TeamLab project management module enhancements

As promised in the previous post about our roadmap, 3 days ago we released the new interim version of the TeamLab portal. Considering that the largest number of improvements was introduced in the Projects module, I’d like to tour you through its new features and enhancements.

 

TeamLab user success story #3: Collaboration feeling really matters!

There’s a common belief that free and open-source software is not for enterprises. In one of our recent posts we tried to disprove this misconception. And today, as part of our user success stories, we are talking to the Company which is active throughout the world as a leading player in the field of compression, automation and drive technologies. In 2009 its 6,500 employees achieved sales of 772 million euro. Despite being a large enterprise this company uses our free solution to improve communications. From the interview you can get an idea why they make their choice for TeamLab.

 

TeamLab, what’s on your roadmap?

Our today’s post is an answer to the most popular question we have received from you so far, the one outlined in the title. Today I’d like to answer it and share our plans for the future releases. Our development process is moving along in high gear. During the recent 3 months we’ve implemented both noticeable updates (multiple languages support, backup restore utility, AMI) and minor functionality improvements. Till the end of this year we’ve scheduled two releases. So, what can you expect from them?

 

Secure your TeamLab portal with our data backup and restore utility

“They are panicking about this”
Kirill Sheynkman, CEO of Elastra, about Cloud Computing

Do such phrases as “data loss” or “data corruption” sound scary to you? I bet they could if such thing as data backup didn’t exist. So you can always maintain control of your data by taking regular backups. Data backup was offered in TeamLab platform from the very beginning. Being a portal administrator you could easily perform the backup operation and got all your portal data packed in the archive on your local drive. But there was no convenient way to retrieve the data.

Today we are introducing data restore utility which, I’m sure, has been long awaited by many of you.

 

Has this ever happened to you?

Today is the middle of the week, not Friday. No doubt, all of you are completely immersed in your projects, tasks execution, meetings and other working stuff. But still there’s always time to take five, have a cup of coffee and relax. So, set your work aside for a bit and watch this witty video created by our user David Cheng. Hope, this will cheer you up for the rest of the week as it did for all our team.

Have fun in watching! And btw, has this ever happened to you? 😉

 

TeamLab user success story #2: How I found a ‘cheaper’ project management solution close enough to my perfection

We are continuing our series of case studies from TeamLab active users and today would like to introduce Erik van der Zijden from Netherlands, co-founder of DigiRedo.

 

Cloud vs SaaS: they go together like bee and honey

Cloud_vs_SaaS Nowadays the term Software as a Service (SaaS) is firmly established in the Enterprise 2.0 field. It describes a way of providing software on demand which is ready to use and accessible online, from anywhere. We’ve often heard such word combinations as “cloud computing” or “software in the cloud” in relation to SaaS. However, the meaning of the terms SaaS and Cloud still remains vague and it is difficut to understand how exactly they are connected. No wonder that ReadWriteWeb listed “Cloud Computing” and “Software as a Service” among Top 5 Worst Terms in the World of the Cloud.

Our team got interested about what people think about these two terms, whether they perceive them as synonyms or not, and if not, how they distinguish them. To collect opinions we published a survey on surveymonkey.com.

 

TeamLab AMI goes live

Dear TeamLab users, today I’m happy to announce that Amazon Machine Image for TeamLab is finally available to all of you. It means that from now on you can use TeamLab platform completely independently of us. Of course, you can still download our source code, deploy it on any suitable hosting and be independent of us also. So, what’s the difference? It is about new benefits. Let me outline the main three of them:

 

Don’t let your intranet go uncollaborative

“Collaboration is no longer painful – or precious.”
Vince Clarke

intranet portal Collaboration is a vital thing for every organization success and I won’t keep harping on it. But there’s a wide range of aspects to consider if you want your corporate information network to be efficient. No doubt, the use of internal collaboration tools eases employee communications, thus increasing their productivity. But is it a common practice for companies to leverage such tools? Recently I came across an interesting poll at CMSWiRE regarding intranet use. Results turned out to be surprising. 11% of 1,417 respondents don’t use intranet at all! 17% basically use intranet as an information depository and still don’t have any good collaboration tools. It seems strange that internal social networking isn’t so widely spread within organizations in the enterprise 2.0 era.

 

Open source – ever more important and profitable

open-sourceToday the importance of open-source software is growing. Earlier large companies and public administrations treated it with suspicion, but now attitudes to open source are changing. According to the video message from Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, more and more public organizations proudly declare that they are not only using open-source software, but contributing to it.

At the same time the understanding of the term “open source” still remains ambiguous. One of the common mistakes is to consider “open-source” as a synonym to “free”. Let’s examine the meaning of this word from a developer’s point of view.