Novell recently released details of a study by IDG Research Services that found while collaboration tools are very important for companies, their effectiveness leaves much to be desired.

The study, commissioned by Novell, surveyed 100 senior IT executives on their experiences with and plans for collaboration software. A full 80 percent said it is of critical or high importance that individuals in their companies have the ability to collaborate securely within and beyond organisational boundaries, but fewer than half said their current collaboration solutions are extremely or very effective in enabling collaboration among individual knowledge workers or among teams and virtual teams.
“Novell Teaming + Conferencing supports interoperability, greater flexibility and a new model for collaboration through a more ‘open’ technology development process that allows customers and partners to participate in product innovation,” says Sally Berimbau, Novell product manager at Workgroup.
“Open standards and open source-inspired online workspaces and social networking with real-time conferencing help individuals and teams to be more productive and organisations be more successful. Teaming + Conferencing helps boost end-user and team productivity and reduce overall customer costs by improving the everyday business processes people engage in to create, share, discuss and manage information, allowing people and technology to work as one.”
More information on Novell Teaming + Conferencing and complete results of the IDG Research Services collaboration survey of IT executives can be found at