Where is collaboration heading?

Co incidently the first blog that i ever published was on the same topics when i had begun the development of the Colayer product 3.0 known as  Davos. Two years down the line it has matured and out in the market used by people and still under going innovation even when i am no longer a part of the development team.

This post isn’t about Colayer Davos (Colayla) or Zevenseas (Attini) specifically for that matter. Its isn’t any sort of comparison between both of them, its about my perspective towards collaboration as a whole, how can we get more productive in the limited time that we have. After all who wont like a two day holiday turn out to a three day holiday.

Its about how collaboration and web 2.0 are going ahead and where does email stand with Google Wave resting in peace for now. I am fond of new technologies and try to play around new products, that gives you the knowledge of where the technology is heading.

Few days ago as i began my new stint with Zevenseas India which by the way was successful in bagging me from Colayer India. Yes i am a Colayer alumni and a currently employed at Zevenseas. I have developed the Davos platform with the Colayer team and currently working with the Attini team at Zevenseas. It’s just a start but had very good insights in the Attini product especially Attini Talk, there are Attini Blogs, Attini Videos as well.

The striking feature was the ways that both have followed are different. Colayer, Wave and Facebook can be grouped under same category where as Attini talk and Twitter can be on the same page.

When we say collaboration we mean many different things, in general terms for the naive users who are noobs to the technical words it can be, people sharing the documents and maintaining the version history instead of searching the entire mail for those details saving the time and thereby making them efficient and productive, in similar way a visit to the @MENTION / @CONNECT tab on twitter/attini save a heck lot of time, tagging in twitter via the @ is a one step process than following no of steps via email.

I am not the guy who hates Email for that matter, its a general problem that many users face. You want a app thats quick fast and useable. In this case Facebook and Twitter fall under the public domain, where as Colayer and Attini are commercial products. Again from technical point of view Colayer sits on top of the Google V8 engine which is the same the chrome browser uses, on top of it lies the Colayer engine which is written in C and the Colayer API which uses Javascript for web application development both server side and client side, similar to what node.js does. That can be a topic for a new blog post. The Attini structure is Microsoft Sharepoint as the bottom, the Attini engine on top of it and then we have Attini Talk similar to twitter, Attini Blogs, Attini Videos.

Colayer provides collaboration through context based communication via the times page, the same functionality that a simple first page of a news paper does, along with the shuttle as a medium to share, post updates, links and add tags to the discussions. Have group communication. There are access restrictions and filters to the level of access one can have, it can be group or user or even an anonymous user. A new user who has accessed facebook can relate easily.

Attini achieves more specifically Attini talk achieves it via updating status, posting messages, following users and groups. Making it user centric and group centric. He does not ever feel like where he is. Although a new user who isn’t familier to twitter might wonder how Attini functions.

The striking difference between both is every information is public in Attini and in Colayer you do have the ability to specify the access rights for the users.

Looking at the past facebook has ran into a lot of trouble with privacy issues while every user knows he is what he tweets he knows his tweets are public and issue of privacy does not arise. Each has its own merits and demerits it is alarmingly high the number of twitter users that are abused online and leaving the platform. Facebook on the other hand is successful in bringing back the people as it connects people.

This was just a insight of whats going around in the field of collaboration.  A small insight of the large picture. I do believe email wont be the mode of communication next 10 years down the line, it simply isn’t really the smartest way, technology evolves and the one who are flexible with changing times and requirements of people will survive else many Waves will  hit the shores and die out slowly. Then again i don’t own a fortune teller parrot, time has the answers.

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