When you think about project management, meetings might come to mind. Visions of spreadsheets might also pop into your head. Emails, Word documents, and more meetings are probably also high on that list. Working alone on an assignment may also be a part of completing projects for many workers.
wants that to change. The company offers a social work platform that allows employees to collaborate online.
Ryan Nichols, vice president of applications at Podio, explained that Podio came about because in project management, “the most interesting stuff happens in between, such as getting a team together and the ad hoc workflow.” He described the Podio SaaS offering as “Excel meets Facebook.” While many people try to support the space in between online and offline with social and other data feeds, collaborative tools and file sharing, Nichols claimed that no single approach is completely effective. Podio combines all of these components and adds apps to the equation.
Podio applications help companies manage one aspect of their business by bringing together files, workflow and collaboration on that item, Nichols said. Traditional business apps force employees to fit their work styles into the way the technology functions, he added. In contrast, Podio allows users to build their own apps or choose from 700 different apps in the App Market. Nichols noted that Podio apps support different departments such as sales, management and design teams, but there are also industry-specific apps such as those for consulting and technology businesses. Podio customers designed half of the available apps; the company’s in-house developers created the other half.