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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More than 400,000 people use Central Desktop's eponymous collaboration and project-management software to work on documents, share calendars and agendas, team-up on projects, and manage assignments. The software is available in three versions: Free or basic; workgroup (with free 30-day trial), and enterprise. Internet marketing agency BlueGlass, which began using Central Desktop to manage its 4 offices and 50 employees, chose this software over alternatives because of its lower price, power, and scalability, said chief technology officer Tony Wang, in a customer profile. "Central Desktop is an indispensable tool for connecting distributed teams," he said.
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.