The full quote from Dr Seuss is the title of his book, Oh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good For You! It is all about staying healthy. We borrow his phrase to discuss how online collaboration software can keep your teams and your strategic vendor and customer partnerships healthy and thriving.
This is the first of a new series, designed for non-technical business people, that describes the many applications of online collaboration software. Please join our blog, using either your email address or RSS feed, so that you won't miss a post. Also, please contribute your own insights and experience by commenting on these posts, or becoming a guest author. We welcome your participation in building an online knowledge base of descriptions and tips that will help those non-technical users take advantage of collaborative tools to manage key communications, work flow, and knowledge.
Let's start with some background: by "online collaboration software" we refer to a set of tools that allow one to create online workspaces such that a virtual team (dispersed) can work together on a single project or ongoing set of activities. Generally, look for collaboration software that includes these tools: basic easy-to-edit 'wiki' pages for general information, plus document sharing, project management, issue tracking, discussion forums, calendars, member directories, and even customizable online databases. Collaborative software will allow you to create multiple workspaces for different teams and projects. It is also important to be able to enroll external team members, such as your all-important customers and vendors! Also, the easiest and fastest way to get started is through a software-as-a-service collaboration offering; all you or your team members need to get started is a browser and internet connection.
And with the right collaboration tools, oh the things you can do!
Let me just list a few of them:
- Intranet for a small medium business
- Internal project team site
- Consulting project site
- Vendor portals for product design/development
- Online knowledge/resource centers (for internal departments, customers, or vendors)
- Best practices center
- Online web databases
- Public - private partnerships
- Industry coalitions
- Homework board for school classes
- Committee or board site
- Community group news and discussion
- Site for local chapter members
- And more…..
You can find some interesting examples of some of these in a short video posted on my company's home page www.grovesite.com; the specific link is https://www.grovesite.com/Utility/GroveShow.htm . The screenshots begin on about the 9th slide. If some of you have other good examples, please let us know by adding a comment.
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