Posted in Computers on 12.01.12
In the contemporary times, almost every other computer user exchanges emails, scraps, chats over one of the various messengers and looks up a Wiki for seeking information on across-the-board topics. While these facilities over net are used extensively, little thought goes into the development of these software.
In the language of custom software programming, these facilities come under the umbrella of "Collaborative software", better known as Groupware.
These all are groupware as they are inherently computer software/ systems of a specific type that facilitate group work. Each one of these instances allows groups of people to connect and interact using a shared environment and work towards common/ similar objective(s).
Delving deeper into the custom software programming of groupware, it is built with a view to facilitate synchronous/ asynchronous communication, coordination, competition, cooperation, problem-solving etc, while its users may be located under one roof (co-located) or dispersed across the globe (non-co-located).
Predictably, custom software development services acknowledge that developing a groupware is by all means a more daunting task than development of traditional software. In fact, computer software development in many cases is preceded by study of groupware in terms of design and usability to avert any future failure in design. After all, groupware cannot succeed unless a majority of target users pass the software as user-friendly and robust.
Accordingly, custom software development services across the globe take active interest in CSCW, which stands for Computer Supported Cooperative Work. It's the relevant branch of literature on groupware, including its design, implementation and use. Considering the success stories of various social networking sites and great demand for business networking sites, CSCW is consistently gaining in importance for professionals engaged in computer software development, as well as, psychologists, anthropologists, computer scientists, business men, communication researchers and so on.
To jot down the various advantages of a groupware, it:
- Minimizes travelling ' thus saves cost, time and efforts;
- Assembles different opinions, talents and skills;
- Brings together common interest user groups;
- Quickens convincing communication;
- Allows problem-solving with group efforts;
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