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Web apps are typically single-purpose: you use one app for one thing. That’s in sharp contrast to most desktop apps, where you might use the same app (hello, Excel!) for dozens of different things. Being focused is great, but it can also sometimes be limiting.

Take Microsoft Office Access, for example. For years it’s been the go-to app for small businesses when they need a new form-driven internal app. Instead of buying some new app, anyone with the tiniest bit of computer skills can put together a custom solution without too much trouble. It might not be as powerful as a full-featured app for the same purpose, but it gets the job done without too much trouble.

Papyrs, an intranet tool we covered a couple years back, has recently added a new Apps mode that makes it easy for anyone to turn a Papyrs form into a custom database app. It’s Access, reinvented for the web.


Web apps tend to separate everything, with one app for chat and one for invoices, one for projects and another for documents. But that sure can get confusing. So why not pull everything together in a full-featured intranet like the brilliant Bitrix24, our sponsor this week.

We loved Bitrix24 when we reviewed it recently, and it’s added a ton of new features since then. You can now add polls in your team discussions to get quick feedback on everyone’s thoughts. You can keep up with the your team anywhere, with native apps for your iPhone and Android, as well as your Mac and PC. You can even virtually meet your team in your browser with voice and video calls right in Birtix24, keep track of everyone in the CRM even on the go, and make invoices straight from the time you’ve tracked in the app. It’s everything, together.

That’s in addition to all of the features we already loved, including a Facebook-style network for your team, planning and scheduling tools, document sharing and collaboration, and more. Bitrix24 has everything you need to keep your team collaborating and productive, no matter what you’re working on. You won’t have to go find more apps to get everything your team needs — it’s all right here.

Get Your Team on Bitrix24 This Week!

So why wait? Go try out Bitrix24 and see if it’s what your team has been needing! It’s 100% free for up to 12 users, and $99/month for unlimited users after that. Or, if your team has more specialized needs, you can license and run it on your own server. It’s the intranet that can work for everyone.

Think you’ve got a great app? Sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot just like this one.

If you’ve been trying to find a way to get your team to collaborate in the cloud, you’ve likely found many apps that would fit part of what you need, but wouldn’t be your full solution. You’d have to make an internal site with one app, use another for project management, manage your contacts elsewhere, and more. Before you know it, the cloud made your life harder than anything.

What you really need is an app that brings everything together. One such app is Bitrix24, a cloud based social intranet that has enough features to cater to the needs of a small business organization. Let’s take a look, and see if it might be the cloud solution your team needs.


Our sponsor this week is Bitrix24, a new cloud-based social intranet to help your whole team work together, seamlessly. You can manage your tasks and projects, see what everyone’s doing, store files, chat, store customer info, and more, all in one powerful app.

Employees today are already used to using social networks to share what’s going on with their lives and schedule events together. Bitrix24 brings the modern design and features your employees expect to your company’s intranet, making it as easy to let your coworkers know what you’re working on as it is to update your status on Facebook. You’ll be able to quickly browse a stream of updates to see what’s going on, and can even privately message, chat, share pictures, like others’ posts, and more, in a simple social network layout.

Bitrix24 also includes more traditional business tools for project management, CRM, document sharing, and more, all with the same great interface. You’ll be able to easily track time spent on projects, create employee reports, save meeting briefs, create your company’s structure, find employee contact info, and more, all in the same app. Rather than using multiple web apps for all the tools your company needs, you can use Bitrix24 to keep everything together and make your team more efficient.

Go get it!

If you’ve been looking for a great way to bring your whole team together with a social intranet, Bitrix24 might be just what you’ve needed. You can signup for a Basic account for free if your team only has up to 12 people, or you can get unlimited users and more features starting at $99/month.

Think you’ve got a great app? Sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot just like this one.

Within a business, the necessity to be able to communicate with every single department within your company is pretty much vital, no matter whether it employes 50 people or 5,000 people. There are plenty of ways to do this (such as e-mail and telephone) but now, more companies are pushing towards an actual Internet platform, or intranets, as the medium for collaboration and sharing information.

There are plenty of sites out there on the net that will help you set up a company intranet (most require little technological knowledge as well). Today, let’s look at Igloo, which promises to be much more than a simple corporate intranet, but rather an entire digital workplace as a platform for all your ideas and a place to go to collaborate with your team, coordinate with your partners or even interact with your customers.

I got in touch with the developers and they kindly provided me with a free demo version to evaluate for this review. Read on after the break for my thoughts.


The software situation in enterprises is an unholy mess. From the top level management to employees, everyone has to be at the mercy of the feudal lords also known as system admins. Your productivity is dependant on whatever version of software they choose to impose on you. And if the software isn’t a bloatware, there is a very good chance it won’t be bought and used in production.

Document management and Intranet are two domains that receive hardly any attention at all. If you are really lucky and the company has deep pockets, you might get to use Microsoft Sharepoint – which is just about alright. But, for everyone else, it’s so good to see that web based alternatives like Papyrs are hard at work helping businesses manage information painlessly.

If you are interested in knowing how to set up and put Papyrs to use in your organization, do read on.


Remote teams are becoming more common everyday. And when you have various team members in locations around the world, there is a need for a common location to share your work. That’s where a tool like OneHub comes in.

Three lucky people today are going to be able to give their team a boost with a one year membership to this collaboration tool.


When it comes to superb web based applications, there is one company that has led the way this decade. Millions of people from all over the globe use the tools provided by the folks at 37signals. From time to time, we’ll look at different apps in the suite. Basecamp, Backpack, Campfire and Highrise — each one is a leader in its genre. But they’ve also been covered a lot and we’re not going to repeat the past with lengthy reviews of each. Rather, I’ll be sharing tips on how to use their tools better — as well as how to integrate them with other great web and desktop tools.