Work management software
2018. Work management software provider Asana gets $50M
Asana, a service that teams and individuals use to plan and track the progress of work projects, has raised another $50 million in funding with a $1.5 billion valuation — to invest in international and product expansion. Asana has lately been focused on international growth — half of its new sales are already coming from outside the US — and expanding its product as it inches toward profitability. Specifically, it plans to open an AWS-based data center in Frankfurt in the first half of next year, and it will set down more roots in Asia-Pacific, with offices in Sydney and Tokyo. It is also hiring in both markets. Asana has customers in 195 countries and six languages, and it looks like it’s homing in on these two regions because it’s seeing the most traction there.
2014. Project Management app Wrike improves customization options
Work management and collaboration service Wrike unveiled so-called “dynamic platform,” that gives users the ability to customize the service to their needs. The new Custom Fields let you configure each project to track exactly what you need. Need to track budgets? Priority? Custom statuses? No problem. Whether you’re in Product Development, Marketing, Finance, or any other team, you can now configure your projects with exactly what matters to you. This feature is available to Wrike Enterprise customers. Also the new feature is Table View that works like a spreadsheet, making it easier to use for project planning. Besides, Wrike added integrations with Evernote, Wufoo, Zendesk, and more tools.
2014. Smartsheet helps companies to visualize their teamwork
Smartsheet, the spreadsheet-based project and work management platform, is now making it easier for companies to understand how their employees actually work and to get better visibility into what’s happening in their companies. Ideally, that means tracking all the different projects and people involved in them in a company. With Smartsheet Account Maps you can see who runs most of the projects in a group, for example (which is great for when you ask for a raise) or who doesn’t (which isn’t so great when it’s time for your annual report). But you can also see the connections between different groups. By default, Smartsheet makes a basic map available to all users.
2014. 37Signals renames to Basecamp, discontinues development of other products
37Signals was one of pioneers on the SaaS market. In 2004, they launched the project management service Basecamp, which still remains one of the most popular apps in this category. Today it's used by 15 million users. Many of them believe that Basecamp is the trendsetter in web-app design. But besides Basecamp everybody know 37Signals CEO - Jason Fried. He is the author of books Getting Real and ReWork. He is a huge fan of small business and startup spirit. Despite the great success of Basecamp he managed to keep the company in the format of startup (now it employs just 43 people). Jason even tried to reduce the number of customers to restrain growth. And now he has come up with a new idea - to frozen the development of all other products (CRM system Highrise, group chat Campfire, task-manager Ta-Da List, wiki Writeboard, organizer Backpack) and focus all attention on Basecamp. And, if so, he also decided to rename company from 37Signals to Basecamp to keep it short and beautiful. If you use 37Signals products, that are going to be frozen - don't panic. They will continue to work and will be supported in future. But they won't get new features any more.
2012. Zoho Projects 4.0 - beautiful like Basecamp
Usually new versions of Zoho services bring a lot of new features, because Indian developers can't refuse their clients that need something special. But at this time (in the case of the new version Zoho Projects 4.0) they left the new features alone and focused on design, usability and speed. After all, the project management trendsetter - Basecamp does so, and Zoho always copies the best things to its products. The new Zoho Projects interface is really simple, beautiful, comfortable and fast. And like the new Basecamp, it simulates a white sheet of paper on a desktop, and uses the effect of sheet layers. We especially like the project activite feed with universal add-item form: you can quickly and easily add statuses, messages, tasks and files. And regarding the functionality - Zoho Projects is still one of the most powerfull solutions. In addition to tasks and projects, it contains bug tracker, time tracker, file storage with document editors, wikis, forums, chat. For now the new Zoho Projects interface is available on par with the old one - you can use the one that you like.