Wrike vs Asana [Oct 2019]: Is Asana or Wrike Best?

By Ewen Finser | Project Management

WRIKE VS ASANA

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Project management platforms have proven to be excellent tools for boosting productivity in the workplace. They also assist in teaching a corporate culture that embodies the virtues of teamwork. Choosing a useful PM software is no walk in the park. It is an investment of resources and time spent not only in vetting the right system but in learning the system to encourage user adoption.

Project management tools are perfect for your business if;

  • You are finding it hard to collaborate on tasks
  • If it is difficult to delegate tasks to larger groups (task management)
  • Budgeting and planning is becoming too tricky between teams
  • If you want to share work and monitor the works, progress to different parties
  • If you are finding it hard to eliminate bottlenecks and to boost competitiveness
  • If you want functionality and visibility on time tracking and time allocation

Wrike and Asana are project management platforms with a huge following. Wrike is the large companies answer to the project management bottlenecks while Asana is perfect for smaller teams. Want to know what each platform has and how they match up? Read on and find out which is the best project management platform for you.

Wrike

Wrike has been an astounding success and has over 8000 businesses globally, utterly dependent on its collaboration software and project management features.

Many globally recognized companies like HTC, PayPal and Hootsuite concur that Wrike has been the best invention since sliced bread.

If you are the curious kind or are in the market for a collaboration system that goes beyond the prowess of Google Docs, dig in with us and find out why these companies pay for Wrike’s software.

wrike home page

Wrike’s success has been fuelled by its users’ love for it. There have been tons of recommendations and positive reviews about it online. Since its inception in 2007 Wrike has amassed a huge user and fan base and gone a step further and won significant industry awards. Wrike says it’s out to re-think business productivity as we know it, and this can only signal more innovation for the platform.

Wrike’s feature highlights

 Ease of use

Wrike is a web-based service and therefore requires no maintenance or downloads to use. This makes it super easy in set up helping you and your employees manage your resources and have work organized as well as a team. Wrike’s significant criticism though is that its interface has a steep learning curve and not intuitive in navigation.

Interface and navigation

This platform may not be the most, but its organization is very sensible and organized. And if you are the mouse type of user, it’s a large variety of keyboard shortcuts that help you work fast. Wrike’s interface is clean, contemporary looking and tidy. You can use its themes to brighten it up or to add a border pattern. Its interface has a three-panel layout whereby if you click on the first panel, its project’s task will display on panel 2. If you click on any function and its details will display on panel 3.

Customer support

Wrike has a broad knowledge base with plenty of how-tos and other articles that educate the new user on how to best utilize the platform and its mobile apps. There is a guide that helps users to get started. This long guide breaks down the platform into easy to master bits for the new user.

The 3 to 5-minute video tutorials demonstrate the platform’s features, and they utilize different narrators to break the monotony of watching one narrator back to back. Amongst the videos, there are past live webinar videos that further demonstrate in-depth on how the platform works.

You can also contact their support staff via email, social media where they have a very active Twitter feed and Facebook. You can also call in and get quick help if you prefer it.

Wrike has a hub

Wrike goes beyond the realm of project management and helps its users manage work that is ongoing into folders. These are tasks that generally do not have a fixed deadline such as the updates of a business blog. With Wrike, you can create projects, populate them with tasks and assign a person or different users to work on them. You can also create a workflow for all tasks too.

Time Tracking

Its task timer feature comes with a time tracking log that highlights just how much time is spent on a task. You can, for example, assign tasks to your employees then add a date when you expect the tasks done, then start the timer’s counter. Alternatively, the time tracker allows you to add time to it if you have difficulties logging in the time live.

The time tracker is handy for task distribution amongst teams especially in law firms and other business that bill work by the hour. Wrike’s Android and iOS apps are perfect for logging in time for employees whose tasks often times takes them away from their workstations.

Wrike Management Solution Highlights

Editing tasks in real time

This helps in the accuracy and efficiency of time when projects and task management are in the hands of teams. All changes made as the team works are highlighted and groups can work simultaneously without second-guessing what the other team member is working on.

Reporting of projects in real time

Wrike is now able to make snapshots of reports to help give insights at the click of a button. They are a very efficient way to show progress saving time spent on status updates.

Analytics

The platform has an analytics widget that shows a projects overview and status as well as user’s workloads. The feature has performance and baseline charts for comparison of progress on projects and to help to identify any setbacks, there may be in teams. It has a Gantt chart that purposely tracks the timelines of projects and a work progress chart as well.

Management Software Integrations

Wrike integrates with loads of cloud-based software apps such as Dropbox, Microsoft One and Google Drives. It also works well with other apps such as HubSpot, Jira, Slack, LinkedIn, Chrome integration, Salesforce and Zapier to name but a few. The system also has Android and iOS management software apps.

Wrike API

If your business wants to customize Wrike, then you can acquire API keys and documentation from Wrike’s developer website.

