Are enterprise collaboration tools all the rage?

By Brandon Butler, Network World |  Unified Communications, Collaboration Software

Talk to Dan Schoenbaum, the newly announced CEO of enterprise collaboration company Teambox, and he'll tell you the market for applications that let workers share files using cloud-based tools, collaborate instantaneously and access the software anywhere is ripe to take off.

Need proof? How about Microsoft's $1 billion-plus purchase of Yammer a few months ago? Further proof is in the list of customers Teambox has signed on, from Southwest Airlines to Groupon, Lego, Dannon and Penn State. In the last seven months the company has grown its customer base by 350%, and that's without any Teambox doing any marketing.

Still though, email remains the dominant communications platform in the enterprise and many Teambox clients use the software on a department level, not enterprisewide. Interest is widespread, Schoenbaum says, but deployments of social collaboration tools still seem nascent. "We're in the first inning of this market," says Schoenbaum, who most recently was COO at security firm TripWire before taking over Teambox.

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Teambox today announced a variety of new features to its enterprise collaboration tool, which now integrates with Dropbox, Box and Google Docs cloud-based storage systems. That means users can access files stored in a Dropbox account through the Teambox software. Whereas Yammer's user interface displays as a conversation stream for projects, Schoenbaum says Teambox is a collaboration platform that includes live chat, file sharing and task management, with plans to offer VoIP and video calling soon. It also added, as of today, an open application program interface (API) to allow integrations with existing applications.


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