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Neil Zawacki is a freelance writer with more than ten years of professional experience. He has written two books and numerous how-to guides, technical articles, news stories, blog posts, and more.

Expense Management: Replicon's WebExpense vs. Nexonia's Expense Reports

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Expense management software allows companies to enter and approve expenses for employees from a single location. It provides a real time-time view into how money is being spent, and can be used to bill clients and reimburse workers.

Two products that provide this functionality are Replicon's Web Expense and Nexonia's Expense Reports. They are both cloud-based, so you don't have to download anything onto your computer. Both programs are also well suited for small and mid-sized businesses.

How do the two products compare side-by-side?

Features

Nexonia's Expense Reports comes with a lot of great features. It automatically provides digital receipt imaging, email notifications and reminds, multi-level approvals, and supports multiple currencies and exchange rates. The software can also auto-import from credit and bank cards and define custom tax codes as needed. Features is definitely one of Expense Report's strong points.

Replicon's Web Expense has a lot of the same features, but some of them are tied to Replicon's Timesheet, another program by the company. WebExpense is also missing a few advanced features, including ACH direct deposit and the ability to split expenses across accounts.

Support

Expense Reports offers phone and email support on Monday through Friday between 8AM and 8PM (EDT). They also have a live chat team that can answer general questions about the software. WebExpense, on the other hand, offers phone and email support on a 24/7 basis. The quality of the technical support is also well regarded by most of its customers. They do not have a live chat service, however.

Mobile

The mobile capabilities of the two products differ slightly. Expense Reports has a mobile application for the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Android. Replicon's Web Expense just has a mobile application for the iPhone and iPad.

Integrations

Nexonia's Expense Reports can integrate with Quickbooks Desktop, NetSuite, Simply Accounting, Microsoft Dynamics, SAP, Oracle Financials, and more. Replicon's Web Expense does not have quite as many integrations available, but can still integrate with Microsoft Project and Quickbooks.

Price

Nexonia's Expense Reports costs $15/user/month. It also charges $20/month for purchase orders and $50/month for customer support. Nexonia also provides a discount to companies based on their overall number of users: 11-20 users grants a 10% discount, 21-50 users results in a 15% discount, and so forth.

Replicon's Web Expense is quite a bit cheaper: $4/user/month. That said, you're probably going to want to purchase some of the other products in the Replicon suite to get access to different functions. Timeoff is an extra $6/user/month, Timeattend is an extra $9/user/month, Timecost is an extra $16/user/month, and Timebill is an extra $20/user/month.

Bottom Line

Both products should be able to serve your expense management needs. Nexonia's Expense Reports has lots of great features, and Replicon's Web Expense provides a more affordable option if you go with the basic service.

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Choosing Recruiting Software: Maxhire vs. Zoho Recruit

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Recruiting software offers numerous benefits, but choosing a provider can be a difficult process for an organization. Two products that are well suited for small and mid-sized businesses are MaxHire and Zoho Recruit.

How do they compare with each other?

Features

MaxHire and Zoho Recruit have the same basic features that you would expect to find in recruiting software. You can send out mass mailings, post to job boards, manage duplicate resumes, and so forth. They also tend to lack the same features - neither one has VoIP integration (the ability to make phone calls over the internet) or allows companies to send text messages to candidates. Overall, there's not that much feature distinction between the two products.

Support

Zoho Recruit offers phone support, but only to its paid users. It also provides email support and live chat assistance. Instead of standard business hours, it has a general policy of trying to respond to all requests within 24 hours (with an exception for weekends and holidays).

MaxHire offers phone and email support every Monday through Friday between 6AM and 6PM (PST). If you are a paid user, you receive priority assistance and a guaranteed response time of one hour. It does not provide live chat service for simple questions, however.

Integrations

MaxHire and Zoho Recruit can both integrate with Microsoft Outlook and Gmail. Maxhire can also integrate with Kenexa Provelt and Professional Advantage (PAM), however, while Zoho Recruit can also integrate with a variety of different Zoho products, such as Zoho CRM, Calendar and Writer.

Mobile

MaxHire is the clear winner for this category. It has mobile applications that have been optimized for the iPhone, iPad and Android. In contrast, Zoho Recruit does not a mobile application at this time. Zoho does have mobile versions of many of its other products, however.

API

MaxHire and Zoho Recruit both have an application programming interface available. They also both have a strong community of developers and extensive documentation on how to use the API and obtain authentication for web methods.

Pricing

There is a fairly large distinction between the pricing plans of the two products. Maxhire starts at $99/user/month, with a five employee minimum. The pricing is guaranteed to stay the same the entire time you are a customer, and updates to the software are provided free of charge. A pricing option for 1-4 users will also be made available in the near future.

