Need for Collaboration Software on the Rise

Industry statistics (Info Trends/CAP Ventures) points to the fact that more than 50 percent of businesses using technology such as Microsoft Office utilize a collaborative approach as an important and integral part of daily business processes. Effective collaboration software is necessary for providing a productive electronic working environment.

Technology Improvements Speed Collaborative Needs

The need for effective electronic collaboration in the modern day workplace will only continue to grow on the near future. This comes as no surprise to most businesses, since technological advances are easily embraced, having now proved for more than a quarter-century that change does equal profits. But, despite the advances in both hardware and software technologies, two very “human” conditions remain as obstacles in the overall challenge to collaboration software implementation. The first challenge is convincing people that using collaboration tools will increase their productivity and the second challenge is having users continually contributing information to the implemented system.

Email Needs to be Collaboratively Integrated

In today’s work environment, more than two-thirds of all businesses use email (the majority use Outlook). Therefore, one of the important tenets of any collaboration solution is the ability to integrate with Outlook for truly centralized document management.

Collaboration Software Has to be User-Friendly

The challenges toward “convincing” and “encouraging” are common when introducing any new technology. Change, especially new technology, can be frightening to many. Businesses seeking to introduce new collaboration software need to choose a solution that is extremely user-friendly. A good path would be to examine ones that require no information technology structured support. This means your new collaboration software package does not need any more new technology added to your present computer network, and doesn’t require you to hire any additional IT staff members to operate. Look for ones that offer a free demo you can download and try before buying.

Collaboration Platforms should be Feature-Rich

When choosing a solution, look for a platform that offers a comprehensive suite of features, including task management, document management, project management and team communication tools. One of the biggest problems for any software user is dealing with a hodge podge of online tools, and having to juggle passwords, login pages and switch back and forth between applications. Good collaboration solutions consolidate most of the features necessary for business collaboration into a single, easy to use platform.

A Look Back at the Decade in Internet Software

When 2010 rolls in it will mark the end of a decade that truly welcomed internet technology. Think back to the turn of the millennium and the software tools that you primarily utilized online: things sure have changed. Whether it be the advent of ‘the cloud,’ the rise of mobile devices, or a change in philosophy to ‘simpler is better,’ this decade has truly changed the way that people interact with the internet.

I’d like to take a walk down memory lane and look at internet software at the start of the millennium, and then survey where we are now in three distinct yet intertwined arenas.

Email

Email was one of the original hallmarks of the internet – a simple yet efficient way to demonstrate the power of the web by digitizing the long-standing concept of mail service.

During the last decade, free email services like gmail and yahoo mail have perpetually dominated the arena – providing large amounts of data storage for free to the masses and proving that ‘online only’ applications can be a viable alternative to local email software like MS outlook.

As we head into a new decade, email seems yet again ready to morph, as inboxes are perpetually fill with spam and people clamor for new modes of communication. Google Wave claims to have an answer, but can it really replace email?

Online Media

The last decade has been a Topsy-Turvy roller coaster for online media – from the tiny startups that became media moguls to the media conglomerates that desperately sought out new models of business. The year 2000 marked the height of Napster- a new breed of P2P network that allowed people to download pirated MP3 music files. Since then, illegal networks like Napster have both flourished and fallen, eventually paving the way for legitimate music hubs like itunes.

Online video also has gone on quite a ride, highlighted by the creation of YouTube in 2005. The viral video boom has not only changed the way that people consume and publish video, but also has disoriented the TV and film industries.

As the decade comes to a close, we are still seeing industry experimenting with new models of business that can adapt to online video culture. Although some methods of providing free, high quality, syndicated content online (ala Hulu) have garnered popular approval, a stable revenue source still remains elusive.

Business Software

The way that businesses, both small and large, interact with one another and an online consumer base has drastically changed due to various facets of evolving business software technology.

Sales departments can now more efficiently give online presentations through Webinar technology like Dim Dim. Salesforce has pushed the boundaries of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, allowing companies to improve their communication with customers and sales prospects. Hiring managers and recruiters can now efficiently track and manage job applicants online through solutions like Newton Software. Paypal has revolutionized online payments, allowing web stores and companies with Software as a Service (SaaS) business models to easily install a revenue stream.

All in all, this past decade of software has enabled tech savvy businesses to perform their functions more efficiently, honing in on niche models that add value for both consumers and other businesses.

Developments in Information Technology

Information technology is a magic science. During the past one and half decade, IT has emerged a lot and is growing in an unexpected manner. The information technology today is integrated into almost all the departments, for example, medical or health care, mechanical, electrical, civil, machinery, space, information broadcast, robotics, construction industry. IT is used almost in all the fields. Use of the information technology in various fields gets the job done faster and easily, saves money for the businesses. Information technology is also used in the banking sector. Almost all the banks implement the software to process transactions, store the data and for many other purposes. Securing the data is also very important when we are using various software applications.

Information Technology in Banking:
Many internet based and network based and offline based IT applications are used by the banks. The software are used to process money transactions, storing the user data, storing the transaction data, providing the various kinds of information through online websites to the user and much more. The bank applications can be accessed by the end user from any where using the online websites. Using the online applications, the end user can view the current amount, amount sent, amount received and other various types of transactions.

IT in Health Care:
IT is used in most of the health care equipments. The doctors use network based healthcare software application to store the health records of the patients. These network based applications can send messages to the users. Sometimes these health records can help the doctor in the future to review the patient records and suggest a better medication. Many electronic health care devices also use many software application to display scans, store user data, suggest medications and the applications cannot be counted with a human hand.

IT in Space:
Information technology is also used for space missions, for example NASA used Java, Python and many other software technologies to produce various applications that help their space missions.

IT in Construction:
Various project management applications like primavera, Microsoft project are used for storing and reviewing the project data in the construction field. The construction also use Microsoft office product heavily. Now-days SAP also called as System Application and Products which is an enterprise relationship product is being used extensively in various construction departments and large enterprise level companies.

IT in household:
We in our home personally use many kinds of software for playing movies and songs, use many enterprise software for our daily work. Most of us have at least one computer in our home. The television set, the iPod, the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S2 all are powered by software combined with hardware.

Artificial Intelligence:
Artificial Intelligence is the future of information technology. Artificial Intelligence is a technology which is based on machines. With artificial intelligence, the machines can do the tasks themselves by using the existing data or by observing the current data.