Collaboration in the cloud is the future of business. Web 2.0 and cloud
computing make it possible to solve the final challenge of coordination and
management. If you're inside a larger enterprise, you can use collaboration
in the cloud to compete with lean, nimble startups, or to better coordinate
across different groups, offices, and divisions.
We've heard all the buzzwords before. Virtual companies. Offshoring. Free
agent nation. But this time, it's for real. The future of business is no
longer enormous, vertically integrated titans (anyone check Ford's stock
price recently?), but rather small, nimble, federations.
Historically, the cost of coordination has outweighed the benefits of
agility, which is why the virtual corporation had a hard time breaking
through. But today's cloud technologies, with their ability to bridge the
gaps between firms, and between busine... (more)
E-mail is extremely easy to adopt and use, and lends itself very well to
certain types of collaboration. When two people are attempting to collaborate
asynchronously, e-mail is usually the best solution. It's certainly far less
frustrating than phone tag. But once more people are involved, email's
utility rapidly degenerates. While the rise of free, open-source solutions
makes it tempting to build one's own collaboration tools, on-demand or
Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions are the better choice for the majority
of users and uses.
Design Commission, an award-winning design ... (more)