Podio is a collaborative work platform that's perfect for managing projects, teams, and anything else in your business that needs flexible apps that work the way you do.
Last updated May 5, 2015. Please visit the official site for the most up-to-date information.
Facebook changed the way we communicate with friends. Instead of asking them what’s going on in their lives, we go to Facebook and see a stream of everything that everyone’s shared. But with work, so often it’s easy for stuff to go unnoticed, waiting to be reported in a meeting or quarterly report.
There’s no reason you need to ask people what’s going on in their work today, when you already know every personal detail about their non-work lives thanks to social networks. That’s why business social networks like Yammer and team chat apps like Slack are so popular: they give companies the same internal tools as we’re used to in public social networks.
Podio, though, goes much further. It’s a social network for teams, complete with status updates, group messaging, individual chat, and integration with GoToMeeting for the times you need to talk face-to-face. You can organize your teams into separate workspaces to get teams to easily work together. And you can search across everything in one place.
That’s enough to make Podio interesting, but is the over 500 apps in Podio—along with the ability to create your own apps—that really make it an impressive service. You can manage your CRM leads and deals, keep track of your expenses, manage events, tracks bugs and issues, write notes, share files, and so much more inside of Podio. You’ll just go the App Market, find the tools that your team needs, and add them to the appropriate workplace.
Then, everything that happens in those apps shows up in the social network-like feed and is available from the same global search interface. You’ll never lose anything in your business again.
Each of the individual apps in Podio are often less full-featured than competing, stand-alone apps. But, unlike most web apps, you can customize any of the add-on apps and add any missing features you may need, as long as those features are things that are already possible in Podio (say, adding a new field to the CRM app or changing the way a budget app calculates trip expenses). And since everything shares the same UI, it’ll be easy for your team to learn how to use new apps you roll out.
Podio can be whatever you want it to be, but perhaps its best use case is to be the one place where you keep up with everything, even if you use other apps in addition to Podio. You could use it for everything from team chat and expense tracking to CRM and project management—or you could just rely on it as the place that tracks what’s going on everywhere, inside Podio and in all of your other apps.
That’s how the Logicbrush Studio puts Podio to work by using Zapier to push everything from all of their apps into Podio so they’ll always know that everything’s in one place. Podio is their team’s hub, and that’s the best way to put it to use.
If you’ve been looking for a way to pull all of the stuff your team does into one central app, be sure to give Podio a try. It’s the intranet, reborn for the cloud with enough apps to let you do almost anything from it. You just might solve all of your app needs in one place with it.
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