Open Atrium is a project management tool that is built around collaboration of project teams and brings together the power of Blogs, Wikis, Messaging, Calendar and collaborative systems all in one. While there are some systems out there already, this is attractive as it’s stylish, new and open source. Oh and I’ve just started writing about business tools!
I’ve talked to many people in business about the modern view of intranets and how some organisations are running their entire intranet and all their projects this way, and I’ve done a series on this very blog about it, but the tools are just becoming widely available.
I’ve written before about utilising tools that are used daily on the Internet to create a new and knowledge focused Intranet with little cost to the business (have a look through the Knowledge Management category), and in that I’ve talked about the use of Instant Messaging. This has been something that has come up against resistance whenever it’s mentioned in a business context, so when I started using Twitter I saw answers to so many of the issues and negatives raised against IM in the workplace.
The Twitter model of messaging is one which would work superbly well in a business that is both scared of employees chatting the day away, and also of employees concerned about the instant intrusion of IM.