Collaboration Software, also known as group collaboration software or groupware, is software which allows cooperation on a business document between multiple parties on multiple computers. Collaboration software also allows integration and merging of document changes and versions on a business document.
There are two types of collaboration software: IT centered and low IT involvement. IT-centered collaboration software, like many document and content management platforms, requires new IT infrastructure, training, maintenance and support. Low IT involved collaboration software communicates collaborative information to all parties involved using existing IT infrastructure and with little or no training and maintenance, making open collaborative software more diverse and less expensive. This type of collaboration software also manages ad hoc processes of business collaboration, assisting businesses even when workload and deadlines create a hectic and disorganized schedule.
This article presents an index of collaboration software technologies to assist businesses in finding collaboration software that works for them. Any given internet search on “groupware” or “collaboration software” will yield millions of results. Knowing what technologies to look for will help whittle down results to a groupware that works way businesses work.
Digital Thread Technology literally threads together multiple drafts of a document by placing a tag in metadata of document. Each time document is edited or changed, changes are tracked. When it comes time to merge versions of document into final draft, each version will be accounted for. In addition, those who work on document will know what changes were made, when they were made, and where and by whom drafts were saved.