Nine Top Collaboration Tools

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-03-2014 Email Print this article Print

This could be considered a Golden Era of Collaboration. Thanks to cloud computing, broadband and Wi-Fi connectivity, and other tech innovations, professionals are taking advantage of an increasing number of tools to help them better communicate, monitor and track projects, and share, edit, and view documents. As a result, four of five businesses use collaboration technology to enhance processes, according to industry research. Why wouldn't they? After all, strong collaboration teams are four times as likely as their counterparts to emerge as top performers, according to additional research. Aside from the most well-known products—such as Google Docs, Dropbox and Salesforce—there are a number of tools emerging as prime choices. So consider the following, popular offerings for your IT teams. They come highly recommended by a number of online resources, including those posted by Creative Bloq, which offers advice and resources for Web designers and other professionals; and ProfitBricks, an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) company. For more about the Creative Bloq picks, click here. For more about the recommendations from ProfitBricks, click here.

  • Yammer

    A private, business-focused social network for communicating and sharing documents, Yammer features user profiles so teams can "discover" individual backgrounds and skills in project recruiting.
  • Basecamp

    Basecamp gathers projects and involved personnel in one place, with control over who can access which project. In addition, it readily integrates with third-party apps for software development and other functions.
  • Flatsies

    Flatsies users host a project on a single, password-protected dashboard through one URL. You can manage up to four projects at a time with the free version.
  • Dynamics Business Analyzer

    Dynamics Business Analyzer, a colorful, CRM dashboard from Microsoft, allows for the editing of sales, revenue and other business-focused reports.
    Dynamics Business Analyzer
  • BusyFlow

    BusyFlow brings Google Docs, Google Calendar, Dropbox and other cloud-based apps into one, central area.
  • ConceptBoard

    A whiteboard tool, ConceptBoard enables instant, optimal project conceptualization, management and feedback.
  • Trello

    Trello uses a Post-it note-styled system to enable users to categorize and order text, photos, drawings and mock-ups, with project progress monitoring and appointment reminders.
  • Small Improvements

    A personnel management product, Small Improvements enables managers and employees to give performance reviews, 360-degree feedback, and track the accomplishment of objectives.
    Small Improvements
  • JIRA

    A task-management tool, JIRA sends instant alerts to team members whenever a colleague leaves a comment which mentions their name.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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