Basecamp vs G Suite
Last updated: July 09, 2017
Basecamp tackles project management with a focus on communication and collaboration. Making to-do lists and adding to-do items literally just takes seconds. Basecamp is optimized to make the things you do most often really fast and really easy. Basecamp mobile is especially made for popular mobile devices like iPhone and Android.
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Latest news about Basecamp and G Suite:
09.07.17. G Suite now allows to manage access to third-party apps. G Suite is adding a new security feature that improves data access control and enhances phishing prevention - OAuth apps whitelisting, giving your organization added visibility and control into how third-party applications are using your data. It helps keep your data safe by letting admins specifically select which third-party apps are allowed to access users’ G Suite data. Once an app is part of a whitelist, users can choose to grant authorized access to their G Suite apps data. This prevents malicious apps from tricking users into accidentally granting access to their corporate data.
09.02.17. G Suite gets smart cloud search. Google launched for its business customers a new tool called Google Cloud Search, which will allow users to search across G Suite products, including Drive, Gmail, Sites, Calendar, Docs, Contacts and more. It's designed for use in larger companies where different groups and individuals have access to different files. The search service respects file-sharing permissions, so users can only access what’s available to them, whether that’s company-wide resources like a policy manual, team projects or documents only they can see. In addition to surfacing work documents, Cloud Search works as a directory service, allowing users to seek out colleagues’ contact information, while also viewing the events and files they have in common. When viewing a contact’s info in the search results, users are able to click to start an email, phone call or a Hangout.
31.01.17. G Suite adds more security tools for admins. Google’s G Suite is launching a number of new security features that aim to keep these businesses’ data safe on its platform. Admins can now, for example, force their users to use physical security keys from companies like Yubico to access their data. They will also be able to manage the deployment of these keys and get usage reports. Google notes that one of the companies that are already using this feature is online payments service Stripe, which uses Security Key as an additional layer to protect its employees from phishing attempts. For improved email security, G Suite now also allows enterprises to bring their own certificates for S/MIMI encryption, and the company is also making it easier to search Gmail logs with BigQuery. In addition, Enterprises that want to archive their emails outside of Gmail and Google Vault can now more easily integrate third-party services like HP Autonomy and Veritas.
21.12.16. Kanbanchi - missing project management tool for G Suite. Google's G Suite still doesn't have its own project management app. And the recent partnership with Slack means that it won't appear in the near future. But Slack doesn't fit all companies, some of them prefer kanban-style project management, for example. For these teams there is a new option - Kanbanchi. This service integrates into your G Suite dashboard, plays well with Drive and Calendar and allows to create multiple kanban-boards. Kanban-board organizes your tasks into columns according to their status, i.e. "ideas", "to-do", "in work", "done", etc. Thus the whole project is visualized on single screen and you can evaluate it at a glance. The app is free for use, but it provides also paid version ($20/month/user) with some additional features like Gantt Chart, Time tracker, your company style.
24.10.16. G Suite adds Slack integration. Google has added Slack integration for Google Docs and Drive in G Suite. It allows users to bring files from Drive directly into a Slack conversation. They can also create new Docs, Sheets and Slides files right from Slack. Every Google Drive file you share in Slack is automatically indexed and searchable, so you can tap into your team’s collective knowledge and quickly find past conversations and files.
20.10.16. G Suite adds some intelligence to Docs. G Suite (former Google Apps for Work) is getting a couple of new smart features. The most interesting of them is automatic action suggestion is Docs. When you type something like “Mathew to create a document with all the upcoming earnings,” Docs will now automatically suggest that you create an action item and assign this to (hopefully) the right person. Google now also makes it easier for you to see which action items have been assigned to you and which documents may need your attention. All the G Suite apps will now show a badge on files that have action items attached to them and when there are unresolved suggestions that others may have made to your files.
30.09.16. Google Apps rebranded as G Suite. Google rebranded its online office suite Google Apps for Work as G Suite. Google says the new name better reflects the mission of helping people everywhere work and innovate together, Blah Blah Blah... So at first sight it seams that Google marketers have nothing to do except changing titles. But from the other side, this move shows that Google is again interested in Enterprise collaboration market, and may be soon we'll see the real innovations in its office suite. In particular Google promises more machine intelligence features, for example the ability to interact with Drive, Docs and Spreadsheets with natural language commands and queries. The pricing of G Suite remains the same - $5/month per user.
06.08.14. Basecamp app is available for iPad. Popular project management service Basecamp has released the official app for iPad (before it offered only iPhone and Web versions for iPad users). The app allows to check in on your projects from anywhere, shows you the latest news on each project, jump in on a discussion and post your thoughts, view progress as team members complete to-dos and upload files. Everything from your projects is available, so you can refer to a document or make a decision no matter where you are. The app is quick and responsive, its interface is clean and well organized.
06.02.14. 37Signals renames to Basecamp, discontinues development of other products. 37Signals was one of pioneers on the SaaS market. In 2004, they launched the project management service Basecamp, which still remains one of the most popular apps in this category. Today it's used by 15 million users. Many of them believe that Basecamp is the trendsetter in web-app design. But besides Basecamp everybody know 37Signals CEO - Jason Fried. He is the author of books Getting Real and ReWork. He is a huge fan of small business and startup spirit. Despite the great success of Basecamp he managed to keep the company in the format of startup (now it employs just 43 people). Jason even tried to reduce the number of customers to restrain growth. And now he has come up with a new idea - to frozen the development of all other products (CRM system Highrise, group chat Campfire, task-manager Ta-Da List, wiki Writeboard, organizer Backpack) and focus all attention on Basecamp.
