The term “collaboration” has become one of the primary hot topics for businesses and analysts throughout the industry lately. At its most basic level, “collaboration” simply means “working with others in a coordinated fashion toward a common goal.” But few actually attempt to define what it really means in the context of business and PPM.
If you ask most people what capabilities define collaboration in the workplace, they generally talk about the sharing of information within a given team: document management, threaded discussions, activity feeds, instant messaging, shared calendars, task assignments, facilitation of problem solving and idea development, communication of decisions and meeting minutes, etc. This is all good, and certainly helps a team move forward in coordinated fashion toward the common goal of completing a project or specific unit of work. Nearly all PPM solutions provide functionality to address each of these needs within the scope of a project. SaaS PPM solutions are particularly well-suited to providing this level of team collaboration since, by their very nature, they are accessible to all team members regardless of geographic diversity and the information they contain is always available in near real-time.