Hot! Collaboration in FengOffice

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Collaboration is one of the key facets to a successful project and the current breed of cloud-based project Feng collab detail doc viewand business management applications, that are available at any time, from any location over the internet offer an ideal way to bring team members, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders together to ensure a project is delivered successfully.  FengOffice is one of the newer of these applications available on the market today, borne out of an Open Source application called OpenGoo,  and is available on one of 3 pricing packages ranging from $68 per month to $299 per month.

So how does collaboration work in FengOffice? Well, there are a number of different ways that stakeholders can come together to share ideas and information.  Firstly, all items within FengOffice can have notes attached to them. Notes are a useful way of team members and other authorized users sharing their views with other interested parties and users can subscribe so they receive automatic notification of updates or additions.

With traditional email systems, it is typical for important information to get lost in amongst the masses of often more meaningless messages.  FengOffice lets users share messages and store them in a single repository simply by sending emails to a shared workspace.  Any attachments on emails that are sent to a FengOffice workspace are then automatically saved as documents within that workspace, with no additional intervention needed from the user – which is a pretty neat and time saving feature!  On the downside, however, users must login to their FengOffice account to access their emails in that system.  Perhaps some useful functionality for the future would look to integrate that with external email systems.

Document & file sharing – documents and files can be uploaded to into a central shared workspace area Feng calendar demoand made available to all team members who have the appropriate access rights.  This means important documentation is available to hand with no searching through complex folder structures to find the right information.  Version control provided by FengOffice also ensures that all concerned know they are looking at the latest information and can see the change history.

For a collaborative product, one key omission at the moment is some sort of instant messaging capability, which is becoming a must-have amongst teams working together.

For an insight into the collaborative features offered by FengOffice, try the online demos – they offer a good visual, overview.

Its certainly worth signing up for a month of free access to FengOffice to see if its collaboration and, indeed, wider business and project management features will meet your needs.

Author

Jan Birley

Jan holds a PhD in computing and started out in software development and IT training. She built a strong career as a project and program manager focusing on IT in the Health Service sector. Jan specializes in taking greenfield and immature services/departments to effective business-as-usual operation and is currently responsible for the delivery of clinical assessment forms into a high profile clinical system. Jan has authored 100′s of articles on project-management related topics.

13 Comments

  1. Nice article. I am comparing feng office with dooster and google bought me here. But I’m surprised you havent mentioned dooster. Maybe it’s newer than the other guys?

    I am looking for a basecamp alternative because frankly basecamp sucks big time and not only becuase it is overpriced

  2. I am looking for a basecamp alternative because frankly basecamp sucks big time and not only becuase it is overpriced

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