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graycat
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:10 pm    Post subject: Collaboration software Reply with quote

Does anyone use any collaboration software to help geographically dispersed teams work together and keep communications flowing?

Situation is the IT support team is getting pretty spread out around the world even though it's only small and I'm after some way of collaborating between everyone via chat, shared documents etc etc

Any suggestions?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Using things you already have, learn how to use tasks in Outlook properly: create a task, set a category (eg for a particular project, makes searching easier when you want to get all the tasks together), assign it to someone else but keep it on your task list to keep an eye on progress through to completion.

Office Communicator / Lync Ė great for LiveMeeting, messaging, presence information in Outlook etc

Project Server (maybe too high-end for your needs)

SharePoint for doc sharing and workflows, and OneNote collaboration. Take a look at this, go find out about using OneNote for your own notes but also for shared notebooks where people can add their stuff. You can work offline and when you synch you can see other peopleís changes (and roll back if you donít like them!) You could do this with your own SharePoint site or go cloud with Office 365 if you canít be bothered with the infrastructure side of this.
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Definitely take a look at BackPack and CampFire from 37 signals. You could sign up for both (which work together) for $61 USD / month for the sort of size of team you have. So, can you justify £500 a year saved in travel expenses and lost time getting people together for meetings? Not to mention being more up-to-the-minute and ďagileĒ with things.

For a more quick and dirty (and free) approach for project tasks or meeting actions, look at http://tadalist.com/

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my previous job, we used a private blog (wordpress and apache running on a small VM hosted on one of our staging machines) and it worked. Actually, it became a source of current projects what's happening in other sites, etc.. for our technical people and it was fun too! But still for urgent matters we had to rely on other means like chat or phone!
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