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July/August 2017, Vol. 1, No. 5

IT pros connect with group communication software

The IT pro: Todd Algren is a manager and member of VCPEIT, a network of IT professionals who work at venture capital and private equity firms. Todd Algren The problem: VCPEIT members used Yahoo Groups, an online discussion board, to interact with one another. But they wanted better group communication software, with personal profiles, a member directory and the ability to share information among groups of members. "We didn't want to have one specific person have to host this thing, so we were waiting for a [software as a service] platform that wasn't too terribly expensive and still gets the job done," Algren said. The strategy: Mobilize, a group communication software-as-a-service tool, checked all the boxes for VCPEIT. It has a messaging portal, and members like that the messages can also come to their email inboxes if they prefer not to directly use the software. Plus, the implementation and management is easy, Algren said; he exported users from Yahoo Groups into Mobilize and sent out invites, and members signed up. "It's ...

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