from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Software that integrates work on a single project by several concurrent users at separated workstations.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. software designed to be used collaboratively by multiple users on a network
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. software that can be used by a group of people who are working on the same information but may be distributed in space
The term groupware refers to applications that facilitate real-time communication, coordination and collaboration amongst groups of people.
Geoff Cohen's nailed a really important idea about network effects in "groupware," and the way that groupware creates group-think:
There seems to be some concern about whether to call it groupware instead of a cloud.
Peter and Trudy Johnson-Lenz (the people who coined the term groupware!
This would enable them to deliver on the largely unfulfilled promise of groupware, which is now 20 years old.
Do you use any of the older (what we used to call groupware) collaboration apps within the DOD?
Facebook, in particular, is the kind of thing advocates of "groupware" have been trying to build for years: an amazingly powerful collaboration system that requires zero training.
When words like "groupware" and "enterprise" start getting tossed around, you're doing the latter.
Ever since the first efforts at what used to be called "groupware," I've been suspicious of efforts to open up applications so that everyone gets to take his or her own shot at a document.
I think its the 'groupware' aspect of your argument that is most persuasive - I can see computing invading meetings so much faster than it currently can with Laptops and PDAs.
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