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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StreamWork marked SAP's foray into the social media collaboration space. The software, available for a free trial, is based on Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, and lets users continue working within their applications while accessing StreamWork, according to SAP. The basic edition is free; the professional version starts at $9 per user per month, and the enterprise edition begins at $192 per user per year, and includes advanced security, provisioning, and auditing.
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.