Replicon PPM Review

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Replicon PPM At A Glance

Good: Ability to set multi-level hierarchies and up to five levels of approvals within projects, integration with many financial solutions, dedicated resource management functionality.
Bad: Document management and collaboration features aren't offered.
Bottom Line: With Replicon PPM, users can track all components (costs, time, resources) of both small and large projects.

Product Overview

We’ve written about Replicon’s TimeAttend time clock solution. However, this review focuses on Replicon PPM.

Replicon PPM is a cloud-based solution that’s designed to track projects and resources. As it’s in the cloud, companies won’t have to worry about maintaining hardware and software, or having to host their own data.

The solution also has a role-based interface and self-service functionality so all users can track their own tasks.

With Replicon PPM, users can track projects, both large and small. For complex and time-intensive projects, they can create sub-projects within the larger project. Users can set budgets for each project and assign tasks to employees based on specific criteria. They can also create projects that include multi-level hierarchies and set milestones for each task.

Projects and deadlines can be tracked in real time – for instance, the Projects tab displays project status as well as estimated and actual hours devoted to each project.

Replicon PPM integrates with a company’s existing financial and other systems, including Oracle, Cognos, Sage, SAP, Microsoft Office Projects, Microsoft Dynamics and more.

Replicon PPM is also available in a mobile app. Users can enter time worked on projects, receive reminders or approve time sheets from their mobile devices. Updates made on the mobile app are synchronized with the browser-based version.

Features

Replicon PPM has many features, such as:

  • Summary of status, hours and costs displayed on every page
  • Summary charts and dashboards for drilling down into specific areas
  • Standard and custom reporting templates that can be exported or sent via email
  • Ability to set approval paths up to five levels and designate supervisors, managers, division leaders and executives as the chain of command
  • Tracking employee time by tasks or projects (can also add comments to time entries and send reminders to employees about task deadlines)
  • Customized fields in time sheets
  • Customizable permissions by administrators so employees can only access the projects they work on

Replicon PPM also has a dedicated resource management functionality that includes these components:

  • Ability to view resources based on specific criteria (skills, experience, availability, etc.) and assign them to projects in a few clicks
  • Ability to view resources by date, department or project filters
  • Allocating resources by percentage of availability or hours per day
  • Placeholder Resources tab for forecasting use of specific resources on future projects (future projects can be assigned “placeholder” status)

  • Budget & Expense Management?
  • Collaboration?
  • File Sharing?
  • Gantt Charts?
  • Mobile?
  • Task Management?
  • Time Tracking?

Target Market

Replicon PPM is intended for different company sizes and industries.

We’ve listed some of its customers below:

  • Aspire Public Schools
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Dropbox
  • FedEx
  • Fujifilm
  • Jockey
  • P&G
  • Quora
  • Xerox
  • Yelp

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Implementation/Integration

Replicon provides users with a six-phase implementation process:

  • Define – In this phase, the client and Replicon’s implementation project manager discuss the client’s business, as well as its needs, challenges and goals for the software, and a deployment strategy.
  • Configure and integrate – Replicon works on migrating data and processes from the client’s existing system, along with customizing its solution and integrating any third-party applications.
  • Train – Replicon designs a training program that fits the client’s needs, such as train-the-trainer, online training or role-specific end-user training.
  • Acceptance test – In this phase, testers can “play in the sandbox,” that is, test the Replicon solution to find issues or errors before going live.
  • Deploy – The solution is deployed into a live environment and all end users can start to use it.
  • Success criteria – This phase is a final checkup to make sure everything’s running smoothly. Replicon then transitions the client to a dedicated Customer Service Manager for customer support.

Replicon offers two implementation packages based on company size:

  • Plus – Configurable options and rules for medium-sized businesses with standard requirements.
  • Enterprise – Customizable options and rules, and global support for large customers.

Customer Service & Support

End users can access Replicon’s Customer Zone portal to find answers to commonly asked questions, start conversations with other Replicon users or submit support requests. Replicon posts information on upcoming product releases within the Customer Zone.

Users also have the option of contacting support via phone, email or live chat.

Pricing

Replicon doesn’t publicly display their pricing information. Please contact them directly for a quote.

Shortcomings

Replicon PPM doesn’t support document management or sharing capabilities.

Also, it doesn’t offer features for collaboration. Companies looking for a project management solution that supports collaboration can check out Wrike or Mavenlink.

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About

Replicon offers solutions to companies that help increase productivity, improve profitability, and ensure wage and hour compliance. The company provides time and attendance, time-off, expense management, client billing, project costing, resource and schedule management solutions.

It’s won numerous awards, including the 2016 Bronze Stevie Award for Sales & Customer Service, and the 2015 Branham300’s Top 100 Leaders in Canada’s ICT industry.

Headquartered in Redwood City, CA, Replicon has locations in Canada (Alberta, Toronto), the United Kingdom (London), Australia (Sydney) and India (Bangalore).

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