Zoho Recruit, on the other hand, only charges $19/employee/month. This price goes up, however, if you'd like to include various add-ons. For example, you can get an extra 1GB of storage for $3/month, a plug-in for Microsoft Outlook for $5/recruiter/month, and the ability to parse documents from your computer for $6/recruiter month. Zoho Recruit provides a 10% discount for annual subscriptions.

Bottom line

MaxHire offers a bit more than Zoho Recruit, but it's also more expensive. If you're on a limited budget, you might want to choose Zoho Recruit. If price isn't as much of an issue for your company, you can receive faster support and mobile functionality by going with MaxHire.

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Online Data Backup: Crashplan vs. Mozy

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Crashplan and Mozy are two companies that provide online data backup services. They both offer a reliable service at a great price. They are also both well suited for home offices, small businesses and backup of your personal computer.

Crashplan and Mozy are both true backup services in that they backup everything on your computer.  Please note that services like Dropbox do not provide real backup, meaning that they allow for file storage online, but they do not backup your entire computer unless you purposely select all of your files from your computer and proactively put them into your "online folder" or Dropbox.

Here's a quick breakdown of their similarities and differences:

Features

Crashplan and Mozy have a lot of features in common. They both allow users to share files, schedule automatic backups of all data on your computer, and backup servers. Both products can also backup open or locked files and provide file history recovery. Crashplan can send out a status notification whenever a backup is completed, while Mozy does not at this time.

Storage Space

One of the main differences between Mozy and Crashplan is the amount of storage space they have available. Mozy limits its users to just 125 GB of storage space, while Crashplan offers unlimited storage capacity on most of its plans.

Support

Crashplan offers phone and email support on Monday through Friday between 7am and 7pm, and on Saturday and Sunday between 9am and 5pm. This service is available to both paid users and trial users. Crashplan also has live chat support on Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm.

Mozy offers phone, email and live chat support on a 24/7 basis, but only to its Mozy Pro users. If you are a Mozy Home user, you still have access to their online knowledge base and the Mozy community forums.

Security

Both products do a great job of keeping your data safe. Mozy utilizes military-grade encryption and has multiple secure data centers around the world. Crashplan offer 448-bit encryption and similar data centers with secure physical access. If you have sensitive information, it should be protected from computer hackers.

Mobile

Crashplan has a mobile app for the iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. The app is free to users and can download, view and share files. Mozy offers a similar mobile app for the iPhone and Android, but not the Windows Phone.

Price

CrashPlan has a 10GB plan for $2.50/month, an unlimited plan for $5/month, and a family unlimited plan for $12/month. There are cheaper versions of each of these plans available if you pay for one to four years in advance. Enterprise customers can gain price quotes to meet their specific needs. In addition, the company offers a Restore To Your Door service for $124.99 in which they ship your files to you on a hard drive if you need to restore them locally.

Mozy has several pricing plans that each have diferent options. Mozy Home costs $5.99/month for 50 GB of space that is accessible by one computer, or $9.99/month for 125 GB that can be used by three computers. Mozo Pro is $3.95/month plus $.050/month per desktop computer, and $3.95/month per server. Mozy also has customized price quotes for enterprise customers.

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Adobe Connect vs. WebEx for Web Conferencing with All The Features

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Adobe Connect and WebEx are two large players in the web conferencing space that are suitable for businesses that need a wide array of features and are willing to pay for them. While there are a lot of free web conferening options out there now, these products are geared toward users that demand a highly professional experience.  Adobe Connect and WebEx are both web-based and have a wide variety of features and mobile options.

How do they compare with each other?

Features

The feature set for Adobe Conect and WebEx are largely the same. They both have document sharing, polling options, a chat system, and a whiteboard for conference sessions. Adobe Connect and WebEx also both allow companies to record meetings and have audience auditing and tracking functions. Adobe Connect offers content storage and management features, however, while WebEx currently does not.

Support

WebEx offers phone and email support on a 24/7 basis. They also have a live chat service that can provide immediate assistance to users, and an online knowledge base that can answer most basic questions.

Adobe Connect offers phone support on Monday through Friday between 5am and 7pm (PST). The company also provides email support on a 24/7 basis, and has a similar online knowledge base available. They do not provide live chat support, however.

Integrations

Adobe Connect can integrate with Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Communications Server, Microsoft Outlook, and a wide variety of corporate networks and applications. WebEx does not have quite as many integrations, but can integrate with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, Act-On and Cvent.

Mobile

The mobile functionality of the two products is somewhat different. Adobe Connect offers a mobile app for the iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry. WebEx has a mobile app for the same devices, but you are limited to attending conference sessions. If you would like to create an event, you will have to do so from a computer.