2013. Basecamp launches mobile app for iOS. Mobile applications have won over HTML5. At least at the current stage. Jason Fried, the head of the super popular project management service Basecamp, never intended to follow fashion trends or making something just for PR. He always did what he considered necessary for the effectiveness of his product. For a long time his position on mobile access to Basecamp was following: "We won't chase the variety of mobile platforms, but will do what we can do best - create and develop the Web-interface." Therefore, so far Basecamp for mobile devices was available only as a web app. But at last Jason has come to the conclusion that the native client would be more convenient, and from now Basecamp is available as a native app for iPhone / iPad. The app is free and features the new beautiful style of the web version.
2013. Basecamp Personal - SaaS with no monthly charges. 37Signals, the maker of the popular SaaS project management app Basecamp, always invent something interesting and innovative. This time they coming up with the new service Basecamp Personal, intended for small teams (projects), for which the regular Basecamp is too expensive. Earlier Basecamp used to provide a free version for one project and it was very popular. But as you know, 37Signals want to have fewer clients and more money. Therefore, they decided to create a paid version for 1 project and 5 users. But how beautiful they did it...
2012. New Basecamp: All ingenious is simple. As one of the Enterprise 2.0 classics said: "If I had more time, I would have created a simpler application". That's how 37Signals (the company behind the project management app Basecamp) is spending its time. Basecamp was launched about eight years ago and since then it remained almost unchanged. Every new feature was added only if it was really necessary. Due to this, Basecamp has retained its simplicity and effectiveness. But it turned out that the Basecamp developers during all these years not only defended the app from the complications, but also have been inventing more perfect and simple structure. And this year they decided to roll it out. It's hard to believe, but the new version of Basecamp is even easier and more effective.
2010. 37signals Suite - the new rival for Google Apps. 37Signals decided to market a combined package of its key SaaS services for business - 37signals Suite, similar to how Google sells its services as Google Apps. 37signals Suite includes Basecamp (project management system), Highrise (CRM system), Campfire (group chat, which can be used as communication tool in this bundle) and Backpack (group organizer+wiki, which can be considered as an intranet portal in this bundle). The integration between applications in the package doesn't rock for now, but at least the user base will be unified. 37signals Suite is prices so that in most cases it's cheaper to buy the whole suite than two separate services. Price starts at $99 per month - for 35Gb of memory, 35 projects in Basecamp, 20000 contacts in Highrise, 5000 pages in Backpack, 50 simultaneous chats in Campfire. Though it seems much more expensive than the cost of Google Apps (50$/year), but you shouldn't forget that Google charges this fee for each user, and in 37Signals Suite the number of users is unlimited.
2010. Jason Fried: We want fewer customers. Basecamp increased prices (sort of). Let's start from what happened last week. Without any announcements 37Signals dropped a low end plan from the Basecamp sign-up page ($24/month for 15 projects and 5GB of disk space). Now, the cheapest option on this page is $49 for 35 projects and 15 GB. Of course, this caused a loud reaction of bloggers and competitors. Bloggers started speculating that Basecamp feels so confident that has lost interest in small business. Competitors started pitching their alternative services and Zoho even pushed the promotion for customers switching from Basecamp to Zoho Projects. 37Signals co-founder Jason Fried has clarified the situation. "In fact, Basecamp hasn't raised prices. Existing users continue to pay the same price for the same subscription plans. The company is just experimenting with the sign-up page design. The $24 plan is still available (inside) for those who sign-up for free account and then wants to upgrade". Nevertheless, the idea of the experiment is clear: Basecamp focuses on the more "expensive" clients. Here's why:
2010. Jason Fried: Why modern workplaces don’t work. Jason Fried, 37Signals co-founder, exactly knows how to create beautiful systems. Basecamp users and Ruby on Rails developers know this. Recently he published the video with his vision of how to create a beautiful workspace (on the example of 37Signals) and how online tools can help. Jason started with the fact that in most companies collaboration is organized absolutely wrong. It's based on the constant interruptions. Employee just turns on the computer, and the interruptions begin: instant messages, email notifications, phone calls and of course, co-workers that come and ask something. No one can work productively in such environment. And, often collaboration software (especially messengers and microblogs) doesn't help to mute this noise, but increase it.
2009. 37Signals becomes the richest SaaS company. 37Signals, the developer of online project management service Basecamp, according to the recent investment round, has become the most expensive company in the Internet services market. The group of investors, led by Yardstick Capital and Institutionalized Venture Partners purchased 0.000000001% of the company for $1. So, the potential 37Signals' market price has increased to about $100 billions. This was officially announced in the company blog. During the company-wide meeting, dedicated to this event, Jason Fried (37Signals founder), announced, that all SaaS applications, developed by 37Signals, including Basecamp, will become free in order to attract more users and to reach the estimated userbase already in 2013.