If streamlining your reports is important to you, Wrike is definitely the better choice. With this system, you get pre-built templates you can customize. Get full insight into your projects, with reports that show active or overdue tasks based on a range of criteria, such as assignee, projects due this month, weekly project status and more.
Asana doesn’t offer pre-built report templates as of this time.
A key function of project management tools is showing you what the big picture looks like. Summary reports are a great way to get that sweeping overview.
Asana gives you a couple ways to accomplish this. First, timelines. You can keep your project on track from a central location, which lets you monitor your project plan, as well as share and modify it as problems arise. If you want Gantt charts, Asana integrates with the app Instagantt for greater control.
Wrike, on the other hand, has Gantt charts natively built in. Users can get a visual view of tasks for every project and folder you have.
Gantt charts let you visually lay out a project’s deliverables so your project stays on track.
Asana allows you to generate reports using the Advanced Search feature, which gives customized options to track things like project progress, work completed every quarter, projects that require follow-up and more.
Wrike’s intuitive interface boils the custom report process into four easy steps:
- First, you choose the type of report you want to create, such as tasks.
- Then you choose what data to include.
- After that, you can apply filters based on the report type.
- When you’ve built the report, you can then save it in either a table or column format.
This flexibility lets you drill down to get exact insights on your KPIs.
Want options? Wrike has them. 15 widgets, to be exact, which you can use to create a variety of dashboard layouts with various visualizations.
Because of the widgets, you can add pretty much any tasks you want to a dashboard, such as what’s pending approval, active or completed. The drag-and-drop features make it easy to move tasks between widgets so you keep all your information current.
Asana dashboards, on the other hand, are a thing of the past. The news broke in October 2018, and the dashboard feature officially disappeared on December 1.
Now, if you want access to dashboard capabilities, you’ll need to use the new portfolio feature that Asana rolled out as a replacement. While the new feature has a lot more to offer, there’s a major downside: it’s only available for enterprise accounts and you’ll pay double the cost for it.
The portfolio view in Asana shows a summary of each project’s status.
Your other option is to turn to Asana’s Screenful integration. The Screenful app gives you a powerful view into project data such as sprint progress, cycle times, completed tasks and more.
Compare Wrike & Asana Against Your Needs
Charts and Visualizations
If you’re a graph person, Wrike may not be your best choice. It doesn’t offer many types of visualizations to display data. A tabular display of filtered data and column graphs is as far as you’ll get.
The same goes for Asana. However, a portfolio feature is available for paid accounts. If you need a 360-degree view of your projects, this is a good option. The ability to identify risks and dig into specific projects’ details enables you to see if you need to make adjustments to meet deadlines.
Resource Utilization Chart
Finally, what about tracking your team? Unfortunately, neither Wrike nor Asana offers any sort of chart for monitoring team member workloads. If that’s a key requirement for your company, you’ll have to get creative.
When it comes to reports and dashboards, Wrike was once again the winner. It outranked Asana in every feature except the last and earned four excellent ratings from our analysts.