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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While some competitors' Web sites are slickly produced, 37signals' is comparatively barebones. But the company, which developed the Basecamp online project collaboration tool, counts businesses such as National Geographic, Patagonia, Warner Bros., and Fox Sports among its clients. Basecamp, used by 5 million-plus individuals, supports multiple languages, and was also designed for mobile devices such as iPhones and Android smartphones. Available with a free 30-day trial option, 37signalssells Basecamp under three plans: Plus for $49; premium for $99, and max for $149.
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.