ARES PRISM Ratings

Overall
4.5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4.5/5

About ARES PRISM

ARES PRISM is an 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. Learn more about ARES PRISM

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Brian C.
Sr. Staff Project Services Analyst
Oil & Energy, 5001-10,000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 29, 2017

“Great cost control software with instant budget and schedule integration”

OverallThere 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.
ProsThe 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!
ConsThere are a good amount of standard reports available, but if using the report writer, some time is required to learn.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 29, 2017
Fred Q.
Project Controls Manager
Construction, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 2, 2019

“PRISM - Oct-2019”

OverallFor 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.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 2, 2019
Chris D.
Vice President
Construction, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 26, 2017

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

OverallReduced 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!
ProsIt'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.
ConsThe 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.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 26, 2017
Kyle K.
Project Controls Analyst
Oil & Energy, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 24, 2017

“PRISM G2's database is comprehensive and meets our needs”

OverallStandardized way of implementing projects and standardized reports.
ProsBulk importing/updating data via excel is very powerful. I also like the flexible coding structures and user defined fields that allow for tracking additional data. Between these 2 I've been able to satisfy all requirements for project cost reporting for several different business units. It has supported all our data requests to date and aided in our Enterprise reporting. This was helped along by us being able to link our Enterprise Analytics tool Spotfire to PRISM G2 for Enterprise reporting.
ConsIn my opinion PRISM should have a web interface for managing changes. Changes should be distributed and Reviewed/Approved using email and web links and the change documents should be available from the web page. The reports are flexible by utilizing the coding structures however they are getting outdated and static. This is why we replaced most of the PRISM reports with Spotfire dashboards. They are interactive and more flexible.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 24, 2017
Oscar O.
Project Controls
Construction, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 12, 2019

“A good option to manage project cost data and reporting”

OverallARES PRISM is a great tool for any project controls team who wants to elevate the way Cost and Performance Reports are presented to the client. It is a good tool to really manage large amount of data to focus on key aspect of Project Controls: performance, change management, forecast.
ProsPRISM offers a good set of functionalities to manage cost, progress and change in almost any type of project. Standard reports are easy to read and data can be summarized and grouped for cleaner presentation. Data analysis for forecast is simpler than using any spreadsheet. Customer Service is very good.
ConsWe still face some software glitches in certain views and when running calculations/reports. User Manuals should be better developed for more complex functionalities, eg. Staffing Plans, Indirect Costs, etc. Despite our Customer Experience is very satisfactory, there are few improvements and fixes that have been around for a while with no effective response from the development team.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 12, 2019
Gary A.
Eagle P3 Project Controls Lead
Transportation/Trucking/Railroad, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 14, 2017

“PRISM G2 has been an integral part of our PC tool box helping to deliver 6+B of transit expansion”

OverallThis product helped my client manage a multi billion, 10+ year Transit Expansion Program in the Denver Metro area. The transit agency's budget, cost and contracts systems were hampered by limitations that would not support long-term projects. PRISM (PPM thru G2) was implemented to remedy these issues.
ProsARES has listened to the industry and has adopted necessary functionality to help project teams deliver on time and to budget. The system adapts will to varying project delivery scenarios and will work for contractors as well as big program level conditions. From scoping/budget development, through implementation, change management, funds tracking/control, schedule interface, all the bases are covered. Really solid product.
ConsLong time user of PRISM PPM, so there was some "look" and "feel" adjustments to make. All good in the end. Data cut-over from old system wasn't an issue. Minor bugs have been worked out during early G2 version release(s), but this is typical of any software roll out.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 14, 2017
Diane Y.
Associate Director
Oil & Energy, 5001-10,000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 2, 2019

“What I like about Classic and G2”

ProsVery easy to setup. The clients I support want different things, so the setup has to be flexible
Consnot always easy to get support on a question
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 2, 2019
Ed R.
Associate Director
Construction, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 3, 2019

“A very good product”

Overallvery good
Pros- user friendly (broadly speaking) - quick learning curve - easy implementation
Cons- constraints on some functionality/tools - time consuming input/export - interfaces with Primavera, SAP to be further improved
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 3, 2019
Anja M.
Associate Director
Construction, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 12, 2019

“Ares PRISM software Event& Review”

OverallSince arriving in Australia, I am much more involved with Ares PRISM than ever before. The team's engagement and support is fantastic and they go out of their way to provide the best support possible. The software upgrade and enhancements are amazing and it is nice to know that Ares take note of what their users suggest or struggle with.
ProsThe software support is great and I enjoy working with the Ares team. The software is accurate and ideal for total control over large projects.
ConsI don't know everything the software has to offer and it can be frustrating sometimes, I am working on improving my knowledge
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 12, 2019
Rik F.
Chief Technology Engineer
Oil & Energy, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 12, 2019

“Great cost management tool”

