It isn’t easy living life as a small budget organization. Everything eats into your budget and nothing is cheap, even paperclips add up. One of the largest ongoing office expenses is office productivity software. However, some recent advances in open source products might make your life significantly easier. One such product I’ve been playing around with the past few months is Mozilla’s Sunbird Project, a stand alone calendar application…
Ever since Windows made its appearance, I’ve never found a calendar application I’ve enjoyed or found particularly useful. Although Sunbird has a few wrinkles to iron out, it’s still significantly better than the bulk of offerings out there costing $100 or more. Of course, the best part about Sunbird is that it’s a free download and the open source platform insures that the myriad of crafty developers out there will create dozens of useful add-ons and extensions.
One of Sunbird’s best features is the ability to export calendar files via email or to host a team calendar at a remote server, such as WebDav. If you’re on the road a good bit, have team members that work from home, or your office doesn’t have a LAN this is a particularly useful feature as departments can still share their schedule updates. If you spend a little time getting to know the software you can even use it as a basic project management tool.
Sunbird is only one of several high tech pieces of software that any organization can download on the cheap, has a low learning curve, and satisfies a number of daily office requirements. However, keep in mind that Sunbird is still a project in development so it’s not completely fleshed out, but even so, it’s still an excellent program that promises to only get better.
Over the summer, we’ll look at a few other software products that can help small budget organizations do much more with much less.