How is Teamchat different from WhatsApp or other messaging apps for that matter?
Teamchat is so radically different that I thought I should at least begin to proactively write about it for an audience that should be using it but then, ironically, one that thinks that they have apps one too many.
So here goes. I'm going to talk about three perspectives so you begin to see why Teamchat even exists.
1) As a common man:
Remember (if you are not an Indian, Heard) about Arvind Kejriwal and his sweeping success in the latest (as of today, this will change in 10 days from today) Delhi elections? Know (Care to know?) what made all the difference in the world for a newbie political party to come to power from scratch? It was crowd-sourced decision making. Arvind (and his team of volunteers) would go door to door and gather support (which all political parties do in India), but more importantly, they collected mobile phone numbers. Then, before making any major decisions, he would send out a mass sms campaign asking for what to do and then go ahead with the majority response. This style became so popular that it actually led to his downturn as well when he skipped this practice just once (in case you are interested (and you didn't know), he let the government break in 49 days from forming the government. It was a master stroke by any stretch of imagination but one that the crowd was not consulted on) (the verdict is still out and the results of the February 2015 Delhi elections will be out soon, but I think Arvind has gained what he lost by now) (Edit dated 11th Feb 2015, Arvind has won 67 out of 70 assembly seats and he will be the next Chief Minister of Delhi).
Moral of the story: People want to engage, as employees, customers, students, citizens, we want to engage, collaborate, have a say in strategies and tactics of companies, political parties, movie stars (?). And it feels great when someone creates a platform to be able to do just that.
What about Teamchat you ask.. Well, suddenly, Teamchat makes it possible for 100 or 1000 or 100,000 or a million people to communicate with one and in a way that it makes sense immediately.
I may not download 50 apps from 50 different organizations but, I wouldn't mind being in 50 groups (of organizations I care about and vice versa) on Teamchat if my being there is making a difference and it really matters in that I can see it in action sooner rather than later (or is it never?).
Edit: 2/24/2015: Here's more proof on the pudding: Crowd Sourced Budget? Arvind Kejriwal Say People of Delhi Will Make it
2) As an IT head honcho:
With the array of SaaS applications in the market today, IT teams have much reduced control and command over what gets bought, except for checking whether it’s secure and whether you have something already that does the job.
With Teamchat, the IT department is at the core of making things happen again. Teamchat is a platform for able and interested leaders to build workflows on, that were previously not possible or would have required summoning IBM to do it. Now, with Teamchat, your interested and motivated employees/ managers/ heads from different business units can come up with requisitions with what they want done with Teamchat, and then you can deliver while maintaining IP, control and command on what get’s implemented, where and for whom, what access is available for whom and the like.
3) As an Enterprise customer:
a) It is secure, Enterprise grade option or the Bank grade option (which you do not ‘need’ but hey I don’t make the rules)
b) You can integrate it with inhouse MIS systems, Behind the Firewall or Cloud Servers
c) You can now make machine to machine, human to machine and machine to human communication possible and meaningful via mere messaging.
d) You can configure and customize it limited mostly by your imagination
e) You get an admin panel, control access, download data for analysis etc
About the Author: Raj Nadar is the Director of Inside Sales at Teamchat where he spends most of his time talking to evangelists from around the world around how they plan on utilizing Teamchat for their organizations. Have a unique workflow you want to explore? I would love to talk: Book time with me here: http://www.meetme.so/raj-nadar
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P.S: Teamchat has a free version which has chatlets including, polls, surveys, meeting invites, announcements, daily sales reports, location check-in, lookup, functional chatlets specific to HR, IT, Services and Sales, Finance, Tech Support and you can make your own custom chatlets. Downlaod Teamchat here
Paid version gives you admin rights, ability to download data, linking with present systems, ERP, CRM, cloud based servers, configuring workflow automation in addition to the above. Starts at $2 per user per month.