Productive Environment Institute Launches Suite of Products Built on PBworks Business Platform

SaaS products to help thousands of businesses and individuals in different industries stay organized

Jan 20, 2010, 09:00 ET from PBworks

SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- PBworks, the leading provider of hosted collaboration solutions for business and education, today announced that the Productive Environment Institute has launched a suite of new organizational products built on the PBworks hosted collaboration platform. These value-added products adapt the PBworks product for four application- and industry-specific use cases, including personal organization, law practices, virtual assistants, event planners, and business and life coaches. The products launched today are known as iPEP (for "interactive Productive Environment Platform") Premium Editions.

"We're excited that the Productive Environment Institute's international team of Certified Productive Environment Specialists has selected PBworks as their preferred product platform," said PBworks CEO Jim Groff. "The two companies share a focus on improving productivity for individuals and businesses, and we're delighted that PEI will be using PBworks to apply their proven organizational techniques to their thousands of clients."

Unlike traditional developer platforms, which allow programmers and IT personnel to create custom apps for business units, PBworks is the business platform that allows everyday businesspeople to build and configure their own custom applications of the PBworks collaboration software.

"The PBworks platform let us rapidly build and launch an entire suite of iPEP products without the need to develop custom software," said Barbara Hemphill, the founder of the Productive Environment Institute, and the woman known by the media as "America's Favorite Organizer". "Four of our productivity consultants, who are not developers, were able to build the additional products using the same PBworks environment they've been using in the course of their regular business."

The iPEP premium editions launched today include:

iPEPlegal: For organizing and collaborating within a legal practice

iPEPva: For running a virtual assistant business

iPEPevents: For event planners organizing conferences or other events

iPEPcoach: For organizing and operating a coaching practice

These Premium Editions join PEI's flagship products, iPEPoffice and iPEPbusiness, for organizing work or home offices, as well as creating a "centrally-understood filing system" for collaborating with physical and virtual teams.

Pricing and Availability

All of the iPEP products are available immediately on the iPEP website ( They are priced as follows:

iPEPoffice is $197 for 1 User License and 1 dedicated Workspace.

iPEPbusiness is $447 for 1 Network and 1 Network User who may create unlimited Workspaces and invite unlimited Guests at no additional charge.

iPEP Premium Editions are $997 for up to 2 Network Users who may create unlimited Workspaces and invite unlimited Guests at no additional charge.

All iPEP Editions include a consultation with a Certified Productive Environment Specialist.

About PBworks

PBworks ( is the world's leading provider of hosted collaboration solutions for businesses and education. Leading companies and organizations like FedEx, DePaul University, and the FDA choose PBworks to collaborate across geographic and organizational boundaries with employees, customers, partners, and vendors. We host over 1,000,000 workspaces, serve millions of users per month, and 96% of users would recommend PBworks to a friend. Over 85,000 businesses have chosen PBworks to implement knowledge management, extranets, project management, and a host of other business processes and workflows. PBworks investors include Mohr Davidow Ventures, Seraph Group, Sippl Investments, and Ron Conway.

About the Productive Environment Institute

The Productive Environment Institute ( was founded by Barbara Hemphill, author of Kiplinger's "Taming the Paper Tiger" book series. Hemphill is an expert in the field of organization and productivity, and is a celebrated international speaker, corporate spokesperson, and consultant to small businesses and major corporations worldwide.

Barbara Hemphill and Executive Director Andrea Anderson support an international team of Certified Productive Environment Specialists who are leading the way in changing the corporate landscape by helping individuals, companies and organizations transition from physical to virtual work environments, encouraging productivity and collaboration while saving space, time, energy, and money.

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