Introducing Evernote Business...
Our First Impressions of Evernote Business
Evernote recently launched Evernote Business and we're excited to share our first impressions with you. We were beta testers for Evernote Business.
Although we're huge Evernote fans, we're pleased to say that Evernote Business seems to solve our biggest frustration with Evernote: sharing information with team members. We'll explain how in a moment.
But first, let's talk about what's new. Evernote Business introduces two new concepts: Business Notebooks and Business Libraries.
Business Notebooks are useful for company information, to share information with co-workers, collaborate with your team and to help you get things done in a work environment.
Evernote Business includes the personal version of Evernote for all employees and team members. Personal Notebooks haven't changed. You can create personal Notebooks that only you can access and share.
Any Evernote Business user can create a Business Notebook. However, not everyone in the company can see Business Notebooks. Business Notebooks are private to the Notebook creator by default, and they can be shared with others, both inside and outside of the company.
Evernote Business also brings up relevant information from other Notes from your (and your co-worker's) Notebooks that you have access to. This has proved to be a VERY useful feature.
Business Libraries are collections of Business Notebooks that you believe every employee or team member should have access to. Business Libraries are searchable by everyone inyour company.
Evernote says it's easy to set up Evernote Business for your company. You can even talk to a real live human to help you.
Evernote Business includes an Admin console which seems to work as you'd expect. So far, it has been easy to administer everything we've tried: adding users, creating Business Notebooks and assigning access. We haven't experimented with Business Libraries yet.
At the Launch
At launch, Evernote Business works on these platforms:
Mac, Windows, Web, iPhone, iPad, Android, and Android Tablets
and in these countries:
USA, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, and UK.
The Biggest Benefit of Evernote Business
For us (so far), the biggest benefit of Evernote Business is how you share and retrieve information from other people's Notebooks.
In the personal version of Evernote, you could only search other people's Notebooks that you had access to individually. That meant you either needed VERY clear rules on what info went in each Notebook OR you needed very few Notebooks.
Neither approach worked well for us.
Now, you can put Personal and Business Notebooks in any Stacks you wish (and you can combine Personal and Business Notebooks in the same Stack), and do searches on an entire Stack.
For example, my most important Stack is called "Current." It's where I have all my Notebooks for my current projects. 90% of my searches are done either by choosing a specific Notebook or by searching in my "Current" Stack.
I can now add team member's Notebooks related to my current projects to my "Current" Stack. That makes sharing and searching work the way I want -- and need.
This one feature alone is worth the price of Evernote Business for our company.
We're also trying an experiment to see if Evernote Business can replace Basecamp for our team. If so, this will pay for everyone's Evernote Business accounts -- and save us a little money. :-)
Evernote Business is priced at $10 per person per month or $120 per year. That's 2 to 3 times the cost of Evernote Premium ($5.00 per month or $45.00 per year). However, we believe the price is very reasonable and Evernote Business is well worth the cost.
For More Information
You can find out more about Evernote Business here:
Here's the link to the User Guide:
Action: Check out Evernote Business if you haven't already done so. If you are using Evernote Business, what are your initial impressions? Post your questions and comments below.