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Nov 28, 2020
Project Management

Top 3 Project Management Software Trends You Need To Know in 2021

Three project management software trends to help you ensure employee productivity and project success in the current remote work setup.

Harshit Srivastava Sr. Content Analyst
Anandita KumariMarket Research Specialist

Pandemic-induced remote work has changed the way project managers like you work. Besides managing teams remotely, you’re now also required to ensure data security for all project documentation and collaboration. Facilitating uninterrupted communication among remote team members is another challenge you have to tackle. As remote work becomes the norm, these challenges are expected to continue even in 2021.

To overcome them, consider investing in project management software, if you haven’t already. A project management tool will help you bridge the communication gap among remote teams. You can assign and prioritize tasks, track the progress of multiple projects, and centralize project communication to ensure all your team members are on the same page. 

In this report, we share the top three project management software trends for 2021 and how you can prepare for them. We identified these trends from project management software-related resources published on GetApp in 2020 and validated them through our 2020 Project Management Category Leaders report. Click here to read the complete methodology.

What is the Category Leaders report?

Category Leaders is GetApp’s annual ranking of top software tools, leveraging ratings from over 1 million user reviews on the following parameters: ease of use, value for money, functionality, customer support, and likelihood to recommend.

Top 3 project management software trends for 2021
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1. Demand for project file sharing is expected to increase

As more businesses are moving to the remote work model, demand for the file or document sharing feature is increasing. According to GetApp’s 2020 Productivity and Remote Workplace survey*, 75% of employees say document sharing is one of the three most important productivity tools when they’re working from home.

Project management software with document sharing functionality lets your remote team collaborate on project-related files in real time. Project members can edit and work simultaneously on a document as well as leave comments for others to address. They can view the document’s edit history to check who made what changes and at what time. They can also restore a previous version of the document, if required. 

Examples of top-ranked software to share your project documents

The following products from GetApp’s 2020 Category Leaders in Project Management offer the document sharing feature to help your remote workers collaborate better:

  • MeisterTask, a project and team collaboration tool, allows your project teammates to upload files from their systems and share them as attachments on project tasks. Team members can also upload files from Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive.

  • Miro, an online whiteboard platform, lets you create visual task boards to plan and collaborate on project ideas with team members. Within these task boards, you can upload documents from your system or from apps such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, and Adobe Creative Cloud.

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2. Project management mobile apps are likely to register increased adoption

Mobile apps have become extremely popular among remote workers, be it for checking emails or messaging their colleagues. This trend also reflects in our 2020 Productivity and Remote Workplace survey*, in which 51% of employees said they use mobile messaging at least once a day for collaborating on work-related tasks. 

As remote teams lean more toward using smartphones for real-time collaboration, project managers like you will have to invest in software tools that offer mobile apps. Mobile project management apps will let your remote employees stay on top of project updates, check in with stakeholders, and communicate with colleagues using their mobile devices.

Examples of top-ranked software that offer mobile apps

The following products from GetApp’s 2020 Category Leaders in Project Management offer mobile collaboration apps to strengthen project communication for your remote team:

  • Project collaboration software Samepage offers a mobile app for team communication. Using the app, you can connect with your team members via text messages and voice and video calls. You can also share your screen during calls to present and discuss project ideas.

  • Quire, a collaborative project management tool, offers a mobile app that allows you to record notes, send messages, share files, and manage project tasks. You also get notifications about new updates or upcoming or overdue tasks.

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3. Data security is expected to be a key consideration in project management software purchases

While project management software and mobile apps help overcome the communication and productivity challenges of remote work, they also pave the way for data breaches. For example, hackers can snoop on your private business calls or hack into your document management system to steal sensitive business data.

These concerns have increased the demand for data security features in project management tools. Project managers like you are selecting security measures such as encryption, firewalls, and multifactor authentication to keep their project communication and documentation safe from hacking attempts.  

Examples of top-ranked software to secure your project data

The following products from GetApp’s 2020 Category Leaders in Project Management have data security features to help keep your project data safe:

  • Project portfolio management software Workzone offers firewalls, server monitoring, and 256-bit encryption for data transfers. Your project data is backed up every hour, which helps ensure it can be retrieved during emergencies.

  • Remote collaboration tool Nifty is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a set of data security measures to protect your project data from potential breaches. It also offers data encryption, 24x7 server monitoring, and single sign-on (SSO) for your project data.

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Stay on top of project management trends with GetApp’s Category Leaders reports

If you’re looking for a software solution that’s up to date with the latest project management trends, GetApp’s Category Leaders reports are a good place to start your search. The products featured on these reports are selected based on ratings from real users like you, and, therefore, provide unbiased, data-driven rankings of top software products in the market. 

Listed below are some Category Leaders reports related to project management software you can assess:

For more options, you can check out our project management software directory and filter the tools by price, features, company size, industry, specialization, and more.

Methodology and Disclaimer

*GetApp’s Productivity and Remote Workplace survey was conducted in July 2020. It was aimed to assess remote workplace trends across 384 businesses in the United States, with employee size between 2 and 500.

The products selected in this article have been obtained from GetApp Category Leaders reports accessed on Nov. 05, 2020.

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