5 hot new enterprise apps: Getting smart with Smartsheet; Lookout app targets IT departments; more
Smartsheet, one of the most popular online project management tools, announced the release of Smartsheet 2.0 for the iPhone and iPad. The new version will include a "highly responsive and interactive grid," something sure to make its more than 46,000 user organizations happy. And with a recently updated Android app, the SaaS company's offerings can be tailored to fit any enterprise. Among the added features, Smartsheet provides users with collaborative projects, file sharing that gives workflow context, reminders and notifications integrated with email and much more. The enterprise platform also comes with enhanced security and administrative controls, according to the company's website, allowing for seamless oversight by IT departments.
Intuit, the SaaS company behind the Quicken line of products and Mint, announced its purchase of Chicago-based startup itDuzzit, a platform that manages and executes cross-program functions for enterprises. According to the announcement on the company's blog by vice president and general manager Avi Golan, the likely avenue for itDuzzit's integration in the Intuit family will be through QuickBooks. "With their technology combined with the range of QuickBooks platform services we already offer, the breadth and depth of integrations our partners can build will grow tremendously," Golan writes. According to an article from TechCrunch, itDuzzit can foster connections with "dozens of apps" including Asana, Box, Coinbase, Freshbooks, Paypal and Shopify, and plans for future inclusions are in the works.
One of the most widely used consumer apps for mobile security, Lookout, will look to bolster its customer base as it broadens its focus to include more enterprise users, according to an article from TechCrunch. About $150 million worth of Series F funding--from the likes of Morgan Stanley, Wellington Management Company, Goldman Sachs and Bezos Expeditions--will make the extension to IT departments possible. The company already has some enterprise features available, such as BYOD and mobile risk management, application vetting on all devices and real-time threat research, according to its website. The new funding will lead to even more business-oriented functions.
Silanis Technology announced the release of a government-only e-signature and verification app for iOS. The app, called e-Sign for Government, "enables civilian and military personnel to e-sign and approve forms, task orders, requisitions, contracts and more on a mobile device using a Common Access Card (CAC), Personal Identity Verification (PIV) smart card or derived credentials," according to the press release. Until now, 1.6 million Army personnel and over 500 government organizations have been using Silanis e-signature programs that require a workstation. Now, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the General Services Administration and more can simply process anything requiring verification from an iOS mobile device. This increased mobility will greatly speed up time-sensitive government processes, the release states.
A simple yet sophisticated chat app that connects to popular programs like Twitter, Google Drive, Dropbox and dozens more has exploded in popularity in the past six months since its release. According to an article from The Verge, more than 125,000 people use Slack daily, including teams at companies such as eBay, Sony, Yelp and NBCUniversal. The newest brainchild of Flickr creator Stewart Butterfield, the communication platform is looking to eliminate the all too familiar disconnected feeling many users get with an email and chat workspace. Slack integrates all of the useful functions for members of an organization in general communication areas and allows for mentions and private messaging when groups need more selective bulletins.