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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Based on Drupal CMS open source software, OfficeMedium was designed to affordably address small businesses' need to collaborate and manage projects, without spending unnecessary resources buying and managing proprietary software. OfficeMedium software includes contact management, events, tasks, calendars, file sharing, and client integration, the developer said. The software costs $6 per month, per user, and there is a $1 per gigabyte fee. "We understand that your needs may change over time and that you shouldn't have to worry about upgrading or downgrading your account," OfficeMedium said. "We also believe you shouldn't have to pay for features and users you may or may not use. Our software packages come full-featured no matter what -- at no additional costs."
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.