Provider

Sample Site

Comments

www.webcrossing.com

www.worldcrossing.com provides a limited functionality site for WebCrossing. Full function and user support community at WebXHarbor.

Can be configured in many ways but a bit of a steep learning curve based on a proprietary coding language, WebCrossing Template Language (WCTL). This allows you to do many things with some programming expertise. It can be licensed to run on your server, or hosted by WebCrossing (currently with servers in US and Japan). The buttons and help files can all be translated. Currently there is a full Japanese set available. Has integrated chat and instant simple instant messaging.

www.caucus.com

http://knowise.caucus.com/knowise/caucus_demo

username: guest

password: guest

Can arrange to show other sites by appointment.

The two quicktours provide a good overview of how Caucus takes a discussion tool and organizes it around business metaphors and needs. Caucus has a smooth conversational interface, file upload/download, inline images and some user tracking tools. It is provided on an ASP basis from a variety of vendors including Knowise and others.

Prospero Technologies
/Delphi Forums

Live demo

This is a good demo of Prospero's tool set. Note the list of who is online on the left once you log in. Prospero is an ASP service.

Infopop's UBB,
VBulletin,
EZBoard,
and
Chatspace's Webboard

 

Webboard, UBB, vBulletin and EZBoard are some of the many basic, affordable and customizable tools out there. These are pretty stable tools (and companies) with affordable products. Little extra tool integration beyond the discussion boards. They are software providers, not ASPs (Application Service Providers -- who host the software - Chatspace does offer webboard as an asp service as of 2001).

 

Provider

Sample Site

Comments

www.yahoogroups.com (formerly egroups.com)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/
onlinefacilitation

This is a list I moderate on online facilitation. You can view the archives without being a member, and get a sense of the range of tools. Check out the files, bookmarks and database. A key feature for me is that users manage their own subscriptions. (theoretically!)

www.topica.com

http://www.topica.com/
lists/cluetrain/

This is an open, un-moderated list for fans of the Cluetrain Manifesto. Note the large volume. This demonstrates how volume and haphazard use of subject lines can make it hard to extract value. But for those deeply into the group and its flow of information, it is very powerful.

 

Provider

Sample Site

Comments

www.ichat.com

For a Demo click on their customer support icon.

Ichat provides java based chat rooms and discussion boards.

http://www.chatpro.com/

http://www.chatpro.com/
demo/chatpro.cgi

This is a demo of an html-based chat, harder to use, but accessible to a wider range of system.

www.chatspace.com

http://www.chatspace.com/fracommserv.htm

Chatspace offers a package of chat/web server and html and Java client code. Since Chatspace's purchase of O'Reilly's WebBoard, they are moving into providing a full set of interaction tools.

 

 

 

 

Provider

Sample Site

Comments

www.communispace.com

http://www.communispace.com/
whatIs.html
and

http://www.communispace.com/
prodFeatures.html

This is a very full-featured set of tools, designed for work groups and Communities of Practice (CoPs). It is expensive. Potentially useful subsets of tools are: the climate and content ranking tools. There is no demo of Communispace on their site, so the screen shot in the sample is all you can see. ASP model

Prism/Two Rivers Studio www.zxcv.com

http://www.iprism.ws/
asp/demo_doc/index.htm

A suite of collaboration tools built around MS Office and MS Exchange intended for people with fast, up to date systems. Lots of wizard-driven tools. ASP model

www.groupmind
express.com

http://www.groupmind
express.com
/new/what.html

This product is designed around a particular group facilitation process. It does not have the full feature set, but the brainstorming and decision making toolset is superb and easy to use. Cost is moderate. ASP model

www.eroom.com

http://www.eroom.com/
product/tryit.asp

online tour

Eroom is designed and promoted as a digital workplace and is oriented towards project management tools. Includes both synchronous and asynchronous tours. Space can be rented at monthly rates that are based on number of users and disk space used. ASP

www.eproject.com

Product Tours

Similar to erooms, eproject is promoted as a business project collaboration and communication. ASP model

Quickplace

http://www.lotus.com/
home.nsf/welcome/
quickplace

http://www.lotus.com
/home.nsf/welcome/
quickplace

Lotus also has a Learning Room and Team Room project which can be integrated with Quickplace. Good for groups that are using Lotus notes as it can be integrated.

Groove

http://www.groove.net

http://www.groove.net/products/ (click on Quicktour)

Peer-to-Peer, client/server software environment for online interaction. Client still in preview edition (July 2001) Synchronous and asynchronous tools including message boards, chat, IM, whiteboard, file share, scheduling etc.

Other Providers

Intranets.com
CommunityZero.com
WebCouncil.com

 

There are a variety of other providers. Critical in selecting a groupware ASP is to assess for the long-term survival in an uncertain market and how you can maintain control of your files and data. ASP model

 

 

 

Provider

Sample Site

Comments

Placeware

Placeware Events

Demo

(check their schedule)

Useful for demos (like web tours!), group document editing, integrate visual tools with teleconference. ASP model.

Webx

http://www.webex.com/
home/default.htm#
scroll down to quick tour

Can be rented by the month or by the live event. Similar functionality to Placeware. Slightly less expensive. ASP model

MS Netmeeting

http://www.microsoft.com/
windows/netmeeting

Free downloadable. Can do voice, shared documents, shared applications and streaming media. Requires all users have fairly fast internet connections for the more sophisticated features.