Atlassian acquires enterprise agile planning platform AgileCraft

Atlassian, provider of collaboration and productivity tools, announced it will acquire AgileCraft, a provider of enterprise agile planning software. AgileCraft helps enterprise organizations build and manage a ‘master plan’ of their most strategic projects and workstreams. The acquisition of AgileCraft will allow Atlassian to connect the work of its productivity tools, such as Jira to customers’ outcomes of the entire enterprise and is expected to add approximately $1-2 million to Atlassian’s revenue.

From the release: “We know loads of time is wasted collecting status updates across hundreds of agile teams, getting unstructured snapshots of capacity, and trying to measure value generation. These challenges require a different set of tools – ones that give leaders critical visibility and allow them to adapt in a timely way,” wrote Scott Farquhar, co-founder and co-CEO of Atlassian. “We’ve heard from our enterprise customers that these problems are really hard to tackle – and they need our help along the way. That’s why we’re excited to share we’ve entered into an agreement to acquire AgileCraft, a leader in enabling scaled agile transformations. Many Atlassian customers, including AT&T, Anthem, NCR, TIAA, and Duke Energy trust AgileCraft to scale their teams’ agile practices.”

Link: Atlassian Blog

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LogMeIn launches GoToConnect communications platform

LogMeIn has added GoToConnect to its Unified Communications and Collaboration suite, now relaunched as GoTo. GoToConnect is a fully-integrated application for workers to easily connect and communicate – both internally and externally – via a web browser or a downloadable desktop app. GoToConnect integrates the power and reliability of GoToMeeting and Jive to provide users with professional web, audio and video conferencing, presence, VoIP calling, SMS/text messaging, visual voicemail and more all in one application. The flagship products on the GoTo platform are GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar.

From the release: “End users in an organization are demanding a single, simple, consumer experience for all their audio, video, and chat communications – whether on mobile, desk phone, desktop, or in-room. At the same time, IT leaders and business owners want a single deployment and management experience from a single partner that they can trust to help them manage their complex UCC needs,” said Mark Strassman, SVP and General Manager, UCC at LogMeIn. “Our new UCC solution is simple, elegant, intuitive and backed by a trusted global brand to meet the needs of business leaders and end-users. Today’s announcement brings the best of LogMeIn’s meetings, webinars, and room solutions, and integrates it with its award-winning cloud telephony and messaging solutions, all under one brand- GoTo.”

Link: Globe Newswire

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Infusionsoft becomes Keap, launches client management platform

Infusionsoft has rebranded the company as Keap, and has announced a new tool for client management. Infusionsoft by Keap will continue to be a CRM with sales enablement features. The new Keap is a platform for small businesses looking to sync client information across devices and use templates for client communications and invoicing.

From the release: “As part of a multi-year company and product transformation, we set out to better understand how small businesses meet customer demands today,” said Keap CEO Clate Mask. “We discovered small service providers waste time juggling five to seven tools just to book appointments, send communications, provide quotes or collect payments. That is 50 hours a month that could be spent servicing more clients, growing the business or at home with family. As the market leader dedicated to small business success, we knew we had to make this easier.”

Link: Globe Newswire

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Dropbox to buy HelloSign eSignature and workflow platform

Collaboration platform Dropbox has announced its plans to acquire HelloSign for $230 million in cash. HelloSign has 80,000 customers using its products, including eSignature, online fax and document workflow tools.

From the release: “With over an exabyte of data on our platform, millions of people already use Dropbox as a place to collaborate on their most important content,” said Dropbox Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Drew Houston. “We’re thrilled to welcome HelloSign’s talented team to Dropbox and add their capabilities to our product suite. HelloSign has built a thriving business focused on eSignature and document workflow products that their users love. Together, we can deliver an even better experience to Dropbox users, simplify their workflows, and expand the market we serve.”

Link: BusinessWire

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Trello acquires Butler to fully automate workflow tools

Trello has acquired Butler, a “power-up” tools created for Trello by developer Oscar Triscon. Triscon will join Trello, bringing with him the tool to dictate automation processes in a way similar to how Alexa is used at home. With the new integration, anyone can write rules for their Trello boards using words and logic—no code required. Butler will eventually be available to all users, but Business Class and Enterprise customers can expect more advanced capabilities and higher usage thresholds.

