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Top 15 Cloud Collaboration Apps

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
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AtTask, which develops a social work management platform and on-demand project and portfolio software, extended its incorporation of social media elements with the February unveiling of Stream. The new feature is an ongoing flow of conversational data that employees enter into the software, a capability that boosted productivity at many beta sites, AtTask said. "Our team members really like using TeamHome," a dashboard-like workspace designed to help team members understand, organize, and get their tasks done, said John Gilmartin, head of programs at Sage, a software developer and customer of AtTask. "They like how they can add their own tasks, prioritize them on their homepage, and spend less time fumbling through the software wondering what their tasks are -- everything is in once place and is easy for them to access."

Worldwide, collaborative decision-making (CDM) software, which represents only a portion of the collaborative software world, is expected to reach $769.2 million in 2011, up 15.7% from 2010, according to Gartner. Last year, the researcher predicted revenue would reach $664.4 million. This year, CDM is expected to integrate deeper with business intelligence tools, Gartner said.

"Social software improves the connectedness of workers, promotes collaboration, and helps capture informal knowledge. Social software excels in business contexts that leave room for individuals to interact informally, brainstorm, explore ideas, and encourage or challenge peers. Specific business value can be derived through customer intimacy, product/service excellence, operational effectiveness and creating innovation," said Tom Eid, research vice president at Gartner.

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10/29/2011 | 8:38:43 AM
re: Top 15 Cloud Collaboration Apps
It would be useful to have a clearer definition of collaboration. One could argue that some of these tools are almost point solutions or even respositories which are useful but less collaborative than others. SITEFORUM includes most of these features but also extends to Virtual Events, social networking and integrated webconferencing. The worlds largest HR community HR.com collaborates using all these capabilities.

David Bashford
Director, SITEFORUM Group
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12/5/2011 | 10:27:38 PM
re: Top 15 Cloud Collaboration Apps
This Community Forum was very helpful talking about Cloud Collaboration: http://getsatisfaction.com/tou...

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3/4/2014 | 9:11:16 AM
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Collaboration @ CollateBox (www.collatebox.com):

Better Control
select and share partial views of your spreadsheet from within CollateBox for other team members to update records from anywhere.

Lesser Pain
No more copying selected records, pasting in new sheet and emailing spreadsheets to get updates. CollateBox lets you create views & automatically collate all updates from team members.

Streamline Workflow
With CollateBox you can setup processes that help you maintain a systematic workflow without being ad hoc and keep your data organized.
Example: Open task view vs closed task view for selected team members to act upon.

Collaborate Effectively
View instant notifications and summaries on every record of your data with the added ability to comment and add attachments.
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7/9/2014 | 8:14:36 AM
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I found this list quite useful, but I'd also add HighQ Collaborate

I use it to work with teams overseas and find it very easy to use. The pricing's not bad either!
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7/16/2014 | 5:21:54 AM
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My team uses three applications to support our work and collaboration: Saleforce, Google services (Groups, Drive and Calendar) and Kanban Tool (which is integrated with the other two and helps us to keep everything in one place - tasks, priorities, comments, documents and links).
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