Price

Adobe Connect has several pricing options available. They have a Per Host plan that costs $55/host/month, or $45/host/month if you pay for a year an advance. Each host can hold meetings with up to 25 attendees. They also have a Pay-Per-Use Plan that costs $.32 per minute per user, and Enterprise Plans that typically cost several thousands of dollars per year. In addition, they have special teacher and student pricing available.

WebEx normally costs $49/host/month and supports up to 25 attendees, unlimited meetings, and free phone and VoIP calls. WebEx is also currently having an online promotion at the moment for just $19/month. The functionality for this promotion is limited to a single host and eight people per session.

Free Trial

Adobe Connect offers a free trial of its solution for 30 days. It allows you to host meetings with up to five people and manage event registration. WebEx also has a free trial, though it is only for 14 days. This trial supports up to 25 people in a meeting and includes training and support.

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The Two Giants in the SEO Tools Space: SEOMoz vs. SEO Book

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Hands down the best way to get traffic is through SEO or Search Engine Optimization.  It's not easy, as you are always chasing the search engine's (or shall we say Google's) algorithm changes, but its often worth the effort given the result of "free traffic".

SEOMoz and SEO Book are two solutions that can help with search engine optimization. They are both well suited to small businesses or really any sized business as they crawl ALL of the pages on your site to find out what is going on with all of the technical aspects of SEO.

So, how do SEOMoz and SEO Book compare with each other?

Features

The feature set is quite similar between the two solutions. SEOMoz and SEO Book both include a tool to suggest keywords and provides you with search engine results by keyword. Both products go into great detail on things such as duplicate page titles, missing meta descriptions, overly dynamic URLs and the list goes on.  If your eyes are glazing over, these factors all become really intersting if you understand how they relate to SEO.  The exciting part about these tools is that if you make the suggested changes and use the information as a guide, you can see improved results over time.

There is a small difference between these two tools, however. SEOMoz can monitor existing backlinks and report when there are changes, while SEO Book cannot.

Support

SEOMoz offers phone and email support to its users on Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm (PST). SEO Book does not provide phone support, though it does have a system where you can submit tickets for technical issues, a comprehensive online knowledgebase, and live chat for basic questions.

API

SEOMoz has an application programming interface that independent developers can use to create integrations and modifications to the software. SEO Book, on the other hand, does not have an API available at this time.

Toolbars

Both products offer a toolbar for Firefox that provides quick access to information like a rough estimate of the number of links pointing to a specific domain or the IP address of the host. SEOMoz has a similar toolbar for Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, while SEO Book does not.

Price

SEOMoz has three pricing plans to choose from. The Pro plan is $99/month and supports 5 campaigns, 300 keywords tracked per account and 10,000 pages crawled per campaign. The Pro Plus plan is $199/month and increases the number of campaigns to 12 and the keywords tracked to 1000. The Pro Elite plan is then $499/month and supports 30 campaigns, 3500 keywords tracked, and 20,000 pages crawled each campaign.

The pricing for SEO Book is much simpler: it's $300/month. The price not only includes the SEO software, but more than 100 training modules and videos, a monthly training newsletter, free trials on various SEO products and services, and full access to the company's private SEO community.

Free Trial

Many companies like to try out software before making a decision. SEOMoz provides a free trial that is good for thirty days. SEO Book offers a free 7-day course for beginners, though it does not have a free trial for the tools.  While a free trial for these tools is interesting, I must admit it is hard to get much benefit out of these tools without using them for a long period of time.

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LiquidPlanner vs. AtTask for Project Management Success

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Looking for easy project management solutions for your business or your team?  LiquidPlanner and AtTask are two great choices for small and mid-sized businesses or for teams within larger companies.

Here's the skinny on how the two products compare.

Features

LiquidPlanner and AtTask both have the same basic features. If you purchase either solution, you will gain access to things like portfolio management, time tracking options, interactive Gantt charts, and multi-project scheduling. They also both have collaborative tools like comment streams and resource management capabilities to keep projects under budget.

There are a few distinctions between AtTask and LiquidPlanner, however. AtTask can import data from Google Apps, while Liquid Planner cannot. They both have email and calendar integration, but with AtTask, it's limited to notifications. Furthermore, Liquid Planner just has an English version, while AtTask has translations for German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese.

Reports

LiquidPlanner has powerful reporting capabilities. The software can automatically generate reports that show the workload for each team member and demonstrate how the project has drifted over time. AtTask's reports are also quite good, and notable in their ability to be heavily customized. Both products can produce reports that show real-time conditions.

Mobile

The mobile capabilities of AtTask and LiquidPlanner are identical. They both have an optimized mobile application for the iPhone, iPad and Android. They also both lack mobile support for Blackberry devices.

