Featured Free Project Resources

Here you will find our archive of featured free project resources. They are as good, if not better, than other costly options. Feel free to review our list below, where you can filter based on resource type, product category, or by keyword.
Be sure to come back every every month on Free Resource Friday for new templates, tools, and resources.
Disclaimer: Optimal Partners is not sponsored by or in any way affiliated with the websites or products listed. We only endorse services that we either have personal experience with or that we’ve researched thoroughly.
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Trello: The Visual Project Management Application


Trello stands out within the project management application space with its visual approach, making projects and the individual tasks that make them up easy to understand at a glance. Like many of its competition, Trello is free to use with two add… [Read More...]

Libre Office: An Open-Source Office Suite


Although it may not be preferable for large-scale implementations at sizable universities, Libre Office is one of the best open-source office suites available. Libre Office runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and offers everything you would expect ou… [Read More...]

Yammer: The Enterprise Social Network for your Team

enterprise social network

Have you ever wished for a Facebook-like social network specifically for your IT department or project team? You're in luck! Yammer is an enterprise social network for your team to share, discuss, and collaborate on tasks. The service is free to j… [Read More...]

Wildfly: A Free & Open Source Application Server

open-source application server

Wildfly, formerly known as JBossAS, is a fast, lightweight, and free open-source application server for your university's application development needs. As open-source software with an active community of users and contributors, the wealth of kno… [Read More...]

Bizagi Modeler: Enterprise Quality BPMN Flow Charts

BPMN flow charts

Creating business practice model and notation (BPMN) standard diagrams and documentation can be daunting without the technical knowledge to navigate and use many of the modeling programs out there. Thankfully, Bizagi Modeler makes the process of c… [Read More...]

Twiki: The Open Source Enterprise Wiki

enterprise wiki

Enterprise wiki software is prevalent in Higher Ed IT, allowing for documentation, internal knowledge transfer, and project management all in one place. One of the most popular, Twiki, is an open source structured wiki platform that's available fo… [Read More...]

Inside Higher Ed Event & Twitter Directory

Inside Higher Ed

Although Inside Higher Ed covers more than just Higher Ed IT related topics; their Events and Twitter Directory could be incredibly useful for any University IT professional looking to network. Alongside displaying Higher Ed Twitter accounts, you … [Read More...]

Gantt Project: An Open Source Project Management Tool

Gantt Project

There are a lot of project management tools available for free on the internet, but most act more like platforms than programs, requiring internet access and cloud storage. Gantt Project, on the other hand, is an robust, open source program for yo… [Read More...]

Freedcamp: A PM Tool That Scales With Your Project


While there are all kinds of project management platforms, from Trello to Basecamp, Freedcamp stands out as the one PM tool that scales with the size of your project. The platform is free, allowing for unlimited users, unlimited projects, and 200m… [Read More...]

Free Gantt Chart Project Template


Gantt Chart Project Templates are incredibly useful for tracking the progress of a project, but they're not always easy to create from scratch. Thankfully, Download.com hosts a free Excel template that allows for easy customization to fit your spe… [Read More...]

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