What Is ARES PRISM?

ARES PRISM is a proven enterprise project controls software solution that manages the complete project lifecycle delivering dependable forecasts, cost control, and performance measurement. PRISM is a scalable, robust and intuitive system that harnesses industry best practices and integrates all aspects of the project, including cost and schedule, change management, project estimating, earned value, contracts & procurement, and field progressing.

Who Uses ARES PRISM?

ARES PRISM is award-winning enterprise project controls software designed for organizations in all major industries across the globe who need to deliver their projects on-time and within budget.

Where can ARES PRISM be deployed?

Cloud, SaaS, Web-based, Windows (Desktop), Windows (On-Premise), Linux (On-Premise), Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

About the vendor

  • by ARES Project Management
  • Located in Burlingame, US
  • Founded in 1992
  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Countries available

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany and 5 others

Languages

English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and 1 others

ARES PRISM pricing

Starting Price:

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  • No free version

ARES PRISM does not have a free version.

About the vendor

  • by ARES Project Management
  • Located in Burlingame, US
  • Founded in 1992
  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Countries available

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany and 5 others

Languages

English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and 1 others

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Features of ARES PRISM

  • "What If" Scenarios
  • Activity Planning
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Benchmarking
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Dashboard
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Integration
  • Data Management
  • Data Visualisation
  • Financial Management
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • KPI Monitoring
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Performance Metrics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Progress Tracking
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Scorecards
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Self Service Data Preparation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Trend / Problem Indicators
  • Trend Analysis
  • Visual Analytics
  • Workflow Management

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  • API
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Audit Trail
  • Bid Management
  • Budget Tracking/Job Costing
  • CRM
  • Change Order Management
  • Commercial
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Contract/License Management
  • Contractor Management
  • Customisable Reports
  • Customisable Templates
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Equipment Tracking
  • Estimating
  • For AEC Industry
  • Incident Reporting
  • Inventory Management
  • Job Costing
  • Mobile Access
  • Multiple Projects
  • Offline Access
  • Permit Management
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Estimating
  • Project Planning
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Projections
  • Purchase Order Management
  • RFI & Submittals
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Residential
  • Scheduling
  • Status Tracking
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Task Management
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Timesheet Management
  • Workflow Management

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  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Budget Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Cost-to-Completion Tracking
  • Customisable Templates
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • File Sharing
  • Gantt/Timeline View
  • Idea Management
  • Issue Management
  • Kanban Board
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Multiple Projects
  • Percent-Complete Tracking
  • Portfolio Management
  • Prioritisation
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Planning
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Project Templates
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Resource Management
  • Risk Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Task Planning
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Testing/QA Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Traditional Methodologies
  • Workflow Management

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  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Assignment Management
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Calendar Management
  • Change Management
  • Charting
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Customisable Reports
  • Customizable Fields
  • Dashboard
  • Data Visualisation
  • Deadline Management
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Gantt/Timeline View
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Monitoring
  • Multiple Projects
  • Planning Tools
  • Portfolio Management
  • Prioritisation
  • Progress Reports
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Planning
  • Project Templates
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Project Workflow
  • Projections
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Requirements Management
  • Resource Allocation & Planning
  • Resource Management
  • Risk Management
  • Status Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Task Planning
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Timesheet Management
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews of ARES PRISM

Read all 24 reviews

Average score

Overall
4.3
Ease of Use
4
Customer Service
4.4
Features
4.1
Value for Money
4.4

Reviews by score

5
8
4
15
3
1

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Fred Q.
Project Controls Manager in Australia
Construction, 1,001-5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

PRISM - Oct-2019

5 2 years ago

Comments: For the first time in our organization we managed to drop all excel sheets and use one solution that caters for all business needs. Reporting accuracy has increased noticeably, and time to generate reports has dropped drastically which in turn gave our users the time to do what is more important in their jobs.

Pros:

- Ease of use, PRISM is user-friendly and allow flexible import/export functionality, plus a lot of utilities that caters for bulk updates. - Comprehensive Project Controls Capability and features, PRISM is a one stop shop, you don't need to look for additional systems to cover gaps, because there isn't any. - Fully Integrated solution, All modules talk to each other very efficiently, no need to worry about external integrations. - Excellent Support team, Experienced and responsive team that resolves issues promptly.

