|By Business Wire||
|May 5, 2014 06:01 AM EDT||
Smartsheet, the collaborative work management tool used by more than 42,000 paying organizations and millions of users worldwide, today announced it closed a new round of financing of $35 million led by Palo Alto-based Sutter Hill Ventures. This financing will fuel the expansion of the spreadsheet-inspired tool and capitalizes on the momentum of wide-scale adoption, especially within large enterprises. Previous investors, Insight Venture Partners and Madrona Venture Group, also participated in the round.
Mark Mader, Chief Executive Officer at Smartsheet (Photo: Business Wire)
Over the past year, Smartsheet increased its enterprise customer base by 5x, which includes many of the world’s industry-leading organizations such as Google, The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Netflix, Office Depot, Groupon, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Pearson, Unisource, Oceaneering, McGraw-Hill Education, Bucknell University, Ecova, Extreme Networks, Red Hat, WestEd, and Wargaming.net. Smartsheet funding now totals $70 million.
“We are looking for companies that offer ‘consumer-like’ apps but have the power of enterprise solutions for solving real-world business problems,” said Jim White, Managing Director at Sutter Hill Ventures. “Smartsheet has the simplicity of a spreadsheet but the power of a database, project management and collaboration solution tied together. The viral nature and deep usage within enterprises is being proven out with their impressive roster of customers.”
As part of the financing, White joins the Smartsheet Board of Directors. He currently serves on the boards at global brands Shutterfly and Glassdoor.com and has been named to the Forbes Midas List several times for his success in investing in disruptive technology companies.
“We believe there’s a fundamental shift occurring in how technology influences how work gets done in organizations,” explained Mark Mader, president and CEO of Smartsheet. "While Smartsheet was cash-flow positive in March, the success and opportunity we see with enterprise customers makes additional investment a clear choice.”
Earning the Enterprise From the “Bottom Up”
Like many cloud-based tools, Smartsheet is primarily discovered and adopted by teams to collaborate on projects and manage business processes—from marketing launches to IT tasks.
Smartsheet virally expands as people “share their sheets” with other team members, clients and vendors. Additionally, Smartsheet meets companies’ staunch requirements for enterprise-level security, mobile capabilities, administrative controls, and integration with cloud tools and core systems. With the combination of “consumer-easy” and “enterprise-ready” capabilities, the number of people using Smartsheet in enterprise accounts quadruples on average in the first year.
“The themes of BYOA and BYOD form a major part of today's modern enterprise IT landscape.” said Alan Lepofsky, VP and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research. “While the BYOA trend satisfies the business user’s needs for point solutions that they can actually use, it can complicate and at times even conflict with an organization’s enterprise-level IT strategy. However, the best cloud-based apps often see growth from department to department and even across an entire organization."
Groupon has seen the adoption of Smartsheet grow to more than 2,000 people since Erica Geil, Director, Global Operations first introduced it to the PMO group two years ago. Adoption continues to spread rapidly.
“Smartsheet stood out as the clear choice for our group because it’s easy to use and flexible enough to coordinate a wide range of projects and tasks,” said Geil. "It’s been really exciting to see how Smartsheet has spread like wildfire – from Engineering to our Audit and Travel teams around the world. It reinforces our commitment to provide tools that work however the teams work. Smartsheet works alongside Google Apps and other core systems, and via mobile—satisfying our need to increase efficiency, control costs, and collaborate securely. Smartsheet meets all these requirements and more.”
Smartsheet, a leading Software as a Service (SaaS) company, offers businesses an intuitive collaboration and work management tool. The ease of use of the familiar spreadsheet-like interface, coupled with file sharing, work automation and Gantt chart features, have made it a popular and highly functional collaboration and project management tool. Smartsheet is used by teams across more than 165 countries to organize, plan and execute a broad spectrum of projects and processes, including marketing campaigns, product launches, business operations, events, strategic planning and HR initiatives. Customers include construction companies, consulting firms, schools and universities, utility firms, government entities, healthcare organizations, high-tech firms, non-profits, manufacturing and law firms, among others. Additionally, Smartsheet offers mobile apps, pre-built templates and integrations with leading cloud apps such as Box, Dropbox, Salesforce, Google Drive and Zapier to ensure users are up and running quickly. Visit www.smartsheet.com for more details.
