Ever dreamed about having your own Facebook-style social network for the workplace? Bitrix24 is exactly that and a lot more: a private social network where you and your colleagues, co-workers, and collaborators can communicate (share and comment on work related posts), create projects, share a calendar of events, and assign and share tasks.
But more than that, Bitrix24 also wants to be a platform where you can manage every aspect of your business or project, from ‘Customer Relationship Management’ (CRM) to workflow and business processes, and can provide an instant structure to any organization whether it is starting out or established.
Although the recent change from a maximum of 12 users to unlimited users for the free version is a great decision on their part, there still is a caveat: only a maximum of 12 users have access to the “business tools”. Unlimited users can still join and use the social intranet though (i.e. the Facebook style activity stream).
While we do not claim to be expert users of Bitrix24, here is a quick overview of some of it’s more interesting features:
Bitrix24 is an ambitious platform that is more than just a Facebook style activity stream fro your business. Started in 2012, the platform is now four years old and the depth and sophistication that they managed to build into it is nothing short of impressive. Bitrix24 wants to do it all: project collaboration, company-wide communication, workflow management, CRM, social networking, etc.
For a small company or project just starting out, Bitrix24 can provide invaluable structure and a place to collect, share, and communicate the activity of all users. In the free version, access by 12 users to all tools and unlimited users to the social internet may be more than enough (if your organization grows beyond 12 people, then count yourself very lucky and think about upgrading.
Note that you can use this platform for all sorts of groups and organizations, so be creative. For example, to create a social intranet for your family, where you can keep track of your kids’ tasks and activities, etc.
But our one-week long experience with Bitrix24 is not enough to sufficiently evaluate the platform, and this is more of an overview than a review. If you’ve used it please share what you liked or didn’t like about it in the comments section below.
Go the Bitrix24 website to sign up.
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