Support

The technical support offered by the two companies is quite similar. AtTask provides phone and email support on Sunday through Friday between 8am and 8pm (EST). LiquidPlanner meanwhile provides phone and email support on Monday through Friday between 8am and 4pm (PST).

API

LiquidPlanner has a powerful API (application programming interface), along with a downloadable guide and a specific forum for developers. AtTask also has an API (known as the REST API), a FAQ page, and a dedicated online community. If you want to build a integration for either product, the tools are available.

Pricing

LiquidPlanner offers a monthly plan that costs $29/seat/month and provides unlimited projects and 50GB of storage. They also have a yearly plan for $24/seat/month that includes the same features, though it requires a 12 month prepayment. In addition, large teams can get customized price quotes and volume pricing. Liquid Planner does not require a contract for monthly users.

AtTask's pricing plan is slightly different: it costs $250/user/year to use the hosted service, which is a little cheaper than Liquid Planner in the long run. This pricing plan also supports an unlimited number of projects. It should be noted that AtTask requires companies to sign an annual contract.

Bottom line

Overall, LiquidPlanner and AtTask offer a pretty similar product. They both have great features available, and their reporting capabilities can provide a great deal of information. With either product, you've got product management software that can improve collaboration for a reasonable price.

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Which Online Shopping Cart is Better: 1ShoppingCart vs. Shopify

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1ShoppingCart and Shopify are two very popular ecommerce solutions or online shopping carts.  Both solutions are well suited for small and mid-sized businesses. They both provide a simplified means to set up and run an online store while keeping your customer's financial information secure. You also don't have to download any software onto your computer - you just run the program through your web browser.

How do 1ShoppingCart and Shopify compare with each other?

Features

1ShoppingCart and Shopify both offer a lot of the same features. They both provide inventory tracking, discount codes and coupons, and the ability to accept payment in multiple currencies. Furthmore, 1ShoppingCart and Shopify both allow shops to assign products to multiple categories and customize the colors, logo and background of your store's design. 1ShoppingCart does have a few extra features, however, such as upsell funnels that can provide multiple offers to each customer.

Support

1ShoppingCart offers phone support to its Ultimate Unlimited Support customers. This is a special paid service that costs $34/month or $379/year. Additional benefits include assigned account representatives and a guaranteed email response within the next business day. If you are a standard customer, you can still receive technical assistance by submitting a question through the website.

Shopify offers phone and email support to all of its users. The company also has an online support center with more than 100 articles that describe how to manage accounts, change the theme, set up a domain name, and more.

Mobile

1ShoppingCart has a Mobile Notifier for the iPhone that can let users know whenever a customer has placed an order. Shopify has a similar mobile application for the iPhone, though it also supports push notifications and the ability to manage multiple stores.

Integrations

Both products feature a wide variety of third-party integrations. 1ShoppingCart can integrate with Quickbooks, Google Analytics, aMember, Virtual Media, and Wordpress, among others. Shopify has the ability to integrate with Voice Connect, Deepmine, Kudyou, and QueryString, and several more.

Price

Shopify has four pricing options available. The basic plan costs $29/month and provides 100 SKUs, 1 GB of storage and a 2.0% transaction fee. The professional plan costs $59/month and provides 2,500 SKUs, 5 GB of storage, and a 1.0% transaction fee. There is also the business plan at $99/month and the unlimited plan at $179/month if you would like more SKUs and storage space.

1ShoppingCart bases its pricing plans on the features you will use. The starter plan costs $39/month, though it only provides the shopping cart. The basic plan costs $69/month and provides shopping cart and email marketing capabilities. The Professional plan costs $129/month and adds extra features like Upsell Express and digital downloads. 1ShoppingCart also has the autoresponder plan at $34/month if you just want an autoresponder, ad tracking, and email campaigns.

Bottom Line

No matter what product you choose, you're going to have a powerful solution with lots of great features. They also both have a free trial available, so if you still need more information, feel free to try out the application ahead of time.

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Ecommerce Software Faceoff: Prestashop vs. osCommerce

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Prestashop and osCommerce and two ecommerce solutions that allow retailers to set up, run and maintain an online store. These two products differ from the competition in that they are both open-source. This has led to a thriving online community for each solution. Prestashop and osCommerce are both well suited for sole proprietors and small businesses.

Comparing the two products reveals a number of similarities and differences:

Features

Prestashop and osCommerce have a nearly identical feature set. They both offer the ability to compare products, monitor packages that have been shipped, and follow up with customers who have abandoned their shopping cart. Both applications also allow discount codes and coupons, multiple types of currency, and can place a store locator on the company website.

The main difference in features is whether or not they are free to use. Prestashop allows users to integrate with Quickbooks, incorporate customer reviews and perform search engine optimization through a paid add-on. osCommerce offers the same capabilities, but it does not cost anything to use them.

