By eWEEK Labs  |  Posted 2007-06-21 Print this article Print



Zimbra Collaboration Suite

Our top pick in the Enterprise Collaboration category is the Zimbra Collaboration Suite, the open-source enterprise messaging and collaboration suite that bowled us over with the breadth of functionality that Zimbra has managed to fit into a rich, Web-based interface.

Because the Zimbra Collaboration Suite is entirely browser-based, there is no footprint on the desktop and users can access it from anywhere, including from Windows, Mac, and Linux desktops, as well as from mobile devices.

Zimbra impressed us with the options theyve cooked up for enabling workers to "live" inside their e-mail and calendar interfaces by giving companies the tools to build customized mash-ups that roll typically separate application functions such as flight tracking, Skype-based phone dialing and purchase order approvals into Zimbras browser-based interface.

We also took note of Zimbras ALE (AJAX Linking and Embedding) technology, which enables Zimbra users to create shareable, wiki-like documents with support for complex embedded objects such as spreadsheets or images, and an interaction model that resembles that of a traditional office suite in a desktop environment.

Also compelling is Zimbras unique e-mail storage method for reducing storage overhead by implementing an attachment platform that shares rather than replicates common attachments among mailboxes in a given storage group.

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Adobe Acrobat Connect

Our judges found Adobe Acrobat Connect a worthy contender in the Enterprise Collaboration category. Acrobat Connect employs Adobes Flash Player to enable up to 15 people to enter a personal meeting room without having to download software. The simple push of a button allows screen, document and application sharing.

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Even when theyre working toward the same project goals, individual team members bring different viewpoints to the table-thats why our judges appreciated PPM6s user-accessible customization features, which extend to users the option to craft a version of the products interface that matches their needs and preferences.

Whats more, the services OnDemand model means that customers subscribe, use and pay for services as needed, and conveniently bypass software upgrades and licensing obstacles.

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