I know what you are thinking – “I don’t need no stinkin’ social intranet. Besides, I don’t even know what it is. What is it? Facebook for accountants?”
Ok, intranet means internal internet. And social is what you become after a couple of drinks at the Christmas party. So social intranet means … not what you think.
Essentially, social intranet from Bitrix24.com is an online collection of business tools that is A. accessible to you from anywhere, B. requires no installation or any technical expertise on your part and C. is free if it’s used by 12 people or less (so it’s ideal for small companies).
What kind of free business tools, you might be wondering? Are you using instant messenger? Got that. CRM? It’s included for free. Calendar and task scheduler? Check. Performance reports? Yep. Absentee chart? You bet. There’s also project management module. And activity stream. And organizational chart builder. And document manager that allows you to work on documents, store them, share, and collaborate with co-workers.
Basically, the only feature reminiscent of Facebook is that famous Like button. It is an important feature, however. Because it’s Friday night and everybody wants to go to that Irish pub with the best pig trotters in London and Jill from the marketing department wants to try that new swanky French bistro. This is an important strategic decision that the future of the company depends on. And as every politician will tell you, ‘Maintaining illusion of fair and honest electoral process is the cornerstone of every modern western democracy’. You don’t want world’s oldest parliamentary state to fail just because you were too lazy to put both places up for vote on the activity wall, do you?
So everybody votes for the Irish pub, and you make sure you grab your iPhone, because Bitrix24.com is accessible from any iPhone or Android-based device and it supports image sharing too. And since Greg the intern is coming, you know there’ll be a lot of images to share. Blackmailing may be illegal, with economy this tough every penny counts. Too bad you aren’t paying your intern anything in the first place, you’d get rich off the photos.
So now you are thinking – “Hey, I might not need it any more than Twitter, FaceBook, Linked In or Pinterest, but this thing is cool. Besides, it might help me get things done faster!”
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