Support

Prestashop offers phone and email support, though it charges for the service. The technical support hours are Monday through Friday between 9am and 6pm (EST). osCommerce, on the other hand, does not provide phone or email support of any kind. There are community support forums available, however, and the members can generally answer questions about technical issues.

Integrations

Both products integrate with a vast number of different applications. osCommerce can integrate with more than 100 language packs, Paypal, Mailchimp, MaxMind, VendingBox, Joomla, and more. Prestashop meanwhile can integrate with Quickbooks, Mailchimp, Google Merchant Center, Erply, Paypal, and hundreds more. There's a great deal of overlap between the two solutions.

Mobile

Prestashop offers a mobile application for the iPhone, Android, and Blackberry through a paid add-on. You also have to email the company in order to obtain the mobile app. osCommerce has mobile versions of its solution for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry at no additional cost.

Price

osCommerce is completely free, though it accepts donations through Paypal. Prestashop is also free to use, though the company charges a fee for technical support, consulting and training sessions.

Conclusion

Overall, both products are a great choice for businesses on a limited budget. They don't cost anything to use, and they have nearly all the features you would expect to find with a proprietary solution. If you need to setup an online store, there really isn't anything for you to lose.

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Access Your Desktop from Anywhere: GoToMyPC vs. WebEx PCNow

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Remote desktop management software allows users to access their computers from a remote location. You can see everything that's on your computer screen and quickly gain access to files, email, and programs.

There are two major uses for these tools.  One is for technical types to be able to login to fix problems on your computer from a remote location.  The other increasingly common use is for you to be able to see your work computer's desktop from wherever you are.  Now that many of us have several computers its often confusing to manage and synch the two computers, which remote desktop management solutions can do.

Two companies that provide this type of software are GoToMyPC and WebEx PCNow. They are both well suited for small businesses, particularly those with fifty or fewer employees.

How do the two products compare with each other?

Features

GoToMyPC and WebEx PCNow offer a lot of the same features. They both have desktop sharing, desktop shortcuts, and remote printing capabilities. They also both support multiple monitor control and provide the ability to lock keyboards and blank screens from a remote location.

There are a few distinctions between the two products, however. WebEx PCNow offers full webcam control, while GoToMyPC does not. In contrast, GoToMyPC has a shared clipboard for users, while WebEx PCNow currently lacks that feature. Both functionalities may be added at some point in the future by their respective companies.

Support

The technical support for the two products differs somewhat. GoToMyPC offers phone and email support to its users on a 24/7 basis. WebEx PCNow does not offer phone support, though it does respond to emails within 24 hours. Neither service has a live chat service to answer basic questions.

Mobile

Both applications are compatible with most mobile devices. GoToMyPC allows users to remotely access a computer system through an iPhone, Android, and Windows Mobile device. WebEx PCNow provides similar capabilities for the iPhone and Android, but not Windows Mobile phones.

Security

GoToMyPC and WebEx PCNow both provide extensive security capabilities. GoToMyPC uses 128-bit AES encryption and end-to-end authentication to keep data safa. WebEx PCNow uses 128-bit SSL encryption and two levels of authentication, along with phone authentication for high security items. Furthermore, both products are compatible with most firewalls.

Price

GoToMyPC has three pricing options to choose from. Their standard plan is for just one user and costs $19.95/month. Their pro plan is for one administrator and between two and fifty users, and costs $33.90/month. Larger teams that need greater administrative control will have to contact their sales department obtain a price quote. GoToMyPC is also having a special pricing promotion at the moment (4/26/12) that has cut these prices even further.

WebExPCNow bases its price on the number of computers to use the service. One computer costs $12.95, two computers costs $14.95/month, five computers costs $34.95/month, and 10 computers cost $59.95/month. The company also allows you to add additional computers for $9.95/month each. In addition, the overall price is cut by 20% if you go with a prepaid annual plan.

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Clarizen vs. Deskaway for Easy Project Management

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If you aren’t using project management software for you business, perhaps you should be. Two leading solutions are Clarizen and Deskway, which both provide easy to use online solutions (just login through your favorite web browser).

Features

Clarizen and Deskaway both offer a rich feature set that includes project templates, time tracking, and recreation of tasks. They can also both provide real-time updates as to what team members are doing at the moment and send out automatic notifications when specific conditions are met.

Deskaway is missing a few basic features, however. It can integrate with Microsoft Outlook, but only to import contacts and subscribe to the Outlook Calendar. Clarizen offers full integration with Microsoft Outlook. Deskaway also cannot import data from Microsoft Project, while Clarizen can.

Reporting

The reporting capabilities of Clarizen and Deskaway are both good, though Clarizen's are slightly more powerful. It has an advanced reports editor, several best practice reports, and can create burndown charts to determine when a product is likely to be completed. Deskaway does provide a Gantt chart view that compiles all of the different tasks for each project.

