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Gtmhub believes that any organization committed to achieving results must confront accelerating change. In this environment, we think organizations can only drive consistent results through 100% commitment to a proven cross-functional framework for anticipating disruptions, adapting strategy, and realigning execution. This is why Gtmhub offers the world’s most flexible Results Orchestration System. Inspired by the proven OKR goal-setting methodology, offering industry-leading security practices, and integrating with more than 160 business applications, Gtmhub fanatically supports more than 800 organizations and nearly 100,000 users in over 75 countries. Clients include CNN, Red Hat, Adobe, Societe Generale, TomTom, AIG, and the world’s most recognizable sports brand.

HQ Location: Denver, Colorado

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Profit.co provides an enterprise-class SaaS application for companies to define, manage and execute their goals. We are the only results management platform that has all these five capabilities — Strategy, OKRs, Tasks, Employee Development, and Employee Engagement. Gartner has recognized us and mentioned in their two 2021 Hype Cycle reports (Hype cycle for Digital workplace & Human Capital Management). Capterra (from Gartner) has recognized Profit.co with a rare 100/100 score for our Customer Support. G2 has rated us 98/100 for the quality of our support based on the reviews from our customers. We are a leader in the G2 grid in the OKR category for six consecutive quarters. Software advice has rated us the top player in the OKR category based on our customer satisfaction and usability. 

HQ Location: Fremont, California

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Workpath is the leading enterprise software provider enabling organizations to execute their strategies fast, flexible and effective in an increasingly dynamic and complex world. With simple and intuitive workflow tools Workpath engages all employees in the strategy and execution process. Its comprehensive analytics suite empowers executives to make better decisions on when to adapt focus, budgets or structures as early as possible. Only Workpath has a dedicated and experienced Customer Success Team to help you successfully implement OKRs. Leading enterprises like Bosch, Metro, DB Schenker and many more already trust Workpath with their OKR processes. You can join their success story by booking a demo and experiencing the product yourself.

HQ Location: Munich, Germany

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ZOKRI is an incredibly powerful and easy to use OKR software, with particular emphasis unlocking the benefits and synergies of cascading, managing and reporting on strategy, goals and KPIs together. However, ZOKRI is not just a leader in Strategy alignment. The software is also the leader in OKR cycle management. And like all areas of ZOKRI, it’s cycle management is customisable and configurable. For example: 1) OKR proposal, collaboration and sign-off workflows can be designed with OKR coaches and leads, and even be different between teams. 2) Check-ins, OKR meetings, 1-on1’s are locked in and not missed. And at the end of the cycle, retrospectives allow you to share learnings and more. 3) Even details like grading labels e.g. Aspirational are in your control. All of this means that ZOKRI quickly matures how companies use OKRs and unlocks the framework’s value.

HQ Location: London, UK

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Tability is a smarter and simpler way to align your team around objectives and outcomes, without making it feel like a chore. A unique advantage of Tability is its simplicity: no need to spend hours setting up the platform, or linking goals. Tability gives you progress charts and a strategy overview out of the box, as soon as you add your OKRs to the platform. Tability is also one of the most affordable platforms and includes a free plan to get started.

HQ Location: Sydney, Australia

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Betterworks is a best in class Enterprise OKR software that helps organizations close the loop between people, strategy and results allowing organizations to align their entire workforce around its top strategic priorities. Betterworks seamlessly integrates with the tools that teams depend on, and helps drive better results through increased engagement with continuous coaching, feedback, and recognition.

HQ Location: California, USA

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Just3Things empowers complex organisations to harness the power of OKRs in a way that is designed for enterprise. Just3Things not only helps you define where you want to go, but it helps teams to focus on what matters, tracking progress and learning to adapt along the way, all with an extremely user-friendly platform. Just3Things has helped a number of FTSE-listed organisations, startups, SMEs, and more scale effectively, whilst staying on track in reaching their goals. As an OKR International partner, Just3Things offer the first month on their platform for free!

HQ Location: London, UK

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PeopleStrong is Asia Pacific’s leading SaaS based HR Technology company. PeopleStrong’s mobile-first, SaaS suite includes robust solutions for Human Capital Management, Talent Management, Collaboration and Payroll. The company today works with over 400 large enterprises across Asia, with over 2 million users on the platform. PeopleStrong is rated among the Top 5 (Asia Pacific) rankings on Gartner’s Peer Insights standing for 1000+ employee enterprises and voted as customer’s choice for HR Tech in Gartner’s Voice of Customer Report 2021.
 

