GSA Chooses Smartsheet over Microsoft Project

Smartsheet, the collaborative work management tool used by more than 45,000 paying organizations and millions of users worldwide, today announced the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), has selected Smartsheet as its online collaborative project management tool and it is now available for all GSA employees.

GSA, which is leading the federal government’s charge to the cloud, adopted a Google-based email and calendar system in mid-2011. Now they’re further extending their ecosystem with the Smartsheet deployment which is all part of a major push for the agency to be more efficient, cost-conscious and accountable in their work

Ben Kepes captured the significance in Forbes today: “The Microsoft Office franchise has been the number one pick of Government agencies for decades. That the GSA would choose an upstart like Google was something of a shock. Well, the stress in Redmond continues with news today that the GSA has selected Smartsheet to be its online collaborative project management tool. This is, obviously, something of a concern to Microsoft whose Project product has been the go-to app for project management for the longest time.”

Smartsheet is currently in use by teams at federal agencies including NASA, Library of Congress, National Institutes of Health, National Parks Service, and US Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, state government organizations such as the State of Maryland also use the spreadsheet-inspired tool to coordinate a wide variety of work processes and projects – including election logistics, constituent programs, IT projects, wetland research and grant management.

The unique combination of the easy-to-use spreadsheet interface, file sharing, powerful project management capabilities such as Gantt charts and automated workflows, plus the seamless integration with Google, were all key factors in its decision to select Smartsheet.