MSPs, interested in creating a new recurring revenue stream and helping their clients succeed in the future of work?

What's new

  June 21, 2024

Produce8 Partner Center: Multi-Tenant Partner Portal

Introduction

Managed service providers (MSPs) are ideally positioned to help their customers understand and fix the impact of technology on knowledge worker productivity and wellbeing. We built a multi-tenant portal specifically for MSPs and Business Consultants to bring Produce8 to their customers, and to help them manage team engagement and success with the application over time.

Introducing Produce8’s Multi-Tenant Partner Portal

You can now create your customers’ Produce8 account in our in-app Partner Portal. With this new feature, you can manage the purchase and allocation of licenses across multiple customers and resolve account setup on their behalf.

The Partner Portal will list all your customer accounts and you can see their license usage and status. If given access by your customer, you can continue to manage the account for them by logging in to their accounts.

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
About This Release

This new feature in Produce8 was built by: Andrew, Nicole, Sasha, Anthony, Jeff, Liam, and Christine

New Features

Accessing the Partner Portal from the Company Account Page

The new portal can be found by clicking on your company account page and selecting the partner center tab.

Partner Package Selection and Upgrades

You can manage your partner license count and view the current bundle and discount tier in the dashboard.

Customer Account Detail

You can create and manage customer accounts and view account status from the detail panel. If given access by your customer accounts, you can log in to their accounts to manage using the login button.

Create New Customer Accounts in Your Dashboard

There is no need to wait for the customer to sign themselves up, you can create customer accounts right from your dashboard and then help them get set up. Enter the account owner (customer info) and allocate licenses from your pool to the account.



  May 23, 2024

Mobile App Updates and New Account Health Metrics

Introduction

The Produce8 mobile app updates for personal insights and sentiment are now live, and we have added some admin-level features to help you understand how adoption is going in your organization.

Introducing Account Health Metrics

We can now show all administrators of Produce8 how features are being adopted by their employees. This helps you understand if they have completed setup, downloaded extensions, added apps, and created workspaces.

Oh yeah, and the mobile app has been updated with some serious goodies!

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
About This Release

This new feature in Produce8 was built by: Liam and Brandon

New Features

Account Health Metrics

Access via the user context menu, Account Health Metrics helps you understand how the employees using Produce8 are progressing through adoption. We show you metrics on the number of people who have added each of the extensions and how many have authorized direct integrations.

In your account, the status of each user can be viewed so you can see what integrations they have authorized and if they are using the extensions. As you are paying for them to use the app, if they are not getting value out of it or have not taken the time to get set up, you can nudge them to see if they need help.

Note: actual users are blocked out in the image below.

Mobile App Updates are Live for Apple and Android

Most of the features introduced in April 2024 in the web application are now available on mobile.

Push Notifications

We now send push notifications to prompt users to enter how they felt about their workday, at the beginning and end of each day. It may be the only interaction your employees need from our app daily.

Personal Daily Sentiment on Mobile

Your daily reflection is now included in the mobile app so your employees can do most of their engagement and reflection in a few seconds each day. This is a non-distracting way to update the app on your level of distraction!

Time in Meetings Insight

Added to the list of personal insights is the Time in Meetings metric. Are you wondering how much time you spent yesterday in online and offline, internal and external meetings? Well, now you know.

Organization Metrics Available in Mobile App

If you are an admin, an account owner, or have been granted the new report viewer privileges in Produce8 you can now view the account-level metrics from mobile. The summary dashboard is at your fingertips; you can keep tabs on company time spent in meetings, virtual calls, employee sentiment, and overworking risk.

Removed Features

It’s time to wave goodbye to the “Activity this Week” metric from the workspaces metrics tab. It’s been totally replaced by workspace metrics, organization metrics, and time series data for every app. Onwards and upwards!


  April 23, 2024

3 Major Feature Releases: Calendar Integration, Company-wide Metrics, and Sentiment

Introduction

How many hours do employees spend in meetings every week? Are they internal or external? How is that impacting their workdays? If you want to know the answer to all of these questions, the latest release should have you pretty darn intrigued because you can now actually measure all that in Produce8.

We are super excited to announce the release of our calendar integrations, meeting data types, and a host of features that surface organization-wide metrics. We are also rolling out a new employee sentiment feature that’ll help you keep a pulse of how all of your employees are feeling about their workdays (as a group) — all while protecting their individual privacy.

Sounds good? Well then read on…

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
About This Release

These new features in Produce8 were built by: Jordi, Brandon, Anthony, David, Gavin, Sasha, Andrew, Jeff, Nicole, Wash, Christine, and Liam.

New Features

New Data Type: calendar integrations, meetings, and focus blocks

Produce8 now provides integrations with Google Calendar and Outlook to capture and report on calendar events. These are separated into internal and external meetings and focus time blocks. This calendar data is now used to show new meeting metrics features: a brand new layer of organization-wide reporting, personal user insights metrics, and goal-setting features.

