Power.ME Offers Tasking for Individuals, Less So for Businesses
Power.ME handles personal needs well but falls short at the office door.Task management for individuals is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Because it's very much a self-driven process, what works well for one person may not be as effective for a person with different attitudes and motivations. But there are common threads to task management, no matter what business is involved. AppTime's Power.ME and Power.ME HD do a good job of providing a framework for individuals and ad hoc workgroups wanting to take advantage of more discipline than is available from a to-do list jotted on a cocktail napkin. What Power.ME and Power.ME HD offer is a project and task management tool that allows users to maintain data synchronization across a range of mobile devices. Currently, iOS devices from Apple are supported, with Android support coming soon, according to the company; a Web client allows the sharing of tasks with other users.
What they don't offer-yet, anyway-is easy and straightforward integration with the rest of the business. If your need is for something that easily ties into Microsoft Exchange or a CalDAV-based system, keep looking, because Power.ME is not for you.
Although there are some questionable aspects of Power.ME, it's useful as a tool for personal organization. It's easy to create tasks, projects and folders, and to associate them as needed; the synchronization of these with the Power.ME service is impressively seamless. In comparison, the non-standard behavior of the user interface-which doesn't take advantage of the default edit and delete controls seen in most iOS applications-is more of a nuisance than anything else. If one wants to use it as a workgroup tool, there are some gotchas. For example, when User A assigns a task to User B, the status of that task as received by User B is "none," rather than the expected "Assigned." Tasks that are assigned to a project appear in the Team Room view on their own, as well as part of the project, and tasks can be assigned with due dates that fall outside the scope of the parent project. Most disturbingly, the assignee of a task can change the due date without the owner of that task giving permission or even being made aware of the change. I don't want to damn PowerME with faint praise; for what its makers set it to be, it does well. But the thing about personal tools is that all too often, they are brought into the workplace and asked to perform functions they were never designed to do.