Every Friday I’m going to attempt to summarize any relevant news in the future of work/collaboration space. I’ll provide the name of the vendor, a short summary of what the announcement or piece of news is with a link to the original, and finally a short POV. I can’t cover every single thing that comes out but I will do my best to provide as much relevant content as I can. If you have something you think I should include then please send it over and I will decide if it’s something I can add. Ideally I’d also like to see the product which means we can schedule a demo or just me access so that I can take a look at it.
Asana adds new features
Asana, the task management software from one of the Facebook founders, just released a handful of new features which include: the ability to upload multiple files or attachments to a task, searching for files within specific project teams, tag de-duplication, and a few others.
The new features solve issues that I oftentimes struggled with when I first tried using Asana. The product is gaining traction particularly because of the simple to use interface. When you think about it the features that Asana added aren’t actually that major at all yet they solve many existing pain points that Asana customers have. Asana calls these additions and changes “polishing,” and they will continue with these minor additions on a regular basis. Curious to see what the product looks like in the next year or so.
Mindjet announces new Spigit engage
Mindjet and Spigit recently merged and this release is the first since their merger. In this new Spigit engage they announced a personal innovation hub which includes activity streams, trending ideas, a universal inbox, and a few other things.
I’m personally not a huge fan of the UI/layout but the features themselves are quite useful and as Mindjet stated, should increase employee engagement. The goal of the personal innovation hub is to make the process of ideation more personal to the employees instead of just having it as a broader corporate deployment. The addition of the activity stream and universal inbox help make this happen. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more enterprise collaboration features added soon to more directly compete with the likes of Jive, Chatter, etc.
See you next week!