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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Zoho Projects incorporates email, collaboration, productivity, and business apps into a suite of tools that are free for personal users. The software is discounted for non-profit groups, and enterprises fees begin at $12 month for the standard version and $35 a month for the premium version. In February, the developer announced that Zoho Projects was integrated with Zoho CRM; in September 2010, Zoho integrated its capabilities with Google Gmail.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.