I know, I know… Yet another Evernote post. Then again, think of it this way… At least it’s not another iPad post…
As I have written about numerous times before, one of my key productivity applications isn’t an application at all. Rather, Evernote is a service whose power comes from a series of applications that allow me to access my Evernote account regardless of the type of device I am using at any specific time. Lately Evernote has been expanding even further. Rather than merely developing and refining the various Evernote clients available on multiple devices they have been working with partners who, thanks to Evernote’s API, have been harnessing the service’s power in unusual, and evermore useful, manners. And it must be working. According to a comment made by CEO Phil Lipin on a conference call Tuesday afternoon Evernote is approaching their 3 millionth customer. (They only broke one million back in January so it is clear how rapid their growth has become.) The result is that a powerful productivity tool is becoming even more useful one integration at a time. And when a new way to use Evernote comes up I thought I might share it.
Well mid-day Tuesday I had a chance to be part of a conference call during which I learned about Evernote’s integration with SAP’s StreamWork. It is a neat new way for organizations to work collaboratively and, thanks to Evernote, it is remarkably robust.
SAP StreamWork is a powerful service that brings shared content together and allows teams to brainstorm, collaborate and make decisions. It is especially powerful for those business whose employees are not all in the same location all the time (read- just about every business). Moreover, since creativity, problem-solving, ideas and other important thoughts can occur at any time, SAP decided to employ Evernote’s API to make it possible to capture thoughts and add them to StreamWorks anywhere and at any time. SAP StreamWork used Evernote’s API and integrated Evernote into the application. The result is that users can now take notes, record audio memos, and clip web pages in Evernote and then, when they need to, view all of them within StreamWork. In other words, end-users use Evernote the way anyone else would to grab bits of information but, thanks to the integration, all of it is available the next time StreamWorks is opened.
What particularly impressed me during the conference call was the fact that SAP turned to Evernote because so many of their employees, and their clients, were already using Evernote. They wanted to use Evernote because they already knew how powerful it is AND they didn’t want to have to learn an entirely new system. Using what was already familiar in a new way was key to the decision. And it works well.
This video will give you a better sense of what this is all about…
We’re also excited about this integration because it’s our first business-focused partnership, and a pretty amazing one at that. We created Evernote as a tool for individuals looking to remember important aspects of their lives. Since our launch, we’ve received countless requests for a business-oriented solutions. Here’s the first, with many more to come.
When you’re working on an exciting project, you never stop thinking about it. At the office, at the store, at the gym, we’re still mulling over ways to make the project better. Then, in a flash, an idea hits you. In the past, this has been an incredibly stressful moment, because you knew there was a 95% chance that you would forget the idea. Not anymore. Just grab your phone and make a text note or audio memo in Evernote. Thanks to the integration, that note will now be available in StreamWork waiting to be shared with your teammates.
How it works
Once in StreamWork, click to add a Collection, then add an item and select Evernote. You’ll be asked to sign into your Evernote account. From there, you can choose a notebook, browse your notes, then add them to your project. Once in the project, your teammates can view the notes, make comments, and use them in the decision-making process. Very slick.
SAP StreamWork is available for free. It is an interesting service and is definitely worth a look… You can get a free account here.