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Wrike

Project Management & Collaboration Software


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Published 03/21/2010 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Wrike is a project management and team collaboration app that is packed with features. The app’s complete feature set allows you to share information, communicate with your team, organize tasks and projects, and track and report on activity - and all in real time. Wrike offers all of the familiar project management tools such as Gantt charts and task management, along with familiar social collaboration tools such as activity feeds and commenting. Wrike provides further collaboration capabilities with file sharing, calendar sharing, and document collaboration; along with advanced project management tools in the form of dynamic charts and reports.

Forming the core of Wrike, are its project planning and organization tools. You can create tasks for team members, define goals and set deadlines. You can synchronize all tasks and project milestones with all of the popularly used online calendar tools, such as Google and Outlook. The interactive Gantt charts in Wrike give you a real-time visualization of your project’s “critical path” to completion. You can then compare and track performance versus the original plan through the Baseline chart, while the Performance chart gives you a graphed view of tasks by status.

Wrike ensures that all team members, regardless of their location, are kept in the loop. This is enabled through live newsfeeds that can be used to provide instant status reports on new updates, and share files and documents without having to send an email. You can also use the @mention feature to ensure your comments are seen straightaway by the right person. The document editor in Wrike lets team members edit collaboratively and see real-time changes to documents. Team members can also use Wrike to track the time spent on tasks, making budgeting and planning more efficient.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Wrike is a widely used project management app that has proved popular with companies of all shapes and sizes. Wrike was founded in 2006 and now has over 6, 000 customers worldwide. While Wrike is used by a number of huge brands, such as MTV, Google and PayPal, it is also used by SMBS and freelancers offering both free and affordable plans.

In 2013, Wrike partnered with IBM and in 2014, it was included in the “Cool Vendors in Collaboration” report by Gartner. Wrike has been praised by users for its ease-of-use and for being an un-complicated, affordable solution while maintaining a wide variety of features.

What are the differences to other apps?

Unlike other apps whose strengths lie in either project planning and management, or social collaboration and team communication, Wrike’s features and capabilities cover both these areas in equal measure. Each of the features in Wrike are as strong as each other, whether you want to create and assign tasks, see project progress reports, or have a conversation with your team members.

Wrike is built with collaboration and transparency in mind, making emails, messaging tools, dispersed documents and unintegrated apps redundant, and replacing them with an all-in-one solution to share files, thoughts, ideas and tasks.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Wrike is frequently praised for its intuitive interface and familiar design. The app utilizes a harmonious balance of colors, visuals, icons and text that remove the potentially overwhelming feel of so much information in one place. Wrike offers a number of visual interpretations of project progress and task statuses with dynamic and interactive Gantt, Baseline and Performance charts that are easy to read and interpret.

Shared color-coded calendars make it easy to map projects, tasks and meetings for custom user groups. Features such as the use of profile photos, @mentions, newsfeeds and the ability to “follow” conversations give the app a familiar social feel that users will enjoy. The dashboard view provides an easily digestible overview of all your personal and team project activity.

How does the registration process work?

You can sign up for the free version of Wrike via the homepage of their website. All you need to do is enter your business email address into the required box and click on “Get started for free”. You can also sign up for the free trial of the paid version via the pricing page on the website. Click on the green “Start free trial” button below the ‘Professional’ pricing plan. A pop-up window will appear requesting your email address. You then click on “Create my Wrike account” to start your trial.

What does it cost to use the application?

Wrike is offered on three pricing plans. The first plan is free and allows for up to 5 users and an unlimited number of collaborators. The Professional plan costs $49 per month for 5 users, or $99 per month for 15 users, also with unlimited collaborators. The Professional plan includes a number of additional features, such as the Gantt chart, workload view, time tracking and reports, among others. There is also an Enterprise plan for those with teams greater than 15 users. Prices are available on request for this plan.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Wrike is an all-round project management and collaboration app that is flexible enough and so feature-rich that it can fit the needs of any business size or type. Small teams and freelancers can benefit from the free version of Wrike with its task management, task discussions, file sharing and real-time activity stream features.

The app can be scaled to meet the needs of growing, medium-sized teams who need additional reporting, tracking and task management tools. Due to its strong collaboration tools, Wrike is ideal for dispersed teams and projects that involve both in-house and contracted staff. Due to both its integrations and ease-of-use, Wrike makes a great solution for new users making the transition to all-in-one project management software.

  • Real-time updates on all staff and team activity through a live activity feed
  • Dynamic, interactive Gantt charts, Baseline charts, Burndown charts and Performance charts
  • Online file sharing and document editing, reviewing and commenting
  • Time tracking tool for monitoring how long tasks and subtasks take to complete
  • Notification centre to see all your @mentions, new assignments and overdue tasks
  • 3rd party integrations with Gmail, Dropbox, Box, Outlook, Google Calendar, iCalendar & more
  • Android and iPhone app for accessing all of the app’s features on the go


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