October 7th, 2009
It’s not project management, it’s FMYI: HBO and other big names laud Portland-based collaboration platform
Portland-based FMYI has to be one of my favorite dark horse “They’re in Portland?” companies. They work with huge brands. They’ve been around forever—at least in Internet time. (I mean, c’mon. They have a four-letter domain name.) And best of all? They’ve been incredibly successful—and growing—even in this down economy.
Need proof? Well today they’re taking the wraps off of their latest version—FMYI 6.0—and the announcement includes some very kind words from a couple of those big name clients, namely HBO and Hyatt.
Not familiar with FMYI?
Harnessing the ever-expanding power of the Internet, FMYI 6.0 helps companies, organizations and individuals alike by providing a platform to inspire innovation and sustainability. As a central communications hub, FMYI’s social workspaces bring teams together regardless of size or geography to share information, to take action to achieve goals, and to empower.
The latest version of FMYI expands on the concept of helping teams foster innovation—ensuring that everyone is on the same page as far as communications go. It’s a collaborative workspace. And the latest features make it even more useful with things like email alerts, breadcrumb trails, a vastly improved calendar, and—perhaps my favorite—Gantt charts.
Want to see it in action? Take a few minutes to walk through the latest features with the FMYI team.
For all of the news features, one of the most obvious—and compelling—improvements with FMYI 6.0 has to be the vastly improved look and feel. Not only does the new design step it up a notch, the clean interface makes FMYI feel easier to use. And that’s always a good thing.
The new look was designed by none other than Portland-based Josh Pyles. You may remember Josh as one of the team members on the Jive Software‘s relaunch. He also happens to be the same guy who helped punch up the Silicon Florist theme a few months back. And he’s truly outdone himself with this complete overhaul of FMYI.
Portland company attracts blue chip clientele
But even more impressive than the beautiful new chrome job? The big names that are lauding the value of FMYI.
While a glimpse at FMYI may inspire comparisons to products like 37signals Basecamp and Portland-based Jive Software Social Business Software, they’ve managed to carve out a niche and deliver a compelling product—while establishing some rabidly loyal clients.
“Finding an affordable hosted solution that meets our business needs, which is also secure and easy to support, is a welcome change,” said Michael Gabriel, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer, HBO, in a press release. “FMYI continues to be responsive and that makes our job easier, and allows us to focus our resources on other areas where packaged solutions don’t meet our needs.”
And they’re not the only ones who are happy. Other household names like SONY, FOX, and Aflac have found FMYI and indispensable resource.
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts is equally complimentary.
“Working with FMYI has allowed us to create a tool that connects all of our hotels together using one central platform,” said Brigitta Witt, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, in a press release. “On any given day, you can see employees on opposite sides of the world sharing best practices, collaborating on concepts or sharing news and information. This has fostered not only a greater sense of community across our hotels, but it also gives me a tremendous insight into the many wonderful environmental initiatives happening around the world.”
Start focusing your team’s innovative thinking
While I’ve always been a fan of FMYI, I have to admit that the latest version has me championing it even more. If you’re looking for some tools to help get your whole team on the same page, I highly recommend giving FMYI a test drive. Not only will you be buying local, you’ll be getting a great product to boot.
For more information, visit FMYI.