Collaboration software enables your teams or business units to work closely together on particular projects or assignments, keeping all members updated and deadlines on track. You can keep all applicable records, messages, files, and other information in one location and allow or supervise access to members. You can also keep communication open between users, groups, and business units, and spot and resolve work relationship issues in the bud to ensure deliverables and deadlines are met. Likewise, collaboration software helps teams to work together in real time even when separated by geography, a must-have when you have global or cross-continental teams.
Pricing details are a key consideration when you analyze SaaS providers. Ask the provider if they offer price protection and contractual flexibility. “Shelfware” has become a major problem in SaaS licensing as buyers end up paying for more than they require. Plus, to get pricing predictability, customers are forced to subscribe to long-term contracts. Make certain you don’t get saddled with long-term licensing and get locked in for a long time with a single provider. Ask about easy exit policies that enable you to move on to another vendor if you are not satisfied with the services provided by the current one. Select a provider that offers a handy standard annual termination facility as well as long-term cost protection.
Another important factor to consider is whether the cloud vendor meets compliance and security requirements. Your firm is answerable to staff members, clients, business partners, and regulators. Therefore, you should choose a provider that has adopted a technically sound and comprehensive security system. Map your security control needs such as availability, integrity, confidentiality, privacy, and accountability to the vendor’s capabilities. Ask the potential vendor about the practices and systems they use to protect your private data. Do they meet general as well as industry-specific compliance and security standards? Do they provide special measures to meet the unique security needs of your specific industry? Get satisfactory answers to these questions before you make the investment.
We use our unique SmartScore™ system to evaluate all the products listed to help you get the best possible application. The total score comprises of the following elements (% show how much each component affects the final score):
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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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