Collaboration tools are there to help your team members or departments to collaborate on various projects and activities, making sure all users are up-to-date and that all schedules are met. You can keep all pertinent records, messages, files, and other information in one place, and allow or control access to members. You can also keep communication open between users, groups, and business units, and identify and arrest work relationship concerns in the bud to ensure deliverables and plans are met. Likewise, top rate collaboration software applications help teams to work together in real time even when separated by geography, a must-have when you have global or cross-continental teams.
First, be clear about the reasons why you want to use a SaaS solution. You should also have a good understanding of your existing infrastructure and business processes. This information will help you to easily integrate the SaaS software with your existing infrastructure without any difficulty.
The second consideration is a follow up to the first one. Ask yourself what you want the SaaS service to do for your company. Then, be clear about the features the system should have. For example, if you want enhanced data collaboration between different business departments you need a platform that can be accessed by multiple users. However, if you need a competent program that is similar to an on-premise platform, you need to invest in a SaaS product that can be accessed by only a few users at a time.
After you select a suitable vendor, do not sign a contract before you take a good look at the Service Level Agreement (SLA). The SLA will clearly describe what the SaaS provider is offering and the compensation they will pay if they do not deliver the agreed services. Read and understand the SLA thoroughly to recognize what you are getting into and to avoid problems later.
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Main Functionality – rates the software’s ability to meet its main promise or USP.
Customization - Rates the software’s customization tools that allow the business to match the software’s functions to the business’ specific processes and current needs. Tools to watch include: custom reports; custom fields; custom business processes; logo insertions; and color palette choice.
Collaboration Features – rates the software’s functionalities that allow team members to work together, share documents, ideas and best practices. Includes tools such as: communication platforms (IM chat, VoIP, email, social media, phone); real-time features; attachment and association capabilities; and automatic task and contact associations.
Integration – rates the ability of the software to assimilate third-party applications and formats, especially popular productivity tools like Google Apps, Microsoft Office and Outlook and proprietary email apps. Also include connector apps that integrate the software to even more apps and APIs that allow developers to integrate their own apps to the software. May also include integration to older versions of the software.
Mobility – rates if the software has a mobile platform and which mobile OS it supports. Attributes to watch include: apps for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry; mobile browser version; and specific mobile modules.
Ease-of-use – rates the level of difficulty in learning and using the software. Features to watch include: self-help tutorials; quick lookups; dashboard; drag-and-drop tools; intuitive behavior; search and data retrieval; formats and templates; and steps to perform a task.
Help & Support – rates the level of technical and customer support by vendor. Attributes to measure include: live support (chat); tickets; free and freemium support services; knowledge base support (PDF, recorded webinars, forum); and paid support plans.
Security – rates the software’s security infrastructure including the following features: enable/disable data access; password encryption; data backup; and official seals from reputable organizations that vouch for the software’s security.
Media Rating - averages the ratings by major review sites, such as: CNET, Gartner Vendor, MacWorld and PCMag.
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