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Collaboration Tools Overview
What are Collaboration Tools?Collaboration software makes working together on professional projects easier and faster. It reduces bottlenecks in feedback and approval processes. The three core areas of functionality for collaboration tools are:
- Project & task management
- File sharing & management
Collaboration tools are closely related to a number of other types of software, including:
- Business communications (e.g. email, phone, web conferencing)
- Community platforms
- Cloud storage
- Project management software
- Online office suites (such as G Suite and Microsoft Office 365)
Sometimes collaboration tools can replace these more traditional solutions, but it is more common to integrate collaboration tools with existing communication and workflow structure. Often collaboration tools bring interactions that would otherwise be handled by separate platforms into a convenient central location.
Collaboration Tools Features & Capabilities
CommunicationSome collaboration tools have communication capabilities at their core. Examples include Skype, Google Hangouts, and HipChat. Other collaboration features are available but may have a limited scope.
Communication features across collaboration tools include:
- Options for integrated messaging. Live chat, comments within a file and private/group messages are all common
- Privacy and access settings
- Conference calling
- Video chats with screensharing
- Project-based conversations
Project & Task Management
Project management features are usually more important to larger teams. They also work for interdepartmental teams or teams within larger organizations. Collaboration features related to project & task management can include:
Tracking location and changes to a file
Task lists and assignments. These are complete with due dates, sub-tasks and file attachment
Scheduling, calendar integration, reminders and alerts
File Sharing & Management
Support for different file types
Comments and notes attached to files
Track changes and versioning
Editing permissions and access control
Online Collaboration Tools
Creating an internal knowledge base for employees with a product like Confluence
Creating flow charts or mapping out ideas visually with a product like MindMeister
Creating group to-do lists with a product like Trello
It is important to choose a collaboration tool that is easy to use. The tool should also fit your team’s culture and goals. There are dozens of collaboration products on the market -- and it’s ever-growing!
To help you find a good fit, consider these questions:
What types of projects will you collaborate on?
What are the steps of a typical project?
How does your team handle communication and workflow?
Where do you store project files?
How many people will be collaborating? How many departments?
Will project managers or team members be collaborating? Both?
What other platforms and apps does your team use? How does the tool handle integration?
How formal or informal will collaboration be? Will all discussions be related to work on specific projects, or will some be social?
Will all conversations be archived?
Most vendors offer a free tier for up to a certain number of users. The free tiers usually have a more limited set of features and capabilities. There are many basic free online collaboration options, including GoVisually, Trello, Podio and Google Drive for example.
For paid plans, pure collaboration tools focused on notes, tasks, and chat start around $8/mo. per user. For collaboration tools that include cloud storage, pricing starts at around $10/mo. per user, and goes up from there based on storage size.
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Simoona App is a social intranet designed to promote employee engagement. It is an HR solution made for effective communication, empowerment, acknowledgement and social networking of your company employees. Simoona includes a social media wall, a gamification system, event planning, and office ma...
Loopa is an online community platform for communication and collaboration. According to the vendor, Loopa is like Facebook's Workplace, but offers front-end customisation, seamless compatibility with your existing website, and is significantly cheaper. Loopa aims to answer the question, "How do ...
VIPole is a cross-platform secure communications and data storage solution. It allows users to send encrypted messages, conduct multiuser conferences, and manage files.
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Futuramo provides collaboration apps for ticketing, time tracking, and finding and creating icons. The company is based in Kraków, Poland and was founded in 1996.
Cerri provides collaboration software that includes a complete set of process-driven, device agnostic tools that are adapted for today's project-based workforce.
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Simpplr provides a social intranet for employee collaboration, built on the Salesforce platform. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Redwood City, California.
Hygger is the product and project management tool with built-in prioritization for agile teams.Use Hygger to define what's important for your customers and then build it using Scrum or Kanban.Hygger helps agile companies to:manage backlog and prioritize ideas, features and projects to make better...
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Staffbase is the employee communication platform for communicators in large, distributed organizations. Using a mobile first approach, it allows internal communicators to reach every employee through various channels like news, mobile magazine, chat rooms and surveys. Analytics and reports allow ...
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Twist is a collaboration application offered by Doist, suggested to teams as a calmer topically organized conversation tracker to better manage multiple streams of conversation and idea sharing. Discounts are offered for non-profits and student users.
Intel Unite is a collaboration tool combining document sharing, visual collaboration, whiteboarding, and meeting space controls in a single platform.
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Viima is the best way to collect and develop ideas. What's more, the SaaS offering is free for up to 50 users and can be taken into use within minutes! Viima is designed to make innovation management more transparent, super easy and effortless for everyone involved. Viima supports all kinds of d...
Netpresenter is a global leader in employee communications software trusted by the world’s biggest organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, TNT, George Washington University Hospital, Volkswagen and Neutrogena. Our unique and award-winning platform enables organizations to not only improve t...
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