Link: Trello Blog

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Autodesk to acquire construction productivity platform Plangrid

Autodesk has announced its intention to acquire Plangrid, provider of construction productivity software. The acquisition is expected to ease Autodesk’s expansion into the construction and contractor market, helping to develop a customizable platform to test and scale new ways of working. Autodesk currently provides product design, product management and manufacturing automation tools for architects, engineers and creators in the entertainment industry.

From the release: “As designing and making converge, Autodesk is connecting project data from design through construction and putting predictive insights into the hands of contractors,” said Andrew Anagnost, Autodesk CEO. “There is a huge opportunity to streamline all aspects of construction through digitization and automation. The acquisition of PlanGrid will accelerate our efforts to improve construction workflows for every stakeholder in the construction process.”

Link: Autodesk News

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Woven launches as new calendar app using AI to allocate time

Woven app, an intelligent calendar for busy professionals was launched by the eponymous company co-founded by former Facebook CIO Timothy Campos and ex-Googler Burc Arpat. The application, available on both mobile and web pulls together every stage of the calendar lifecycle – planning, scheduling, preparation, meeting, and follow-up – and puts it into a cohesive view. It uses AI and a calendar graph engine to create “weaves” or plans for how the user should spend time.

From the release: “Time is our most valuable asset and yet it is critically underutilized,” said Tim Campos, Woven’s CEO. “We’ve long relied on the online calendar to help us allocate time, but it has essentially remained stagnant for a quarter of a century despite vast changes in how we work. Calendars are isolated, fragmented, cumbersome, and no longer suited for today’s busy, mobile workforce. The good news is we now have the capabilities – partly through AI – to transform how time is allocated by applying technology to create tools that are intelligent, collaborative, relevant, and content-oriented.”

Link: BusnessWire

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Autopilot adds customer journey mapping functions to platform

Autopilot is adding a “Annotate and Collaborate” feature to its platform for marketing automation. The new feature allows users, even remote teams, to work collaboratively on a visual whiteboard to complete a customer journey map until it is locked.

From the release: “Delivering a remarkable customer experience starts with teams across the entire organization collaborating to design personalized customer journeys. Marketers are already using Slack to share ideas, Google Docs to create content and Dropbox to upload files. However, when it comes to marketing automation, up until now, applications have restricted collaboration and the facilitation of creativity,” said Michael Sharkey, co-founder and CEO of Autopilot.

Link: Globe NewsWire

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PactSafe now enables live conversations to be made into legally-binding contracts

PactSafe, the online contracting tool allowing for mobile signatures, now integrates with Slack and Intercom. The new Chat-to-Sign feature in Slack allows for live conversations to be translated into legally-binding contracts.  The new application is available to all PactSafe customers.

From the release: “Contracting shouldn’t be a burden. As technology advances, our users are accessing different channels to communicate whether it’s through phone, messaging apps, live chat, or email,” said Eric Prugh, PactSafe co-founder and Chief Product Officer. “With Chat-to-Sign, we’re expanding our vision to deliver the tools our customers need to successfully create and complete personalized or standardized contracts no matter the location. We are committed to ensuring that contracts are no longer a hassle, but a process that can be as simple as a click or tap of a button.”

Link: BusinessWire

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Email slayer Slack acquires Astro for its email capabilities

Slack, the productivity app that has supplanted email for teams communicating internally, has acquired email company Astro. The acquisition will help connect email and calendaring to Slack, and in October, Astro will shut down Astro apps for Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Alexa, and Slack.

From the release: “In Astro, we’re bringing on an incredible team that collectively have built the industry’s best mail and messaging tools like Zimbra, Acompli (acquired by Microsoft, and the foundation for Outlook Mobile), and Mumbo (acquired by LinkedIn). We see this as a natural next step as channel-based collaboration becomes the default way of working,” stated a Slack blog post.

Link: Slack Blog

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