The security needs of IoT environments require a strong, proven approach to maintain security, trust and privacy in their ecosystem. Assurance and protection of device identity, secure data encryption and authentication are the key security challenges organizations are trying to address when integrating IoT devices. This holds true for IoT applications in a wide range of industries, for example, healthcare, consumer devices, and manufacturing. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lancen LaChance, vic...
Feb. 20, 2017 07:00 PM EST Reads: 8,208
SYS-CON Events announced today that delaPlex will exhibit at SYS-CON's @CloudExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. delaPlex pioneered Software Development as a Service (SDaaS), which provides scalable resources to build, test, and deploy software. It’s a fast and more reliable way to develop a new product or expand your in-house team.
Feb. 20, 2017 06:15 PM EST Reads: 980
Wooed by the promise of faster innovation, lower TCO, and greater agility, businesses of every shape and size have embraced the cloud at every layer of the IT stack – from apps to file sharing to infrastructure. The typical organization currently uses more than a dozen sanctioned cloud apps and will shift more than half of all workloads to the cloud by 2018. Such cloud investments have delivered measurable benefits. But they’ve also resulted in some unintended side-effects: complexity and risk. ...
Feb. 20, 2017 06:15 PM EST Reads: 787
Security, data privacy, reliability and regulatory compliance are critical factors when evaluating whether to move business applications from in-house client hosted environments to a cloud platform. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Vandana Viswanathan, Associate Director at Cognizant, In this session, will provide an orientation to the five stages required to implement a cloud hosted solution validation strategy.
Feb. 20, 2017 06:15 PM EST Reads: 4,299
The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regu...
Feb. 20, 2017 05:45 PM EST Reads: 452
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smart...
Feb. 20, 2017 05:30 PM EST Reads: 3,893
When you focus on a journey from up-close, you look at your own technical and cultural history and how you changed it for the benefit of the customer. This was our starting point: too many integration issues, 13 SWP days and very long cycles. It was evident that in this fast-paced industry we could no longer afford this reality. We needed something that would take us beyond reducing the development lifecycles, CI and Agile methodologies. We made a fundamental difference, even changed our culture...
Feb. 20, 2017 05:30 PM EST Reads: 2,228
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, discussed the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports.
Feb. 20, 2017 05:15 PM EST Reads: 951
Feb. 20, 2017 02:45 PM EST Reads: 440
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named “Platinum Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CA Technologies helps customers succeed in a future where every business – from apparel to energy – is being rewritten by software. From ...
Feb. 20, 2017 02:15 PM EST Reads: 1,091
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settle...
Feb. 20, 2017 01:15 PM EST Reads: 409
Feb. 20, 2017 01:00 PM EST Reads: 10,051
In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee Atchison, Principal Cloud Architect and Advocate at New Relic, discussed cloud as a ‘better data center’ and how it adds new capacity (faster) and improves application availability (redundancy). The cloud is a ‘Dynamic Tool for Dynamic Apps’ and resource allocation is an integral part of your application architecture, so use only the resources you need and allocate /de-allocate resources on the fly.
Feb. 20, 2017 01:00 PM EST Reads: 847
Containers have changed the mind of IT in DevOps. They enable developers to work with dev, test, stage and production environments identically. Containers provide the right abstraction for microservices and many cloud platforms have integrated them into deployment pipelines. DevOps and Containers together help companies to achieve their business goals faster and more effectively. In his session at DevOps Summit, Ruslan Synytsky, CEO and Co-founder of Jelastic, reviewed the current landscape of D...
Feb. 20, 2017 01:00 PM EST Reads: 5,858
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
Feb. 20, 2017 01:00 PM EST Reads: 1,198