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Way back in May, our own Aliza Sherman took a look at DeskAway, a Basecamp-like collaborative project management solution from Synage, a SaaS pioneer based in India. In terms of features and pricing, it compared favorably to the more widely used Basecamp. Today, it gets an […]

deskaway-logoWay back in May, our own Aliza Sherman took a look at DeskAway, a Basecamp-like collaborative project management solution from Synage, a SaaS pioneer based in India. In terms of features and pricing, it compared favorably to the more widely used Basecamp. Today, it gets an upgrade, including the introduction of new features that make it feel more like you’re working with people directly, than with computers working with people.

The new features incorporate elements of social networks into DeskAway’s project management and collaboration architecture. Specifically, what used to be the “Services” link now brings you to the “My Account” page where you can update your profile, associate a profile photo with your account, and provide a brief bio or mini-CV for team members to look over.

Your profile photo will be visible to all project team members, and will appear next to your comments in discussions, which is a nice touch when you’re working with relative strangers scattered in diverse geographic locations and there’s not much opportunity for face-to-face interaction.

There’s also a status update feature, like on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. that allows you to notify team members of your current activity/progress. Useful if you need to instantly communicate with a group of others about work package status updates, but don’t want to interrupt them with an obtrusive email or message.

DeskAway promises more to come, as well, including RSS status update subscriptions and more. Of course, in a project management framework, the key to successfully implementing social networking features will be knowing when to stop, which is probably why DeskAway is doing a gradual, multi-staged release, rather than a single overhaul.

The new features are available now for both free and paid plans. Let us know if you think they add value to DeskAway’s existing services.

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  1. I definitely think so. The move is strategically well timed. DA is now becoming PM + Yammer – i think that will happen soon. It will enable teams to create micro conversations and collaborate in a more efficient fashion. Often i have heard critics of DeskAway say that its plain Jane and that its a Basecamp copy. I think all of that will die down now. If you’ve been using DeskAway, then this is just a small step in the large number of improvements they have made since May. I’d recommend the service to anyone who wants to manage their projects and also ensure that those very projects are being spearheaded into a new wave of productivity by efficient leadership at the helm of the tool.

  2. Gr8 work!! I was working with lots of clients outside my company. I know them by their name only. But now due to DeskAway’s new feature (profile) I know them more then that. New addition to DeskAway and its simply great.

  3. I am a regular user of DeskAway.
    Our all team members are using DeskAway from different locations also, and now a days a lot of useful new features are added to it.
    Really helpful to my team & company…
    Good Job!

  4. interesting article. I use basecamp for over one year now and i like it very much. Perhaps it’s time to test deskaway nevertheless. Seems that there are some things that basecamp doesn’t provide.

  5. @ ff-webdesigner Check out their neat Basecamp Escape feature also. You can import data right from Basecamp into DeskAway.

  6. I am not affiliated with Apollo, but I am a user of their marvelous system and I recommend it: Apollo http://www.apollohq.com

    It’s totally different to others, its interface is zippy and has tons of features. I would recommend anybody try it…

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