Bitrix24 Alternative

Bitrix24 is a collaboration suite with apps like task management, CRM, Telephony and time tracking, etc. While it offers a lot of features that can be used by any company, it’s not focused on small business and usabilityTeamWave provides out-of-the-box solution to help small businesses manage and streamline everything in their company (Project Management, CRM & HR) while maintaining a strong focus on usability.

Why TeamWave is the leading Bitrix24 Alternative.

1. Ease of Use

Small businesses need simple software that can provide most of the functionality out-of-the-box. The software should have a minimal learning curve, setup time and save resources (time and money). Here are some examples:

Projects and Task Management

Bitrix24 handles projects via work-groups module. Let’s first take a look at what a customer has asked:

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Customer Query on Projects in Bitrix24

Here is the response:

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Bitrix24’s Project Mangement via Workgroups

Essentially you need to create a workgroup by following the steps given below:

  1. Click on the create button
  2. Select group
  3. Select the apps you need (tasks, drive, photo gallery, wiki, etc.)
  4. Select group visibility
  5. Add members
  6. Create group

TeamWave handles task management via projects – create a project and add the tasks. Creating new project involves three steps:

  1. Click on ‘new project’
  2. Add the team members
  3. Click on start project
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Creating Projects in TeamWave

There will be default set of tools (file sharing, discussion board, time log, etc.) inside each project.

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Sample TeamWave Project

CRM Pipeline View

Bitrix24 offers only list view of deals. It lacks the user-interface to provide compelete visibility of the deals across all the sales stages.

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Bitrix24 Deal View

TeamWave’s CRM is built around a proven sales pipeline management methodology.

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TeamWave’s Visual Sales Pipeline

Just some of the sales-related things you can do easily from a single page:

  • Check progress of each deal/opportunity
  • Add and move deals from one stage to another
  • Mark them as won/lost
  • Schedule deal activities
  • Select different sales pipelines
  • Figure out cumulative deal worth in each stage of the pipeline
  • Find out the rotten deals (no activity for specific number of days)
  • Filter deals via tags, deal ownership and deal state (open, won, lost, rotten)
  • Quickly connect with support via in-app messenger

Note: TeamWave also lets you toggle between list view and time line view of deals.

CRM Customisation

Bitrix24 comes with a default pipeline; if you wish add second pipeline, you’ll have to go fot the standard plan ($99/month) and unlimited pipelines can be unlocked in professional plan ($199/month). Irrespecitive of that making simple cutomisations like editing sales stage can be complex for new users. Here is what you need to do once you’re in the CRM app:

  1. Click on ‘More’
  2. Click on ‘Settings’
  3. Click on ‘Deal Pipelines’
  4. Click on ‘Action’ button
  5. Select ‘edit stages’

With TeamWave you can edit the sales stages with two clicks: click on settings and click on the stage which you wish to edit. Add additional pipelines from the same page (no restrictions).

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Leave Management in HRMS

The pofessional plan ($199/month) of Bitrix24 allows you to set up leave management. The workflow is complex and requires considerable amount of time, as you need fiddle with multiple tools. Here is a brief snapshot of the tools required to set up leave management:

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TeamWave offers a pre-built time off policy that can be used after minimal customisations (example: adding holidays specific to your country). In order to create additional time off policies, inside the HR app you need to do two things – click on time off policy and click on create policy.

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Time Off Policy in TeamWave

2. Pricing

Bitrix24 has tiered pricing structure that starts from $39/month and goes up to $199/month. These pricing plans have following drawbacks:

  • restriction on the number of users (12 users in the free plan and 24 users in plus plan)
  • restriction on the type of feature you can use (e.g., external users can be invited only in the standard plan – $99/month)
  • restriction on the storage space

TeamWave has a straightforward pricing – $3/user per month. For annual subscription, the pricing is $2/user per month. All the plans get all the features and apps – absolutely no restriction.

TeamWave Pricing

Here is the cost comparison for a company with 10 employees:

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3. Truly Integrated Application Suite

TeamWave is a unified platform for collaboration, sales and HR management. This means you’d get an application suite that integrates three apps. Some of the benefits:

Sales and Projects: Important files can be copied from deals to projects (example: requirement document) with a few clicks. Comes handy when you commence project delivery after winning a deal.

Sales and HR: In the HR app, if you add someone as the reporting manager of a sales rep, then the reporting manager will be automatically added as a deal follower whenever the sales rep adds a new deal. This fosters collaboration and helps in progress tracking.

Projects and HR: Project admin can keep track of the performance of the employees along with appreciation received from clients and log them as private notes in the HR app. During appraisal these notes can be reviewed for better decision making.

