SEATTLE, WA — 03/10/10 — LiquidPlanner, online project management for today’s collaborative teams, today announced that more than 2,000 Project Portals have been created since the company first launched the feature in June 2009. As more teams migrate their project planning online, they have come to recognize the value of extending their online project spaces to clients and external stakeholders. Project Portals allows LiquidPlanner subscribers to share essential project planning and scheduling information with anyone who might be involved in a project. Project Portals offer the ability to assign tasks, publish schedules, share files, and exchange real-time status updates with external stakeholders at no additional cost to the subscriber, all while maintaining a secure online project collaboration and planning space for their internal team.
“Project Portals have fundamentally transformed the way we think about projects and collaboration in general,” said Jason Gutleber, Project Manager for DataServ, a Software as a Service (SaaS) provider of document and process automation solutions. “We regularly work with dozens of clients who need up-to-the-minute insight into what’s happening with their projects. Before Project Portals, we relied primarily on email to pass information back and forth. But with Project Portals, their comments, feedback, and changes are fed directly into our project management software, creating huge efficiencies for our team.”
For creative agencies, consulting firms, and professional services organizations, Project Portals represent a simple yet powerful way to collaborate online with external stakeholders in the context of a larger project plan. Project Portals enable project owners to present a pared down and fully customized view (including branding elements) of a single project plan in a secure online environment. With just a click, subscribers can easily share (or unshare) any facet of their project with Portal Guests. Portals contain the most important information about a project — key documents and files, project schedules, task lists and status, and the running dialogue of comments about the project. Other tools, such as Basecamp, offer ways to collaborate with clients, but they’re missing the underlying scheduling capabilities of LiquidPlanner that professional teams require.
“Project Portals have been one of our most popular features because smart teams recognize that they need all constituents — not just internally, but also outside the company — to be active and engaged in project collaboration,” said Charles Seybold, co-founder and CEO of LiquidPlanner. “The key with Project Portals is that you can decide exactly how much to share, so you control the message and can manage clients with ease.”
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LiquidPlanner was founded in 2006 by Charles Seybold and Jason Carlson, former senior managers at Expedia.com. LiquidPlanner was born from their vision to create a new online project management paradigm, one that helps teams manage complex projects in an ever-changing business landscape. Built on a patent-pending scheduling engine, LiquidPlanner was designed to be flexible, intuitive, and smart enough to support fast-moving teams of all sizes and structures. The company is privately held and headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. More information can be found at www.liquidplanner.com