HQ Location: Gurugram, India

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Focus is the simplest OKR software for SaaS companies that turns goals into results. We have unique OKR-based check-ins that allow to increase teams’ performance and achieve better results.

HQ Location: Tallinn, Estonia

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Huminos brings radical focus, productivity and alignment of output to outcomes in startups and growing companies. Huminos is a complete performance and productivity stack covering OKRs, Work Alignment, Tasks, Check-Ins, 1:1 Conversations, Feedbacks, Reflections, Reviews, Ratings Calibration and more.

HQ Location: Noida, India

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Datalligence OKR Platform is unbelievably simple to use. A user-friendly platform that with ease connects the Strategy and the executions. Datalligence creates alignment and prioritises OKRs that matter to the business. Enables ongoing engagements and facilitates OKR retrospectives. OKR insights and customisable reports at a much more affordable cost. Datalligence coaching capabilities help organisations adapt to OKRs early. They come with a wide range of capabilities – OKR, CFR, surveys, assessments, and Tasks.

HQ Location: Chennai, India

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Quokka’s employee experience experts take you from basecamp to summit without a hitch. We’ll get you up and running in no time. We start with a set of proven best practices and playbooks. We partner with you to design a solution that fits your business. Our implementation experts set you up with custom branding, user communications, and training — we’re there every step of the way

HQ Location: Hong Kong

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SPACE OKR is specially and effectively designed with an easy interface for users. It is a simple yet minimal tool with apt features which makes it a really cost-effective tool for companies. It has a single-page view followed by a hierarchy of OKRs. Daily and weekly alerts are sent in the form of mails to give a summary of daily updates and reminders for the weekly check-ins. The best features are that the tool is as simple as a Google Sheet and you get reminders and proactive alerts. All the answers can be accessed with just one click. The zero learning curve makes SPACE OKR stand out. 

HQ Location: Indore, India

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OKR Software FAQs

Why use an OKR software?

When most companies start using OKRs, they tend to use Excel, Google Sheets, PowerPoint and other similar tools to track OKRs. Scaling, driving adoption and engagement, providing real time updates and most of of customised reporting are some of the reasons an OKR Software starts making sense.

How can I use an OKR software to track goals?

OKRs should be top of mind as its those high priority goals need focus. Whilst implementing OKRs, a software allows you to enter and track all your goals in one central location. A good software will also integrate your internal systems with the OKR software.

Why OKRs on spreadsheet just don't work?

Using spreadsheets when you pilot OKRs for a quick quarter is just fine. But the moment you starting using them across the board, it leads to adhoc follow-up, and lack of follow-through on progress. OKRs become an add-on to complex workflows rather than becoming the foundation of strategic focus and direction. Don’t forget the time loss due to lack of automation.

How does a software promote collaboration & teamwork?

An OKR Software encourages transparency and therefore teams can view their goals and progress in real time. This allows the employees to gain an understanding of what their team mates and other functions are working on and how they can contribute to accomplishing company goals as a team. 

How do I choose the right software?

Your choice of an OKR Software is based on several questions.

Are you buying OKR software first before fully understanding OKRs? 

Its best to implement OKRs for a month for a section of your business. Learn about what works, what doesn’t and what kind of data is important for your organization, and you can do that all by using basic tools such as Notion, Google sheets or good old Excel. Once you realise that you have to scale the users to more than twenty users, then it’s time to pick a software.

Most OKR software companies have in-house OKR experts. Do ensure that you enlist them to help you succeed with OKRs and not just with the software. Succeeding with the OKR software, does not mean succeeding with OKRs. This requires you to do more than just launch a software.

Are you looking to link OKRs with performance management?

If Yes:  Pick that OKR software that was built from or with Performance Management Modules. There are many of them. Unfortunately, some performance management systems masquerade as OKR software, which becomes very confusing to use.

If No: Don’t purchase a PMS+OKR software. Since it will send mixed signals to your employees. Look for true-blue OKR software that advocate not-linking OKRs. There are a few good ones (and they are impressive)

Do you have an existing task management system like Asana or Jira?

