Yesterday Citrix announced their acquisition of Podio…and a little piece of Sharepoint died. Thank you Citrix, now I’m curious as to your vision of the future. My take on this, integrate Podio for team workspaces, Sharefile for follow-me-data, and Receiver to wrap it all up and provide rich desktops, applications, and data to any platform.
From what I can tell Podio has a team or personal workspace for just about anything you can think of, and if they’ve haven’t already created a template you can build your own “app”. Create your own team site to manage documents, tasks, people, lists, etc. Complete with activity streams to see what is changing and being updated. Noticeably absent is any integration with Exchange (although it does have connectors for Outlook) or integration into displaying reporting data from external data sources. So at first glance it looks shiny and pretty, but when you think about how you want things to work, it’s about integration when we’re creating rich data like time entry, calendaring, tasks, etc…and so I’m left wanting.
Podio seems to be a significant departure from anything else Citrix has today, I’m curious to see where the first work is done, my guess is integrating ShareFile and hopefully a tie in directly to Citrix Receiver. But beyond that, will Citrix develop this into a Sharepoint competitor? My gut tells me no, so what then? Maybe lose all the little apps and focus on fully developed point solutions for my problems then? An acquisition from Citrix just to solve my problems, sounds reasonable, so here’s my list Citrix Santa. My previous wish list posted here.
I use Google Docs for collaboration on documents, Evernote for note taking, ShareFile/Dropbox,Box,SugarSync for FMD, CrashPlan for data backup, WordPress for blogging…combine that into one app and I’m all in…you own all my data. Rather than a Podio which can do anything but nothing can you just create a point solution which easily does this across any device? Simplicity, it worked for Apple.