Evernote has become an indispensible tool for people all over the world. The incredibly versatile “save anything” tool is used at home, school, and work. One nagging issue has been that although Evernote is an amazing productivity tool and has tons of business applications, it has never been good at sharing on a large scale – like the level of sharing that a business of a few dozen people or a few thousand people needs.
All that is about to change. The company announced a new workplace edition of Evernote for business customers.
Known simply as Evernote Business, the new solution was announced today at Evernote’s Trunk Conference in San Francisco. The business service will launch in December and cost $10 per month for each user. The new features definitely have an enterprise stamp on them and focus on user management, company-wide sharing, and security/privacy controls.
Evernote lists eight core features for business.
- Easy on-boarding to help get everyone in the company or division using Evernote.
- User management that includes setting up user accounts and managing access to shared company data.
- Smart ownership in which company notebooks are owned by the company rather than by individual users. That ensures there is data access and business continuity as employees leave and are replaced.
- A company-wide directory that anyone can see, making it a great place to publish content intended for all employees.
- It accepts all manner of content – notes, PowerPoint or Keynote presentations, photos and diagrams, web links, and more in a single-source archive.
- Access to existing Evernote features, including some Premium features.
- Dedicated support from a Customer Success Manager who provides product/service support as well as suggestions about how to get the most out of Evernote Business.
- Simplified billing that allows month-to-month payments via a credit card or yearly invoices.
It will be interesting to see how businesses actually adopt Evernote Business. In many ways the archival and sharing features offer functionality similar to corporate wikis, internal social networks like Jive and Yammer, corporate listservs, and policy and procedure guidebooks. Evernote could even build out the feature set to offer business intelligence and corporate data mining capabilities, which could deliver a tremendous amount of value if done well.