Here at CloudAve we’re firm believers in the power of collaboration. When Ben became part of a group looking at building a collaborative platform for data sharing for a local Government organization, it seemed logical to approach the project in a similarly collaborative way. Wanting to "eat their own dog food", a joint group of individuals shared in the project; Mike Riversdale, Aaron Brunet and Ben all joined forces to work on a project initiated by a forward thinking local government staffer required to manage an extensive natural resource. The great thing about this particular project is that, without giving specifics out, it seeks to improve the management of a scare natural resource.
So that’s where you, the readers, come in. Part of the project is to look at different collaboration tools that meet the requirements of the project. These requirements are;
- Include the standard apps normally expected in an office suite (Word, spreadsheet, slides, schedule/calendar)
- Structures for data, documents, images, maps and recordings.
- Accessible via a browser, platform independent
- Reliable (the app must work when required, not be intermittent)
- Material must be easily extractable / exportable (don’t want material locked-in to application tools)
- Responsive (must appear to the user that the app is local – quick / snappy in operation
- Economically priced (ie not free, but not super pricey either)
Now, to be fair, we’ve sort of got the obvious ones covered – Google Apps, Zoho, Microsoft Office Live Workspace (such a snappy line) and the usual suspects – but what are online collaboration tools that you use and can’t believe no-one has ever heard of?
Don’t hold back – TELL US!