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Collaboration software enables the sharing of information by providing an online or intranet-based environment for virtual teamwork. These applications allow for greater efficiency in managing document libraries and versions, projects in progress, report editing, threaded discussions, calendar sharing, knowledge base search, workflow and task management. Collaboration solutions often feature integration for a variety of real-time communications tools including: video or voice conferencing, email and instant messaging. Collaboration software is related to Project Management software and Web Conferencing software.

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Confluence helps your team stay on the same page by making it easier to collaborate across your whole organization. Learn more about Confluence
Confluence is the collaboration tool of your dreams. Confluence enables you to work with your teams in real time, tag stakeholders when and where their attention is needed, share information across teams, and much more. Confluence helps your team stay on the same page by keeping all information in one place. Learn more about Confluence

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Switch on collaboration for legal professionals with Thomson Reuters® HighQ. Learn more about HighQ
HighQ’s modern, adaptable, and continuously-learning legal workflow platform delivers an open and scalable foundation, embedded machine intelligence and analytics, and smart integration points with firm-critical applications. Dramatically improve how you plan, organize, track, and complete work more efficiently with personalized client portals and real-time access and insights on legal project work, ready-to-use task lists and templates, and automated workflow-enabled legal process maps. Learn more about HighQ

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Messagenius is the on-prem messaging app securing employee communications. Self-hosted, customizable, integrated & white label. Learn more about Messagenius
Messagenius is the secure Slack-alternative: self-hosted (on-prem), customizable & integrated. The benefits for Companies adopting Messagenius (in white label) for internal comms are: - SECURITY, COMPLIANCE & DATA OWNERSHIP - On-premises/private-cloud installation. - PRODUCTIVITY - Purpose-built features and workflows - in white label branding. - INTEGRATION - Into and with any software in use. Available in Android, iOS, Windows and web version. Learn more about Messagenius

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The issue tracker designed for agile teams. An agile project management tool that can be customized to your business processes. Learn more about YouTrack
Developed by JetBrains. YouTrack is a tool to manage your projects, configure agile boards, use reports and Gantt charts, dashboards and time tracking. Track tasks and issues, support customers requests, plan sprints and releases, create workflows, and never force your process to fit the limits of a tool again! YouTrack speaks your language, supports markdown and emoji-reactions. YouTrack is flexible enough to follow your exact process! Cloud or Standalone. Free for 10 users. Learn more about YouTrack

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Collaborate on projects, track time, manage expenses and invoice your customers. Available in the cloud, from any device! Learn more about Avaza
Avaza is an all-in-one solution for project management, resource scheduling, tracking time, managing expenses, quotes & invoices. Teams of all sizes, from freelancers to large businesses, will love it, for its simple & intuitive design with powerful features. You can work on projects, track time, manage expenses and invoice your customers all in one place. Available in the cloud, from any device. Learn more about Avaza

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Zoho Sprints is an agile project management tool that helps Scrum teams to plan, track and always be ready for change. Learn more about Zoho Sprints
Zoho Sprints is a free online agile project management tool for Scrum teams. Add user stories to your backlog, estimate and prioritize work items, stay on track with personalized scrum boards and swimlanes, get actionable insights from velocity, burn up and burn down charts, collaborate with your team on a social feed, and schedule your review and retrospective meetings from one place. Learn more about Zoho Sprints

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Leading enterprise online proofingplatform for managing feedback on any creative asset on any device. Learn more about Ziflow
Ziflow is the leading online proofing platform. It empowers agencies and brands to deliver exceptional creative work by streamlining feedback on any creative asset from concept to completion. Customers include Showtime, McCann Worldgroup, AWS, Weber, Specialized and Dupont. Ziflow was founded in 2016 and serves thousands of customers across the world. Ziflow has team members in the US, UK, Poland and South Africa. Learn more about Ziflow

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Zoho Projects is the ultimate collaboration tool for teams, enabling seamless communication, task management, and progress tracking. Learn more about Zoho Projects
Zoho Projects is a powerful project management tool that is designed with collaboration in mind. With real time chat, discussion forums, audio/video conferencing and document management, team members can easily communicate with each other and work together seamlessly. The intuitive interface and extensive features helps teams streamline their workflows, improve communication, and deliver projects on time and within budget, making it an ideal solution for businesses of all sizes. Learn more about Zoho Projects

