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What is Clarizen?

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Clarizen was a collaborative work management software that was acquired by Planview.

Clarizen was a collaborative work management software. It was designed to help teams and organizations connect ideas, work across departments, and deliver results by unifying project management, configurable workflow automation, and in-context collaboration.

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Clarizen was Acquired by Planview

Clarizen was acquired by Planview in February 2021 as part of a strategic move to strengthen its portfolio of project portfolio management (PPM) and work management solutions. The combined entity is supposed to offer a broader range of tools and capabilities for organizations to manage their projects.

Problems with the Acquisition of Clarizen

When software companies build their solutions by acquiring competitors, it naturally weakens the interoperability of the total solution. Yes, Planview can now boast about the capabilities provided by the former Clarizen that are now part of Planview’s offerings, but it is not likely to provide a seamless and holistic solution with all those capabilities in one system, at least not for some time.

The better approach is to build the solution from the ground up, creating a seamlessly vertically integrated solution. Adeaca Project Business Automation is such a solution. Every feature and function of the software works in tandem with the rest of the system, truly streamlining operations and providing trusted, real-time insight into your project business.

Project Business Automation (PBA) is a comprehensive business system for project-driven organizations. Learn more: Download the PBA Quick Guide now.

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Clarizen Features and Capabilities

  • Project planning and tracking: Set goals, define tasks, manage dependencies, and monitor progress.
  • Collaboration tools: Chat, share documents, and discuss tasks within the platform, fostering communication.
  • Resource management: Assign tasks and track workloads to help ensure utilization of team members.
  • Reporting and analytics: Gain insights into project performance, identify potential issues, and make data-driven decisions.

Clarizen Limitations

Reporting and Analytics

Reporting capabilities might not be as advanced as dedicated business intelligence tools for complex data analysis. Limited flexibility in customizing reports could restrict users’ ability to tailor information to their specific needs.


While offering integrations with various tools, some key integrations might be missing for specific workflows or enterprise systems.


It is a cumbersome, feature-rich platform with a steep learning curve for new users.

Planview Acquisition

Although the intent of Planview is to integrate Clarizen into the rest of its planform, that often proves very difficult. Don’t expect seamless process integration as a fully vertically integrated system would provide.

Clarizen Alternatives

Many alternatives to Clarizen exist. Some appear in this article on the best project portfolio management solutions. Some of the PPM tools you may consider as better options to Clarizen include:

If you are considering Clarizen, you should also consider Adeaca PBA, which, provides a strong project business solution with even more project governance and a robust set of features around project execution. Project Business Automation (PBA) is a comprehensive software solution designed specifically for project-driven organizations. As the first vertically integrated project business system, PBA offers a holistic approach to organizing your projects in an enterprise system.