Wrike pros

  • Their user-friendly navigation features work well for most users
  • Has security features that only allow authorized users to access your business’s data
  • Has mobile management app for easy tracking of tasks anywhere anytime
  • Large groups of users can be assigned duties on the system and tracked by the hour or minute
  • Real-time collaboration features actually work

Cons

  • The platforms make tasks a bit hard to break up thanks to the creation and build up of tons of comments folders and files with time.
  • It is a cluttered system that hard for new users to navigate through

 Costs

wrike costs

Asana

Asana is a fantastic productivity and collaboration software, perfect for project management. It is not as powerful as full-scale project management platforms, but it much easier to use than Wrike. Asana, for example, does not have advanced task management tools such as the time tracker and log that Wrike has. All the same, its intuitive and attractive user interface is a great selling point. The software is flexible too and has a value of over $900 million indicating its prowess. The platform has been in use since 2012 and has many large business clients such as The New York Times, NASA and Red Bull.

asana home page

Asana’s feature highlights

User friendliness

Asana is very easy to use but is also very unstructured, unlike Wrike’s interface. Its screen has sections that with legible controls marked in clear easy to read fonts. The color used on the interface helps to highlight tasks and its interface looks tidy and uncrowded. Your employees can actually use Asana without assistance from the help section, unlike Wrike.

Asana is also tons of fun and even has celebrations, a feature that triggers cute celebratory animations when a task is accomplished. There are other exciting fun features on Asana and a beginner guide for anyone who might need help starting out. All things said Asana s fantastic for any user who does not want to spend a significant amount of time learning how to use technically challenging project management and collaboration tool.

Features

Asana allows all project management tools the creation of projects, tasks, and subtasks. It also enables you to assign specific projects or tasks to specific users to facilitate tracking of project development. This will help every employee to focus on their tasks and at the same time have a bird’s eye view of how other projects are running.

Asana has an attachments system, and larger files can be sent to a cloud storage system. It also has a syncing file system to computers and a dependency management feature that highlights tasks dependent on your employee of choice (task dependencies). This helps reduce bottlenecks and to keep the project and tasks moving on. You can also comment on the functions and build a meaningful discussion about the project amongst your employees.  Once you have assigned duties on Asana, you can view them through a timeline or calendar view.

Integrations

Asana has many useful combinations with other apps that make it an efficient and flowing project management system. It, for example, has a .csv importer for spreadsheet use on its platform and Zapier, Salesforce, JIRA, and Trello as well. The platform also has an iOS and Android app to help track projects when away from your workstation.

Privacy and security

Asana has extensive compliance and security features, and the platform has taken the General Data Protection Regulation into consideration. It also complies with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield for stored data and only allows the full deletion of data in its Enterprise plan. Asana also has put measures in place to ensure that anyone who wants to leave the platform can export their data out as .csv or .json files.

Support and service

You can contact Asana’s customer care through live chat, support forms, and their forums too. They do have help pages that are easy to navigate.

Pros

  • Easy and fun to use
  • Asana allows its users to edit and add their own custom fields to enable to track the tasks that matter to them the most.
  • Handy email notifications that eliminate the challenges of communication
  • Allows also for real tie communication between teams as well as fast responses, cutting out the need for meetings
  • All the platforms data is well secured on its servers in secure data centers
  • Basic free version

Cons

  • Its offline access is only availed to mobile apps, not desktop use.
  • It does offer a method of converting to-do lists into boards and vice versa

Pricing

asana pricing

Wrike vs Asana

Asana and Wrike are fantastic solutions for managing projects that positively impact teamwork, collaboration, file sharing, and tracking of tasks and projects. They are both GDPR compliant in matters of data management and security.

There features that are common to both systems, which includes;

  • Task and document management
  • Reporting
  • Platforms availability for PC use, Android and iOS apps

Wrike has time tracker and resource management features. It also has a budgeting feature which makes its platform stand out from the crowd. With Asana, tracking time spent on projects is not as easy. If you want to track a budget for a project, you can do so on Wrike but not on Asana. With Wrike, you can restrict the budget tracking visibility for security purposes.

With both platforms, you can assign, reassign, schedule, create and edit tasks as needed. Wrike goes a step further and offers a workload view to enable the person in charge of a project to keep the assigning of tasks equal and balanced between employees and to avoid abnormal workloads on one person.

Both systems have great support, but Wrike has phone support. Wrike also offers more ways to contact support. Wrike has premium paid support, but Asana does not require payment for help. All you need with Asana is to pay your subscription for your package and enjoy the full package.

The Final Note: Asana vs Wrike

Bottom Line: Wrike has become popular because it has a horde of features in its project management and collaboration suite. If you want complete visibility on projects and tasks for large teams, Wrike will ensure that you achieve it.

Asana though is user-friendly and more affordable (decent free version), so not a bad option, we just prefer Wrike.

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