Social collaboration technologies give us many options for making effective use of group collaboration, sharing what you know, and creating value for your organization and customers. Here you will find collaboration tools that work best for your group purpose, function, size, and ease of use.
Recommended Reading - Collaboration Themes for Life and Business
Social media has created a catalyst that empowers us to communicate with the masses. But how do we acquire new skills for leading and managing for collaboration? These recommended books on collaboration themes have common ingredients to help us learn and grow our organizational strengths for the long term.
5 Collaboration Tools to Advance Productivity in Enterprise Social Networks
Collaboration tools enabling people to connect and interact virtually are showing signs of creating global economic impact in productivity, according to a McKinsey report. These five collaboration tools and examples of organizational change demonstrate directly productive activities across enterprise social networks.
5 Mind Mapping Tools for Creating and Building on Ideas
These five mind mapping tools will give you popular choices, free or commercial grade with examples how mind maps are used in education, research, and business.
5 Productivity Apps for Managing Tasks Online
To help improve workflow processes, software developers continue to focus on streamlining web-based productivity apps for managing tasks as well as adding team interactivity around projects, which attract more users.
8 Web Conferencing Tools For Interactive and Collaborative Engagement
Higher levels of engagement in online seminars and virtual classrooms is now possible because web conferencing tools have helped advance communication and collaboration capabilities.
Adobe Connect 9 Advanced Tools for Managing and Hosting Web Conferences
Web meetings and webinars will be deployed on mobile devices as primary devices because users require the flexibility and mobility to manage these web browser functions.
Acquia’s Dynamic Mix for Enterprise Social Software and Web Content Management
Acquia's Drupal Commons enables you to build online community and publish content in one deployment. Learn about important enablers of the Drupal Commons collaborative environment and catch a glimpse of highly visible communities.
Asana Emphasizes Productivity and Adaptable Workflow to Get Stuff Done
Asana is a web based productivity application designed as a go-to place to produce better synergies on shared projects.
Atlassian Confluence - Natural Fit for Team and Community Spaces
Atlassian Confluence is the evolution of wikis designed to perform as an online collaboration platform and has set the bar high for new wiki-style collaboration products.
AtTask Offers Social Collaboration with Project and Portfolio Management
AtTask is an online project and portfolio management (PPM) tool for project information and collaborative work to come together. By design, project management tools like AtTask are intended to speed up delivery and accuracy of projects.
Binfire Cloud Collaboration is Simplifying Rigors of Project Management
Binfire is giving users the right project management features to help plan and quickly monitor project progress. Ideally suited for small to mid-sized teams in any size organization, Binfire simplifies project management practices in real time.
Blackboard Collaborate’s Live Virtual Classrooms in New Era of Learning
Blackboard Collaborate integrates web, video, and voice conferencing as well as IM features that facilitate virtual live collaboration and learning anywhere with one product.
Bloomfire Knowledge Sharing Tool Builds on Community Collaboration
Bloomfire's knowledge sharing tools help build collaborative communities. Video recording and file sharing capabilities are enabling users to contribute learning and business communications on the fly.
Brightidea Sparks a World of Innovation
Sparking new interest in innovation now is our transparent social networking activities that affects nearly everyone. Brightidea, Inc., an innovation management software company based in San Francisco, is helping to build online innovation platforms to capture ideas for new things wherever ideas emerge.
Branch Offers Conversation Platform for Public Social Networking
Branch is a social site designed to connect conversations in meaningful dialogue. Branch will take a giant step forward beyond other social sites to nurture group collaboration, giving a voice to our ideas and discussions.
Chatter's Social Networking Capabilities
Chatter is Salesforce.com's social collaboration and productivity tool for business, leveraging the look and feel of familiar social media tools like real time status updates, @mentions, feeds, and group conversations.
Citrix GoToMeeting HDFaces for High Resolution Video Streaming
Citrix GoToMeeting HDFaces is high definition (HD) group video conferencing with high resolution streaming. Live, interactive communication can be also recorded in HDFaces and may be an important rich media application and distribution depending on your business need.
Clinked Wiki-Style Project Collaboration
Clinked's main attraction is the wiki-style collaboration features, a favorite among project teams. Clinked has advantages for non-technical people who don’t want to fuss with tool usage and it is usable in 10 languages.
Clio Gives Lawyers the Keys to Cloud Computing
Lawyers looking to efficiently manage work processes will find it is time well spent setting up a practice in the cloud using Clio.
Editorially Offers Collaborative Writing and Editing Platform for the Web
Writers and people learning to write have a new writing tool for the Web called Editorially.
Do by Salesforce App Gets Everyone in Sync
Do is the Salesforce social productivity app designed to sync stuff you need to get done with other people. Free, mobile and no setup, Do is super easy to be productive right away.
Evermeeting App Can Save Time to Accomplish Work Tasks
Evermeeting meeting app can save time to accomplish work tasks. Professionals with no time to waste can have the piece of mind your meeting notes are captured and stored, which can make a huge difference.
HyperOffice Offers an Intranet of Workspaces and Business Collaboration Tools
A grown-up software company, HyperOffice helps you make the leap to software as a service (SaaS) and cloud services instead of trying to manage software and servers on your own.
MetaLab Has Plans for Flow, a Simple to Use Task Management App
Flow will help simplify task management, especially for teams that may want to use Flow on a daily basis, where tasks are delegated and completed within a short duration.
GroupMap Mind Mapping Facilitates Idea Exchange for Collective Learning
Cofounders of GroupMap, a new mind mapping tool, say yours, mine, and ours are the three most important views in a conversation.
Icon Crowdsourcing Sites for Generating Ideas
Crowdsourcing is at the heart of Icon, a free platform becoming more useful in business or social causes to openly draw on ideas of the crowd.
PGi GlobalMeet Web Conferencing Apps for iPad, Desktop, and Mobile
PGi GlobalMeet next generation web conferencing tools for iPad and desktop boost team efficiency and performance in online meetings.
Igloo Software Defines the Modern Intranet for Secure Document Collaboration
Igloo is the modern intranet with secure file sharing, document collaboration, and the ability to find knowledge built in.
PGi’s iMeet Culture, Building Relationships and Collaborating Online
Virtual meetings, like iMeet, gives users another level of social collaboration. On iMeet, users have the advantages of face-to-face live setting, exchanging information, and getting to know one another.
Imaginatik Facilitates Discovery of Innovation Opportunities
Imaginatik Innovation Central is a software as a service (SaaS) portal designed to manage a company’s innovation process, including what kind of impact innovation can have on your business.
Intranet Connections Offers Contemporary and Secure Collaboration Apps
Intranet Connections offers the building blocks of a modern and secure intranet for employees to find all company resources and collaboration tools.
Jive Software’s Design for Social Workplace Communities
Jive Software enables communication and collaboration in new ways to do business in today’s social workplace.
Mindjet ProjectDirector Syncs Your Mind Maps to Projects
For people making changes to project tasks in the field, it is comforting to know your project is all there and you’re connected to the rest of the team in Mindjet ProjectDirector. You can access the mind map from your mobile device so the team back at the office or others working from different locations can automatically sync updates to the project plan.
Running an Innovation Program, Step by Step
John Gabrick, CEO of MindMatters Technologies, Inc., developers of innovation management software, has spent several decades cultivating a formula for running an innovation program and ensuring success.
Microsoft Lync Online - Options for Meetings Anytime, Anywhere
Among a field of cloud based communications services, Microsoft Lync Online offers several options to run audio, video, and web conferences or online meetings, depending on the device and application.
Moxie Enterprise Social Software for Creating Collaboration Spaces
Social collaboration tools that have a natural flow, like interacting with friends, is what Moxie Software has designed for employee intranets, called Collaboration Spaces.
Talent Analytics App Can Uncover Your Collaborative Style
Enterprise solution provider, Talent Analytics designed a data-rich profile builder to give your software tools the smarts to know more about your people and what works to build success in your organization.
Podio Social Software Equipped with Unique Blend of Business Apps
Podio’s blend of ready-built and build-your-own apps may satisfy autonomous teams yet provide a set of collaboration tools for use in team workspaces.
5 Free Salesforce.com Social Apps for Small Business Teams
With a group edition in Salesforce.com, you can add on free apps from the AppExchange to empower teams for business results. Review this selection of five free apps to use standalone or inside Salesforce on your desktop, smartphone, or tablet.
Saba Real-Time Collaboration Suite for Meetings, Virtual Classes, and Webinars
Saba now offers unified social, mobile and video collaboration capabilities with emphasis on quality and performance in Saba Collaboration Suite. Impressive network performance -- time for rock solid collaboration.
Socialtext Keeps On Innovating for the Future of Enterprise Social Software
Michael Idinopulos describes Socialtext, the enterprise social software platform as the whole social enchilada. A new vision he is leading ties in with the stability of the past that will bring businesses into a modern era of social collaboration.
Mindjet Offers New Direction for Innovation Tools with SpigitEngage
SpigitEngage features a personal innovation hub that I am excited about since everybody can see their participation in producing ideas as part of a business workflow through project collaboration.
SpringCM Automates Your Document Management and Collaboration Workflow
SpringCM designed document management and collaboration without the constraints typically experienced using multiple types of software to complete your work. As a document management platform, SpringCM can automate your workflow process--a practice that can save time and resources.
Teambox App Centralizes Core Collaboration Apps and File Sharing Services
Teambox is a new cloud services collaboration platform launched in 2011. Its concept of a simple collaboration platform with the right project collaboration tools is going to help more teams be successful.
Skype and Lync Connectivity Ripe for Service and Support
Think of expanding connectivity and collaboration with your contacts. Supply chain partners or your key customer accounts using Lync with multiple contacts in the organization will connect with you easier.
Stride Sales Tracking App Simplifies Process for Small Business
Stride is a new sales tracking app that cleverly serves like a status report at a glance how your sales opportunities are progressing.
Slack Sets New Standard for Team Communication Online
Email is practically non-existent in Slack. The aha! moment comes when you realize communication changes the dynamic the way you can work with your team.
SuccessFactors Jam for Business Collaboration and Learning
Jam is SuccessFactors’ collaboration tool that wraps social business collaboration around strategic human resources functions. You will be productive as soon as you get started using innovative authoring and collaboration features and be on your way to improved strategic alignment.
TeamGantt Web App for Simplicity and Collaboration
For people whose work revolves around project schedules, TeamGantt has developed a web app solution streamlining the inputs in a simpler and more collaborative approach.
Tibbr Enterprise Social Network for Tech-Savvy Business
Tibbr becomes the hub to talk with one another and track information through integration and knowledge from other systems.
Telligent Drives Social Community Software Usability
Telligent fosters the enterprise social software industry growth, as it demonstrates leadership in social community platforms.
Time Tracking Apps to Better Manage Your Time and Sync Group Projects
Mobile apps are useful to enter time as you complete a task. Apps benefit individuals, workgroups, and small business to make effective use of your time.
Volerro’s Content Collaboration App for Agile Marketing Teams
Volerro launched a content collaboration app in the cloud that is creating new possibilities for much anticipated agile marketing teams.
XWiki’s Notable Collaborative Authoring and Knowledge Sharing Platform
XWiki makes a strong case for collaborators to centralize and organize content in the cloud. Wiki technologies, like XWiki help teams and communities to collaborate.
Wiggio for Groups Online Grows into Broad Use of Collaboration Tools
Wiggio’s easy way to work in groups is becoming known from college dorms to corporate workspaces - as technology buyers are clamoring for social productivity from online collaboration tools.
Wrike's Integrated Project Management and Collaboration App
Wrike’s multi-functional Gantt chart is a must-have tool for professional project managers or team-managed projects for resource management, progress reporting, and scheduling. Wrike recently released mobile apps for iPhone and Android will make it possible to update projects on the go.
Yammer for Enterprise Social Networking
Yammer is a private social network to help organizations collaborate around conversations and shareable content. If enterprise transparency is your goal, Yammer does this well.
Zendesk’s New Social Channels for Customer Support Engagement
Zendesk's new financing is positioning the company to grow and is already helping its customers engage in social media channels to provide customer support and keep customers coming back.
Bitrix24 Social Intranet Offers Built-In CRM
Bitrix24's cloud service offers a free social intranet for up to 12 employees with CRM functionality worth checking out. The Bitrix24 standard, professional and enterprise editions offer a broader scope of productivity tools, including document management and reporting at low cost for an unlimited number of users.
Just.me Mobile Messaging App Starts a New Social Platform
Just.me establishes you at the center of your own social networking platform from a smartphone.
Interact Intranet Builds Connections Between Users and Content
Interact Internet has a natural appreciation for employee needs. The intranet software builds vital connections between users and content.
LeanKit Visualizes the Big Picture in Simple to Complex Processes
Kanban's visual collaboration tool has many uses--a one size fits all for business processes--that can help you respond to customer support requests, manage distribution, and build or repair products more efficiently.
5 Intranet Tools for Organizations of All Sizes
As the go-to hub for communication and collaboration, intranets will foster sharing resources, making expertise connections, and working in groups.
Video Chat Tools to Liven Up Team Meetings
My picks for video chat tools, particularly for small team meetings are based on ease of use, low cost, and minimal system requirements. Let’s liven up the weekly team meeting.
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