How it works

Calendar events can now be added to personal and shared workspaces. As is standard throughout the app, workspace members opt into any data sharing. Users individually authorize Produce8 to link their accounts to calendar-based apps and to see their calendar data. Admin-level privileges in Microsoft and Google are not required for these integrations.

We check your calendar for updates throughout the day on an hourly basis

Calendar data is updated on a rolling basis once per hour so changes in your calendar may not be reflected immediately in Produce8. We do not update calendar data once the time of the events has passed, so if calendar items are after that, Produce8 will not reflect those changes.

As with all other data collected in Produce8, the user must opt-in to follow calendars to get data. They must connect their calendar identity with Produce8 to get data. We made that flow super simple for everyone.

How to make use of calendar events in Produce8

With this release, individuals can now subscribe to their past and planned calendar entries and view them in a workplace timeline and their daily reports.

The addition of internal and external meetings and focused time blocks (tasks and calendar entries with no other attendees) brings non-digital work hours into the application (working offline). This also provides more color to your call data and captures meetings where call data is not available. Separating meetings into internal and external is also helpful for teams where meetings are a net positive (eg. sales calls), and where meetings are a potential hindrance to focused working time (eg. large internal meetings).

How we determine the nature of calendar events

Calendar entries with no other people invited are considered focus sessions, which is the predominant use of calendars. We do not draw a distinction between a calendar entry for personal time such as lunch.

A calendar entry with more than one person associated is considered a meeting. Meetings with invitees on external email domains are considered “external”. Calendar entries that are ignored or discarded include all-day or multi-day events, out-of-office blocks, and unaccepted meeting invitations.

Meeting effectiveness unlocked?

The daily timeline also offers an interesting comparison between the scheduled event and what happened in it. For example, examining a scheduled internal meeting on Zoom will show you if you are on the call for longer or shorter than expected.

By combining “view” data, you can also see how much time you were focused on the actual Zoom client. This work pattern bears more attention as you consider if the meetings you attended are aligned with what you want to focus on. You might consider either avoiding similar meetings in the future or helping improve to make it more engaging and relevant.

Inclusion of time in meetings in personal insights and time series

There is a new personal insights metric in your daily report that summarizes your time spent in internal and external meetings. Focused time blocks are excluded from this data.

We also help you delve deeper into your time spent in meetings by providing access to time series data for that metric along with goal setting. If you are making progress, this is one place where it will show up.

New Dashboard: An organization metrics account dashboard!

With this release, Produce8 is now surfacing analytics that summarizes company-wide metrics. This data will be aggregated and anonymized, protecting individual privacy.

They are available to Account Owners, Account Admins, and the newly created Report Viewer role. They can be accessed in the user context menu, or by clicking on “Org Metrics” on the user home page and then clicking again on any element presented there

Organization meetings analytics

Understand the time spent in internal and external meetings across your business, including the nature of the meetings and their implied cost.

The meeting analytics tab can show you:

  1. Estimated meeting costs on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis and trends
  2. Breakdown of meetings held by size
  3. Meeting volumes in each of your teams’ shared workspaces
  4. Average calendar events spread across internal and external meetings and focused time blocks
  5. Average meetings per person over a time period.

Organization calls analytics

Your company’s employees spend a lot of time in virtual meetings inside the business and with your customers and partners. Call analytics summarizes all that activity and its financial impact.

Calls visualizations include:

  1. The financial cost of virtual meetings
  2. Call data by team across your workspaces
  3. Calls data by each collaboration app you own
  4. Averaged calls per person per time period across the business

Organization Sentiment

How is everyone in the business feeling about their workdays?

We built a new start-and-end-of-day check-in for every Produce8 user. While the specific replies of individuals are private to them, we summarize how the people in your business feel about their workdays by aggregating their end-of-day responses. This will give you a sense of things trending better as a result of the actions they — and your leaders — are taking to combat distraction, meeting overload, and all of the other factors that are stopping them from having better work days.

Organization working hours

Produce8 already offers a personal insight metric to individuals on the length of their workdays as interpreted by the events we receive. With the inclusion of calendar and call data those numbers are now a more complete picture of the day and more useful to report on across the business.

We do not identify individuals, but working hours should give you a sense that employees are shifting to longer or more sustainable workdays. We included a Burnout Risk Calculator that is our first look at the potential impact of long working hours on the risk of employees experiencing negative wellness impacts.

The Burnout Risk Calculator should not be taken as an indicator of the percentage of your workforce that is overworked. That is a much more complex topic that includes many factors beyond simply their working hours.

Organization app metrics tab

We already make this data available in personal and shared workspaces, but we have assembled this data company-wide. We report on time spent in your tools across the business in terms of time spent in each app every day. This will give you a sense of the usage of critical tools and also help you understand the potential financial investment that time represents.

New role-based user type

To better support organization metrics visibility, we have introduced a new user role called “Report Viewer”. They have the same privileges as a regular account viewer with the additional ability to view the new organizational metrics dashboard for the whole account. In companies that want to extend complete transparency for all employees about organizational data, these roles can be granted across the entire business. There is no special user license required and the new role can be assigned in User Management under Account Settings.

