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June 19, 2013

The Next Generation of Mobile-Office Collaboration

By Ashley Caputo, TMCnet Web Editor

It almost seems possible to have mobile office – and by that we mean being able to carry out the functions of a physical office in the palms of a user’s hand with our favorite mobile device. And today, with the Kibits Corp release of the first mobile-native collaboration platform, the Collaborate app, the notion of a handheld office has become even more feasible.



Kibits has condensed the collaboration platform into a smartphone form-factor, which involved an arduous process of testing and identifying what are the vital necessities to have an effective collaboration experience. This new app is designed for teams that do much of their work on their feet, in the field or on-the-go. In other words, it's for teams that do not sit behind computers for most of their day. 


Image via Collaborate.com

Users can download the Collaborate app, create a new user account, take a tour of the platform, set up your own collaboration spaces, invite your team members, connect to and share from your cloud services (including Box, Dropbox, Evernote (News - Alert) and Google Drive), and even pay for a premium subscription for you and your team… entirely in the Collaborate app and entirely from an iPhone or Android (News - Alert) device. With that said, users can also access all of the platform's capabilities via any HTML5-compliant desktop Web browser.

The benefits of implementing the Collaborate app include the ability to collaborate in teams that have never had a collaboration solution before, assign and manage tasks, keep everyone in the loop, and it serves as a single place to manage everything your team needs in real-time. 

Fortunately, TMCnet got the chance to sit down with Matt Cutler, the CEO of Kibits, who was more than happy to help our readers understand exactly what sets Collaborate apart from the other products that are available on the market.

“At a high-level, Collaborate.com allows our customers get real work done, without getting in the way. We have designed Collaborate.com specifically to support the many fast-paced projects that dominate the work-day for millions of business teams. Hence, Collaborate.com provides a unified, cross-platform collaboration space for managing teams and projects in real-time.”

The Collaborate app, available for iPhone (News - Alert), iPod Touch, Android and the Web, and a handful of complimentary apps, has made it possible for users to manage much of their day-to-day entire business operations. It has also “added fuel to the virtual office trend, making it much easier for users to work in a team, whether your team is sitting around a conference room table, is spread across time zones, or lives on different continents,” Cutler adds.

In terms of the future of mobility and BYOD, Cuter believes that at this stage in the industry, the macro trends seem clear: more mobility, more flexibility, expanding acceptance of BYOD. Most, if not all, office capabilities will exist on mobile devices, but likely in forms – and from vendors – that are different than those that are common today - much like what happened in the transition from traditional client-server application environments to Web-based systems during the Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 booms. 

“Will there still be a need for a physical office?” Cutler asks. “Absolutely. While technology can help teams work wherever and whenever a project needs to get done, there is no substitute for face-to-face interaction. If anything, improved mobile collaboration makes in-person interaction all-the-more valuable.”

For more information on how an organization can implement the new Collaborate app, please visit Collaborate.com.




Edited by Alisen Downey
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