I have been watching Podio for some time. Their platform allows end users to create personal and team applications from components. Although programmers can add value, Podio doesn’t require programming to create an application. I wasn’t the only one noticing them. Citrix, most well know as the maker of GoToMeeting, recently acquired Podio.
Podio uses the idea of workspaces and apps to create work experiences as alternatives to e-mail or traditional desktop applications. The steams of information look like twitter or facebook feeds, but rather than focusing on broad consumer reach, individual businesses can build entire environments within Podio and open them only to employees or partners. Podio is about end-user empowerment. Their spaces can be as broad as personal note taking, or as specific as managing leads.
This morning Podio introduced their universal app which offers an extension their iOS support from the iPhone to the iPad. The iPad app, and the greater real estate available on the iPad’s display, offers a richer experience for Podio apps and their users.
I do a lot of research on the future of work, and one strong scenario takes it in the direction of distributed, networked and constantly adaptive. Podio’s approach to light-weight collaboration fits into that scenario. Rather than being restricted to a preconceived notion of how work should take place, Podio lets people copy from their extensive library (the App Market) of existing models, or create a new take on tasks or projects. Many of the apps are organized into “App Packs” that create integrated features. One example is event management, which bundles together speaker management, participants, venue management, events and suppliers into a handy set of features. If you don’t want all of them, you only install the features you need.
If you are looking for a way to reinvent your work experience, take a look at Podio and let me know what you think.
On the iTunes App Store