Citrix extends its Podio platform to the Apple iPad tablet, aiming at BYOD businesses and mobile workforces.
Desktop virtualization and software
specialist Citrix has launched Podio for iPad, an application
designed to automate simple tasks and structure lightweight workflows for
businesses implementing bring your own device, or BYOD, initiatives or looking for
ways to use mobile devices like tablets to improve efficiency in the workforce.
The platform extends Podio's core features, including workspaces, tasks,
activity streams, meetings and calendars, to Apple's tablet and makes more than
700 pre-built apps from the Podio App Market available to iPad users.
Podio connects collaboration and business
processes through workspaces, and applications can be found in the Podio App
Market. These apps are customized for any type of work using the drag-and-drop
Podio App Builder, a tool that enables users to create custom apps for their work.
The platform includes prebuilt apps for handling project management, sales
leads, product development, recruiting, CRM and other areas of business. The
company said more than 65,000 apps have been built using the App Builder.
"Accessing business content from mobile
devices is no longer a 'nice to have,' it's now a requirement for today's
workforce," Alan Lepofsky, vice president and principal analyst at
Constellation Research, said in prepared remarks. "Podio has designed their new
iPad app to make it easy for people to use their Podio-based business
applications, projects, tasks and workflows any time, anywhere, via their
tablet. It's not enough to simply view information, though; mobile apps need to
enable employees to interact with both content and their colleagues. While some
vendors' mobile apps simply provide scaled-down versions of their Web experience,
the Podio iPad app is a full-featured business tool."
The platform also includes document
management capabilities like the ability to access and share content using
integrations with file-sharing services, including Citrix ShareFile, YouSendIt,
Dropbox, Box, Microsoft Skydrive, Google Drive, Evernote and SugarSync. Social
activity streams allow users to share statuses, files and links in one place,
as well as receive project updates, and workers can launch a GoToMeeting
session from within Podio and connect the Podio calendar with Outlook Exchange
and Google Calendar.
"Podio for iPad completes our vision of
empowering people to work from anywhere, with anyone, on any device, using a
tool that perfectly fits the way they want to work," Tommy Ahlers, vice
president of social collaboration at Citrix said in a press statement.
"Bringing Podio's all-in-one work platform to the iPad makes it easier and
faster to collaborate while on the go with the convenience of a lightweight
mobile tablet, but without sacrificing Podio's functionality or
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.