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Suppeco leverages customer-supplier relationships driving service excellence for a sustainable ecosystem and supply chain. Learn more about Suppeco
Trusted by market leaders, Suppeco is a collaborative relationship platform, that enables organisations in any industry to drive an infinite array of targeted opportunity for value creation, innovation, and growth. Suppeco provides an unrivalled frictionless environment for collaboration at scale, across distributed multi-party teams. A cloud native SaaS platform, Suppeco enables companies to successfully manage and optimise relationships with their external ecosystems, and supply chains. Learn more about Suppeco

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Bitrix24 is a leading collaboration, communication, social networking, workflow and knowledge management platform with 12M clients. Learn more about Bitrix24
Bitrix24 is a leading free collaboration platform used by over 12 million organizations worldwide. Available in cloud and on-premise it offers communication tools, task and project management, social collaboration tools, employee engagement, group chat, shared calendars and more. Bitrix24 is absolutely free for unlimited users, but it also has paid plans with premium features. Learn more about Bitrix24

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Asana for Collaboration. Collaborate on everything from routine tasks to your team’s biggest goals, all in Asana. Learn more about Asana
Asana is a collaboration tool that helps teams orchestrate their work, from daily tasks to strategic initiatives. With Asana, you can connect all your work in one place and bring teams together, anywhere. From lists to boards, to calendars and gantt charts, organize work your way. Join more than 135,000 paying organizations and millions of teams across 190 countries who use Asana to get more done. Get started in minutes to try Asana. Learn more about Asana

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Slack is your productivity platform. Welcome to the command center of your workday.
Slack is your productivity platform. Welcome to the command center of your workday. Discover a more flexible way to work with all your people, apps and partners in one space. Slack connects people with each other and with their tools and data. Equip teams to be their most efficient and productive—to save time, increase ROI and open up all kinds of opportunities. Slack isn’t just a tool for sending messages. It’s a place where work flows between all your teams, tools, customers and partners. Learn more about Slack

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A visual collaboration tool that creates a shared perspective for your team on any project in a fun, flexible, and rewarding way.
From sales and marketing to HR and operations, teams can design and customize Trello to fit their unique needs and work styles. And with over 100+ integrations with other key tools like Google Drive, Slack, Jira and more, Trello is a living, breathing project hub of cross-team collaboration no matter where your work needs to happen. Trello brings joy to teamwork by making it transparent and easily shareable across boards and teams. Learn more about Trello

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Share a document. Collaborate and comment. Securely store files. Dropbox Business has everything you need for your digital workspace.
Share a document. Collaborate and comment. Securely store files. Dropbox Business has everything you need for your digital workspace. Dropbox Business is trusted and used by over 300,000 business teams worldwide and over 50% of the Fortune 500 for its industry leading file sync, collaboration, and extensive administration and security features that scale as teams grow. Learn more about Dropbox Business

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Google Workspace is how teams of all sizes connect, create, and collaborate — to drive innovation from any device, and any location.
Google Workspace business solutions seamlessly integrate everything that you and your team need to get anything done, all-in-one place, including professional @yourcompany email. Whether it’s a video call with a client, chat room with your supplier or shared drive with partners, stay connected with everyone who is important to your business. Learn more about Google Workspace

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Basecamp is a team collaboration system designed to be straightforward, easy for teams to adopt, and perfect for team managers.
The Basecamp Way of working is used by thousands of teams that like to get work done without distractions and inefficiencies. Basecamp is opinionated about how work should flow, making it easy for teams to adopt and perfect for managers who want to get everyone in sync. Basecamp includes all tools that teams may need to collaborate, including file sharing, messages, chat, to-dos, and Card Table. Don't just take our word for it - see what people are saying, and give it a try with a free trial. Learn more about Basecamp

