Web 2.0 application providers Onepoint Software and MindMeister announced that they are integrating their award-winning mind mapping and project leadership solutions as of today. Onepoint, a leading vendor for project and portfolio management software (PPM) with headquarters in Graz, Austria, will offer the integration around the release of its "Update 1" to Onepoint Project 8. MindMeister will allow single sign-on access from Onepoint provided that new users validate their accounts once from Onepoint Project.
While mind maps provide a great way to capture and organize ideas in the early stages of the project definition phase, a more structured approach is required in the later steps of project planning. The goal of this integrative approach is to combine the advantages of MindMeister and Onepoint in a way that users can start their projects in the form of mind maps in MindMeister, but they can later on easily import their projects and ideas into Onepoint Project. In Onepoint, such a project then becomes a work breakdown structure (WBS) from where users can start the detailed planning process.
Onepoint Project is a commercial open source software solution that is focused on integrated single and multi-project planning, tracking, monitoring and controlling. MindMeister is according to Red Herring one of the top 100 influential high-tech companies in Europe and offers high-quality, interactive mind mapping via a Web-based service. Together, both companies combine the power of mind mapping with the advantages of classical project management.
"As one of the first MindMeister users, I am very happy that we finally found the time and resources to do this fantastic integration with Onepoint Project," says Gerald Mesaric, CEO of Onepoint. "I am also very impressed with how easy it was to work with the MindMeister API."
Michael Hollauf, co-founder and CEO of MindMeister explains: "The use of mind maps in project management has a long tradition. However, until now it was never this easy to make it actually work." Furthermore, according to Mr. Hollauf this will only be the start of the partnership: Mind maps are not only useful in the initiation phase of a project, but provide many more useful applications throughout the entire project lifecycle. One example the Onepoint and MindMeister teams are currently discussing is an innovative and easy-to-understand way of showing project status information.
Onepoint Project and MindMeister can be used from all major operating systems and browsers and provide both a free 30-day test-drive. The Onepoint Project trial version can be downloaded from http://www.onepoint-project.com, new "mind meisters" can start evaluating at http://www.mindmeister.com.
Onepoint Software is the first project and portfolio management vendor offering both an on demand and an installed Web 2.0-based solution for the extended enterprise. Unlike traditional PPM software, Onepoint Project is known to be integrated, real-time, open, easy-to-use and fast to deploy. Onepoint enables project-oriented companies and departments to increase project and portfolio transparency, shorten project lead-times, automate best practices and reduce project risks. The ROI period of Onepoint Project is usually well below 12 months.
MindMeister is the market-leading collaborative web-based mind mapping solution. Bringing the concept of mind mapping to the web, the site uses newest technologies to allow for truly global brainstorming sessions. Users can create, manage and share mind maps online and access them anytime, from anywhere. In brainstorming mode, fellow MindMeisters from around the world (or just in different rooms) can simultaneously work on the same mind map - and see each other's changes as they happen. Using integrated Skype calls, they can throw around new ideas and put them down on 'paper' at the same time.
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