In an increasingly complicated, technology-driven world, there is a greater possibility of Information Technology projects failing. 68% of IT projects alone fail, meaning $63 billion is spent on failed projects each year. The solution? A cloud-based platform specifically designed for project management in IT departments that provides complete visibility into employees’ activities and accomplishments.
CheckAction is a New Orleans-based startup which has designed the “fuel to drive projects to success,” also known as G.A.S. Gamification, automation and simplification are the key to empowering IT teams and their many projects.
The intuitive web app was created by IT people for IT people. Terry Kim is the CEO and Co-Founder of CheckAction. He met Jacob Hess, now Co-founder and COO, through past work. They came up with the original idea for the project management app towards the end of 2008 but were focused on other projects at the time. CheckAction officially launched in February 2013.
They quit their full-time jobs in February and have been expanding the CheckAction team ever since. With over 12 years of domain expertise each, Kim and Hess are now joined by five other seasoned professionals, including two new Co-founders: Ron Griffin, VP of Sales, and Matt Campbell, CTO who moved from Ireland to work for the growing company.
It was a combination of luck and motivation for the CheckAction team, according to Hess. He said, “We feel blessed things turned out the way they did.”
CheckAction allows users to manage entire project life cycles, including budgets, planning, report generation, follow-up and more. Simplification is the foundation. Features include dashboard, timelines, docs, project management, action items (work management), real-time collaboration and seamless email integration.
The app is designed to keep users engaged, and on task and on budget. It’s an ideal platform for companies who employ between 20 and 40 IT professionals. CheckAction gives IT professionals the tools to efficiently manage projects with help from the features and function of the app.
With a bigger picture already in mind, CheckAction hopes to align IT teams with business objectives of their company. The team also wants clients to be able to use one tool for project management and get rid of disparate tools including Microsoft Project, company intranets, to-do-lists, whiteboards, and more.
The platform currently runs on Heroku, a Salesforce company.
The CheckAction team has mainly been bootstrapping the last few months, but has also raised some early investment. They are looking into investment opportunities including raising a seed funding round later this year.
CheckAction is currently in private beta but is accepting early adopters and potential clients who are welcome to sign up for early access to the platform. For more information, visit CheckAction.com.