Commercial Online collaborative tools are ‘aid’ ready

Despite huge advances in the useability and functionality of online tools to support working remotely whether it be from home, on the road, between offices or between country. There has been minimal adoption of such tools beyond the obvious by humanitarian and development workers. Of course there are a number of dedicated organisations serving the humanitarian workers (see future blog XXX) however it is time to take a fresh look at commercially available off-the-self-software.

Remote Meetings: gotomeetings online service designed to support any remote meetings with collaborative presentation options and a few extras. Such meeting tools can tansform the regularity of meetings and of course let us know if others are not online as with chat services.

Sharing documents and folders: Foldermail is a new online service that is designed for the simple transfer of folders (and contained files) with a range of options that suit the needs of individuals, organisations or global corporations sending or updating documents remotely. This neat application integrates into Outlook (MS Office) and can be operated stand alone.

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