Organization metrics summary

For Report Viewers, Account Admin, and Account owner roles, there is also a new summary tab on the user homepage. You can flip back and forth between data about your day, and how the rest of the business is faring.

New feature: Employee sentiment in the daily plan

A big new feature to help anchor more intentionality into the workday is a start-and-end-of-day check-in on how you are feeling about your workday. The start-of-the-day check-in prepares individuals for the workday ahead. The end-of-day check-in is there to see how people felt the day went. There are text input fields available so you can provide some notes for yourself such as daily personal goals or more details on the score you gave the day.

The end-of-day check-in is anonymized and included in the organization metrics dashboard.








  March 12, 2024

Major Feature Release: Calls

Introduction

How many hours per week do you spend on video calls, huddles, and virtual meetings?

What other tools are you interacting with during that time? Are your goals to reduce the impact of virtual meetings on your workday having any impact? You can now actually measure it with Produce8!

We are super excited to announce the release of our “Calls” integrations and related features.

Introducing Produce8’s Calls Features

We can now show you the time you spend in calls, huddles, and virtual meetings across all of your collaboration apps including Microsoft Teams, Slack, and Zoom.

With this new feature, we couple your “App Views” (for example, actively looking at the Zoom window) and “Calls” (the actual time in a virtual call), allowing you to better understand how you spend your time and engage with your tools.

The new Calls features are useful when addressing workplace questions such as:

  • Are you spending too much time per day on calls?
  • Are you participating in too many unscheduled or unanticipated calls?
  • Are you even paying attention to these calls, or are you multitasking working in different apps?
- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
About This Release

This new feature in Produce8 was built by: Jordi, Brandon, Anthony, David, Gavin, Sasha, Andrew, Jeff, Nicole, Christine and Wash.

New Features

Time in Calls Personal Insights

We've incorporated aggregated call data into “Your Daily Insights”, allowing you to see the amount of time you've spent in video calls, huddles, and virtual meetings throughout your day.

Time Series Data for Time in Calls

In Produce8, we enable you to delve deeper into your time spent in Calls by providing access to Time Series Data. This feature reveals the amount of time you've spent in calls over longer periods of time.

Goal Setting for Calls

Are you spending too much time on calls? Maintain control over the impact calls have on your day by setting minimum or maximum time limits per day or week in Produce8 “Goals”.

Real-time “On a Call” Status in Activity Feed

In the Produce8 activity feeds you can see ongoing calls, presented as live statuses while you are in a virtual meeting in Slack, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams. In a shared workspace, that status is viewable for anyone on the team.

Calls Events Swimlane in Timeline

You can see two swimlanes on your Timeline: Views and Calls. When Views and Calls overlap, you are interacting with other tools while on a call. This can mean you’re screen sharing and presenting or it could mean you are interacting with other work tools while in a meeting.

Workspace App Metrics for Calls

We have also provided you with new calls-related app metrics which include individual data for each of your Apps, including Time in Calls, # of Call Interactions, and Avg Call Durations. This allows you to compare your time on Call in one app with another.

App Level Metrics

Select a virtual meeting app and you will find App Metrics. Here you find a breakdown of Time in Apps and Calls for Zoom, Slack, and Microsoft Teams independently.

Enabling Call Events and the Authorization Flow

There is now a new authorization flow that helps every user in Produce8 identify themselves in Zoom, Slack, and Microsoft Teams.

Meetings and calls are some of the most time-consuming activities that people engage in every workday, but by understanding how you spend your time on Calls, you can make changes to regain control of your time.

Updated Features

The calculation for 'Digital Working Hours' in our daily personal insights has been adjusted to include 'Calls' data.


  November 2, 2023

Major Feature Release: Heatmaps

Introduction

How do you normally use your apps? What's changed?

We are very pleased to announce the release of heatmaps for your app usage. What’s a heatmap? Well, we can already show you your app usage across days — allowing you to understand your usage trends — for the apps you want to spend time in and those you prefer to avoid. But what does that look like for the average day over the last week, or for the last three months?

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
About This Release

This new feature in Produce8 was built by: Jordi, Brandon, Anthony, and Christine.

New Features

Heatmaps allow you to see the pattern shifts inside the day as you work on reshaping your work habits, and the impact on how you use your tools.

They are particularly interesting when answering:

⌛ Are your morning and afternoon check-ins with your daily plan actually happening?

⏲️ In which part of the day are you collaborating more? What about the rest of your team?

📧Are your efforts to batch your email or job applicant screening time paying off?

❌ What time of day should you avoid booking people for meetings based on when they are usually crushing it?


This is what a heatmap of a productivity hack being adopted looks like. It’s not always a straight line to success. In this case, a daily plan involves a check-in every morning on Mac Notes where this person tracks their plan for the day.


Compared to the weekly app usage time series, you can see it worked, then it didn’t, and now they are getting back on track.

Not every app has a pattern, and even that can be helpful to know. But if you want to work out loud in a team and focus on the app your team uses most, you will start to understand how you all work.

