Is there a good online/cloud substitute for MS Project out there somewhere that makes collaboration easy and doesn't cost too much?
Microsoft Project Alternative
I'm a MS Project/Sharepoint type of guy due to the organizations that I've worked for. Here are two vendors that I've come across that appear to have all of the bells and whistles for a small to mid-size firm to run a successful project from beginning to end. Not sure what your definition of "expensive" is.
1. Project Manager - www.projectmanager.com
2. ProWorkflow - www.proworkflow.com
Just be careful when researching any online cloud vendor. There are typically a number of expenses that are not included in the price shown online. For example, customer support and any storge overage is usually very expensive similar to the way your charged when you go over on your cell phone bill.
Hope that helps.
I'm impressed with huddle.com, but if you need powerful PM features, probably not your app. These are also simple but could work dep on what you need: basecamphq.com myintervals.com actionmethod.com project2manage.com
RationalPlan is an alternative to MS Project that offers both online and offline products:
There is also (I'm currently using them for different clients):
Haven't tried bitrix but I would say that Asana and Wrike can not be considered alternatives to MS Project. You can do project management with them but are not powerful enough to compare them with MS Project.
It really depends on what you use MS Project for, doesn't it?
Most people can use OpenOffice for word processing. Does it compare to Word, not in the expansive feature base, but then again, most people don't use a tenth of what's offered, and that tenth is OpenOffice.
Thus, the products listed (not endorsed) might just be the correct product.
There are products well suited for planning while other for agile type of work. So in the end it all depends on the users needs.
I work for VersionOne that develops Agile software. Here's a link to a free trial.
I use Smartsheet to create project plans - it's totally transparent and real-time, has Gantts, dependencies, resource management, etc. and is super easy to use - it also has a nice mobile app.
I highly recommend Asana. It is very easy and enjoyable to use and great for collaboration. It is not a perfect substitute for MS Project. It's flexibility could make it either a better or worse alternative, depending on the project needs and the people using it.