Basecamp vs free Google apps for project management

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Hi, folks!

One of the most popular project management apps is Basecamp. It's priced at $99 per month.

My question is, why do people use Basecmap (or any paid project management software at that), while Google offers all the functionalities for free?

Google Drive for file storage and sharing files.

Google Calendar for reminders and recurring reminders (for example: "Send today's task report", repeated Monday-Friday).

Google Groups for creating "private chat rooms" where team members can collaborate.

The only advantage programs like Basecamp mention is "have everything under one roof" - But once each team member is logged in to their Google account, all the Google apps are essentially "the same place".

What do you think?

Thanks in advance!
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    Anyone? :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    Originally Posted by perneali45 View Post

    My question is, why do people use Basecmap (or any paid project management software at that), while Google offers all the functionalities for free?
    The functions may be free to use, but Google profits from every piece of data it collects. Maybe some people think Google knows enough about them as it is.

    Or maybe they just prefer the interface/usabilty of the other piece of software. Free isn't everything.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve L
    Originally Posted by perneali45 View Post

    Hi, folks!

    One of the most popular project management apps is Basecamp. It's priced at $99 per month.

    My question is, why do people use Basecmap (or any paid project management software at that), while Google offers all the functionalities for free?

    Google Drive for file storage and sharing files.

    Google Calendar for reminders and recurring reminders (for example: "Send today's task report", repeated Monday-Friday).

    Google Groups for creating "private chat rooms" where team members can collaborate.

    The only advantage programs like Basecamp mention is "have everything under one roof" - But once each team member is logged in to their Google account, all the Google apps are essentially "the same place".

    What do you think?

    Thanks in advance!
    We use both at the agency I work at. Google Calendar is more meant for events/meeting schedule, and not task management. Also, Basecamp has it all in one cohesive app, you don't have to jump across multiple apps. Everything is organized on a project by project basis too which is nice. If you can't tell, I'm a big fan of Basecamp.

    We also use Facebook Workchat for IM.
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