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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Socialtext, founded in 2002, developed software that integrated traditional customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource management (ERP) software with its social media platform. The self-titled software is built on an open, Web-oriented architecture, and includes activity streams, user profile pages, instant messaging, group creation, workspaces, blogging, and user-defined control panels. In November, the developer released Socialtext 4.5. The software "makes it easier for you not just to share but to curate and explore your people and content," said Ross Mayfield, chairman, president and co-founder of Socialtext.
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.