Collaboration software can be the lifeblood of a company’s productivity workflow. That’s why platforms like Asana, JIRA and others are have such large portfolios.

Scalus wants to join the party, debuting with its public launch today.

Scalus claims to be "a workflow tool that automates who does what next." It boasts that it "turns conversations into actionable, repeatable, automated tasks across apps, teams and organizations, adding accountability and oversight" missing from the other collaboration platforms at scale.

The platform is a spinoff of BackOps, which provides workflow and office management tools for independent contractors. An early look at Scalus shows promise, but the competition in the collaboration sector is large and well established.

From Freelance to the Enterprise

Scalus is the brainchild of Kristen Koh Goldstein, a former investment analyst.

She’s the primary force behind BackOps, which is a “back office” service that targets work-from home parents and other independent workers. It provides analytics, accounting, human resources and other small business services that are typically handled by another department within larger companies.

With Scalus, she hopes to go after the needs of enterprise users. The raison d'etre for Scalus is to allow companies to automate many of the pesky automated systems and tasks that get stuck in a bottleneck.

“The proliferation of cloud apps and distributed teams has exposed how workflows and business processes are siloed. We developed Scalus to help organizations connect disparate systems, easily scale their distributed labor workforce and ensure that teams stay productive and effective,” she said.

All the screenshots and renderings provided by Scalus look to be right out of the latest design and collaboration trends: easy-to-use software, a clean interface, pledges of integration with other services, and ongoing customer service support.

A Challenge Awaits

There are, however, already some major players in this space.

Asana counts CBS Interactive, Dropbox, and Uber among its clients. The Asana software suite also integrates with popular platforms like Slack, GitHub, Zendesk and Google Drive.

Competitor JIRA is part of Atlassian, a major provider to large companies with a hefty suite of services, including the popular HipChat program.

Scalus promises a number of its own integrations from the get go, such as Slack and Chatter. Other features include the ability to collaborate with other teams without the need to sign them up as users and an auto-generating audit trail for regulated industries.

Pricing starts at $50 per month for up to five team members, with a cost of $95 for up to ten. You can also check out a free trial.