OpenProject as best Asana alternative

Asana is a popular project management application which is rapidly growing in popularity. It has a clean interface, provides basic task and issue management and offers many integrations to other services. Let’s take a look at why OpenProject is the best Asana alternative.

OpenProject and Asana both offer classical task management features as well as release management through product roadmaps and team collaboration features like meetings and forums.

One of the major differences between Asana and OpenProject is the availability of a self-hosted version. With its high commitment to data privacy and information security, OpenProject offers self-hosting through the Enterprise on-premises edition. An on-premises software offers the highest security level and allows to comply with regulations (e.g. in the healthcare industry). Additionally, hosting it yourself means that the on-premises solution is reliable and allows the organization to maintain a level of control that the cloud often cannot. It also offers the flexibility to customize, i.e. you can add or customize code to meet your needs. Customization also results in more control over how information is processed and stored. Besides you being able to customize your OpenProject on-premises, it also offers a Powerful API for the integration of any application. Asana does not offer an on-premises solution.

The other major difference is the aspect of an open source software. While OpenProject is open source, Asana is not. Open source can be more secure, cheaper, foster collaboration and enable faster go-to-market. This article about why to choose an open source software elaborates on the advantages over a proprietary solution.

If you are especially looking for an open source alternative to Asana which you can also use self-hosted, take a look at the following table and learn why OpenProject is the best Asana alternative.

Features OpenProject Asana
Issue Tracking / Task management
Fast inline issue creation/update
Timeline / Gantt chart
Time and Cost tracking
Product Roadmap
Mobile-friendly layout
Modern design
Single-page application
Open source
Available on-premises
Data protection

Headquarters in the EU: GDPR compliant

Headquarters in the US: complying with either CCPA or GDPR. The users have to contact Asana to exercise their rights under one or the other