Integrations

Both applications can integrate with other products, though they're not the same ones for the most part. Clarizen can integrate with Salesforce, Intacct, Zendesk and iCal, while Deskaway can integrate with Freshbooks, Google Apps and Social Tasks. Both Clarizen and Deskaway can integrate with Google Docs.

API

One notable difference between Clarizen and Deskaway is with API (application programming interface). Clarizen offers one to its users, while Deskaway does not. This may change at some point in the future, however.

Pricing

Deskaway has four separate pricing plans to choose from. The Professional plan is the most common and costs $25/month and supports up to 20 users. They also have the Plus, Power, and Super Power plans, which then allow unlimited users and a far greater number of projects, storage space, and templates. In addition, they have a special discount for non-profit organizations.

Clarizen only offers one pricing plan to customers: the Professional Edition. It costs $24.95 per user per month, if you opt for a 36 month contract. Keep in mind that the price is per user, so it costs more than Deskaway (of course it offers more functionality).  If you want to sign up for a shorter agreement, Clarizen's price per month increases. Clarizen also requires you to pay the full sum in advance.

Deskaway has a free version of its software, though it has very limited functionality: it can only manage a single project with two users. While Clarizen does not provide a free version, Clarizen offers a 30-day free trial that provides access to the full platform, so you can at least try out the service ahead of time.

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4Sync vs. Dropbox for Online Collaboration and Document Storage

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4Sync and Dropbox are best known as online collaboration tools and for file storage on the Web.  They differ from true backup sites like Carbonite, which actually backs up your entire computer when you install it. 

What 4Sync and Dropbox do is provide folders in which you can store files securely online and share folders with team members.  Dropbox in particular is so effective as a collabortion tool that it is one of the most highly used tools on the Web.  But adding files to a Dropbox or 4Sync folder is a manual process, which is very easy, but it in no way ensures that your entire computer is backedup.

Features

The feature sets of 4Sync and Dropbox are very similar. Both products provide the ability to share files and folders and allow users to backup servers in addition to desktop computers. 4Sync is currently only available in English, however, while Dropbox has versions in English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

Storage Capacity

Free Dropbox accounts are given 2 GB of storage space, along with an extra 500 MB for each referral made (up to 18 GB). Paid Dropbox accounts get either 50 or 100 GB of space, depending on the plan, and an extra 1 GB per referral. Companies can also obtain 1 TB or more of storage space through a team account.

In contrast, 4Sync provides 15 GB of storage space to its users for free. You cannot increase this capacity by referring other users to the service, however. Paid users are then given 100 GB of space. Greater storage capacity is not available at this time.

Support

Unfortunately, technical support is neither product's strong point. Dropbox and 4Sync do not offer phone support or live chat to answer questions. If your software stops working, you can only contact Dropbox or 4Sync over email. Both products do have an online help center that you can check for answers, however.

Mobile

Dropbox offers a mobile app for the iPhone, Android, Blackberry. 4Sync also provides a app for the same mobile devices. All of the apps allow users to quickly manage folders, browse documents, and download files onto their mobile device.

Pricing

The pricing options of the two products are somewhat different. They both have a free version, as mentioned above. Dropbox also has the Pro 50 plan for $9.99/month or $99/year, and the Pro 100 plan for $19.99/month or $199/year. Team accounts with customized price quotes are also available.

4Sync just offers the Premium Plan, but its price varies depending on the length of the plan. It costs $9.95 for one month, $7.98/month for three months, $7.16/month for six months, and $6.50/month for a year. This means that 4Sync is slightly cheaper (provided you pay in advance) for the same amount of space.

Bottom line

There's a reason 4Sync and Dropbox are top ranked - they're both great applications. That said, if your company is going to need a fairly high level of capacity, you may want to choose Dropbox. If you don't need as much space and would prefer a free or slightly more affordable service, 4Sync is a solid alternative.

Comparz has user reviews and ranking of the online data backup category. Click here to view Comparz' online data backup rankings.

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    Drop box for me is the best because of its user friendly interface and it is very convenient to use rather than other online stora...
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    Great review. Google drive just coming out maybe a better alternative to both.

Selecting a Recruiting Tracking System: Sendouts vs. Bullhorn

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Recruiting software provides a simplified means for organizations to hire new personnel and track applicants over time. Two companies that provide this type of software are Bullhorn ATS and Sendouts. Their recruiting software is suitable for businesses of any size, but is particularly well-suited for independent recruiters and small to mid-sized businesses.