So start analyzing the impact of your personal and team productivity hacks. According to researchers, it takes 66 days to form a new habit. We have you covered with the data to prove that you accomplished it.


  October 16, 2023

Another Big Product Release from Produce8 - Mobile App Now Released in Beta

Introduction

Work is crazy - we can fix this

We are maniacally focused on helping everyone recover 90 minutes back in their day by helping them understand their work patterns, identify where the time loss is, and showing the impact of the things they are doing to fix their workflow.

Self awareness leads to change

Fitness tracking apps, personal digital wellbeing tools and financial management apps have proven that self awareness is a big component of laying the foundation for behavior change. Produce8 works on the same principles, but for the workday.

Let’s not add to the noise

But we don’t want to add to the distraction. So we made the daily report the key component of the mobile experience. Our objective is 90 minutes back in your day in less than 90 seconds of use. Produce8 summarizes your workday and your progress against your goals. The mobile app is meant to check how the day went yesterday and how things are trending over time. Check it once a day and get back to your life. We will help you stay focused - on focus.

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
About This Release

This new feature in Produce8 was built by: Liam, Washington and David.

New Features

Built for iPhone and Android Mobile Phone Devices

The mobile app was built for phones and does not run on tablets. The full browser app works well on tablets already. If you are signed up for Produce8, download the mobile version in the app stores for Google and Apple

The Mobile App is About You

Unlike the browser app, the mobile app summarizes your day. Not what is happening in your teams. It is meant to reinforce the changes you want to make for yourself.

Just the Important Stuff

If you still want to get into the weeds and identify patterns of work, understand how your teams are doing, use the browser based app. The full app is meant for spending more time and doing deep dives on the data. The mobile app was designed to keep you focused on your workday.

View Defaults to Current Day and Scroll for Past Days

When we send you daily summaries via email they are about yesterday. When you open the mobile app, it defaults to showing you today. You can click back as far as your licence allows. Paid plans can see three months worth of data, and free plans can see the current week and the previous two.

Personal Insights and Trends

Personal insights for focus, digital intensity, working hours and screen time are the first features in view. You can click on any of them to see the time series history.

Goals Progress and Trends

We recently launched goals and immediately added it to the mobile app as well. You can see each goal you have set and click on them to see the metric that goal is related to.

Top Viewed Apps Daily and Trends

Which apps have you spent the most time on every day? We show you which of your tools you spent the most time looking at.


User Menu

The user account menu provides navigation for sign out, opening tickets, navigating to our knowledge base and product updates.

MFA Support

The mobile app supports the MFA settings you have set up for your account.

Account Creation Not Supported in the Mobile App

We do not currently support creating new Produce8 accounts by downloading the mobile app. Please go to the browser to complete sign up.


User Feedback Needed on The Future of This App

We are in the process of collecting input on using the mobile app as an extension to track business app usage on the mobile device. Please reach out to us if you have input.


  October 12, 2023

Major Feature Release: Goals

Introduction

Introducing Goal Setting in Produce8

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
About This Release

You already know that Produce8 can help you understand how long and how often you engage with every app you use. But now we have taken it up a notch, and you can now set goals.

🏆 Set Your Sights on Success

With Produce8 Goals, you can now set targets for your app usage and personal insight metrics. Whether it's 'screen time,' 'digital workday' length, or more, you're in control of your digital journey.

🔒 Goals for You, and Only You

Goals are a personal feature in Produce8. You can create, edit and remove them at any time and nobody else will know about your Goals or how you're progressing except you. So if you're hoping to spend more time in your CRM, less time in Slack, or capping those endless workdays, Produce8 Goals can help reinforce the changes you are trying to make.

⏱️  Available in Beta for All Accounts

Who can use Goals? For now, everyone can dive into the world of Goal setting. They will be permanently accessible to all PRO users and, for a limited time, to FREE accounts as a beta feature.

🎯 How Does Goal Setting Work?

You can add a goal straight from your home page and you can edit them or remove them at any time.

Clicking on a goal will show it to you in context of the scores or app metrics it is related to.


All of the goals and your progress against them will show up on your home page.

We are also sending you progress updates on your goals into your daily summary email.

🚀 Reimagine Your Workday with Produce8

Produce8 Goals is designed to help you craft a more intentional workday, your way. Set your Goals, break your limits, and achieve your aspirations! Don't wait – start your journey to success with Produce8 Goals today! 🌟🏆🎯


This new feature in Produce8 was built with love by: Andrew, Gavin, Michelle, Brandon and Jordi.

New Features

You can now:

👀 Establish minimum and maximum: time spent viewing apps, or on the number of interactions and average duration of your app views.

📈 Establish minimum and maximum daily and weekly targets for personal insights - screen time, digital intensity, focus and working hours.


  March 16, 2023

Produce8 V2.1.0

Introduction

In this release we completed a significant upgrade to a microservices back end to allow the development team to introduce features faster. We also included a small number of new features, bug fixes and UX improvements. The application is now significantly more performant.

