Collaborative Platform & Work platform (premium, free and Open Source)

A collaborative platform is a new type of software that combines communication and collaboration tools in a virtual workspace. The functionalities of collaborative platforms include: CSR, project management, co-creation and GED.

The best collaborative platforms

Collaboration
Communication
Mobility
Support
Application Settings
Project Management
interStis

Conducting projects and facilitating work groups

monday.com

The most intuitive platform to manage projects and teamwork

Hypersay

Deliver Presentations They Will Never Forget

Wimi

Project Management & Teamwork App

Powell Software

The Digital Workplace Intelligent Suite on Office 365

Beesbusy

Organisation, projects and tasks management

TIXEO

Secure Video Conferencing

Gouti

PM tool for the project manager and his team

Jive-n

The world's leading Enterprise Social Networking software

maestroPROJET

Customizable project management tool for SME and LE.

KaviAR

Augmented Reality Software Online. Do it yourself.

Joincube

Simple Collaborative Enterprise Social Network

Yammer

The enterprise social network integrated with Office 365

About innovation

You will love to manage your IP Portfolio !

Slack

Incorporates all communication channels

Workplace by Facebook

The world's number 1 enterprise social network

GanttPRO

Online project management solution based on Gantt charts

Jamespot

Your career, in the hands of your enterprise social network

Whaller

Create your own private social networks

Gladys

Boost project management efficiency and efficacy

Cisco Spark

Cloud collaboration software

What is a collaborative platform?

Definition

A collaborative platform is a hybrid tool that combines communication and collaboration tools - used internally - within a virtual workspace. 

Accessible online, this software includes:

  • Project management
  • Electronic Document Management (EDM)
  • Enterprise Social Network (ESN)
  • Instant messaging (chat)
  • Videoconferencing
  • Knowledge management, blog, communities
  • Co-creation platform, participatory innovation
  • Shared agenda
  • Etc.

How does it work?

Software vendors offer a collaborative platform - customized with the company's logos (logo, colors, custom web interface, URL, etc.)-  that centralizes information on secure servers (internal or included in the offer).

Each user accesses his company's cloud and personal workspace online to view or publish information and to:

  • Observe his own news feed with messages, requests received, company news and projects
  • Access a project or activity: create, validate, annotate a task, consult a document, etc.
  • Put documents online and share them 
  • Send a private message to a college or take part in a discussion group
  • Contribute to calls for ideas
  • Complete forms (leave, absence, reimbursement) and send them to the HR manager

The platform is modular, split in feature packages.

These software are interoperable with the most popular collaborative tools: Slack, Asana, Trello, Salesforce, Wimi, Dropbox, Google drive, Onedrive, Github, etc.

What are the main features of a collaborative platform?

3 elements stand out:

  • The Enterprise's social network (ESN)
  • The collaborative workspace by project or activity
  • The personal space specific to each employee

The corporate social network

These web platforms take the fundamentals of the social network (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) and apply them to the company:

  • Sharing information, documents, events, etc., on a virtual wall 
  • Instant messaging (written, audio, video) with intranet members
  • Audio and video calls (videoconferencing, web conferencing with screen sharing possible)
  • Profile of the network members
  • Discussion pages, forums, blogs
  • Etc.

The collaborative workspace

All the functionalities related to project management are included in the tool to avoid having to juggle with several software programs: 

  • Task and sub task management: name, description, manager, deadline, comments, automatic notification (manager and subscribers), recurring tasks, etc. 
  • Management of members' access rights to the different elements of the project (employees or guests: customers, suppliers, partners): read-only, modification, no access
  • Instant messaging: private or public, individual or collective
  • Document management by project
  • Search bar
  • Provisional planning, progress indicators, team agenda, etc.
  • Organization of meetings and invitation of participants
  • Project report

A collaborative portal is dedicated to each project.

More than project management and internal communication tools, these tools are used in knowledge management, participatory innovation and co-creation approaches. Calls for ideas (ideas related to a theme or problem) can be created and disseminated within the company:

  • All employees can propose ideas and brainstorm: give their opinion on proposals, inspire new ones
  • The administrators visualize the ideas on the project's news feed, perform a first screening and study the relevant ideas
  • At the end of the campaign a performance report is generated and sent to the call participants so that they are aware of new innovative projects.

The portal used 

Each employee has a user account to access his personal space and the various functionalities of the tool: 

  • A news feed with the ability to filter information and comment on items that appear
  • Instant messaging
  • RSS feed aggregator automates organizational monitoring
  • Access to collaborative spaces: project, activity, suggestion box, etc.
  • Personal and shared agenda
  • Etc.

The tool also synchronizes with the various software used internally:

  • to process his emails from the platform
  • to uniform the corporate knowledge base: a drive or DMS tool (can be included in the solution) 

Some tools offer additional organizational features: 

  • Management of employee requests (departures, invoices, holidays, etc.) and transmission to the manager (posting in the news feed of the person concerned)
  • Time sheet management
  • Software hub

Who uses a collaborative platform?

These platforms are complete and versatile collaborative tools that are fitting in medium-sized companies (SMEs)  and large groups environments.

They centralize communication and collaboration tools: by project and transversal (participatory innovation, newsletter, etc.). They are used by all departments.

The importance of the project management module makes it easier for agile organizations, that regularly operate in project mode, to use these tools: companies, start-ups, firms, design offices, web agencies, etc.

Universities are also interested in these tools that provide a virtual spaces for students.

Why use a collaborative platform?

Collaborative platforms unify communication and collaboration tools. However, they have some disadvantages.

Advantages

  • No more juggling email, live chat, task manager, EDM tool and ESN.
  • Collaborative management of innovative projects that generate radical innovations 
  • Fewer emails sent internally
  • Centralization of information by project results in simplified project management, efficiency and increased productivity
  • Presence of a collaborative workspace dedicated to each project
  • Proximity of employees who have a messaging and social network to share information and collaborate

Disadvantages

  • Offered in SaaS, a dependency on the platform can be detrimental in the event of unavailability of the service
  • The social dimension of the tool can distract individuals who want to be on the lookout for the latest news
  • Instant messaging can be stressful between those who are waiting for an immediate response and employees who are scanning their messaging to respond instantly

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Knowledge Management

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