The difficult part about using OmniFocus as a team-wide solution is that everyone has to buy into OmniFocus.
Before OmniFocus can become groupware, it’s gonna need a couple more things:
- It needs a web interface
- It needs a Windows app (and possibly an Android app)
OmniFocus will not be a successful product in the groupware niche unless it is available on the other platforms. I’ll rank the web interface first because it can be available to both Windows and Android users who have consistent internet access. A Windows and/or Android app would probably be best for mobile users who may not have a consistent web connection.
OmniFocus groupware might work in a Mac only environment but its success and profit sustainability will be limited. Groupware will not be available unless the web app/Windows app is created first.
In the meantime, the office where I work part-time uses Asana. It’s simple enough. It uses more of a checklist style interface. It doesn’t need GTD contexts, review perspective, and other GTD-oriented workflows.
Uses check in to see their daily tasks, complete them, and send inter-office messages. None of this is GTD-oriented. I have to work with people who don’t subscribe to GTD. They have their own way of doing things. As long as they get the job done, I never really care if they are GTD users.
On a personal level, I don’t really worry about having two different systems. I isolate my personal stuff into OmniFocus. It never has a chance to cross-pollinate into Asana.
Asana has its own compartment and is used for all my collaborative work at the office. It’s the perfect tool.
It’s not a heavy burden to have two systems to maintain. I prefer to keep my personal stuff compartmentalized from my work stuff. Nobody at work needs to see my personal shopping list.
I have the same problem with another co-worker. She is trying to get everybody to buy into
Yes, OmniFocus is not adequate for groupware. As mentioned above, Omniplan and other
apps such as Todoist and Asana are better suited for groupware situations. It would probably be better to ask for a cross platform version of OmniFocus first before asking for groupware features.
Nothing is ever as simple as it seems. Cloudware is especially tricky. Look at Apple. It took Apple multiple tries to get iCloud up and running. It was really bad at first but it has gotten better. Apple still has a long way to go to compete with Google Drive and Dropbox. Apple Maps was a disaster upon launch. It has taken time for Apple Maps to become even halfway competent to reach Google Maps level.
If this common DAV server mechanism were simple, it probably would’ve been done already.