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
New Features

Browser Extension Diagnostics

In the process of putting out this upgrade we experienced some issues with the browser extension and had to temporarily deprecate some functionality to ensure that we could offer backwards compatibility between the extension and the application. We have now introduced extended diagnostics in the plugin to ensure faster problem resolution in the future.

Known Bugs

Events Sent Today Count in Browser Extension Diagnostics Showing Incorrect Count (PRO 2548)


  March 6, 2023

Any of Your Desktop Apps - Now Available to Study in Produce8

Introduction

Introducing the Produce8 Desktop Extension for Windows and MacOS.

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
About This Release

A Desktop Extension for All of the Rest of Your Apps!

Boom! We have now launched a desktop extension for users that want to subscribe to their app ‘views’ on their local machines. We currently offer support for MacOS and Windows. The desktop extension is being released in ‘beta’ and we are looking forward to your feedback on design and usability.

Free Account Sign Up is Now Available!

Big news! We have now launched the free version of Produce8. Please note, new features that have not received sufficient feedback from end-users, or where design is still being refined, may display a ‘beta’ tag.

Free Account License Limits

We have set the license limits for free accounts at five users, one shared (team) workspace, ten apps and up to three weeks of data history. We have also released the ConnectWise PSA integration in beta and it will be available to IT Service Providers for free as long as it is in beta. Please contact success to get the CW license added to your free account. Also reach out should you like to request more users or apps added to your account between now and the launch of our paid version.

Our Support Desk is Now Live!

We now offer both live and self-serve support. Submit a request via the Contact Support link in the app to log an issue, ask a question, request a feature, or deliver some feedback. We're typically online Monday-Friday between 8am-4pm Pacific time and aim to get back to you in less than 1 business day.

You can also access the self-serve knowledge base on our Help Center 24/7. We also have opened up a feature request form on the Produce8 website.

In addition, we welcome you to connect with us and other Produce8 customers on the Produce8 Customer Community on Slack. Request access by emailing us at support@produce8.com.

New Features

Desktop Extension for Windows and MacOS ‘Beta’!


We know that desktop-native apps represent 25-75% of our customers’ workloads, so as you add new desktop app subscriptions you can expect to see a pretty significant uptick in the data flowing into your team and private feeds.

We will now display the new desktop app subscription ‘view’ type when users add, create and remove subscriptions from their workspaces. We will also combine desktop and browser based views into single metrics to help customers understand time spent in each app.

App creation is a little different than with browser based apps, as the service that users subscribe to will have a different name depending on OS release number and app vendor.

Over the Air Automatic Updates for the Desktop Extension

Updates to the desktop extensions will happen automatically ‘over the air’ so users should not have to maintain them. They will still be required to authenticate against them to build and maintain the connection between their desktop machines and their instance of Produce8.

Offline Data Synching

The desktop extension also offers offline logging, so if you are working away on your machine and lose connection to the Internet, or have unplugged intentionally, we can still synch your activity upon reconnection.

Desktop Extension App Catalog

As alluded to previously, creation, sharing and use of app subscriptions is a little different on the desktop. We have decided to offer an app catalog so that users don’t have to do the work of determining what the app service is called on their machine. We intend to add to and improve this feature over time and are certainly looking for user input.

Desktop App Discovery

If you don’t see the desktop app subscription you want in our catalog, you can use our discovery feature to listen in and list the apps you have recently used. You can then select the ones you want to add to your account.


V2.1.1.  January 16, 2023

Produce8 V2.1.1

Introduction

This release will allow our users to have their own Private workspaces.

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
About This Release

This release will empower our users to have their own private workspace. They can add apps that interests them, isn’t full of activities of team members, and whose data won’t appear in any other activity stream.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Every user will get a private workspace.
  • Activities, Timeline, Metrics and App Subscriptions data will be available under your workspace.
  • This data is exclusive to the user and will not be shared with anyone.
  • The Private workspace tab is available on the homepage, right next to home.

Private workspace of user


V2.0.0  July 7, 2022

Produce8 V2.0.0 (Early Access)

Introduction

This is the most significant release yet for Produce8. It includes a significant redesign of the application’s architecture to allow it to be more performant under complex subscription, authorization, and event filtration.

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
New Features

Enhanced personal activity feed detail

You can now see the exact app URL you visited for each event that appears in your timeline. You cannot see this same detail for other users. This is one of the first new ‘personalization’ features we plan to roll out.

You can see the exact URL you visited in an app. Others can't.

Personal subscriptions ‘for my eyes only’

Users have the option to create subscriptions to apps that only they are interested in keeping track of. Events will display in their feed but not in their teams’.

When creating new subscriptions, you can choose to be the only one to see it.

Sharing subscriptions between teams

If users want to add the same app subscription to more than one team, they can now add it to multiple teams. This avoids having to create multiple copies of the same subscription. Users can also view and add app subscriptions already used by other teams in their account from the Manage Apps page.

Using subscriptions other teams have created is faster than making a new one.

