budgets, there’s project management software out there for every kind of organization.
But the confusing combination of features and numbers on pricing pages can make it difficult to choose.
Here are some easy tips for starters.
If you plan on buying the software subscription for just yourself or a small team that’s not likely to grow rapidly anytime soon — stick to the free plan as long as possible. Or pick the cheapest monthly subscription possible. These should cover most of your feature requirements comfortably in most cases.
However, if you expect to hire rapidly and grow to a sizable number, go for a plan that grows with you — ideally with a per-user rate that doesn’t add up exponentially.
Finally, most software offers flexible enterprise plans that let you cherry-pick your favorite features into a custom package. If you’re part of such a team, it’s best to contact the sales team and get the best deal possible.
Avaza’s pricing structure is as follows:
- Free: Unlimited Project Collaborators, 1 User with Timesheet access, 5 Team Members with Chat Access, Unlimited External Contacts with Chat Access, 5 Active Projects, 10 Customers, 100 MB Storage.
- Startup ($11.95/month): 2 Users with Timesheet access (add more at $7 each/month), 20 Active Projects, Unlimited Customers, 10 GB Storage, Priority Support, and everything else in the Free plan.
- Basic ($23.95/month): 5 Users with Timesheet Access (add more at $7 each/month), 50 Active Projects, 20 GB Storage, and everything else in the Startup plan.
- Business ($47.95/month): 10 Users with Timesheet Access (add more at $7 each/month), Unlimited Active Projects, Unlimited Invoices, 30 GB Storage, and everything else in the Business plan.
ProWorkflow has the following pricing plans:
- Free trial: 14-day free trial
- Professional ($20/user/month): Unlimited pricing, no user limit, 25GB file storage
- Advanced ($30/user/month): Five users minimum; includes everything in Professional, plus client project requests, custom fields, and 50GB file storage.
- Enterprise (Contact sales for pricing and more information)
I. Best Suited To
Picking the right project management tool is like finding the perfect pair of shoes. They must be a snug fit but also leave you some wiggle room to get comfortable!
In other words, the tool you pick must fit all your current needs and grow alongside your future requirements, too.
So make sure you’ve covered all bases in your research when picking project management software for your team.
One way to do this is to check what types of teams your choice serves best.
For instance, what works for a small software development team might not suit a large marketing agency.
When hunting for a PM solution, it’s vital to match the tool’s features and use cases with your team’s workflow. Tailor your search to find a tool with all the necessary features to manage your tasks and boost productivity.
Avaza is an easy-to-use project management tool that’s suitable for teams of all sizes.
The software makes collaboration easy — for team members working on a project and for businesses that need to connect with customers or contractors.
Avaza is a cost-effective option for small businesses and startups since the free plan lets you add unlimited Project Collaborators and External Contacts. Plus, its paid plans allow you to add more Team Members with Timesheet access at an affordable $7/user/month.
This versatile tool also has many features for visualizing projects, scheduling resources, generating reports, and creating invoices. Its chat app is great for communication between teams and external parties.
However, Avaza doesn’t offer much in terms of automation and it doesn’t have offline-synchronization capabilities. So, it may not be the best choice for teams that need to work offline.
But that’s to be expected with most cloud-based software solutions.
Still, Avaza makes up for these missing features by providing a well-balanced project management tool with amazing customer support. Plus, its top-notch timesheets and invoicing features are perfect for service-based businesses with many clients.
ProWorkflow offers a lot of freedom to customize permissions, statuses, and time tracking. It’s useful for handling tasks in bulk and assigning them easily.
Its approach to setting up tasks and subtasks stands out as both simple and unique, and the way in which it organizes information in views is adequate (but not stellar).
The inclusion of invoicing and quotations also enhances ProWorkflow’s utility. These features make ProWorkflow suitable for organizing project work across multiple clients.
However, there are some major downsides.
The tool doesn’t have a free plan and is relatively expensive out of the gate. The features also don’t differ much between the pricing plans.
One must wonder if the price tag is justified, given that the app lacks automation and AI features, which are generally standard practice among project management tools today.
Additionally, the user interface, commenting, and notifications are dated and not very user-friendly. The comments resemble an old-school forum and aren’t particularly well-equipped for organized, threaded discussions.
ProWorkflow’s support resources are also rather sparse, which can contribute to a higher learning curve.
In general, this tool has a solid foundation but has some catching up to do to match up with the standards set by more established, modern PM tools.