Here is a sneak peek of our upcoming features:

We’ll be providing tighter integration of CRM and project management app to help you directly convert deals into project and smoothly transfer all the required files.

Bottom Line

Bitrix24 offers a lot of features for a wide range of companies. TeamWave is focused on providing solutions for mission critical business functions targeted only for small businesses. We built it with a minimal feature set that anyone can use, and we left out everything else. No clutter. No complexity. No extra features to confuse and overwhelm you. We do a few things, but we do them very well.


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Podio Alternative

Podio’s project management software has been built for a wide range of companies – small businesses to large enterprises. While it provides building blocks to create custom apps for various business processes,  critical factors like usability, learning curve and significant setup time make it “not a good fit” for small businesses. TeamWave comes with out-of-the-box solution to manage & streamline everything in your company: Project Management, CRM & HR.

Why TeamWave is the leading Podio Alternative.

1. Ease of Use

Small businesses need simple software that can provide most of the functionality out-of-the-box. Essentially the software should have a minimal learning curve, setup time and save resources (time and money).

With Podio you can add various apps and customize them according your business. But, for a small business this can be very complex. TeamWave comes pre-loaded with various features required for important business functions and helps you get started right away. Here are couple of examples:

Client Collaboration in Projects

There is no dedicated workflow to share your projects with clients to gather feedback and collaborate while delivering the project. There is a generic share project option with which you can provide access to projects. This also means you’ll have to manage all the team members of your clients.

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Sharing Project in Podio

TeamWave has a specialised workflow to collaborate with clients or vendors. Just  invite just one person from your client’s team and they will be able to independently add/manage their entire team.

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TeamWave Client Collaboration

Task Management

With Podio, all the tasks (deliverables) from are shown in one place.

    • There is no way for you to group related tasks in a task group. This is useful when you’d like to break a large task into smaller tasks.
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No Grouping of Tasks in Podio
    • You’ll have to create filters to segregate tasks as per projects and save different types of views everytime a new project is created.
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Task filtering in Podio

TeamWave has a section to view all the tasks from all the projects. You can view the tasks for certain project by opening up the project and applying various filters. Easily breakdown large tasks into smaller tasks by grouping them in a task list.

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Tasks and Task lists in TeamWave

Sales Pipeline

Although Podio offers different types of views for deals, it doesn’t offer sales pipeline view. It lacks the user-interface to provide compelete visibility of the deals across all the sales stages.

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Deal view in Podio

TeamWave’s CRM is built around a proven sales pipeline management methodology.

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TeamWave’s Visual Sales Pipeline

Just some of the sales-related things you can do easily from a single page:

  • Check progress of each deal/opportunity
  • Add and move deals from one stage to another
  • Mark them as won/lost
  • Schedule deal activities
  • Select different sales pipelines
  • Figure out cumulative deal worth in each stage of the pipeline
  • Find out the rotten deals (no activity for specific number of days)
  • Filter deals via tags, deal ownership and deal state (open, won, lost, rotten)
  • Quickly connect with support via in-app messenger

Note: TeamWave also lets you toggle between list view and time line view of deals.

CRM Customisation

As Podio’s sales management workspace doesn’t work on sales pipeline management methodology, it doesn’t let you create multiple pipelines inside “Deals” app. In case you’re selling different types of products/services, you’ll have to create multiple “deal apps” along with relevant sales stages.

TeamWave offers you a pre-built sales pipeline with five sales stages that help you get started right away. Add additional pipelines from the same page and manage the sales stages as well. In the pipeline view you can simply select the pipeline you’d like to view.

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TeamWave CRM Settings

Smart Email

Podio requires you to add new app and map the email fields to Podio fields in case you’d like to keep a log of the email conversation you’re having with a client or prospect. But, there is no way to link the email with deals and contact persons.

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Podio’s Email to app setup

TeamWave offers you a dedicated CRM inbox along with a “smart emal address”. It’ll help you get a complete visibility of all the communication around your deals and contacts. You can also automate the process of creating deals and contacts by creating rules & workflow for your email address. Simply BCC or FORWARD emails to the “smart address” and all  the emails will be automatically linked to relevant deals and contacts in CRM.

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TeamWave CRM inbox

2. Pricing

Podio has tiered pricing structure that starts from $7.20/user/month and goes up to $19.20/user/month with annual billing. These pricing plans restrict you from using certain features and integrations.

TeamWave has a straightforward pricing – $3/user per month. For annual subscription, the pricing is $2/user per month. All the plans get all the features and apps – absolutely no restriction.