Account app metrics

Have you ever wondered how heavily a SaaS app you manage is being used? We now roll up anonymized metrics at the app level so users can see how teams are leveraging their tools. This is particularly helpful data for SaaS admins, so once you start adding subscriptions to apps, add the admins for those apps too. App ultilization is data that is pretty hard to come by.

How much is that app getting used across the company?

Redesigned timeline events and zoom in/out

Previously, we displayed each event in timelines as a bubble. We decided to use variable-width straight lines to help users better differentiate between events and also better reflect the timescale of the events.

Activities in the timeline view are now easier to differentiate from one another with the introduction of a zoomable and scrollable timeline.

Redesigned timelines with zoom in and out

Performance improvements

It now takes less time for your activity feeds and team metrics to be populated. We’ll continue to invest in UI performance improvements in successive releases.


Scalability improvements

The limit on the number of URL subscriptions a user can create has been increased. Previously, some users were blocked from creating additional subscriptions through the browser plugin or would stop receiving data entirely due to subscription quantity overwhelming caching in the extensions.

Improved account and user onboarding

The onboarding flow has been streamlined to get new accounts up and running quickly. We made changes for both the first user and subsequent invitees.

Set team role with invitations

Team owners can now set newly invited users to the desired team role when sending the invitation.

Browser extension design changes

Subscriptions now roll-up under apps. We also introduced a cleaner look and feel for the extension.

Subscription changes

Users now have the ability to choose what activity data they share with their Produce8 account on a per-app basis.

Notifications on account activity

An expanded array of actions that occur in the account (ex. inviting a user to a team, editing an app, etc.) will now be reported to relevant users through their notifications tray, personal activity feed, and emails.

Email preferences

We provide the option for users to opt in or out on particular email notification types.

Deprecated Feature - 'Activity this week' metric (temporary)

The graph that maps out each team members’ activity to the subscribed apps on a weekly basis is currently undergoing performance and design improvements.

Deprecated Feature - ConnectWise Manage integration (temporary)

Our beta integration with ConnectWise accounts is currently undergoing improvements.

Deprecated Feature - Microsoft Office 365 and Teams integrations (temporary)

Our beta integration with O365 is currently undergoing redesign.

Bug Fixes

Bug Fixes


Adjusting filters in quick succession sometimes causes the wrong activities to show up (PRO 1099)

An “apply this filter” button has been introduced when filtering on activities in the activity feeds. Now we do not update timelines and feeds in the UI until the filter is 'applied' or 'saved' by the user.

Activities aren't showing up in a logical location on the timeline (PRO 1058)

Activity placement in the timeline view is now more accurate.

Inaccurate activities with long durations are being generated

Long duration activities that would be generated due to automatic Chrome window refreshes will no longer occur.


Known Bugs

Known Issues

Chrome profile switches on windows generating inaccurate long duration events

Switching between Chrome profiles on Microsoft Windows is generating web app activities with inaccurate durations. We are artificially truncating these activities’ durations to a maximum of 30 minutes while we look at a better solution for this edge case. We believe this is a cause for some of the inaccurate long-duration events experienced by some beta users.


V1.5.9  January 24, 2022

Produce8 V1.5.9 (Beta)

Introduction

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
About This Release

This major release introduces data filtering, a new timeline view and a new metrics view. There is an update coming for a bug that's causing missing and shortened events.

New Features

New team timeline view

We've finally launched the side-by-side team timelines! We've been talking about this one for a while, but first had to build out some better filtering to make it possible.

This new way of viewing user timelines enables side-by-side comparisons to get a better sense of how your co-workers work and to help them understand the same thing about you.

TIP: Our team has found this very helpful for multiple time zones as it gives a sense of the hours in the day where collaboration can occur.

Metrics pie charts

This is a completely new view of app metrics. When we first started talking about what Produce8 metrics could be, this was the very first chicken scratch founders' wireframe.

From a team perspective, this is a great way to understand your most valuable apps. When looking at others or yourself, this helps you understand your power apps and where most of the day is spent.

Metrics applications summary dashboard

We've replaced the tiled app utilization metrics with a table view. It consumes less space in the UI and summarizes the data in a way that's easier for users to interpret.

You can expand and collapse each app to view the subscriptions that drive them.

Metrics trend charts

The first version of trend data is out and it looks slick. This offers a better way to visually display app usage over time. You can view the chart based on:

  • time per day
  • interactions per day, and
  • average duration.

We're looking for feedback on this feature, so please reach out and comment. We're currently working on a lot of performance improvements to make rendering elements like this faster.

Timeline and activity stream filters

If your team is using a lot of apps and has a large number of subscriptions, you'll want to use the new filters to isolate the items you really want to see.

From either tab, select the filter button and de-select the items you don't want to see. You don't need to save as they are applied right away.

Filters can be also now be saved to persist your view preferences so that you can eliminate the noise from team subscriptions that you, personally, don't really care about. The next time you log in, the saved filters will still be applied.

Finally, filter out users if you want to remove them from the team view.

