Top 5 Wrike Integrations

In 2017, Wrike, one of the best-reviewed project management applications on the market, turns 10 years old. It’s been a prosperous almost-decade for the company, which began in 2007 as a small outfit offering a real-time Gantt chart solution. In the years that followed, Wrike has grown into a project management powerhouse with over 400 employees in offices around the world, serving over 13,000 organizations and a total of well over one million users.

As I have written before, one of the best indicators of a good project management software is depth and breadth of its integrations. Happily, Wrike is particularly blessed in this area, providing a myriad of excellent add-ons and 3rd-party integrations. In honor of the company’s upcoming birthday, here are our picks for Wrike’s top five integrations. (How better to celebrate such a success story?) Many happy returns, Wrike!

1: WordPress

As a writer who interacts with WordPress on a daily basis, I simply had to include this integration on the list. Typical project management software integrations, like Quickbooks and Salesforce, are often pretty left-brain-centric. Many numbers. Much logic. There’s nothing wrong with this at all, but it is nice to see that there are integrations available for people who may be using Wrike as an organizational tool for their right-brain activities.

The WordPress integration allows you to create drafts in WordPress automatically from Wrike, helping keep you (or any writers you might be managing) organized and on the same page. Whether you are working freelance or as part of a larger writing team, this could be an invaluable tool for you, especially if you write a recurring article once a month or even once a week!

2: Quickbooks

Intuit Quickbooks, a versatile platform for accounting, payroll, and even POS needs, is a popular choice for people who want to manage their business financials from the internet. Here at Merchant Maverick, we have reviewed many of Intuit’s various products (Quickbooks Online and Quickbooks POS, among others). Regardless of what version of Quickbooks you use, you can rest assured that  Wrike’s integration works smoothly.

This integration automatically creates new projects in Wrike when you add new customers in Quickbooks. In addition to saving you time, this common-sense integration means you can rest assured that your customer databases are synced across platforms. If you are already using Quickbooks, I definitely recommend looking into this integration (available via Zapier). It is well worth the time and money, just due to the peace of mind it can offer.

3: Zendesk

Zendesk is a customer support platform designed to give you a framework for helpdesk functions, customer communication, and more. Many services are offered, from basic communication tools for firms and clients to full-on support desk software. Speaking as one who has worked in customer service, both in IT and publishing, I can attest to the importance of programs like this. When calls from confused or frustrated customers come in, it is great to be able to simply create a ticket, add pertinent information, and send it along to the people who know how to best help.

Zendesk is not a project management tool in itself; it can perform basic functions (like simple ticket resolution), but lacks the more robust features offered by programs like Wrike. Fortunately, Wrike’s integration with Zendesk comes to the rescue, automatically creating new projects when you enter a ticket. Like the Quickbooks integration above, this feature helps keep all of your information synced up and accurate. To me, this integrations is a no-brainer, especially if you are already using Zendesk!

 4: Chrome Extension

The dev team at Wrike likes to make your life easy. After all, an application that is simple, intuitive, and straightforward is one that is more likely to be used on a regular basis. So when they got the chance to expand Wrike’s usefulness by turning any web page into a task within Wrike, they jumped at the chance.

The result is Wrike Everywhere, a free Google Chrome Extension. In addition to allowing you to turn different web pages into tasks, it also shows you how many active tasks are associated with the URL you are currently viewing, eliminating redundant tasks. The flexibility afforded by this kind of extension is pretty remarkable. I can definitely imagine it being useful, especially in marketing or graphic design departments.

5: Wrike API

Wrike offers over 30 integrations as of December 30th, 2016. But what if your specific needs are not met by that impressive list? What if you like Wrike well enough, but really want one little tweak? Or maybe your company has developed their own applications for various work processes? All of these problems can be solved with the Wrike API. Wrike claims their API is easy-to-use and offers extensive documentation as to its finer points. This means that if you like Wrike’s interface, features list, and customer service, but are holding out due to lack of integrations, there is no reason to not at least explore the possibility of customizing your experience.

So there you go! What are you waiting for?

Honorable Mention: Google Drive

I spend a lot (and I mean a truly staggering amount) of my day interacting with Google Drive. As a freelance writer who also spends most of his time working as a high school teacher, this cloud storage system is invaluable, as are the associated Google Doc, Sheets, and Slides applications.  My life would be way more complicated without the ability to access all of my documents, from review drafts, blog posts, and lesson plans from any computer with internet access.

The folks over at Wrike agree: Google Drive is extremely convenient. And since it gives each user 15 gigs of free storage, it makes sense to store at least some of your work files there, then link them seamlessly into your projects and tasks within Wrike.

What about you? Are there any Wrike integrations you can’t live without? Let us know in the comments below!

Wesley Kriz

Wesley Kriz is a writer from the misty peaks of the Pacific Northwest, or as he prefers to call it, the Best Coast. He is willing to debate on almost any topic, but he is admittedly very stubborn, so beware. When not writing for Merchant Maverick, Wesley is likely thinking about Star Wars, or reading Lord of the Rings.

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