Enterprise App Awards: CRN's Five Best Apps


Communication

App: Biba

Maker: Biba Systems
Platforms: Android, iOS
Cost: Free

Organizing co-workers can be like herding cats; each goes in a different direction based on their own priorities. This year's winner for communication is Biba from Biba Systems, a venture-funded startup that emerged from stealth in June. Its app for Android and iOS puts a leash on mobile conference calls by eliminating the dial-in numbers, pass codes, email addresses, availabilities, responses, and other bits of data. Rather than sending a dial-in number and waiting for people to call, the service first reminds, then calls participants until everyone is present. Meetings can be launched from Outlook, Google Calendar and others, and participants are culled from the organizer's contact list. Attendance is tracked; dropped calls are automatically reconnected; noisy calls can be muted. Participants who haven't registered with the service receive a toll-free dial-in and passcode. It supports one-on-one and group chats, and also works on desktops and laptops.