You can either use the OKR plug-ins that Asana and Jira have, or you can purchase an OKR software that integrates them both. Do note that these plug-ins limit the total OKR experience.

Remember non-tech teams and organizations won’t be well versed with these tools. This is where you are better off with a pure OKR software.

Are you looking at linking OKRs with one another?

Not all OKR software have good visualizations or OKR goal Trees. Find one that does, and not only to top down and bottom up but also promote cross functional collaboration. Check if these links can be seen with help of a table view, grid view or a tree view.

Some OKR software only allow linking lower-level Objectives to higher-level Objectives. Its better to find a software that doesn’t limit that. So much so that you can link KRs to Objectives and also link KRs cross functionally as well.

How do I connect them to my tech stack?

Good OKR software have all integrations. You can Check-in your OKRs via Google Sheets, Gmail, Outlook, PowerPoint, Slack, and many other modes. These are highly convenient features. Many OKR software don’t have good mobile Apps. Certainly, take a separate demo for just the mobile app and compare it to the Desktop version. Ensure that there is not much of a difference.

What should the user effort be? 

Count the number of clicks and time it takes to:

  • Write an OKR and publish it
  • Update an Objective and its KR
  • Link and OKR with another
  • Ease in seeing other’s OKRs
  • How easy it is to collaborate
  • A place where you can store learnings and updates from cadence reviews and retrospectives
  • How much of AI and ML tech is used?
  • Being able to update OKRs on the go (via mobile app or via integrations)

The user should be able to create OKRs for Teams, Departments, Cross Functional Teams and hence be able to create OKR sets as they wish them to be.

There should be a quick access BOT that helps them connect with a stakeholder or to an OKR coach.

The tool should calculate the Customer Effort Score and see if it improves over time.

Are you looking to improve alignment and collaboration?

There are OKR tools that have Whiteboarding features, crazy integrations and amazing UI/UX that helps connect with people across the organization. They have powerful notification and broadcasting features as well.

Pick a tool that increases stickiness and 7-day active usage. There are tools that have built in nudges that create that.

If there is a change in an OKR, then all relevant stakeholders should get a push notification.

There should be a newsfeed that has all the latest updates.

There should also be an in-built organization directory to help connect people with each other.

What should we pay?

The lowest we have seen an OKR software charge is $0.5 per user per month.

We have also seen OKRs software been given for free as well. But with trimmed down features or for limited users. That’s just as good as a google sheet. There are a few OKR software that charge an annual enterprise fee which is not dependent on number of users. This allows for a lot of flexibility.

We have seen them sold at $17 per user per month as well. Based on the customization and inbuilt features. They could also charge you separately for OKR services, which include helping you start with OKRs, training Super Users and ongoing maintenance, technical and customer support.

Do you need good data visualization?

A few of these OKR software have powerful customization visual dashboards. And Leaders across the organization can create their own custom dashboard to keep track of what they want to see.

Do you need other stuff in addition to OKRs?

Check if the OKR software has any additional value adding features such as:

  • AL/ML bots
  • Pulse checks
  • Initiatives/Task management module
  • Engagement Surveys
  • Calendar and Scheduling modules
  • OKR Wiki
  • Collaboration modules
  • 360 reviews
  • CFR modules
  • Whiteboarding tools for setting OKRs
  • Meeting management tools
  • Integrations
  • Powerful Data and Information Security
  • Learning Videos on OKRs.
  • Ready to USE OKRs (makes you lazy)

Performance Management module (read point two above)

Will we need Internal software administrators?

Yes, you will need a couple of Super Users. These administrators will manage the database, set the Cadence, send updates and nudges, and keep a track on the usage.

What else should I consider?

We would encourage you to take a look at the funding the SaaS has received and its backers. It will give you an idea of the company’s stability. Do ask for its product Roadmap as well, especially their mobile development, integrations, and data security levels. Check on the Turnaround time for their support especially during the first few months. Get at least a couple of demos and have different teams from your company attend the demos

Does OKR International charge for introducing a software partner?

No. we do not take commissions or charge you for choosing a software partner from our portal. You will be dealing with the software partner directly without our involvement. The choice of an OKR software will be entirely yours.

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