OverallSupport was awesome during initial roll out. Needed some custom webforms developed and that process has been very professional and fit for purpose.
ProsCAPEX, OPEX, Project, Program, Portfolio...doesn't matter. I've proven PrismG2 can do it all.
ConsLimited fields for Finance Import. No Actenum (scheduling tool) integration - should be ahead of the curve and be aware that Actenum will be big in Oil & Gas.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 12, 2019
Dean E.
EVP
Information Technology and Services, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 30, 2017

“The Prism G2 is an off-the shelf solution that provided quick time to value for organizations”

ProsDeployment time, total cost of ownership and support. The depth of the functionality and it's ability to integrate with other 3rd party applications like estimating via an excel plug-in were easy to use
ConsAt the time (3 years ago) there could have been more reports available. I hear they have solved this through their BI solution.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 30, 2017
Patrick M.
Cost Reporting Lead
Oil & Energy, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 12, 2019

“Old user”

ProsFlexibility, upload\export capabilities,
ConsReport writer functionality complicated to use.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 12, 2019
Michael M.
Cost Supervisor
Accounting, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 10, 2019

“Great”

OverallIt's been a challenge to convert from MPM but not nice you get some experience it gets better.
ProsEasily adjustable on the fly. Changes can be easily implemented.
ConsWe have to use a lot of workarounds for ODC.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 10, 2019
Romeo B.
Senior Cost Contoller
Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 15, 2017

“Great Cost Management and Earned Value Management, software”

ProsGood interface between Cost Module, engineering module, Schedule, change management. Easy to follow. Useful report, for management and project leads.
ConsAs you go along, there are minor bugs, though there are work around, it is inconvenient. The report writer capability is not what I expect. I expect that it can do report the way a Crystal report writer. The report writer is very limited or basic,
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 15, 2017
Luc V.
Director
Professional Training & Coaching, Self-employed
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 3, 2019

“Excellent project controls software”

OverallThe implementation went very well and the user base is growing in the company. The development team at Ares was very helpful, enabling us to complete the initial implementation on time (about a year) and on budget. Integration with our existing systems was a must, and it is working as designed.
ProsRelatively ease to configure to one's needs
ConsNot yet a true cloud solution on its own.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 3, 2019
Jacqui V.
Project control manager
Civil Engineering, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
6/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 12, 2019

“Great Flexibility”

ProsI like the flexibility of the product. The number of group codes allows lots of options. The integration of cost and schedule is nice.
ConsThe standard reports could look a little more current. Some of the dashboard options in the standard cost module would be great.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 12, 2019
Sam B.
Senior Scheduler
Government Administration, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
3/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
5/10
Source: SoftwareAdvice
May 18, 2017

“80's/90's Graphics”

OverallNot happy yet, primarily to cludgy reports.
ProsUse of Excel to update via imports and exports Wide variety of canned reports and processes (includes change control, trends)
ConsCanned 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.
Source: SoftwareAdvice
May 18, 2017
Per B.
Director Project Controls
Mining & Metals, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 4, 2019

“Ares PRISM”

OverallI have been using or involved administratively with PRISM for almost 18 years. I believe it is still the application to beat.
ProsAdaptability to various WBS strings, ease of use, quick to learn/teach
ConsThe Reporting functionality and presentation. It is much better now.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 4, 2019
Jaclyn T.
Project Analyst
Accounting, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
6/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 9, 2019

“Decent ”

ProsPretty simple to use and work thru for the most part
ConsJust my own personal lack of knowledge .
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 9, 2019
Daniel A.
Psychiatrist/ Professor
Hospital & Health Care, Self-employed
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 9, 2018

“Best statistics lab for sciencists”

OverallGreat to use
ProsOnce you know how to use the software. Data analysis becomes easy
ConsNeeds videos tutorials. The booklet is not enough to use
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 9, 2018
Duncan F.
Managing Principal Consultant
Computer Software, Self-employed
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 1, 2017

“Six years of managing the sales and deployment of all PRISM G2 versions since its inception.”

OverallUsing PRISM G2 provided significant improvements in project execution.
ProsPRISM G2 is a fast, very thorough and easy to implement integrated software solution for multiple project management project controls applications.
ConsThere are no negative comments about the PRISM G2 project controls software suite to report. However, the solution suite would be enhanced if it included a Health and Safety Management module.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 1, 2017
Kobus S.
Unspecified
Used the software for: Unspecified
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Source: Capterra
September 27, 2016

“PRISMG2 Used for Successful Management of Billion $ Project”

OverallReduce project cost and schedule overruns with KPIs Simplify month-end progress and status reporting Eliminate spreadsheets and have confidence in your data Decrease project management overhead costs Optimize cash flow to increase profitability Eliminate project risks by aligning budgeted cost and schedule Integrate with Oracle® Primavera P6, Microsoft® Project Develop time-phased budgets and eliminate the need for cost loaded schedules Forecast cost, schedule, resources to completion
Source: Capterra
September 27, 2016
Femi F.
Technical Services
Construction, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 12, 2019

“Prism for Construction Management”

ProsCustomized reports, robustness, flexibility
ConsNothing in particular. Prism fulfills our project needs.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 12, 2019