We’ve been users of the Jira based Confluence interface for years. Coupled with our development team it’s been a staple of our behind the scenes development and documentation plus reference for staff on all that is New-Startups.com. However, we’ve always found the learning curve for new users to be difficult to say the least, Jira feels more of a developers hub and fits all their needs effectively but marketing, social, and all others on our team have a difficult time grasping the application. That specifically comes down to Jira being overly complicated for the needs of those outside of development.
As a result our team has tried every type of knowledge share platform we can think of; from Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, and now we’re looking into Crowdbase. Dubbed as a centralized way to organize and share knowledge, the app acts as a private social network, allowing you to build your own wiki with your team to make learning collaborative. For our staff that gives us the opportunity to share brand guidelines, social voices and company protocols, but also a chance to share on strategies, goals and stay-up to date with what everyone is learning in one place.
Crowdbase brings a useful way to share a collective memory for the emerging modular workplace that we’ve discussed in the past. While a team could be working throughout the world and utilizing their own work hours or locations the result is endless emails, status updates, and web links. Tools such as Evernote, Dropbox, Trello, Jira and Hootsuite disperse how work is accomplished and shared, until platforms such as Big Picture emerge to bring the essential one’s together in a way that’s easy to use – Crowdbase can be a platform for smaller organizations to manage and organize knowledge on all aspects of the business or startup while also connecting to everyone’s favorite file sharing applications.