TeamWave Pricing

Here is the cost comparison for a company with 10 employees:

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3. Application Suite

TeamWave is a unified platform for collaboration, sales and HR management. This means you’d get an application suite that integrates three apps. Some of the benefits:

Sales and Projects: Important files can be copied from deals to projects (example: requirement document) with a few clicks. Comes in handy when you commence project delivery after winning a deal.

Projects and HR: Project admin can keep track of the performance of the employees along with appreciation received from clients and log them as private notes in the HR app. During appraisal these notes can be reviewed for better decision making.

Sales and HR: In the HR app, if you add someone as the reporting manager of a sales rep, then the reporting manager will be automatically added as a deal follower whenever the sales rep adds a new deal. This fosters collaboration and helps in progress tracking.

Here is a sneak peek of our upcoming features:

We’ll be providing tighter integration of CRM and project management app to help you directly convert deals into project and smoothly transfer all the required files.

Bottom Line

Podio offers a lot of components (like lego bricks) to buld various custom applications. It is left to the customers to make the best out of them! While it might be suitable for large enterprises with complex workflows, it definitely falls short in case of small businesses who need simple apps that require minimal setup time and at the same time, provide powerful features.


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Pipedrive Alternative

Pipedrive CRM is popular among small businesses because of its design and ease of use. While Pipedrive is a good sales pipeline management tool, TeamWave is a complete platform to manage &  streamline everything (including sales) in your company: Project Management, CRM & HR.

Why TeamWave is the leading Pipedrive alternative.

1. Focus on Small Business
Pipedrive has raised funding (venture capital) of $14 million. Typically, for a funded company the only focus area is the “MRR” (Monthly Recurring Revenue) and their preference is to go after larger companies/accounts that provide larger revenues. Unfortunately, small businesses may not be a priority.

In July, 2016 they introduced two new pricing plans. From the Pipedrive blog:

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It is quite evident that the focus on helping small businesses has been diluted. In order to project multi-fold growth, they have to concentrate on larger accounts that contribute more to their revenue.

Pipedrive’s tired pricing is primarily based on the type of email integration a customer would choose. The basic plan doesn’t have two way email sync feature despite customers asking for it:

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He needs a simple solution to automatically create deals, contacts and link them, when his team sends emails to prospects. Pipedrive offers that via Zapier’s email parser – which means additional cost and time. At TeamWave, we’re committed to simplicity! We offer out-of-the-box solution for sales automation via emails – set up a simple email rule to automatically create deals, contacts and link them. Check out our product update post to learn more.

TeamWave is a bootstrapped company, built by a small business for small businesses. We eat our own dog food. That helps us stay focused on helping customers rather than providing ROI to investors. Our mission is to provide a unified platform for collaboration, sales & marketing to small businesses at an affordable price.

We understand the pain points of a small business (not just sales, but all the processes). Our experience of best of breed apps actually reduced productivity and increased total cost of ownership. TeamWave provides an integrated suite of business apps (Project , CRM and HRM) with superb user experience and simple yet powerful set of features.

“As an Entrepreneur, it is painful to have too many applications to monitor the progress of my team. So, having almost all the necessary features on one application is the main reason why we chose to use TeamWave.”

– Varun Umesh CEO & Founder, Zysk Technologies

2. Price

Pipedrive’s pricing starts from $12/user per month and goes up to $75/user per month. These plans differ according to the feature you can use and the storage you’d need.

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Pipedrive Pricing

TeamWave has a straightforward pricing – $3/user per month. If you choose annual subscription, the pricing is $2/user per month. All plans get all the features and apps – absolutely no restriction.

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TeamWave Pricing

Here is the cost comparison for a company with 10 employees:

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3. Application Suite

TeamWave is an integrated suite of business apps, which means you get Project Management, HR and CRM apps. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Sales and Projects: Important files can be copied from deals to projects (example: requirement document) with a few clicks. Comes in handy when you commence project delivery after winning a deal.
  • Sales and HR: In the HR app, if you add someone as the reporting manager of a sales rep, then the reporting manager will be automatically added as a deal follower whenever the sales rep adds a new deal. This fosters collaboration and helps in progress tracking.

Here is a sneak peek of our upcoming feature:

We’ll be providing tighter integration of CRM and project management app to help you directly convert won deals into project and smoothly transfer all the required files.

Pipedrive doesn’t offer Project and HR management app. You’d need to integrate third party apps to get this done and end up spending additional cost along with time!

4. Familiarity

Those who have tried out Pipedrive, will feel right at home with our visual sales pipeline, list view, timeline view, contact management, customisation options and reports.

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