If you manage people or projects at work, you know it can be tough to get updates from coworkers so you can put all of the pieces together. DailyPulse is a web service that handles the process for you. It emails your team with the questions you need answered, collects the responses, and puts them together in a tidy package for you.
DailyPulse is a bit like previously mentioned TeamReporter. While TeamReporter asks your team for their updates and builds status reports around them, DailyPulse also gives your team a place to discuss everyone's responses, accomplishments and updates. Both services are great for making sure you get the responses you need from people when you need them, and they're both good at assembling those responses into a package that's actually useful — you'll automatically get a regular so everyone is on the same page.
The big difference is that DailyPulse also puts those updates into a webapp that you and your colleagues can log into and make comments on, add notes to, and ask questions about. The biggest benefit is that instead of spending time in weekly status meetings, you can use a service like this to keep everyone up to date on what everyone else is doing without wasting time on conference calls or in meeting rooms. It also gives you a place to get and give anonymous feedback on the project, individual team members and managers.
Those added features do come with a price though. DailyPulse is $US5/user, per month, so you'll have to be judicious about how many people you get to sign up for it. If you're looking for something without the price tag, we should note that TeamReporter is free. If your company is footing the bill though, and its extra features sound helpful, DailyPulse is a great option.