Features

Bullhorn ATS and Sendouts share a lot of features in common. They both provide mass mailing features, job board posting and offer a candidate career portal. They also both have social media features like the ability to link to job postings from Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

The main difference is whether or not the features automatically come with the software. Bullhorn ATS, for example, only provides text messaging to candidates through an integrated application. That function is innately built into the Sendouts application. On a similar note, Bullhorn ATS can integrate with different CRM software, but Sendouts has its own internal CRM.

Compatibility

Both products are fully compatible with Windows and Linux operating systems. Bullhorn ATS also has a Mac version available, however, while Sendouts can only function on an Apple computer if you use an emulator. If you primarily use Macintosh computers, Bullhorn ATS is the clear winner here.

Mobile

Sendouts and Bullhorn ATS are both compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and Android. It should be noted, however, that the mobile application for Bullhorn ATS requires the user to pay an additional fee.

Customer Support

The technical support for Sendouts and Bullhorn ATS is slightly different. Sendouts offers phone and email support on Monday through Friday between 7AM and 6PM. Bullhorn ATS offers phone and email support on Monday through Friday on a 24 hour basis, with emergency support available on weekends. That said, Sendouts also provides live chat support to its users, while Bullhorn ATS does not.

Integrations

Sendouts and Bullhorn ATS both offer a wide variety of integrations. Sendouts can integrate with SGE Executive Tracker, CareerBuilder, Smartpost, and S2Verify. Bullhorn ATS can integrate with VerticalResponse, MSConnect, Exchange, eQuest and Interviewstream. Both products can integrate with Microsoft Outlook, CareerBuilder, Monster, Talentwise

API

Both products offer a robust API that allows developers to create their own applications. They also both have online documentation on how to use the API and a specific forum set up for software developers. You are unlikely to go wrong with either recruit management solution in this regard.

Pricing

Bullhorn ATS has the Team Edition, which costs $89 per user per month and includes all of the basic features. They also have the Corporate Edition and the Enterprise Edition for medium-sized companies and large organizations. The cost for these editions can be as high as $169 per employee per month and requires a price quote.

Sendouts, on the other hand, starts at $99 per month and is based on the overall number of users. If you have eight or more users, the price drops slightly. This makes it a good choice for organizations with lots of employees.

Bottom line

The main difference between Bullhorn ATS and Sendouts is the features and the technical support. If you are going to need phone support late at night, then you might want to choose Bullhorn ATS. If you'd like an application that does not require integrations for extra functions, Sendouts is a great alternative.

Comparz has user reviews and ranking of the recruiting software category. Click here to view Comparz' recruiting software rankings.

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    with Sendouts today and have really enjoyed the system and its functionality. Has helped us revolutionize the way we deliver tale...
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    Bullhorn isn't, but its antiquated. Most of the updates they have done have little effect on fixing some of their core issues. If ...
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    Another Bullhorn customer here looking to move away. Decent product but the worst customer care I have ever experienced in my car...

Jira vs. Rally for Agile Project Management

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on Friday, 20 April 2012
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Jira and Rally and two top agile project management solutions for robust project managment. How do theses two products compare with each other?

The Features

The feature set is fairly comparable between the two products. Jira has more than 150 features and includes everything from bug and issue tracking to web application testing to pre-built project reporting. Rally offers a similar number of features, with a special emphasis on agile program management and platform integrations. It largely comes down to a tie between them for the most part.

Customization

Both applications can be thoroughly customized in different ways. Rally offers a full-featured Ruby toolkit and an extensive application SDK and component library for developers. It also uses an enterprise integrations framework so data can be easily synchronized with enterprise tools. Jira takes a slightly more basic approach to customization and provides a visual workflow designer that can shape the different processes or create entirely new ones to meet your needs.

Pricing

The pricing for Rally is fairly straightforward. The Enterprise Edition is $35/user/month and supports an unlimited number of users and teams. This edition also supports functions like PPM integrations and requirements management. The Unlimited Edition is $49/user/month and boasts extra features like agile portfolio management and time tracking. Both of these editions require at least a one year commitment.

Jira meanwhile has a dynamic pricing system that scales to the overall number of users at the company. The first ten users are a flat fee of $10/month, while 11-15 users raise the price to $50/month. The pricing then increases by different iterations and finally reaches a peak of $1000/month for 501-2000 users. This might seem like a lot, but it ultimately breaks down to just $2-4 per user.

Integrations

Jira and Rally both integrate with a wide variety of third party-applications. Rally can integrate with Oracle Primavera, Anthill Pro, Planisware, and Bugzilla. Jira meanwhile integrates with applications like Zendesk, Get Satisfaction, and Zephyr. They both integrate seamlessly with Saleforce.com.

Hear What Users Have to Say

For user reviews of Rally click here and for user reviews of Jira click here.

