21 October, 2004
DESKTOP SOFTWARE PACKAGES BAD FOR TEAMWORKING,
Inability to visualise correlations between information means most software works against the grain for staff wanting to collaborate closely on projects
Most of the desktop software packages in common use today are having a negative impact on teamworking as colleagues seek to collaborate more closely and more effectively on projects, according to Mindjet, a leader in information visualisation software.
Mindjet’s MindManager is an enterprise collaboration tool that provides an extremely visual interface for collaborative working, making information far easier to correlate, share and organise across departments, offices and continents than using conventional desktop software suites.
A recent survey conducted by Mindjet showed that many workers are frustrated with collaboration efforts on business projects. Of those people questioned, 43 per cent would rather do project planning alone than in a team and 42 per cent preferred to brainstorm on their own.
With many organisations having reduced headcount to manage their costs, project teams are under more pressure than ever to deliver projects to deadline and in strict accordance with business requirements. The organisational challenges that this creates for managing the information required to undertake projects often cannot be handled by conventional desktop tools, in particular email packages, Mindjet believes.
“The information management capabilities offered by conventional desktop software aren’t sufficient for today’s demanding projects,” said Peter Bragg, UK Country Manager for Mindjet. “Information needs to be visualised so that teamworkers can easily understand the overall context of the project they’re working on. For many, simply attaching documents and circulating them by email is a cross your fingers and pray approach to project management.”
“The ability to visualise information has long been lacking in the business software market, but the collaboration power that visualisation tools deliver has never been in greater demand from industry,“ he added.
Mindjet's products drive business productivity by combining the power of information visualisation with the benefits of team collaboration. MindManager visual software increases productivity by giving people the tools they need to develop ideas, compile information in context, and quickly act on that information to improve projects and processes. Based on XML technology, MindManager integrates with many standard data types as well as many Microsoft Office applications on tablet PCs, desktop PCs, notebooks and pocket PCs.
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Mindjet is a leading provider of software for visualizing and managing information. With headquarters in California and operations throughout the world, the company develops software applications that improve business productivity by employing the power of information visualization for more effective planning, collaboration, and business process management. MindManager, the acclaimed flagship product with more than 500,000 licenses sold worldwide, helps business professionals from the majority of Fortune 500 companies leverage corporate knowledge, shorten decision-making cycles and quickly shift from planning to action. For more detailed information about Mindjet in the UK please visit www.mindjet.co.uk.
MindManager is a registered trademark of Mindjet. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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