Collaboration online tools developing
Published NZ Herald September 19
The promise of online collaboration on the internet should help teams or groups of people work faster, more efficiently and more creatively without having to be in the same place.
The reality is that a lot of the tools and processes supposed to achieve that haven't really worked.
So what has worked?
"Email has won. You have to use email," says Dan Randow of Christchurch company OnlineGroups.net.
However, email isn't so good for many-to-many communication.
Randow believes what's needed is email list servers with really good web interfaces.
Google Groups and Yahoo! Groups offer list servers but they brand them and set the rules, and use the interface to deliver content for their real customers - the advertisers.
The software is free but users can't build their own branded site with it.More...