We have thus far evaluated and are looking at eRoom by EMC. Next, we will be reviewing eGroupWare: Enterprise Collaboration.
What makes the Perfect Collaboration System? This is the criteria we have set for ourselves:
- Web Based (obviously)
- Platform Independent – end users should be able to use it fully via any browser (this is where SharePoint fails)
- Open DB – we can create our own reports.
- Has the built-in support for us to add Clients and Vendors as users, and give them access to ONLY the parts we need (pain in the ass with SharePoint)
- Inexpensive to add potentially hundreds of users (eRoom and SharePoint carry per-user licensing costs)
- Should be Searchable via the Google Search Appliance
- Has to be enterprise-class. No single-user bull.
BONUS Features: (not required, but nice to have)
- LDAP Integration
- Supported by RSA Authentication Manager
- Compatible for import-export with MS Project
- Web 2.0 Features like Wiki’s, RSS, etc…
- Can be something we can customize
- Can be something we can sell/host for others.
- Proactive Notification about changes in the system
What’s NOT Important:
- Any timesheet features (ultimately, time will be kept in CRM – I hope, or Great Plains)
- CRM Features – not important, we have MS CRM for that.
- Linux vs. MS platform, or DB
- Any cost-accounting features – again, this is for GP and CRM.
We’ll be reporting our findings, as time progresses.