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Wrike vs. Basecamp For Project Management

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on Thursday, 19 April 2012
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Project management software offers a wide variety of benefits to businesses. It can be used to schedule tasks, keep projects under budget, and provide a simplified means of collaboration. Wrike and Basecamp are two leading companies that provide this service through a web-based application.

The two products have a number of similarities and differences:

Features

The feature sets of Wrike and Basecamp are fairly comprehensive. They both have project templates, time tracking, automatic notifications, and the ability to manage multiple projects at the same time. Both applications can also generate invoices for users and provide email and calendar integration.

It should be noted that Wrike fully supports inter-project dependencies, subtasks and hierarchal to-do lists, while Basecamp does not. Basecamp only has one-level lists to keep track of issues, though it does allow an unlimited number of them. These lists can also be as long as you want.

Support

Wrike and Basecamp only provide email support to their users, though it is on slightly different time scales. Basecamp offers email support on Monday through Friday between 9am and 6pm, while Wrike has a general policy to answer emails to the company within 24 hours.

Integrations

Wrike has the ability to integrate with Google Docs, Microsoft Outlook, and RSS feeds. Basecamp can do the same, but can also integrate with Salesforce, MSN Messenger, Wordpress, Harvest, Highrise, and more.

API

Both products provide APIs to assist with the development of user-made applications. The overall capabilities of the APIs are roughly the same, and they both have extensive documentation and wrappers available.

Mobile

The mobile capabilities are similar between the two companies. They both have an optimized mobile application for the iPhone and iPad, and neither has an application for the Android. Wrike is the only company with a mobile application for the Blackberry, however.

Pricing

Wrike has four pricing plans that are based on the number of people using the application. You can have up to 5 users for $49/month, 15 users for $99/month, 25 users for $129/month, and up to 50 users for $199/month. Each of these pricing plans supports an unlimited number of projects. They also provide storage space that varies between 5 and a 100 GB's, depending on the plan.

Basecamp, on the other hand, bases its pricing around the overall number of projects that will be managed by the application. You can manage 10 projects for $20/month, 40 projects for $50/month, 100 products for $100/month, and an unlimited number of projects for $150/month. Each of the pricing plans supports an unlimited number of users, and provides between 5 and 100 GB's of storage.

Bottom line

Both products are great, so it generally comes down to your company's specific makeup and needs. If you've got a lot of projects but less than 50 users, Wrike might be the way to go. If you've got a lot of users but not as many projects, Basecamp may be a better alternative. Either way, you've got a powerful application that comes with lots of great features.

Comparz has user reviews and ranking of the project management software category. Click here to view Comparz' project management software rankings.

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Virtual Phone Systems for Your Small Business: Phone.com vs. RingCentral

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on Monday, 16 April 2012
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Phone.com and RingCentral are two virtual phone providers that are known for their low prices. Virtual phone systems do not require traditional phone hardware or infrastructure, since any phone calls that occur are conducted over the Internet.

How do the two services compare with each other?

Pricing

The main difference between Phone.com and RingCentral is the way that they calculate their pricing. Phone.com offers a separate plan for Virtual Office, Home Office, and Enterprise customers. The Virtual Office plan starts at $9.88/month, but only includes two phone numbers for users. The Home Office plan begins at $29.88/month and provides three phone numbers and unlimited virtual extensions. Each additional user increases the price by $21.88/month.

RingCentral, on the other hand, bases its pricing plans around the overall number of users at the organization. It costs $39.99/user/month for companies with 1-3 users, and goes down to $29.99/user/month for 4-19 users. The price for 20-49 users is $26.99.month, and if you have 50 or more phone users, the price drops to $24.99/user/month.

There is a minor difference between Phone.com and RingCentral when it comes to overage minutes. RingCentral charges $.039 for the extra toll free minutes if you are not on an unlimited plan. Phone.com provides unlimited toll-free minutes, so it does not have any overage charges for phone calls.

The fees vary slightly between Phone.com and Ring Central. If would like a vanity 800 number for your company, Ring Central charges $30 for this service. Phone.com offers this for free as long as you use a coupon code (Free Vanity).

Features

The feature sets for Phone.com and RingCentral reveal a lot of similarities. They both offer standard functions like call forwarding, call screening, conference calls, voicemail, and recording services. They also both provide a dial-by-name directory and music for while a caller is on hold. Phone.com does have a few features that RingCentral lacks, such as international virtual numbers.

Phone.com offers unlimited local and long distance phone calls to its users. RingCentral, on the other hand, just provides unlimited phone calls to the United States and Canada.

Phone.com and RingCentral both offer phone and email support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you've got a problem or question about the service, either company will be able to assist you on short notice

To compare these further, check out virtual phone system user reviews on Comparz.

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    Now a days phone systems are very important in the business as they play very important role in the growth of a business.Virtual p...

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