Thu, Jun
3 New Articles

Web Collaboration Tools

  • Smaller Small Medium Big Bigger
  • Default Helvetica Segoe Georgia Times

Web collaboration tools are some of the most exhilarating workplace advancements in recent years. Before these tools were created, field personnel would travel to centralized locations to collaborate with their coworkers. By using Web collaboration tools, mobile workers can now interact and hold meetings in real time without the delays, inconvenience, and expense of pulling everyone together. These tools can boost productivity and lower travel costs.

Web collaboration tools are a technological merger of two of the oldest and most commonly used distance collaboration tools: the telephone conference call and written correspondence. While teleconferencing is still common, anyone who has spent time sitting in a conference room struggling to hear a garbled telephone call knows teleconferencing is imperfect collaboration at best. Even the voice-enabled chat applications suffer from the same walkie-talkie syndrome, exacerbated by Internet traffic.

One of the more sought after collaboration tools, videoconferencing, has successfully migrated to the Web. Web-based videoconferencing software has undergone radical change and improvement and is now possible for a modest investment in equipment and software. For example, Microsoft’s NetMeeting client is a free videoconferencing tool that runs on most Windows-based machines. NetMeeting can be used in both audio and video modes, and videoconferencing hardware can be purchased for as little as $50 per workstation. Also, shared whiteboards are growing in popularity and provide a reasonable simulation of live collaboration. Whiteboard software provides an electronic drawing and document presentation environment that enables users to make real-time presentations over the Web. Whiteboards can be used either for one-on-one conversation or for presentation to larger groups. Many whiteboard-enabled applications allow groups to share and edit word processing, spreadsheet, or presentation software content in real time.

Virtual meeting room functionality is another valuable feature available in groupware collaboration products, including HotOffice Technologies’ HotOffice and TeamWave Software’s Workplace. In a virtual meeting room, you can set up electronic work spaces for one-on-one interaction and communication.

Chat or instant messaging (IM) tools were already in wide use by millions of Internet users before the development of groupware tools. IM tools provide the benefit of being fast and providing instant and complete transcripts of a meeting. IM tools can be a part of a groupware solution (such as Lotus Sametime) or a standalone application (such as ICQ, AOL, and Microsoft’s instant message clients).

The enhanced communication available through these tools is particularly conducive to consulting or customer support organizations and is used by Andersen Consulting, Motorola, and Ameritech Corp., among others.

Collaboration technology provides many benefits, chief among them being cost efficiency. For an insignificant investment (or often for free), collaboration tools can be installed on multiple client machines and made available to many key people in an organization. The software and hardware are readily available: Lotus Sametime, ICQ, Microsoft’s NetMeeting, for example. There is no shortage of products advertised in trade magazines and on the Web. Collaboration tools can also open up marketing and operational opportunities that create competitive advantages.

There are some drawbacks to the collaborative technology. Regardless of how sophisticated the tool, nothing replaces interpersonal relationships. Total reliance on collaboration technologies can depersonalize the workplace and alienate customers or clients. Care should be taken to balance the use of technology with live human contact. Web collaboration tools can also add a level of complexity to IT infrastructure and create security issues. Security measures and practices must be reviewed to ensure that no holes are created or widened by the use of collaboration tools.

Industry analysts predict ever-increasing popularity for these tools, evidenced by the addition of file sharing functionality to AOL’s IM and the availability of voice chat with Microsoft’s IM. Web collaboration tools will be an invaluable part of the 21st century office.



Support MC Press Online

$0.00 Raised:

Book Reviews

Resource Center

  • SB Profound WC 5536 Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application. You can find Part 1 here. In Part 2 of our free Node.js Webinar Series, Brian May teaches you the different tooling options available for writing code, debugging, and using Git for version control. Brian will briefly discuss the different tools available, and demonstrate his preferred setup for Node development on IBM i or any platform. Attend this webinar to learn:

  • SB Profound WP 5539More than ever, there is a demand for IT to deliver innovation. Your IBM i has been an essential part of your business operations for years. However, your organization may struggle to maintain the current system and implement new projects. The thousands of customers we've worked with and surveyed state that expectations regarding the digital footprint and vision of the company are not aligned with the current IT environment.

