Friday, November 15, 2013

Free Intranet

logoHere’s a little productivity tool that, if my information is correct, has been around for a decade: Bitrix24, or simply referred to as Bitrix. Bitrix24 is a productivity tool that combines a lot of functionalities you’d find in a CRM system, and adding a free intranet system for good measure.
The social intranet system that Bitrix24 has is akin to having your very own Facebook at work. You can leave instructions, view previous activities, leave comments and feedback, “Like” a certain activity, and whatnot; all the while maintaining the work aspect of the tool.
Here’s how the whole thing looks like.
From here you can see most of the functionalities that Bitrix offers. Right from the get-go, you are presented with its Facebook-ish look. From here, you can post a “status” the same way you would with Facebook, and tag appropriate members of the team you wish to be working on it; or simply would like informed.
Task creation is simple. Just click on the time at the top of the screen, and enter the task or event (such as a meeting) you wish.
Once the task is added, you can view the task and enter additional details, set reminders on it, or even delegate it to members of your team. While the task is being worked on, team members the task is assigned to can put comments; whether it is for progress on the task or for questions.
Either way, it beats standing up and going to another cubicle to ask a question. We are concerned about productivity here, after all.
When you are using Bitrix24 for the first time, each time you click on the menu, you will be presented with a short introduction and walkthrough as to how to use it. This makes Bitrix24 really easy to use despite its apparent complexity.
All in all, the free version of Bitrix24 supports 12 users, which isn’t bad. However, one thing to note of with the free version is that time tracking and management is not included.
Normally, it would be upon clicking the time at the top of the page where you can start clocking in. With the free version, though, you can only create a task or an event there.
Personally, I’d rather see a lower user count in the free version, say 6 or 8, and have the time management feature. Still, Bitrix24 is one of the more well-rounded collaborative tools out there, and I recommend you guys to check it out.
[Source - Intranet Review]
P.S. Bitrix24 can be used as replacement for or alternative to: Yammer, Podio, Jive Software, HipChat, SugarCRM, SharePoint, SalesForce, WORKetc, Teambox or Highrise CRM


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