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  1. 1. SFSU ISYS 363 Section 01-
  2. 2. Group Collaboration Tools Project Overview  Focus on group collaboration tools and how they work in the business environment.  Collaboration is the experience that integrates people, processes, and technology all in one space  These tools morph conversations and file sharing tools into a knowledge base that the entire enterprise can now access.  Market leaders  Facebook  LinkedIn  SharePoint  IBM Open Connections
  3. 3. A Good Collaboration Tool?  What companies and enterprises want in collaboration tools:  Security  File sharing  Real time  Unlimited users and storage  Video chat and communication forums  Our Criteria  Free  Real time communication through video conferencing, or message board  Share files anywhere in the world at any given time.  Share different type of documents such as spreadsheets, and images
  4. 4. GroupMe Pros  Works on every mobile device  Share photos, location, and even split payments with people in group  Works around the world  Can leave group at any time  Have the ability to “like” other group members posts Cons  Limited communication  No video chat  Mobile application on different carriers can be confusing  Limited to only mobile device use GroupMe is a mobile app that allows for private chat rooms among a group of people.
  5. 5. Dropbox Pros  Has good security on files; only uses who are authorized can access the files specific files being shared  Easiest to use for file share between groups  You can access past forms of a file, even after changes have been made. Cons  Can be difficult to locate a file  Not as efficient for teamwork compared to other collaboration tools because of synchronizing  According to users, Dropbox lacks good customer service Allows you to store, access, and share pictures/videos and documents at any given moment and place on your computer or smartphone.
  6. 6. Skype Pros  Allows virtual meetings (Convenience)  User friendly/easy setup (600 million users)  High Capacity Calls (Up to 25 people)  Free service (Including Skype-to-Phone) Cons  Poor video/audio quality on group calls, in various aspects (Unprofessional)  Often hard to setup with standard AV system (Time consuming)  Security Risk (Not good for important info.) Skype is a freemium voice-over-IP service and instant messaging client that is currently developed by Microsoft
  7. 7. Google docs Pros  Quick access to documents anywhere in world.  Allows file sharing, simultaneously working on files.  Can create private or open sharing.  Free to use for up to 15GB of information  Allows the use of spreadsheets and sharing photos Cons  Limited features set compared to Microsoft word/excel.  Have to be connected to the internet to use.  Requires a Google account.  Limited storage for free users A web-based office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. It allows users to create and edit documents and spreadsheets online.
  8. 8. Twiddla Pros  No plug-ins=all you need is a web browser  You can interact with the web (or uploaded picture, document, or widget) AND mark it up in real time with other people  It incorporates chat and voice  Can invite as many people to participate in your Twiddla session as you like- No limits Cons  All members must be online using Twiddla at the same time  There is no way to track the influence/contribution of each team member.  The markup tools are somewhat difficult to use when drawing with the mouse. Using a tablet interface may allow for better precision when drawing. Twiddla is a free online collaboration tool that allows team whiteboarding. You can upload or draw images in real time with others.
  9. 9. Our Winner  Google Docs  Easy to learn and use  Simple file sharing and real time editing  Allows for multiple ways to communicate  Word  Spreadsheet  Chat  Imports and exports and works with most file types
  10. 10. References      e_pros_and_cons.html  Collaboration-Can-Work-For-Business.htm