April 21, 2014

(Video) How Wrike Brings Power and Usability to Project Management

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Specialized project management software often contains a couple of very strong features, such as time tracking or collaboration tools. And while these programs may be great for fulfilling their specific role, they tend to leave project managers looking for supplemental solutions.

On the other hand, all-in-one project management platforms may include a wide range of features, but often don’t excel in any particular area. This raises a separate issue: is it better to offer a wide feature-set (that may lack depth/specificity), or concentrate on offering a robust tool for a narrow set of needs?

With Wrike, project managers don’t have to choose between particular functions or all-in-one solutions: Wrike offers nearly all the features a project manager could want, and it does them well.

The beta version of Wrike was released in 2006, and the software has won several awards in the following eight years. These include the eWeek excellence award in productivity, and the OnDemand Companies to Watch in 2013.

Wrike’s platform is both powerful and easy on the eye. Instead of creating new projects, administrators create folders where users can save documents, view subprojects or tasks, and even leave updates and comments.

Wrike also features an activity stream where users can view the latest updates made to projects, or engage in conversations with their colleagues about bottlenecks. On a micro-level, time tracking functionality is available for each task, and takes only one click to activate.

As time acrues with each task or subproject, managers can view their team’s progress with Wrike’s report function. Instead of having to calculate the amount of time spent on each task and then compare it to the prediction from the beginning of the project, administrators can use Wrike to create custom reports to compare completed activities to their original baselines. If they’re particularly pleased with the report, users can save it to view later.

Like I mentioned earlier, Wrike’s platform offers a variety of powerful features for managing projects. You can see a quick walk through of those features here:

Wrike also integrates with a number of email platforms, such as Apple mail, Microsoft Outlook, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Gmail – just to name a few. However, it doesn’t integrate with customer relationship management platforms, and once companies surpass the five user limit on the free version, the pro pay scale could be considered too expensive for some small businesses.