Looked through one lens, the past few years have been good to email. At least once a week, I come across a post on Tech Crunch or Pando Daily or The Next Web or Fast Company built around the thesis that: a) email sucks and b) app X makes email not suck (or suck less, anyways).
And you know what? The authors of these posts are totally right. App X is fantastic--almost as good as App Y!
One problem: App X is for Gmail only.
Another problem: App X has all the IT-friendliness of vintage LimeWire.
Taken alone or in combination, these problems mean that many of these great strides being made in consumer email stand little chance of being mimicked in the enterprise. Which is sad, because it’s our work email that really needs to be good.
That being said, there are a few lights at the end of the enterprise tunnel, a few companies whose applications decrease the email headaches of both the user and the administrator. Because third party email applications not a subject that gets much play, Dmitri Leonov, VP of Growth at Sanebox, and I decided to co-host a Google+ hangout about it. On slate for discussion:
- An overview of functionalities necessary in today’s corporate email environments
- A round-up of our favorite third-party enterprise-minded email applications, including SendInc, Divide, Box OneCloud, AwayFind, Contactually, Sendgrid, Sanebox, and Gander.
- Plus, plenty of time to take your questions and offer recommendations based on your organization’s IT needs
This hangout will take tentatively take place Tuesday, September 18 at 1PM EST/10 AM PST. It is totally free and open to all. Though only 8 people can directly participate, we will be broadcasting live, and the hangout will be uploaded to our respective youtube channels immediately post-facto.
If you’re an IT admin with an email beef, we’d love to see you there! Can’t make it? Spread the word!