Social networking websites like Facebook , Twitter, have changed the way people communicate in their private lives. Collaboration software is definitely going to change their professional lives, employees share documents and they can brainstorm new ideas.
Collaboration software can converge with business intelligence application(BI). Web 2 applications tools like blogs and wikis have the potential to dramatically expand the reach effectiveness of BI and data analytics throughout the enterprise.
There many be technical challenges but it has got the potential benefits the ability not share and interact with B I and data analytics throughout the enterprise. Interactive business intelligence reports will increase the speed of decision making and then decision making process will become more transparent. Employees can be able to share that information easily and quickly in different departments and divisions. When you have partnership the customers of C1 (company 1) will have the ability to embed C2 ‘s (company 2)business Objects interactive report, forums and search functionality in their collaboration portal.
The use of collaborative software in the work space creates a collaborative working environment (CWE). A collaborative working environment supports people in both their individual and cooperative work thus giving birth to a new class of professionals, e-professionals, who can work together irrespective of their geographical location. Finally collaborative software relates to the category of collaborative work systems which are conceived as any form of human organization that emerges any time that collaboration takes place, whether it is formal or informal, intentional or unintentional.
Whereas the groups are or collaborative software connected to the technological elements of computer supported cooperative work, collaborative work systems become a useful analytical tool to understand the behavioral and organizational variables.These variables are associated to the broader concept of CSCW. In collaborative interactions the main function of the participants’ relationship is to alter a collaboration entity . The collaboration entity may be like development of an idea, the creation of a design, Therefore, real collaboration technologies deliver the functionality for many participants to augment a common deliverable. Record or document management, threaded discussions, audit history, and other mechanisms designed to capture the efforts of many into a managed content environment are typical of collaboration technologies.
An extension of groupware is collaborative media, software that allows several concurrent users to create and manage information in a website. Collaborative media models include Wiki and Slashdot models. Some websites with publicly accessible content based on collaborative software are: Wikipedia, WikiWiki Web and Everything 2. Future technology may reduce the time and effort taken for the works like document management. Let me write more on this topic in the forthcoming blogs.