Social project management software-as-a-service Wrike released a big update today, including in-line integration of the open source text editor Etherpad. The idea is that instead of attaching documents to a task, the task becomes the document, enabling users to actually do work in the same place they manage tasks.
The feature advances the goal that Wrike’s CEO and founder Andrew Filev says he has had since the beginning: unifying collaboration and project management.
Filev says he started his first company, a software consultancy, when he was just 17 or 18. The company grew and eventually had offices on multiple contents. He found himself coordinating work across multiple projects, multiple geographies and multiple roles. He looked at the project management software available and there was nothing that worked the way he wanted, so he wrote his own application. He ended up founding Wrike in 2006, but didn’t take significant investment until the company raised $1 million from TMT Investments earlier this summer.
Social project and task management companies like Wrike, Mavenlink and Manymoon have thrived on the Google App Marketplace for years. But now thanks to the Salesforce.com’s acquisition of Manymoon (now known as Do.com) and the big names behind Asana (namely Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-Googler Justin Rosenstein), this market is gaining more visibility.
As competition heats up the market is moving towards a unification of collaboration, task management and, eventually communications. We’ve started seeing this already with the unification of the activity stream and inbox interface metaphors in task-centric applications. Wrike is well on its way in this direction already: in addition to its web and mobile apps, Wrike has an Outlook plugin that enables users to work with the product without ever leaving their e-mail clients.
The new simultaneous editing features will be available in the web version and the Outlook plugin, and it will eventually be available in the mobile client as well.
Wrike is a San Francisco Bay Area based provider of social project management and collaboration software that helps co-located and distributed teams get things done together in real time. Wrike’s cloud-based solution combines task and project management functionality, friendly collaboration features and helpful integrations with popular tools, like email, document management tools, etc. Wrike allows users to manage an unlimited number of tasks and projects in one workspace. Wrike’s task management is among the most powerful in its class, featuring...
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