  • SB HelpSystems ROBOT Generic IBM announced the E1080 servers using the latest Power10 processor in September 2021. The most powerful processor from IBM to date, Power10 is designed to handle the demands of doing business in today’s high-tech atmosphere, including running cloud applications, supporting big data, and managing AI workloads. But what does Power10 mean for your data center? In this recorded webinar, IBMers Dan Sundt and Dylan Boday join IBM Power Champion Tom Huntington for a discussion on why Power10 technology is the right strategic investment if you run IBM i, AIX, or Linux. In this action-packed hour, Tom will share trends from the IBM i and AIX user communities while Dan and Dylan dive into the tech specs for key hardware, including:

  • Magic MarkTRY the one package that solves all your document design and printing challenges on all your platforms. Produce bar code labels, electronic forms, ad hoc reports, and RFID tags – without programming! MarkMagic is the only document design and print solution that combines report writing, WYSIWYG label and forms design, and conditional printing in one integrated product. Make sure your data survives when catastrophe hits. Request your trial now!  Request Now.

  • SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericForms of ransomware has been around for over 30 years, and with more and more organizations suffering attacks each year, it continues to endure. What has made ransomware such a durable threat and what is the best way to combat it? In order to prevent ransomware, organizations must first understand how it works.

  • SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericIT security is a top priority for businesses around the world, but most IBM i pros don’t know where to begin—and most cybersecurity experts don’t know IBM i. In this session, Robin Tatam explores the business impact of lax IBM i security, the top vulnerabilities putting IBM i at risk, and the steps you can take to protect your organization. If you’re looking to avoid unexpected downtime or corrupted data, you don’t want to miss this session.

  • SB HelpSystems ROBOT GenericCan you trust all of your users all of the time? A typical end user receives 16 malicious emails each month, but only 17 percent of these phishing campaigns are reported to IT. Once an attack is underway, most organizations won’t discover the breach until six months later. A staggering amount of damage can occur in that time. Despite these risks, 93 percent of organizations are leaving their IBM i systems vulnerable to cybercrime. In this on-demand webinar, IBM i security experts Robin Tatam and Sandi Moore will reveal:

  • FORTRA Disaster protection is vital to every business. Yet, it often consists of patched together procedures that are prone to error. From automatic backups to data encryption to media management, Robot automates the routine (yet often complex) tasks of iSeries backup and recovery, saving you time and money and making the process safer and more reliable. Automate your backups with the Robot Backup and Recovery Solution. Key features include:

  • FORTRAManaging messages on your IBM i can be more than a full-time job if you have to do it manually. Messages need a response and resources must be monitored—often over multiple systems and across platforms. How can you be sure you won’t miss important system events? Automate your message center with the Robot Message Management Solution. Key features include:

  • FORTRAThe thought of printing, distributing, and storing iSeries reports manually may reduce you to tears. Paper and labor costs associated with report generation can spiral out of control. Mountains of paper threaten to swamp your files. Robot automates report bursting, distribution, bundling, and archiving, and offers secure, selective online report viewing. Manage your reports with the Robot Report Management Solution. Key features include:

  • FORTRAFor over 30 years, Robot has been a leader in systems management for IBM i. With batch job creation and scheduling at its core, the Robot Job Scheduling Solution reduces the opportunity for human error and helps you maintain service levels, automating even the biggest, most complex runbooks. Manage your job schedule with the Robot Job Scheduling Solution. Key features include:

  • LANSA Business users want new applications now. Market and regulatory pressures require faster application updates and delivery into production. Your IBM i developers may be approaching retirement, and you see no sure way to fill their positions with experienced developers. In addition, you may be caught between maintaining your existing applications and the uncertainty of moving to something new.

  • LANSAWhen it comes to creating your business applications, there are hundreds of coding platforms and programming languages to choose from. These options range from very complex traditional programming languages to Low-Code platforms where sometimes no traditional coding experience is needed. Download our whitepaper, The Power of Writing Code in a Low-Code Solution, and:

  • LANSASupply Chain is becoming increasingly complex and unpredictable. From raw materials for manufacturing to food supply chains, the journey from source to production to delivery to consumers is marred with inefficiencies, manual processes, shortages, recalls, counterfeits, and scandals. In this webinar, we discuss how:

  • The MC Resource Centers bring you the widest selection of white papers, trial software, and on-demand webcasts for you to choose from. >> Review the list of White Papers, Trial Software or On-Demand Webcast at the MC Press Resource Center. >> Add the items to yru Cart and complet he checkout process and submit

  • Profound Logic Have you been wondering about Node.js? Our free Node.js Webinar Series takes you from total beginner to creating a fully-functional IBM i Node.js business application.

  • SB Profound WC 5536Join us for this hour-long webcast that will explore:

  • Fortra IT managers hoping to find new IBM i talent are discovering that the pool of experienced RPG programmers and operators or administrators with intimate knowledge of the operating system and the applications that run on it is small. This begs the question: How will you manage the platform that supports such a big part of your business? This guide offers strategies and software suggestions to help you plan IT staffing and resources and smooth the transition after your AS/400 talent retires. Read on to learn: