Lately was searching for a good collaboration tool for one of our small IT project team, and discovered for me a tool, which forced me to forget about open source alternatives. Please meet Bitrix24.
The most amazing functionality is the social networking experience. You get the news and updates about projects and colleagues in a Facebook like stream. Easy file sharing, integrated CRM with invoicing and task management makes it very strong tool to work with colleagues.
Here is a video which gives you fast overview of advantages of Bitrix24
Free 5GB space with 12 collaborators was enough to test out the usability of Bitrix24 . As the projects info grows, the profit will grow also, so to upgrade to a paid package is not a big deal.
And for those who don’t trust company commercial information to be on 3rd party cloud , they can purchase self-hosted version of the product. But it’s not a must, because Bitrix24 offeres 7 layer of protection for your data. You can see details here .
Nice things are not over. Via FREE mobile apps you can stay in touch with your colleagues and business partners 24/7. Using the free Bitrix24 App, you can access your social intranet and collaborate on projects from anywhere! You can view contact details of your co-workers, read news in your Activity Stream, manage files, schedule events, monitor tasks, post comment and ‘like’ things that are being discussed, as well as work with the CRM. Apps you can download in the Apple App Store and on the Google Play Market. Tablets are welcome.
Only feature for an IT company I saw was missing support for source code management , where tasks can be linked to git commits and vice-versa . That would made Bitrix24 unbeatable. Let’s hope that it will be implemented soon. But that doesn’t bother us to use it and enjoy the flexibility and visibility it provides.