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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Designed to meet the online and collaboration needs of small and midsize enterprises, HyperOffice apps are in-use by more 300,000 users worldwide, according to the developer. The HyperOffice suite includes features such as business email, contact management, calendaring, document management, intranet and extranet workspaces, forums, Web conferencing, online databases, and Web forms. The HyperOfficesoftware -- which runs on a PC, Mac, or handheld -- is available on a no-contract basis, and starts at $44.99 per month for five users goes to $1,499 per month for more than 250 users, with discounts available for monthly and annual contracts.
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.