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With 15+ years in the agile space, Jira offers teams the top tools and best practices to provide the right foundation for growth.
Jira is the #1 software development tool used by agile teams. Teams of 2 to 20,000 rely on Jira to manage every stage of their workflow, from planning to shipping and releasing. With native roadmaps, teams can ladder up their work to track the big picture. Jira's no-code automation engine allows teams to save time and increase power by automating any task or process with a few clicks. And with a free edition, teams up to ten users can leverage all the power of Jira at no cost, forever. Learn more about Jira

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With Team Chat, Phone, AI Companion, and more, Zoom is the platform for your best work.
Zoom is an all-in-one intelligent collaboration platform that makes connecting easier, more immersive, and more dynamic for businesses and individuals. Zoom technology puts people at the center, enabling meaningful connections, facilitating modern collaboration, and driving human innovation through solutions like Team Chat, Phone, Meetings, omnichannel cloud Contact Center, AI Companion, Whiteboard, and more, in one offering. Learn more about Zoom

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An integrated suite of applications include email, calendar and address book that are accessed via the Internet 24/7.
Microsoft 365 - formerly known as Office 365 - is more than just Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. It provides powerful services like business-class email, online storage, and teamwork solutions that you can access from anywhere. Bring teams and resources together with solutions like Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business that make working together more productive and enjoyable regardless of where participants are located. Learn more about Microsoft 365

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Microsoft OneDrive is a web-based digital asset management solution that allows businesses of all sizes to efficiently manage, collabo
Microsoft OneDrive is a web-based digital asset management solution that allows businesses of all sizes to efficiently manage, collaborate, and share files. Administrators can set up a private or public site for authorized users, who can then create online folders to store their documents. Businesses can share sensitive data without revealing proprietary information by allowing only authorized people to access the folder. Users can also access and edit documents within the same collaborative environment to increase efficiency. The Microsoft 365 interactive scanning app lets users scan and convert paper to searchable PDFs directly from their device. Learn more about OneDrive

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Fast, easy and reliable online meeting software trusted by millions of people everyday for real-time virtual communication.
An industry leader in online video conferencing for companies around the world, GoTo Meeting now comes as part of GoTo Connect, the all-in-one communications software built for SMBs. Get a fast, easy and reliable professional solution that enables customers to meet face to face, connect with colleagues through in-meeting chat or conference calling, and screenshare their presentations, all with the click of a button. The Meeting solution from GoTo Connect pairs productivity with flexibility. Learn more about GoTo Meeting

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TeamViewer's all-in-one approach ensures that you have everything you need for both effective communication and collaborative working.
TeamViewer's multi-faceted functionality makes it the ideal all-in-one business collaboration solution for working on joint projects remotely, whether you are working from home or cooperating with colleagues elsewhere. In addition to the online conferencing features, allowing you to jump on video calls with ease, you can use TeamViewer Chat to discuss important topics on the fly, without having to sift through complex email threads. Learn more about TeamViewer Remote

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Cloud-based application developed for business communications that helps manage chat, meet, file sharing, and more.
Microsoft Teams is a group chat solution for teams who want a shared workspace and messaging service. Microsoft Teams replaces Skype for Business as the chat-based communication service of choice for Microsoft 365 team collaboration. It's available on iOS, Android and Windows 10 operating systems. Microsoft Teams is an enterprise-grade messaging application that is a collaboration hub for teams. Create new teams to manage projects, and use Microsoft Teams to send messages, make calls and video conference with coworkers. Get real-time updates to keep everyone on task throughout the day. Learn more about Microsoft Teams

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Bring your teams work together, and unify your workflow. Create, collaborate, and store information all in one place.
Evernote Business brings your teams work together. Create documents, collaborate on projects, and store information all in one place. Teammates can access, edit, upload, and share notes and files from any device--even if theyre offline. Cut through the noise, and quickly find the information you need with powerful search capabilities and integrations with tools you already use. Unify your workflow with Evernote Business. Learn more about Evernote Teams

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Webex brings together Calling, Meeting and Messaging modes of collaboration into a seamless, inclusive and intelligent experience.
Messaging that powers collaboration. Anytime, anywhere. -Collaborate beyond meetings, internally and externally -Connect with teams before, during, and after meetings, in spaces organized around your work. -Collaborate with anyone, inside or outside your organization—all from the same space. -Collaborate across applications -Co-edit documents and use many of your favorite apps—all without leaving Webex. Learn more about Webex

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Collaboration Software Buyers Guide

What is collaboration software?

