Top 15 Cloud Collaboration Apps
April 04, 2011 08:00 AM Judging by the investments that developers -- both well-established and start-ups -- are making in the collaboration market, software vendors are paying more than lip service to the adage that no man is an island. Certainly, businesses are investigating -- and investing in -- tools that help employees brainstorm, locate each other, schedule meetings, and communicate via social networks. Collaboration technology itself covers a broad spectrum of devices, from instant messaging and email, to cell phones and videoconferencing equipment. The cloud empowers individuals to use these tools practically anywhere, further boosting corporate productivity and spurring investment. Here's 15 of the leading cloud collaboration applications.
With LotusLive Symphony's Web-based software, users can co-edit, organize, and manage document-creation in real-time. Lotus Symphony includes free spreadsheets, document, and presentation software; LotusLive is the developer's online collaboration suite, which includes a 30-day free trial. Unwrapped in late January 2011, LotusLive Symphony incorporates feeds from popular social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Although the software will not be released until later this year, it is available now as a technical preview. "Social software helps enterprises define their collaboration agenda," said Alistair Rennie, general manager, IBM Lotus Software. "The use of social software can transform the way people work increasing the speed of business."