Can Bitrix’s New Cloud Release Compete with Microsoft and Other Popular Vendors?

When you think about all the productivity tools that an office uses on a daily basis, administrators have to ask themselves, “Shouldn’t there be something easier that ties all of these different programs together without spending hours of configuring the different suites to work together?”

Bitrix has taken on the challenge and developed a new corporate portal designed for small to medium sized businesses that ties all of the productivity tools typically found on an office PC and delivers the same features using the cloud. The creators of Bitrix believe that this solution is more scalable, customizable and affordable for small to medium sized enterprises.
Bitrix does more than provide a collaboration portal. You can do advanced features such as record your user’s telephone calls, store files using a cloud storage option the resembles DropBox and collaborate in real time via IM or video conference using Bitrix’s Skype alternative. Users can also gain access to a news feed with up to moment information. This feed mimics what you would see in social networks such as twitter or Facebook.
The president of Bitrix was recently interviewed by ZDNet. He summed up Bitrix by saying, “Small businesses like the fact that they can now replace Yammer, MS Office, Salesforce, Dropbox, Basecamp and Skype with a single out-of-the-box solution that does all that they do and costs only a hundred dollars per month. Not only is it much cheaper, it solves a lot of interoperability, deployment, administration and shadow IT issues.”
This new release of Bitrix marks the 4th major update to the platform this year. The Alexandria, Virginia based firm looks to make work and collaboration between users at small to medium sized businesses easier and more affordable than ever. All of these same types of services are available through name-brand vendors. Bitrix competes with these large software vendors by offering the same services at a much lower price. This prevents the small business from having to hire IT contractors to come in and set up all of the different, name-brand collaboration software to work together thus netting the small business a nice savings on their IT infrastructure budget.