VMware - Zimbra gets Project Management courtesy of Smartsheet

  
Brent Frei's blog - Aug 31 2010 - 9:33am

Smartsheet is now available inside VMware’s Zimbra Email solution.  Adding the Smartsheet Zimlet from the Zimbra Gallery weaves online project management, sales pipelines, issue tracking, event management and crowdsourcing into Zimbra’s email and calendar services.  Smartsheet continues the push into next-generation applications that operate inside email services. 

Project Management for Zimbra

 

 

Embedding your productivity tools inside Zimbra’s e-mail makes a lot of sense. Many of us live in e-mail and continue to do so despite all the collaboration options out available. Smartsheet puts a familiar spreadsheet-like face on a flexible work automation engine.

Work projects often begin their life as a spreadsheet (e.g. sales pipelines, marketing events, research projects, product plans, candidate tracking,…) that gets emailed around to be updated. Often, this approach falls short, and companies then invest money and training in converting to a software specific to Project Management, CRM, Marketing Automation, HR, etc. To the millions of Zimbra users – keep the spreadsheet layout you like and gain the additional automation you need. Smartsheet gives you a familiar, flexible spreadsheet interface and enables you to:

  • Attach any file or Zimbra Briefcase item to any row
  • Create multiple levels of sub-tasks
  • Track threaded discussion on any row
  • See your sheet in Calendar and Gantt views
  • Set Alerts and Notification on any row that keep you abreast of changes happening
  • Get discrete updates on pieces of your sheet via email
  • Get a consolidated report across many sheets

It’s the perfect union between spreadsheets, project tools and file sharing sites.

Sharepoint - Excel - Project Alternative

A while back, I wrote a guest post for VentureBeat entitled, “Who will be the small business super portal?” In that post, I noted Google, Intuit, and Salesforce.com as the major players in the race to become the gorilla of application marketplaces. Add VMware to that list. 

VMware anchors its application ecosystem with Zimbra Mail. As Smartsheet has discovered via our very productive integration in the Google Apps Marketplace, email serves as a superb core application for integrated tools.

The Smartsheet Zimlet is now available in the Zimbra Gallery. Enjoy managing your work from within email. The Smartsheet-Zimbra combination is an excellent experience.

- Brent Frei

Comments

Smartsheet spanish and compatibility

This zimbra zimlet is an excellent tool!! Do you have it in spanish language? Does the zimlet require a subscription (any plan) for using smartsheet zimlet in zimbra community???
I hope your response
Thank you very much
Carlos
Southamerica
caperu.2010@gmail.com

Smartsheet in Spanish

Carlos,

We don't currently have a Spanish language product, but it is likely to be the first new language we offer. New languages are in our product plan for 2011.

Smartsheet does require a subscription inside of Zimbra.

- Brent

Is there any help/docs available for the Smartsheet Zimlet?

I've successfully installed the zimlet in Zimbra ZCS but I'm not exactly sure where to go from here. It just gives a "404 website not found" error when I click on the Smartsheet tab in Zimbra. Also, at the moment I only have a demo smartsheet account, not a full subscription.

Thanks for any info,
Brian

Smartsheet Zimlet access and help

Brian, you seem to have installed exactly when we had a scheduled downtime for a hardware upgrade at Rackspace our hosting provider. There was a small snafu at the provider and we ended up with a brief window of downtime.

As for documentation, our online help http://help.smartsheet.com contains all the current help info. Your trial account should be all inclusive, so you will be seeing the application in full. Give us a call if you'd like more help.

how about Exchange and SharePoint?

We use SmartSheet religiously and would love this Zimbra-like integration with Exchange and SharePoint.
Please consider as there are tons of corporate users out there who are stuck with MS suites and need smartsheet to fill in serious gaps.

Jeremy

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