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The One Platform Dream

June 12, 2021

One productivity platform that does it all, that’s the dream isn’t it? Imagine a world where your entire organization is synchronized, using one system, sharing one truth. Too good to be true, right? Wrong.

With a much deeper focus on remote work during the Covid19 pandemic, productivity tools have gone through a renaissance overnight. Companies across every industry have been forced to pivot and evolve extremely quickly. From Product & Engineering teams, to Marketing & Customer Success, every stakeholder within any business has needed to revolutionize how their team(s) get work done. How to track results against goals, how to measure team effectiveness, how to understand where one’s work fits into a larger company vision – so many questions that needed to be answered as tools/platforms were becoming the ‘new office’.

Tech and SaaS offerings have become so commoditized, there’s a seemingly infinite array of solutions out there to address a seemingly infinite array of challenges. Let’s consider a common scenario:

Your dev team wants to build a new API, a pretty standard scope of work. Let’s count how many tools it will take to get that work done.

  • Team chats on Slack about needing a new API
  • They decide to have a meeting, and create a Zoom call
  • Meeting invite gets accepted and saved using Google Calendar/Outlook
  • Initial API documentation and workflow designed using LucidChart/Mockflow
  • API Documentation is saved to Dropbox and shared with the team.
  • Work is broken down on a Video Call, Project Vision is documented using Confluence
  • Project Tasks are identified and assigned in JIRA
  • Once dev work is completed, Release Management is done using Jenkins

In this one scenario, we’ve identified eight (up to 10) platforms being used to get work done.

The major questions now are – is juggling this many productivity tools really making life easier for your teams? Is it overcomplicating process and resulting in the creation of more work? How much time, strategy and manpower is being exhausted to create a digital work environment? How much time is being wasted managing/updating integrations between the tools and platforms your teams are using? How do the never-ending mergers and acquisitions in the tech space affect the flexibility and compatibility of your tools with others in your ecosystem? How much time is lost managing relationships with 8-10 vendors, 8-10 Account Managers, 8-10 Customer Success Teams & Support Reps?

Are you re-visiting integrations and third-party APIs internally with every release from the platform providers you work with? Are you performing QA on data integrity just to ensure the right data is making it to the right place at the right time?

Starting to feel stressed by all of these questions? Us too.

What do you do if your Marketing team is using Wrike, Engineering teams are using JIRA, and Product Teams are on Asana? Are you duplicating efforts in the spirit of streamlined data integrity? Do the connected APIs need continuous maintenance? Bug fixes? Are there data security concerns to be managed across so many platforms? It’s funny how productivity apps seem to be just creating more and more work in the end.

Imagine what your teams could get done if all that time and strategy-juggling magically disappeared. Imagine if all of those capabilities could be managed from one easy-to-use system, truly providing your teams with the tools needed to solely focus on their work. This is why we created Prakya.

At Prakya, we’re creating a new reality. We envision a utopia where teams can do all of the above-mentioned work in one place. A single productivity platform where people that decide; what work to do (Executives and Product Teams); when to do it (Program & Project Managers); and how and who will do it (Engineering & Devops) all have contextual visibility in the work being done – answering the ever-important question ‘why is this work being done?’

By bringing the required functionality and flexibility that each internal stakeholder needs into one platform, Prakya is breaking down organizational silos and empowering teams to focus on what they do best – building and releasing amazing products and programs.

 Imagine a world where you no longer needed to export/share data across Slack, Zoom, Google, Dropbox, LucidChart, Jenkins, etc. Imagine a world where your technical gurus didn’t spend half of their time maintaining configurations, APIs and integrations across these platforms. A system that provided the full picture and scope of work related to a given project or program, from the strategic planning straight through to delivery. This is possible. This exists today. This is Prakya.

Would love your thoughts, feedback and to hear about how juggling too many platforms is driving your team(s) crazy. Shoot us a note on Linkedin, FB, IG or by email at raghu@prakya.com.

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