Metrics - filter selection for user or team

We introduced a drop-down to allow you to toggle the metrics for individual users or the whole team.

Prompt user to add a data source used by the team

We want to help users understand if and where their data is being shared and what to do if it isn't. We now show a prompt in the Team Data Sources for anyone who has an app to authorize.

Known Bugs

High frequency of inaccurate or missing events (PRO 1069)

During production testing, we noticed a high-priority bug that has been causing events to go missing (around 15%) or to display shorter durations (similar % of events).

We have decided to roll back to a previous code version that will effectively address this issue in the short term, but will cap app events to 60 per user per hour. A longer-term fix is coming in the next month with a very significant architecture upgrade.

Some activities aren't showing up in a logical location on the timeline (PRO 1058)

For weekly views of a team or user's timeline, some activities aren't showing up in logical places on the timeline.


V1.5.8  January 6, 2022

Produce8 V1.5.8 (Beta)

About This Release

This minor release introduces a tab to help all users see which data sources each team subscribes to.

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
New Features

Allow all team users to see which data sources the team is subscribed to

Prior to this release, you needed access to the team settings page to view the team's subscriptions. This access requires team owner permission.

We now show all members of the team a list of the team's subscriptions. For each team member, we also identify whether or not they are connected to those.

A "Team Data Sources" tab has been added to the team page, next to the metrics tab.


V1.5.7  December 16, 2021

Produce8 V1.5.7 (Beta)

About This Release

This major release introduced:

  • updates to the user timeline
  • updates to metrics
  • changes to licensing to add higher usage limits for free accounts
  • changes to the app pages, and
  • minor UX improvements.

The release also addressed a large number of outstanding bugs.

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
New Features

A page for individual users within the context of a team

When clicking on a team member, Produce8 was previously displaying all of that individual's data, regardless of whether the team was subscribed or not.

Now when you click on a team member in that context, we only display the individual's data that's shared with that team. So if you're on two or more teams with the same person, you'll see different data about that user in each team.

Account tier and feature licensing limits

We've introduced license limits in preparation for releasing both free and paid version of Produce8. You'll find the license information in the account page.

We've added notifications, errors and in-context messaging about license limits where appropriate.

App color picker

We introduced colors for each of your apps to make it easier to interpret timelines. Colors can be selected when creating or editing apps.

Redesigned app page

We added a completely new app page with redesigned tiles to make the best use of the space. We also added search so you don't create redundant apps, and we now sort them alphabetically.

Improved UX on app creation

We've had to do a better job of guiding users through the app creation process—no matter where they're starting from in their understanding of the product—as the concept of apps has evolved. Accordingly, we've put some work into two- and three-step app creation workflows.

Bug Fixes

Timeline is windowed (PRO-816, PRO-897)

This is a partial resolution to the issue that expanded the number of events that would display in the timeline to 1,000 events. A longer-term fix is coming in a future release.

We've also decided to separate the fetch of the timeline visual data from the details.


V1.4.6  June 10, 2021

Produce8 V1.4.6 (Alpha)

About This Release

This release introduced some minor features and addressed minor bugs in the UI.

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
New Features

Team emojis

We've given users the option to choose an emoji to represent their team to help distinguish teams from one another.

Bug Fixes

Page requiring refresh for interaction

Each screen/page needs to be refreshed before any of the interactive elements on the screen are clickable. Buttons and text boxes aren't clickable until users refresh the page.

UI stutters when selecting 'Configuring Integrations' during onboarding

Various UI bugs on small resolution screen sizes.



V1.4.5 (Alpha)  June 3, 2021

Produce8 V1.4.5 (Alpha)

About This Release

This was a minor release addressing profile editing and bug fixes including the following:

  • Verify ConnectWise subscription status
  • Updating team name
  • Email change confirmation
- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
New Features

Use new ConnectWise subscription

The ability to verify if a ConnectWise connection is valid.


V1.4.4 (Alpha)  May 20, 2021

Produce8 V1.4.4 (Alpha)

About This Release

This was a minor release addressing some bug fixes, including an update to deactivating users.

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!

V1.4.3 (Alpha)  May 13, 2021

Produce8 V1.4.3 (Alpha)

About This Release

This was a major release addressing some new features, bug fixes and improved integration health for ConnectWise Manage.

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
New Features

ConnectWise integration

Validate company ID, public and private keys for ConnectWise Manage integration and subscribe to events.

O365 integration

Users can connect to O365 to enable subscriptions. Subscriptions haven't yet been released, so there's currently no data displayed in the activity stream or timeline.

IT Glue integration

The initial integration to IT Glue was enabled to allow users to display daily user-activity metrics in Produce8.

Activity stream

The activity stream is the feed of user activity from applications in a chronological display. User actions, such as creates, updates and deletes are displayed.

Metrics

Simple tabular metrics are displayed in the user and team metrics tab.

Team role management

The ability for team owners to be able to assign roles to users, edit those roles and see those changes take effect.

Integration user mapping

Bug Fixes

User login error

Some users were experiencing login issues after account creation.


