Wrike is a project management software that its beta version was released on December 2006. Then, Wrike.Inc publicly debuted the application that month at the Le Web 3 conference in Paris. A few years later, they then launched a new “Enterprise” platform aimed at larger businesses in December 2013. Basically, the platform was designed around the typical marketing workflow, which often revolves around briefs, requests, assignments, reviews, and approvals.
Meanwhile, Asana was founded in 2008 by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-Google-and-Facebook engineer Justin Rosenstein. Its application officially launched for free out of beta in November 2011 and commercially in April 2012. This platform is designed to improve team collaboration and work management on all project types in a simple way. In this article, we compare Wrike vs Asana based on our experience using the two.
Table of contents
Overall, Wrike consists of features in two categories: project management, and team collaboration. Project Management features are those which help teams track everything associated with projects. These include an interactive Gantt chart, a workload view, and a sortable table that can be customized. While collaboration features are those designed to aid in conversations and asset creation. These include Wrike’s Live co-editor, discussion threads on tasks, and tools for attaching documents.
Not much different from Wrike, Asana also provides features that allow you to organize projects and collaborate with your team. Its features including creating projects, assign work to teammates, specify deadlines, and communicate about tasks. It also includes reporting tools, file attachments, calendars, and more. Below is a comparison table of feature availability at Wrike and Asana.
|Project Planning & Scheduling|
|Setting priorities and deadlines||√||√|
|Resources & Workload Management||√|
|Support Agile Methodologies||√||√|
|Intake / Request Forms||√||√|
|Attach files to the task||√||√|
|Progress Tracking / Status||√||√|
|Project Financial Management|
|Payments / Billing||√|
|Integration with Accounting Systems||√|
As seen in the comparison table above, Wrike is more feature-rich than Asana. Also, there are fundamental differences between the two related to its features.
In Asana, there are no task status options by default which is one of the most important things in project management. Though there is a “Custom Fields” feature which can be used to create task status options. Meanwhile, unlike Asana, everything is already set up by default in Wrike. There is default task status options and workflow, for instance.
Furthermore, Wrike has a more flexible workflow than Asana. Wrike allows you to create custom workflows and statuses. Also, you can specify who should be added as an assignee if a task has a particular status.
Wrike offers integration with CRM Software such as Salesforce and HubSpot. File storage such as Box, Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive. IT project management software such as JIRA and Github and many other different applications.
Meanwhile, Asana has integrations with other SaaS tools, including Gmail, Slack, Microsoft Outlook, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Zapier, Zendesk, and many more. It also provides Open API that allows customers or third-party developers to build on the Asana platform and customize Asana to the unique way their teams work.
Ease of Use
Based on our experience using Wrike and Asana, in our opinion, Wrike is easier than Asana. Actually, Asana also has intuitive features and easy to use but some function is not simple enough. For example, as mentioned above, there are no task status options by default which might confuse first-time users.
Another example, users require 3 steps to delete a task in Asana, while in Wrike is only require 2 steps. In Asana, you must open the task details view, then open task details menu, and then click “Delete Task”.
Wrike has five pricing options — Free, Professional, Business, Marketers, and Enterprise. Prices range between $0 and $24.80 per month (per user) and are billed annually, except for Marketers plan and Enterprise plan. For Marketers and Enterprise, users need to contacts Wrike teams for a custom quote. The main differences between the plans include features, storage space, number of users/collaborators, and integrations.
Meanwhile, Asana has four pricing options — Free, Premium, Business, and Enterprise. The Premium plan costs $9.99 per month (per member) when billed annually, Business plan costs $19.99 per month (per member) when billed annually, and the Enterprise plan requires a call with the sales team for a custom quote. The main differences between the plans include the number of team members allowed, features, priority support, security, and custom branding.
Whether Wrike or Asana, the two offer a free plan with limitations of the number of users and access to premium features. The main differences between them are the limitation of the number of users. Asana allows up to 15 users to collaborate in their free version, while Wrike only allows up to 5 users.
In conclusion, the pricing plan from Wrike and Asana are not much different. Wrike is a little more expensive than Asana in their Business plans. But that is understandable because Wrike is indeed more feature-rich than Asana.
Pros and Cons
|Pros||Wrike is one of the best project management software on the market that provides intuitive features and easy to use. It also has flexible workflows and statuses that can be fully customized. Another good thing about Wrike is the ability to integrate with many different applications.||Asana has intuitive features, easy-to-use, and flexible enough which can be used for many project types. It also good free project management software that allows up to 15 users to collaborate on unlimited projects and tasks. Furthermore, Asana can be integrated with many other systems and provides an Open API for software and scripts to read information from inside Asana, input information from outside Asana, and automatically react when things change. And the last interesting thing about this software is a mobile app that makes you easily organize your project on the go.|
|Cons||For Agile teams, the main drawback of Wrike is creating a Backlog and several sprint planning using a folder isn’t easy enough.||Files can’t be attached to the comments. The task can’t be assigned to two or more peoples. There is no Gantt chart view, but Asana has a timeline view for an alternative.|
Wrike is suitable for you who are looking for project management software that easies to use and has flexible workflows to fit your business process. It also a good choice for marketers. Because Wrike offers almost all features required by marketing teams. Furthermore, with the ability to integrate with JIRA and Github, the solution also suitable for a software development project.
Meanwhile, Asana is also one of the most popular Project Management Software in the world. It is suitable for different project types such as marketing project, product launch, software development, and many more. It also a good choice for you who are looking for free project management software which the number of projects and tasks are not limited.