Cons:

- Reporting features, PRISM standard reports are good but a bit difficult to customize.

Alternatives Considered: Primavera Unifier and EcoSys EPC

Reasons for Switching to ARES PRISM: Capabilities, Price, and Ease of setup and implementation.

Diane Y.
Associate Director in US
Oil & Energy, 5,001-10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

What I like about Classic and G2

4 2 years ago

Pros:

Very easy to setup. The clients I support want different things, so the setup has to be flexible

Cons:

not always easy to get support on a question

Alternatives Considered: EcoSys EPC

Reasons for Switching to ARES PRISM: the cost was less and the familiarity I have with Classic and G2. I don't have the time to reinvent a cost system for new clients.

Sam B.
Senior Scheduler in
Government Administration, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source
Source: SoftwareAdvice

80's/90's Graphics

3 5 years ago

Comments: Not happy yet, primarily to cludgy reports.

Pros:

Use of Excel to update via imports and exports Wide variety of canned reports and processes (includes change control, trends)

Cons:

Canned 80's/90's style reports that cannot be modified. Can't copy an existing report to modify and make another report. Executive Summary reports do not format correctly. S-Curve /Histogram has errors on progress (group that has not started yet shows progress. Technical Support not consistent. Dashboard is not included.

Brian C.
Sr. Staff Project Services Analyst in US
Oil & Energy, 5,001-10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Great cost control software with instant budget and schedule integration

5 4 years ago

Comments: There are many benefits to using the software. I like the enterprise reporting capability where multiple cost engineers can be managing projects in the system and that data can be combined at the program level. As a cost engineer, financial analyst, or project manager, there are few tools that can match G2 out of the box. There are definitely some competitors who offer products that can be tailored more to a specific business, but the amount of time and money that is required for the customization is very expensive. G2 is great for anyone who is converting from spreadsheets to a more structured platform.

Pros:

The things I like most about G2 is that it is ready to go out of the box. G2 provides enough structure for you to start using it immediately, but also offers the ability to customize to many different business needs. G2 can be used at a project or program level to manage projects from a few million to several billion dollars. Some other benefits are that you can quickly setup the software to integrate with SAP, load actuals, and see your EAC quickly in both tabular and graphical form. You can select your physical progress method to obtain both calculated and independent EAC's. Integrating the software with Primavera is also very easy by creating a cross-reference utilizing G2's built in utilities. The same can be done to map your estimate to control accounts so that you have a common element at the level which the project is managed. There are a good amount of standard reports are available and the system also has a report writer available. When starting a new project, I immediately go to G2. I like the fact that reporting periods are locked down once closed out and forecasts can be obtained easily. The system also allows you to process accruals in a couple of different ways and allows the tracking of both actuals and incurred. Great software that I will continue to use for many years!

Cons:

There are a good amount of standard reports available, but if using the report writer, some time is required to learn.

Chris D.
Vice President in US
Construction, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

I have had experience with the PRISM software products since 1996, my level is expert.

4 4 years ago

Comments: Reduced effort in managing the monthly reporting process, reduced duplicate work, reduced effort spent finding mistakes in the multiple systems we used. ROI was realized quickly. Baseline can be established quickly allowing the monthly reporting and trending processes to begin sooner in the project cycle. Ability to establish a baseline while the other systems (schedule & estimate) are being fine tuned. The change management features save time on the project and allow changes to be incorporated very quickly!

Pros:

It's ready to go on Day 1, you can actually load data and start configuration immediately and develop a PMB very quickly. I've used on Mining, O&G, Energy, Land Development, Rail, Airports, Government EVMS required projects, and even IT projects and PRISM has always met my program' / projects' needs. If there is a gap, the ARES team works to understand the requirement and close the gap. The ROI was quick as the implementation and training cost were fare less than other tools on the market. The system has many reports to analyze a programs performance if tracking unit rates, quantities or just contract and subcontract values. It's easy to get data into and out of the system and doesn't require complex work flows.

Cons:

The on-screen analytics can be improved. All analytics run through reports or from the Dashboard system. It has taken us a long time to get service packs to fix technical issues in the past. It's seems to be getting better. Most issues were addressed with simple work-a-rounds luckily.