V1.4.2 (Alpha)  May 6, 2021

Produce8 V1.4.2 (Alpha)

About This Release

This is a minor release for bug fixes and back-end infrastructure. It doesn't include user-facing features.

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!

V1.4.1 (Alpha)  April 29, 2021

Produce8 V1.4.1 (Alpha)

About This Release

This release has enabled ConnectWise ticket activities and metrics as well as IT Glue daily user-summaries.

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
New Features

Enable the activity stream for ConnectWise tickets

Support for ConnectWise tickets in the activity stream was delivered in a prior release. We've toggled on this feature and are now returning richer data

Enable metrics for ConnectWise ticket 'close' events

When tickets assigned to a user are closed, they'll show up in the metrics tab as tickets closed. Future releases will add more ConnectWise metrics.

Activity stream pagination to display up to 50 results at a time

When viewing the activity stream, we want to limit the requests to a reasonably small number and allow the users to load more results when they reach the bottom of that set.

Calendar and time ranges for event filtering

We wanted to make it easy for users to select specific dates and data ranges to filter results in the application.

IT Glue integration

The new version of our integration for IT Glue will pass through daily IT Glue summary metrics. It will show these in the metrics view of a Produce8 user.

The IT Glue metric tile will appear under the ConnectWise tickets closed metric. If there's no data available, it will appear as N/A. If there's an error, it will show up in red with an error icon.

Bug Fixes

Show activity time stamp in user's local time zone

Fix metrics error when no data is available


V1.4.0  April 22, 2021

Produce8 V1.4.0 (Alpha)

About This Release

The V1.40 release is a minor update with changes to ConnectWise events and KPIs, but we're still hiding the goods for the time being.

Watch this space!

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
New Features
  • The 'Activity Stream' for ConnectWise ticket events
  • KPI for ConnctWise ticket close
  • Minor UI updates
Bug Fixes
  • Set maximum length of name
  • Add loading animation on all transitions
  • Invitation code can be verified from sign-up page
  • Team editing menu closes when selecting an option
  • Other minor fixes

1.3.0 (Alpha)  April 15, 2021

Produce8 V1.3.0 (Alpha)

About This Release

This is the first release of Produce8 to display the activity stream feature, though the feature has been hidden in 1.3.0.

It will be enabled along with simple ConnectWise ticket KPIs in a future release.

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
New Features
  • Store user theme preferences in AppSync
  • 'Team Roles' - display and manage team roles
  • 'Expiry on Invitations' - invitations to new team members will expire and can be re-sent.
  • Allow users to select their identity in IT Glue
  • 'Leave Team' 1.0
Bug Fixes
  • Old invite expires gracefully when new invite has been sent
  • Intro line of invite reminder email uses the same intro line as new-user invitation email
  • Added padding to some UI elements
  • Buttons have been moved to show up behind header when scrolling up
  • Owner of a team not allowed to be remove unless another owner exists
  • 'Change Email' communication now uses right wording
  • App no longer gets stuck on loading screen after accepting invitation
  • System admins won't see an error screen after accepting invitation
  • Invited users now show up in 'Manage Account' view after invite
  • Right wording is used when user is not a part of existing teams
  • 'Verify My Code' option on sign up is functional
  • Users are redirected to desired page on sign in

(This is not an exhaustive list, all bugs related to enabled features are priority)


1.2.0 (Alpha)  April 8, 2021

Produce8 V1.2.0 (Alpha)

About This Release

This release is a precursor to launching the activity stream feature, which enabled a DB to be used to store user activities. Additionally, user enhancements around team management and invitations are included.

This release enables server-side rendering for improved user-experience and load time.

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
New Features
  • Replace Production Warehouse bucket with aurora DB
  • DB migrations (manual)
  • Roles in team
  • 'Resend Invitation'
  • Work toggled off for
    • integrate ITG and CW data to warehouse
  • Move web app to use SSR functionality
Bug Fixes
  • Cannot invite team members in app
  • New email not reflected after change email
  • Non-ConnectWise user can't get past invitee onboarding
  • Progress indicators on subscriptions

1.0.0 (Alpha)  March 11, 2021

Produce8 V1.0.0 (Alpha)

Introduction

Produce8 helps teams improve performance by bringing together the activities taking place in their business applications into one place so everyone can see how the work is going.

You are part of an invitation-only evaluation of Produce8.

- With ❤️  from the produce8 team!
About This Release

In the alpha version of Produce8, our focus is on getting one team set up, starting with an admin. A Service Delivery Manager will then be invited to enable the integration to ConnectWise and O365, sending invites to the team members and onboarding those new users into the app.

You won't see a lot of features or data in here yet and the application will appear quite raw from a design standpoint.

Thanks for taking part. We look forward to collecting your ideas for our next set of features.

New Features
  • 'Create New Company Account'
  • 'Select Team Name'
  • 'Invite System Administrator'
  • Connect O365 to get team members
  • Connect ConnectWise and 'Select Subscriptions' - no data will be displayed
  • 'Invite Team Members'
  • 'Team Member Sign Up'