Collaboration software is a tool for agile teams located in different geographies or working remotely. It’s used in advertising, banking, government, healthcare, marketing, and IT. Its primary features include document sharing, version control, role-based access and permission control, progress tracking, multichannel communication tools, and a document repository.

The software helps employees collaborate with ease, communicate quickly, and share resources. Working in a collaborative environment, multiple users can simultaneously manage and share tasks, projects, and updates in real time.

The benefits of collaboration software

Collaboration software offers many benefits to an organization that results in a streamlined workflow and effective completion of tasks and goals. It helps businesses do the following:

  • Improve productivity: Executing projects on time requires live communication and collaboration. The software allows employees to share ideas, resources, and task updates with anyone, anywhere in real time. Unlike emails, this software doesn’t bury the critical information in a clutter of unrelated messages. Users can create channels for every workflow as well as alerts to track their assignments and project progress.
  • Manage projects efficiently: The single, combined dashboard lets multiple users organize projects and tasks, assign those to different collaborators, track workflows, and be informed of the progress. Users can inform their colleagues about the assigned tasks, track their workflows, and communicate with peers in real time.
  • Efficiently collaborate with remote workers: The software allows businesses to expand their workflows and include remote workers or peers from different geographies. This way, companies can hire local talent instead of paying to relocate employees. Remote workers will have access to the necessary project files, which ensures continued productivity at a low cost.

Typical features of collaboration software

  • Communication tools: Use the tools and resources to facilitate communication with stakeholders on various tasks and projects.
  • File sharing: Share files with other users and distribute the right to access, edit, or modify the files.
  • Document management: Create, store, track, and manage all the documents in an organized manner.
  • Task management: Create tasks and assign those to individuals. Keep a track of the workflow and monitor the overall progress until the task is completed.
  • Content management: Facilitate real-time collaboration between multiple stakeholders to create and edit documents in real time. Collect, share, retrieve, and manage content in various formats stored in multiple databases.
  • Brainstorming: Facilitate digital group discussions to produce and store new ideas.

Considerations when purchasing collaboration software

With hundreds of collaboration tools in the market, it can be difficult to choose just one. As part of the deliberation process, we recommend keeping the following considerations in mind:

  • Know your work style: First, understand your workflows and how your teams work on projects to set expectations from the software. Next, thoroughly review the features and functionalities and match these to your expectations. For instance, startups prefer document sharing and simultaneous multiple-user access, while midsize businesses want a message-centric collaboration solution.
  • Deployment options: Deciding between cloud or on-premise deployment depends on many factors such as initial investment budget, implementation and onboarding time, data control and security, and in-house IT capabilities. In general, cloud-based solutions have low upfront costs and can be implemented in a few days. But if you want to restrict access to your data and store it on your own servers, opt for on-premise solutions.
  • Free trials for better evaluation: Most vendor offers free trials for a limited period, which gives you a feel of the software, its interface, and features. Once you shortlist a few products that fit your price range, choose a few employees to evaluate these solutions. Collect feedback from everyone, and then make the final purchase.
  • UCC solutions to be in the mainstream: As collaboration software offers some features of communication software, the services have been integrated into a new offering called Unified Communication and Collaboration solution. Vendors who offer standalone collaboration software will offer, or are offering, APIs (application programming interface) to integrate their software with business applications such as customer service, communication, and project management.
  • Collaboration with AI bots: Chatbots and artificial intelligence (AI) allow faster internal communication and better customer interactions. Gartner predicted that in 2020, the average person will have more conversations with bots than their own spouses. AI-enabled chatbots are handling front-end operations such as answering customer queries. The bots can manage data more efficiently, streamline mundane daily tasks, and improve team communication. Next time you plan a PTO, just tell the bot so that it automatically notifies your manager and your team.