Founded in 2000, Upper Albany Main Street is a non-profit organization (a division of the University of Hartford). Located in Hartford, Connecticut, UAMS is devoted to revitalizing and preserving the commercial district of Albany Avenue, the gateway to downtown Hartford. The organization provides community outreach programs and assists business owners with growing and expanding their establishments to new levels. In 2013, UAMS was accredited as a National Main Street Community Development Business Organization by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is the catalyst for the economic revitalization of the Albany Avenue commercial corridor. Read more...
/For Immediate Release/ Bitrix24, a popular free online collaboration platform, has announced integration with Office 365 for Business.
Now companies using Office 365 can integrate their accounts with Bitrix24 in order to edit documents online and authorize employees in Bitrix24 with their Office 365 logins. Prior to this Bitrix24 worked with MS Office and personal Office 365 accounts.
“Microsoft is an undisputed leader in office productivity tools, so we were very excited when they announced early API access to Office 365 enterprise accounts. It’s important for companies to have full control over documents, because employees come and go, but the knowledge has to be accumulated. The ability to work with business Office 365 accounts inside Bitrix24 was one of the most frequently requested features. Our team worked closely with Microsoft specialists in order to ensure that this integration brings a lot of value to companies that have to use Bitrix24 and Office 365 on a daily basis,” – said Dmitry Davydov, Bitrix24 Chief Marketing Officer.
Bitrix24 has recently introduced a number of other changes to its cloud service, making it free to unlimited number of communication users. It also introduced email integration with tasks, a new mobile app, company calendar and chat bots.
“We have a long history of partnership with Bitrix Inc. company, and today I’m very glad that we can announce new level of our collaboration and great technological integration between Bitrix24 and Microsoft Office 365 services. We propose to our ISV partners the new generation of Microsoft products and platforms with special focus on making our partners successful by our technologies. Open access to our interfaces and Microsoft cloud services help partners to generate synergy of our joint solutions and provide flexible and efficient business services to the customers”, – said Alexander Lozhechkin, Microsoft CEE Developer Experience Director
So far Bitrix24 integrations with Microsoft products include Office, Outlook, Exchange, Office 365, SharePoint and OneDrive. The company views collaboration with Microsoft an important part of its strategy.
Bitrix, Inc. (http://www.bitrix24.com) is the maker of popular collaboration platform Bitrix24. Over 1,000,000 companies have signed up with the service since its launch in April 2012. The company is headquartered in Alexandria, VA and employs over 200 employees spread out in six offices in Kaliningrad, Moscow, Minsk, Kiev, Saint Petersburg and Almaty.
Collaboration is a big topic in 2016. Many organizations are looking for a better way to work together and they have a lot of questions. Questions like what’s the best collaboration medium? Is it private social network? Or group chat? Or task manager? What is the optimal group size for effective collaboration? Are there any cultural differences? Is email really dead?
As a top three collaboration platform in the world with over 1,000,000 companies relying on it, Bitrix24 has answers to many of these questions and we are happy to share them with you.
1. Brand Bitrix24 account with company name & logo: available for Bitrix24 administrators under Settings > Intranet settings.
2. Be “back to the future” - set date & time format: option can be found under Settings > Intranet settings.
3. Reveal secret societies - discover full list of workgroups, even private ones. In order to see the list, administrator should turn on admin mode on the profile page first, and open Workgroups > All Workgroups then.
4. Fight procrastination - access all users tasks under My Workspace > Tasks > All. There is an option to filter tasks by parameters – responsible person, deadline, project, etc.
David Cottrell - best-selling author, award-winning leadership expert, professional speaker. David has walked in leaders’ shoes. With over 30 years of leadership experience in corporate America, David knows firsthand the obstacles, frustrations and issues leaders face. In sales and executive management positions with FedEx and Xerox, he created a legacy of leadership excellence, earning awards and achieving levels that continue to stand out as remarkable.
You are an internationally known author and speaker on the topic of leadership. Do you think that leadership is something that you can develop? What should an average person do to become a great leader?
Many people debate whether great leaders are born great or somewhere along the way they develop to become great. I think the debate is silly. No one is born to be a great leader, becoming a great leader is a choice. Some talents are inherited that may make leadership more natural for some than others – like charisma and outgoing personality– but the skills to develop trust and sustain long-term followers is earned by mastering specific skills.
My new book, The First Two Rules of Leadership: Don’t be Stupid. Don’t Be a Jerk. details how leaders are derailed because they make decisions that are uniformed and treat their team in a way that is considered unfair or without compassion.
Unicorn is a buzz word nowadays. Economists study the nature of unicorns, media give detailed instructions on how to become a unicorn and almost all startups want to join a unicorn club. If you are among the lucky ones who could avoid the unicorn fuss in the last couple of years, let me introduce the beast. Unicorn is an admired mythical creature, a symbol of purity and perfection… well according to the common knowledge. In business Unicorn Company is a company that achieved a billion-dollar valuation. Read more...
Do you procrastinate? Surely you do. We all do. There is something in our human nature that makes us put off things that must be done and kill time instead. A Greek poet Hesiod wrote in the poem Works and Days: “Do not put your work off till to-morrow and the day after; for a sluggish worker does not fill his barn, nor one who puts off his work: industry makes work go well, but a man who puts off work is always at handgrips with ruin.” The poem was written in circa 800 BC, almost 3000 years ago!
