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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With LotusLive Symphony's Web-based software, users can co-edit, organize, and manage document-creation in real-time. Lotus Symphony includes free spreadsheets, document, and presentation software; LotusLive is the developer's online collaboration suite, which includes a 30-day free trial. Unwrapped in late January 2011, LotusLive Symphony incorporates feeds from popular social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Although the software will not be released until later this year, it is available now as a technical preview. "Social software helps enterprises define their collaboration agenda," said Alistair Rennie, general manager, IBM Lotus Software. "The use of social software can transform the way people work increasing the speed of business."
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.