As today’s business processes constantly grow in scope and complexity, companies of any scale have to utilize modern technologies to achieve their goals without delays and remain competitive. Some companies prefer to purchase ready-madesoftware that helps to manage and coordinate their projects. However, such an approach has some drawbacks. Capterra’s latest report on project management provides a range of negative factors related to using PM software such as missing features, not being fit for workflow or not user-friendly.
Source: Capterra Project Management User Survey 2021
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To my mind, it is necessary to find the right equilibrium. Using DHTMLX Gantt, for instance, I can create basic Gantt charts as well as more complex ones complemented with advanced features such as resource management, critical path, auto-scheduling, etc. without any significant difficulties.
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Performance and customization options
Apart from a feature set, it was vital for me to clarify two more library characteristics that may seriously impact my application’s usability. Firstly, I had to make sure that the Gantt library I wanted to purchase allowed managing large projects including thousands of tasks, and not cause performance degradation. Any web application may require radical changes with time, so it was also important that the core component of my project could be customized in accordance with evolving requirements. I would recommend not to disregard these two important aspects.
With the advent of mobile technologies, it has become common for millions of people to use smartphones or tablets for both work and private purposes. The survey of Statista says that last year the majority (90%) of internet users utilized mobile devices to go online.
Business people need to be able to efficiently manage projects from any location using mobile devices. So if you want to make your application more convenient for potential end-users, make sure that its main components come with touch support.
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When handling projects using various charts and tables, project managers frequently need to print data. For example, it may be necessary to use the project information at meetings or send it by email. Therefore, exporting to popular formats (PDF, PNG, Excel, MS Project, etc.) is often included in specifications of business applications like my Gantt project as one of the key requirements.
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Documentation and demos
For me, one of the most powerful arguments in favor of DHTMLX Gantt was its all-encompassing documentation enriched with a collection of interactive samples. The benefits of a well-documented library are evident. You usually don’t need much time to master such technology and make the most of it in your project. Demos usually help to get a clear idea of how the library and its features can be used in real-case scenarios. Good documentation is crucial to shortening a learning curve.
Reviews and awards on popular platforms
It is natural for all vendors to make every effort to put a positive spin on their products. They promise that with their products you will have the best coding experience ever. But it is a pure marketing ploy designed to make you buy things. For that reason, I always seek unbiased product views from ordinary programmers like me. Fortunately, there are many popular software review platforms (G2, Crozdesk, Capterra) where developers from all over the world share their experience on using various tools. Popular products often receive awards based on reviews and other parameters. You can easily find the information on specific tools on such platforms and simplify your selection process.
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