It is difficult to overestimate the negative impact procrastination has on any business. According to Gallup's State of the American Workplace reportseven out of 10 workers in the US say they aren’t fully engaged at work, meaning they aren’t working to their fullest potential. The resulting loss of productivity can cost companies between $450-$500 billion a year. Is there anything to improve the situation? Can you make your employees procrastinate less and be fully engaged in their professional duties? Yes, you can!
Robert F. Brands - innovation practitioner, president and founder of Brands & Company, LLC & innovation coach.
Your books Robert’s Rules of Innovation and Robert’s Rules of Innovation II: The Art of Implementation are based on the idea that innovation is a necessity for the business nowadays. Can you explain why?
RB: Innovation is essential, Innovate or Perish…it is all about the Product or Service Life cycle. No matter how well you do, ultimately you will crest and if you don’t Innovate you will perish. Think Kodak film, VHS tapes, even Blockbuster video stores, yahoo for that matter. Ideally you work on building lifecycle upon lifecycle, continues innovation driven by a structured repeatable process.
A post from MAKE Interactive, a Bitrix Gold Partner.
Coordinating Single Sign-On among multiple business software tools is an important feature for users of the Bitrix24 self-hosted version. Even though SSO only saves a small amount of time, it saves time every day for every employee and prevents a great deal of frustration with constant logins and occasional loss of passwords.
Using SAML, a very convenient bridge can be made from Bitrix24 to other tools in your local environment or to any website that supports SAML. Bitrix24 can receive the user's identity from elsewh ere, such as an ADFS, or act as an Identity Provider itself.
Using this integration you can use SSO login to Bitrix24 and IBM Lotus Notes server.
You can then create Single Event in Bitrix24 and that gets synchronized with Lotus Notes. Synchronization of the of IBM Lotus Notes can be of Multiple Events, with description and multiple participants. The system even works for multi event and multi party event while created in Lotus as well. At the back end it can have the authentication from your directory services like Active Directory or LDAP keeping the same imported credentials.
You’ve depended on Gmail for like the past decade, and don’t want any other mail service in your life. But at the same time, you’re also very fond of Bitrix24. Connect24 is the link - or as you may wish, the connecter - between Gmail and Bitrix24 that you’ve been waiting for, for at least a decent part of your life. Try it for free, with unlimited users, right now!
MAKE Interactive, a long-time Gold level partner of Bitrix, developed this connector as its first app for the Bitrix24 cloud service. With the release of this app, MAKE Interactive is announcing that it Bitrix division, MAKE24 (https://make24.nl/), will be focusing much more on providing excellent services and consultation to users of Bitrix24 in the cloud, as we have for many years with the self-hosted version of Bitrix24.
Connect24 is the link between Gmail and Bitrix24 made by people who use both products, just like you. From your Gmail, you can pull up an interface that lets you send the email message that you are viewing to your Bitrix24 CRM as a new Lead or Contact, append it as an email activity to an existing CRM item, or even create a task associated with the Lead or Contact.
Gloria Burke is an Industry thought leader and subject matter expert in digital and enterprise social business transformation strategy, knowledge management, culture transformation and related future workplace disciplines. Gloria works closely with senior leadership of Fortune 1000 companies in formulating strategies that enable them to harness the power of emergent technologies to drive collaboration, build differentiating capabilities and deliver game-changing business results in order to meet the demands of a more mobile and agile workforce. Formerly Chief Knowledge Officer of Unisys Corporation, she is a published author and internationally-recognized conference presenter on emergent workplace topics. She has been recognized by Information Week Magazine as #2 in a list of the Top Ten Social Business Leaders of 2013.
Why are we falling in and out of love with collaboration solutions so quickly? GB: Digital technologies are transforming every aspect of how we work. Companies are feeling the pressures of the digital economy and the need to harness technology to improve collaboration, drive innovation and increase market agility. CIOs and CTOs are bombarded by vendors with the next “shiny new thing” that promises to suddenly unlock, empower and engage their employees and deliver untapped value across the enterprise.
The fundamental issue here is not about the technology. It is about people. Companies need to create an overall collaboration strategy that focuses on change management -- leadership alignment, employee adoption and engagement and effective communications. The concept of “build it and they will come” isn’t going to work. Experience shows us that people may initially come to the platform out of curiosity, but will only stay and continue to engage if they find it valuable. In fact, several industry studies indicate that only 20% of companies that have implemented collaboration platforms have been able to achieve and sustain an employee adoption rate of more than 75%. Those achieving lack-luster results, believe that it is due to the technology failing and are quick to replace it with next new thing, only for it to suffer exactly the same fate.
There is no doubt that we have to change and embrace digital collaboration, but change is a journey, not a sprint.
Congratulations! If you start thinking about CRM software, it means your business is growing and you need a robust solution to manage sales, marketing and customer support in a more automated and systematic way. Good news, the right CRM will magnify the efficiency of your business operations and encourage further growth.
But what is the right CRM solution? There are so many alternatives available; they all offer a wide range of applications and tools to manage customer relations. This article will cover the most important questions you need to consider in order to choose the best CRM solution for your business.
We would like to thank everyone who attended our Bitrix24 Roadmap for 2016 webinar and provided valuable feedback. We were happy to share our plans for 2016 with our most loyal users and hope you enjoyed the presentation. For those who’ve missed the webinar, you can watch YouTube video recording or slides.
New employee onboarding is a comprehensive approach to orienting a new hire. During this process your new employee should not only get all information to function effectively within your team, but also feel welcomed and appreciated. But why do managers care so much about onboarding? According to Aberdeen's onboarding research report, organizations with a standard onboarding process experienced 54% greater new hire productivity, 50% greater new hire retention and two-times the level of new hire engagement.