GlobiMail aims higher - and hits the mark

Podio is a great platform for organising and collaborating on internal projects. It's also really good for working with people outside of your organisation...but for one thing (one BIG thing): not everybody 'gets it'. It's inevitably frustrating when you know you have an awesome way of centrally sharing information and communicating about your project, yet clients, partners or suppliers will often revert back to the comfort of the lowest common denominator - and that's good old email.

Let's not dive too deep into the reasons why this happens, suffice to say that, just because Podio is important to you, it doesn't mean it's important to them. I know! ("what, you mean the world doesn't revolve around my business?").

So, you're back to managing email as best you can. Traditionally, that has meant copying and pasting emails into the comments thread in Podio, setting up 'email to item' rules, or using the somewhat idiosyncratic earlier version of GlobiMail. Many folks just couldn't get along with it, and it felt like trying to plug a major feature gap in Podio, with... well, something too small, the wrong shape, and not quite fit-for-purpose.

That has emphatically changed, with the latest upgrades to GlobiMail. The product management team has now added the ability to compose new email messages to Podio contacts and replies to incoming emails, directly in the browser. This removes the need for mailto links opening the default client, and keeps users focused in their current context (though you do have the choice to launch your chosen mail client).

Furthermore, they have also added the ability to create boilerplate canned responses, allowing you to answer emails with complex common responses with three clicks. It couldn't get any simpler.

Needless to say, the folks at GlobiMail are keen for you to go back and give the revised version a try. We would concur that it's well worthwhile, and could be a much-needed panacea to the malaise of mail-less Podio.

 

Globiflow joins the Citrix family

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Earlier this month, we heard the news that Globiflow is now officially part of the Citrix family. Built in 2013, Globiflow uses a combination of new technology and the Podio API to automate business processes, allowing users to spend less time updating documents and more time providing value to their customers. 

If you’re unfamiliar with Globiflow, check out their website to learn more. Globiflow offers advanced workflow automation of business processes within Podio, and includes features such as email integration, data visualization and PDF creation. Globiflow can help you boost productivity and save time automating almost any process you can imagine.

We've long been advocates of its capabilities, and use it a lot both internally at when rolling out client systems. Globiflow will now be included in Podio's premium package; drop us a line if you'd like to find out more.

Beefier webforms - episode 1

We love Podio's webform feature; it's a great way to get data from the outside world deposited straight into your Podio world.

However, sometimes you need a richer functionality than the native webform provides. Typically this might include things like section headers, fields that display conditionally (based on the values in previous fields), integrated payment, or forms that the user will have access to even after they submit it.

Over the next couple of weeks, we're going to explore the various options available for beefing up those webforms....and yet still have them integrate seamlessly with Podio :-)

In the meantime, have you seen our blog from the end of last year, in which we highlighted some of the improvements that Podio has recently made?