December 11, 2007 |
YooPlus is a Le Web 3 finalist tackling the business applications of Web 2.0. Specifically, Enterprise 2.0 team collaboration and project management. Visiting their site I am reminded of LongJump, a company covered here on Profy a short while ago, though YooPlus seems less comprehensive.
YooPlus offers different levels of service, both free and paid. One nice feature of these service levels is the ability to turn them on and off without penalty. This is nice for a busy month where you might need more storage, or conversely for a quiet month where business is slow and you want to downgrade.
The YooPlus service is called, appropriately, WePlus. Sign up for the basic level of WePlus is free. Signing up gives you access to a project management web site dedicated to your company and projects. This space comes with a dedicated URL to give to your team, 10 GB of storage, calendar, internal messaging, milestones and tasks, event management, blog tools, wiki pages, file sharing, tag clouds, encryption, and more.
Each level increases your storage. The most expensive level is 9.99€, and bumps your storage up to unlimited. It also gives you access to live support and better encryption, among other things.
Overall, I think YooPlus needs some work. I found their web site garish and in need of better navigation. Figuring out that YooPlus was the company and WePlus was the service wasn't intuitive, and neither was navigating to the WePlus sign up page. Once you get to the sign up page registration is easy and takes on a few moments, followed by a confirmation email.
I couldn't help but compare my experience with YooPlus to my experience with LongJump, though these two companies are not the only ones in the Enterprise 2.0 field by any stretch. LongJump is a bit more expensive at $19.95 USD a month (approximately $13.50€), but it offers many more services, and in a much better interface. It is also flat out more attractive and easier to use. In the world of Web 2.0, a quick learning curve is essential, and YooPlus just doesn't have it.
If you are looking for a super basic solution for a one time project, YooPlus may be for you. If you are looking for a true long term solution to online enterprise, LongJump and companies like it have more to offer right now. Hopefully YooPlus will improve their interface and make their site more intuitive and less garish once it is out of this initial phase.