Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) June 24, 2014
Smartsheet, the collaborative work management tool used by more than 45,000 paying organizations and millions of users worldwide, today announced that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has selected Smartsheet as its online collaborative project management tool, and that it is now available for all GSA employees.
Smartsheet is currently in use by teams at federal agencies including NASA, Library of Congress, National Institutes of Health, National Parks Service, and US Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, state government organizations, such as the State of Maryland, also use the spreadsheet-inspired tool to coordinate a wide variety of work processes and projects – including election logistics, constituent programs, IT projects, wetland research, and grant management.
GSA, which is leading the federal government’s charge to the cloud, adopted a Google-based email and calendar system in mid-2011. Now, they’re further extending their ecosystem with the Smartsheet deployment. The unique combination of the easy-to-use spreadsheet interface, file sharing, powerful project management capabilities, such as Gantt charts and automated workflows, plus the seamless integration with Google, were all key factors in its decision to select Smartsheet.
After seeing employees quickly adopt and embrace Smartsheet and the successful completion of a rigorous security review process, the GSA made the decision to bypass traditional project management software, such as Microsoft Project and other web-based apps, in favor of deploying Smartsheet across the entire organization. GSA now links its program management schedules and Gantt chart timelines in Smartsheet with Google tools, such as calendars, Gmail, and the Google Drive document system.
Secure, cloud-based business apps like Smartsheet are growing in popularity with government agencies as the organizations struggle with increasing pressure to lower operational and capital IT expenses. According to the The InformationWeek Government’s 2013 Federal Government Cloud Computing Survey, a majority of respondents have work underway or plans to advance their agencies’ cloud strategies, with half of these agencies having identified use cases for cloud services.
Smartsheet is deployed in a broad range of customer environments, including many of the world’s industry-leading organizations such as Google, Netflix, Groupon, Pearson, Unisource, HomeAway, McGraw-Hill Education, DHL, ESPN, Sony Music, and MetLife.
Smartsheet is also available via the Winvale Group GSA Schedule GS-35F-0074S, which allows government agencies to easily purchase products and services from vendors for fair and reasonable pricing after they’ve undergone an extensive approval process and security testing.
About the GSA:
The General Services Administration (GSA) is an independent agency of the United States government, established in 1949 to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies. The GSA supplies products and communications for U.S. government offices, provides transportation and office space to federal employees, and develops government-wide cost-minimizing policies, and other management tasks.
Smartsheet, a leading Software as a Service (SaaS) company, offers businesses an intuitive collaboration and work management tool. The ease of use of the familiar spreadsheet-like interface, coupled with file sharing, work automation, and Gantt chart features have made it a popular and highly functional collaboration and project management tool. Smartsheet is used by teams across more than 165 countries to organize, plan and execute a broad spectrum of projects and processes, including marketing campaigns, product launches, business operations, events, strategic planning, and HR initiatives. Additionally, Smartsheet offers mobile apps, pre-built templates and integrations with leading cloud apps such as Box, Dropbox, Salesforce, Google Drive, and Zapier to ensure users are up and running quickly. Visit http://www.smartsheet.com for more details.