Podio: A Collaboration Application That “Does It All”

You’ve heard of CRM, lead management, workflow management, recruiting software, and project management. It’s easy to think of them as separate solutions, but what if you could put them all together into one single collaborative platform with intranet messaging? What if you can chase leads, manage your customers, recruit new employees, and collaborate with them as they complete projects within one single elegant solution?

Apparently, Citrix has bought a solution that does exactly this called Podio. The best part about it is that you don’t have to include things you don’t need. Podio has its own marketplace where you can choose a number of apps that your business uses to function. The collaboration aspects of the software open new doors for your business, allowing your employees a high degree of flexibility. For example, employees can communicate from their desks on project milestones without having to send emails or get up from the chair.

In very active businesses, a phenomenon often happens called “email overload,” when employees flood each other with emails and lose track of who to include in their outgoing messages. With Podio’s collaboration, an employee can simply post an update and everyone else will see it instantly. Updates can also be posted to certain departments or work groups to give them a sit-rep on the situation at hand.

You also attain flexibility by having access to a calendar where you can schedule meetings and other activities. Vacations show up in the interface, notifying others of when a person in the company won’t be available.

This is not just an internal enterprise software, though. Podio allows you to communicate with others outside of the business’ infrastructure. This comes handy when attempting to communicate details about orders that clients make. They can even see the progress on projects you’re doing for them, if you’re running that kind of business.

If you’re on the road a lot, Podio also works on your iPhone or Android phone. The software, and virtually all of its apps, are free to use. To place more than 5 employees in your workspaces, invite more than 5 people from outside the company, and have unlimited storage (as opposed to 1 GB), they offer a premium upgrade for $8 a month per employee.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lilly.hanscom Lilly Hanscom

    Nice post Miguel! Podio also launched its iPad app last week, so there’s iPhone, Android and iPad now :) You can read about it here: http://blog.podio.com/2012/09/05/podioforipad/