Enterprise Applications: Anatomy of Chatter File Collaboration

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2011-06-06 Print this article Print
Two Users

Two Users

Two users, Steve and Jake are both using Salesforce Summer -11. Steve wants to collaborate with Jake on a Microsoft Excel 2010 spreadsheet.
The enterprise social collaboration changes in the Salesforce.com Summer -11 release consist of a filter improvements to the Chatter enterprise social media module. The new "collaboration file sharing capabilities added to Chatter in Summer -11 lack a check in/check out or robust version control. The current work around includes following the shared file and keeping a careful eye on the Chatter activity stream. That's a lot of human intervention in the process of collaboration that should be taken care of by the application. Salesforce Summer -11 became available on June 3. The revised Chatter module is included in all paid editions as well as the no-cost, standalone edition of Chatter that can be used in organizations that subscribe to paid Salesforce editions.
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.

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