Originally posted on Gigaom:
Effective teamwork is one of the most critical keys to success. As a result, collaboration tools are one of the hottest sectors in software. New solutions ranging from startups, such as Trello and Central Desktop, to established players, such as Microsoft, Salesforce, Jive and my own employer — Mindjet — are vying for a piece of the market.
Below are five important trends in collaboration solutions. Think carefully about how the solution you are using (or considering) reflects this rapidly changing dynamic.
1. Collaboration equals integration
Collaboration means many things to many people. For some, it’s document management and sharing. For others, it’s social networking (within a business context). And for others still, it’s project or task management for teams. However it is defined, effective collaboration solutions will increasingly combine the elements of project and work planning, file sharing and social task management into one unified whole.
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