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IT pros connect with group communication software

An online group of industry professionals used a new app to transition from an online discussion board to a more integrated, collaborative way to network.

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, manager, VCPEITTodd 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 lightweight … and there's a bunch of admin controls," he said.

The result: VCPEIT members use Mobilize's web and mobile apps to discuss work challenges and offer solutions, organize events, post job opportunities and more. "I can ask, 'Who's worked with X, Y or Z security firm in this part of the country?'" Algren said. "It's broad knowledge sharing. … You can click and put a face to a name. It's just a closer contact than a mailing list."

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