Tokyo (PRWEB) November 21, 2013 -- The Plant today announced that Qortex, the social productivity and project management app that unifies team communication, emerged from public beta and is now generally available. Qortex's unique approach to managing communications helps teams and businesses that work across cultures and platforms focus on priorities and collaborate more effectively.
Qortex is specifically designed to address the collaboration pains of the modern, multinational workforce. As business becomes increasingly international, Qortex helps teams work across language and cultural differences by understanding and translating communications. The app recognizes the language of the original post and the native language of the user, and automatically displays entries in a preferred translation. If the entry is not available in a preferred language, users can request a translation from colleagues, or add one themselves. One entry can exist in several languages, giving support to businesses that speak many languages.
The system also integrates multiple communication channels like chat, email, wikis and companies’ social streams into one platform, allowing team members to work by their preferred method while consolidating collaboration and tasks.
“An active user base across your entire business is the critical factor for success of any collaboration or communication tool,” said Anatole Varin, Director of Qortex and founder of The Plant. “The tools out there today often ignore the variances of the modern company, whether generational or cultural, and Qortex is designed to unite your company’s communications while preserving the valuable uniqueness that makes your teams effective. If your workers feel like they are in a foreign country when they are online, most of them will stay at home.”
Unlike other social productivity apps, Qortex also utilizes advanced Artificial Intelligence based on proven learning science to help users manage projects. The app surfaces tasks and communications based on time and interactions to ensure tasks are tracked, projects stay on target, and that important communications are never missed.
Many businesses use multiple systems to manage communication, project management, file sharing, and time tracking, but with each additional tool to the management mix, the complexity of systems grows exponentially and burdens the user and workplace environment. Qortex asks for information about time tracking, project and time estimation at the right time and when it makes the most sense in the lifecycle of the project.
“We think there is a big opportunity to solve the relevance and noise problem specifically for teams that work internationally,” said Kilian Muster, Manager of Products and UX at The Plant. “The global workforce is diverse, and we’ve worked with companies both large and small to build what we think are the essentials for global team communication. The Qortex available today is the best way for teams separated by distance, culture and language to work together.”
Qortex is $10 USD per user per month, anyone can sign up and try Qortex for 30 days for free. Advanced features are included, and can be turned on and off depending on the preference of the team and administrators. In addition, Qortex is available on-premise for companies that want to run the application on their own machines.
Qortex launched into public beta in July of 2013. During the beta period, Qortex was used by over 1000 organizations from across the globe, by large multi-national companies like ASICS and HomeAway, to non-corporate groups like TEDxWasedaU, to small firms like advertising or design agencies.
Key Qortex Features Include:
*Clutter-free timeline: decreases clutter and noise, tucking away messages already read, displaying only new or relevant content.
*Localized versions in English and Chinese. Japanese and German localizations to follow next month
*Multilingual Features: multilingual entries (one entry can exist in several languages), quick machine translation of content, request human translation, display preferred language automatically, multilingual-aware search
*Instant Presentation: turn any entry into a simple slide presentation, collaborate with teammates to create presentations
*Intelligent Notification System: email messages only when users aren’t logged into Qortex, receive only high priority messages as option.
*“Read Once” Reading Tracker: track which messages have been read across devices and protocols (content read in mail will be marked read in the browser, too).
*Advanced project management features for To-Dos: set deadlines, assign and reassign tasks, track estimated and actual time spent on tasks. Prioritize tasks, see everyone’s workload, assign project managers, and customize workflow for each group.
*Shared groups: any group on Qortex can be shared with an external contact or organizations/companies for secure information exchange.
*Everything is a wiki: style text and insert images easily, every entry has version history, and can be linked to and from each other easily.
*Use own Chat Client: open protocols, like Jabber/XMPP save conversations on browser chat or any desktop client seamlessly into Qortex.
*Acknowledgements: ask one, several or all people of a group to confirm that they have read your message
*Secure and easy drag-and-drop file exchange.
*Optionally private cloud or on premises installation for enhanced security, privacy and many customization options.
Sign up for Qortex at http://qortex.com. Trial users for the first 30 days are free.
Qortex is the social productivity app that unifies team communication to help you get real work done. It’s is the easiest and smartest way to increase transparency and support open communication throughout your company. Qortex delivers real productivity in an ocean of chatty social business tools.
Qortex was created in 2012 and is a product of The Plant, based in Tokyo, with offices in China and Australia. Founded in 2005 in Tokyo, the Plant is a development powerhouse with a focus on creating smart, efficient web applications that are both easy to use and easy to manage.
For more information, visit http://qortex.com.
Nate Gandomi, Jones-Dilworth, Inc., +1 (510) 999-6283, [email protected]