Collaboration Software: How To Choose What’s Best For You

One of the hidden disadvantages of the Internet is that it has enabled dozens and dozens of companies to create collaboration software. While much of it has basic features such as shared files, calendars and to-do lists, virtually all of them are quite different in many ways.
It can be downright difficult to choose which one is best for your business.
One of the best things you can to choose choose collaboration software that fits you best is to try it out. When you shop for shoes or a pair of pants, what do you do? You try them on. Collaboration software is no different. If you can, suggest that 2 or 3 of your employees (or partners) try out the software so you can get the best feel for what works and does not work for you.
Mike Stefanello, Director of Operations for OfficeMedium.com, a company providing collaboration tools, helps us understand how to best select a collaboration tool for your business.
There are LOT of online collaboration solutions – how does a busy business owner know which one is right for them.
The collaboration software market is crowded and only getting more congested. New applications are surfacing every week and finding out which apps can meet the needs of your business isn’t easy. There’s a number of ways to identify which applications are right for you. One of the best ways is to locate editorial reviews and comparisons.
Remember, just because an application is great, doesn’t mean that it’ll work for your business.
So after you’ve located at least a few solutions, there’s no better manner of evaluation than just trying the software out for yourself. Try a live demo of the service or sign up for a free trial and have your application ready as soon as you press ‘submit’.


Where do well known solutions such as Zoho, Google Apps, Web Office, Basecamp, and others fit in?
These ‘well-known’ solutions cater to audiences in the millions. Having an audience that large and broad translates to an application that has to be made to satisfy every need you can think of. Often, that leads to software that’s either overloaded with confusing features and configurations, or vague and unfocused.
Microsoft Sharepoint has been quite popular for enterprises. What’s your thoughts for smaller businesses
Of course I could be biased, but not only do I despise everything that Microsoft makes, I no longer use any of it. All of their products slow, bulky, buggy, and annoying. I don’t have much experience using Sharepoint but I know it’s extremely complex, expensive, and difficult to deploy.

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