Basecamp for Blackberry
The web portal-based project management tool, Basecamp, is an accessible application that can have a significantly positive impact on smaller companies, with diverse teams, and without big budgets to collaborate on projects, allowing them to keep in touch and track activities and milestones as the project progresses. Basecamp is accessed via a browser and accessing it this way from a Blackberry or other mobile device is not always ideal.
I run a small company and project manage a range of different small projects for my clients. I hire in consultants and other specialist skills as and when I need them and these are very rarely based anywhere close to me! Basecamp has become essential to allow me to share project information with those who need it. I’m also a confirmed Blackberry user. I spend a lot of time travelling to client sites, attending meetings and visiting suppliers. This means I need to get to my Basecamp information on my Blackberry in a way that’s easily accessible!
So, what are my options for using Basecamp on my Blackberry? I can simply access it through the browser. I can pick up and read my Basecamp email notifications on my Blackberry but I can’t access comments and other messages using links within the notifications.
There are apps for the Blackberry (and other mobile devices) but these are a view on the original Basecamp and don’t replicate all of the functionality. Ideally, a native Blackberry app should give all of the features and functionality offered by Basecamp but in a way that truly works on the small screen.
There is the android app, Beacon that brings Basecamp to the Blackberry but lacks a level of flexibility to make it a really useful, particularly where you have a lot of projects to manage. The way I work means that I can’t guarantee what mobile devices either my clients or the consultants I hire will use, so, in reality, am I looking for something native to the Blackberry that really optimises the device I’m using to access my Basecamp information or do I want something that is device independent? If the latter is preferable, perhaps a solution like Kompass is the answer. Kompass, like Basecamp, is a web portal, accessed online, but it is designed for mobile devices including the BlackBerry. But, because it’s not a native solution for a particular device, it has limitations, for example, updates only appear after refreshing the device, rather than as they happen.
As you might expect, I don’t always work in a linear manner. I manage many projects at a time and swap and change, focussing on activities and milestones across all my current projects. In short, I don’t complete one project before I move onto another. So I need to be able to move from one to another quickly and easily using my Blackberry.
I’m one of the many, many confirmed Basecamp enthusiasts but my needs as a mobile Basecamp user are not yet met by offerings on the market.