LiquidPlanner, Box Partner for Online Project Collaboration

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-06-22

Box has added yet another new enterprise collaboration tool option for its users.

The Los Altos, Calif.-based cloud storage and Web tools provider already offers connections to, NetSuite and Google Docs. The latest one, as of June 20, is LiquidPlanner, a cloud app that enables teams to share information and collaborate by attaching Box documents directly into their projects.

Enterprise teams now can manage projects, workflows and time tracking in LiquidPlanner while at the same time using Box's content management functionality.

For the first time, LiquidPlanner users also deploying Box can put to work such advanced document management features as desktop syncing, document versioning, user permissions, and access control for their project collateral.

LiquidPlanner's workspace is like a Facebook page for a project. Users gather comments on specific items or on your plan and attach each discussion to the specific task--just like a personal Facebook news page.

Each item in the plan is like its own wiki page, because everyone on the team can update it. Time tracking and email notifications go with it side-by-side, so scheduling and collaboration are always linked.

The 3.5 release features an improved user interface, which makes it easier to reprioritize projects and tasks within projects. For example, when projects are reprioritized, timesheet schedules for individual participants are automatically updated.

LiquidPlanner, which has five years in the marketplace, also has something it calls "probabilistic scheduling," which means planning can be administered with a certain amount of confidence--or uncertainty--about whether deadlines can be met.

Integration with Box is available immediately to existing LiquidPlanner customers at no additional charge.

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