Here are 12 of the best collaboration tools to suit a variety of business types:
Google Suite (formerly apps for work) offer a suite of official and third party apps, providing a one stop shop for business to produce, collaborate, communicate and store their work. The suite includes the powerful gmail platform for emails. Productivity apps include docs, sheets, forms, slides, allowing team members to collaborate while working on a file in real time. Google drive offers 30gb storage per user upgradable to 1TB. Hangouts provides HD video conferencing and chat for your teams while calendars tracks meetings, reminders & resource scheduling. Phone/tablet apps available for Android/iOS.
Volume based pricing $5 per user, per month.
Asana is a clean, easy to learn and use collaboration app. It manages projects allowing teams to prioritise their work tasks and have conversations with their team-mates. It’s a great tool to keep teams talking to each other and allows quick visibility over progress against a project or task. Phone/tablet apps available for Android/iOS.
Free for up to 15 people, then $8.33 per user, per month.
Wrike is a real-time workspace where teams collaborate to get all their work done. Manage projects, prioritise tasks by simply dragging them up/down and converse with team members. See project updates in the activity feed and share/collaborate on documents. Phone/tablet apps available for Android/iOS.
Free plan available with base functionality. $10 per user, per month.
Atlassian provides two core products, Jira for task management oriented towards software teams and Confluence for wiki style knowledge base sharing. Both products provide strong collaboration allowing users to easily have conversations against a task, project or article. The Atlassian marketplace has 100’s of plugins to expand on the core features or provide integration with other business systems. The Jira/confluence administration options are extensive allowing businesses to create custom rules, workflows and fields to suit specific needs. Mobile app available for HipChat (instant messaging service) only.
Volume based pricing for each product. Jira & Confluence start at $10 for 10 users per month.
A project management app providing teams with tools like instant chat, message boards, to-do lists, a centralised schedule and docs/file storage. Basecamp provides all of the essential tools teams need to be productive and effectively function in the one place. Apps for iOS and Android available.
Free for your first BaseCamp (project), $29 per month flat price, per month.
Yammer is a private social network that helps employees collaborate across departments, locations, and business apps. Yammer’s focus is on facilitating conversations between team members and work groups. It’s now owned by Microsoft and integrates nicely with the Office suite. Mobile apps for iOS and Android.
Part of office 365 subscription, starting at $5 per user, per month.
Binfire makes managing tasks, communicating and collaborating with your team, contractors, suppliers and customers seamless and effective. Project Management functions to prioritise tasks and track progress, supporting both traditional waterfall and agile methodologies.
Pricing starts at $19 per month for 6 users, 10 projects.
Trello provides a project board with cards which represent tasks which can be dragged into different columns to indicate a status of the task. This gives you instant transparency over the status of each task by glancing at the one board. Teams can have conversations against each card. iOS and Android apps available.
Core features of Trello are free for unlimited users / projects.
An app focused on simplifying communication for teams and reducing dependence on email. Create public channels, private channels or have one-on-one conversations with team members. Share files and access all of your tools in the once place like Asana, Twitter, Google Drive, Hangouts, Zendesk, Dropbox. Mobile apps for Android and iOS.
Core features of Slack are free for unlimited users / projects.
A project management tool which provides a place to centralise all communication and keep everyone engaged and focused on what matters. Plan tasks, set due dates and update the status as you’re working on it. Offers transparency across projects, instantly see where tasks are at and who has ownership over them. iOS and Android apps available.
Basic 5 user plan starts at $25 per month.
Podio brings content, conversations, and processes structured and together in one tool. Manage tasks, workflows, schedule meetings, visualise data, chat to team mates and manage projects. Android and iOS apps available.
Pricing starts at $9 per user, per month.
Offers all of the tools needed to effectively manage projects. Manage team members time, bill clients, create tasks + sub-tasks, create milestones, track progress and facilitate conversations with team mates. For a feature packed project management app its interface makes it easy to learn and use.
Pricing starts at $5 per month for 5 projects, unlimited users.
We’ve highlighted 12 great tools we’ve come across, but there are loads of other online tools out there to help teams work more effectively remotely. Does your team use an app worthy of a mention that we haven’t listed? Give us a message on Facebook or Twitter.