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Evernote For Business: End Of Butt-Ugly Software?
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moarsauce123
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12/7/2012 | 11:44:11 PM
re: Evernote For Business: End Of Butt-Ugly Software?
It looks like a modern application. The problem is that all modern applications look butt ugly. In all fairness, it is indeed a beauty when compared to VS2012.
FritzNelson
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12/5/2012 | 2:36:27 AM
re: Evernote For Business: End Of Butt-Ugly Software?
It's a good comparison, and I think we'll get to see it all play out. Remember how Lotus Notes was supposed to work how you worked? Where are they now? I'm probably more familiar with Jive, but I could see Evernote replacing it for what I use it for -- if everyone else used it. Google Apps: I use that for real-time collaboration, AND I use the spreadsheet feature, so I couldn't replace it with Evernote. However, linkages abound: bring my Google word processing docs into Evernote? Yes. View Google spreadsheets in Evernote? Yes. I could see some combos working: Google Apps + Evernote + Box?
rnunez950
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rnunez950,
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12/5/2012 | 1:06:09 AM
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Good point. I wonder how many apps that were built for personal use have been successful in transitioning to domain deployments inside an organization. A good contrast might be Dropbox vs. Box. As I understand, Dropbox was initially focused on individual users, while Box went after business users. Although Dropbox has attained a phenomenal 100M user base, I think Box is more entrenched in the enterprise camp. Podio, Huddle, CaptureToCloud, Jive, and others were built for the professional and business user from the get go. To your point, I think these companies will be far more successful in addressing the business user's needs precisely because they are integrated with the tools enterprise/business people use. If you're a Sharepoint user, would you opt for Evernote or simply upgrade to OneNote or implement Jive? If you're a Google Apps user, would Evernote be a natural choice?
FritzNelson
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12/4/2012 | 10:51:13 PM
re: Evernote For Business: End Of Butt-Ugly Software?
I think you capture the essence of the issue quite well, although to be fair to Evernote, they aren't claiming to be such a tool, nor a wiki. My personal use of Evernote (and I have & do use, and/or have tested, some of the other social enterprise tools and productivity software) would provide this answer: you use Evernote to create data. The more you use it, the more you realize that it can store all of your free form content (not to mention things you want to save from the web and other places). It becomes a repository for organized, unstructured content from many sources. If people already use it this way, then it makes sense to start comparing it to those other tools, because now it can start to do some of what those other tools do, and hopefully it will also integrate into the Jive or Sharepoint-type systems. The problem I have, in particular, with the existing social collaboration tools is that it takes me out of where & how I already work. I have to go to those places to share something. I have to take a new action. I do it. And it works. And over time those become great repositories. But if I'm already doing it in Evernote, and those capabilities suddenly become available to me, I'd rather just stay inside that app, because that's how I already work.
rnunez950
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rnunez950,
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12/4/2012 | 10:39:26 PM
re: Evernote For Business: End Of Butt-Ugly Software?
Nice UI layout. However, most businesses are embracing social capabilities in their collaboration tools and demand integration with their core productivity suite (e.g., Microsoft, Google, etc.). Comparisons to wiki software is a bit outdated. More importantly, how will Evernote Business compare with tools like Huddle, Podio, CaptureToCloud, Box, etc.?
ChrisMurphy
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12/4/2012 | 4:48:26 PM
re: Evernote For Business: End Of Butt-Ugly Software?
The challenge that the likes of Evernote Business face is how many tools employees have to collaborate and share info. Employees have too many collaboration platforms to monitor and learn. Maybe its integration with browsers and Sharepoint address that, but that critical mass is a big challenge. I agree the ugly era of enterprise software is ending, but employees have put up with ugly software because that's where their colleagues and data are.


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