Rethinking Collaboration – The Introduction of Project Circles

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We’re excited to continue the roll out of our “rethinking collaboration” strategy by announcing our newest collaboration feature – Project Circles.

Project Circles is a secured, cloud workspace where individual contributors can share information and work collaboratively in a managed environment. Projects today, more often than not, require the interaction of parties outside the company walls. Mandates extend beyond the interaction with co-workers, to include external partners, suppliers and possibly existing clientele. These participants may be next door, across town or continents apart.

Project Circles serves as a “virtual conference room”, bringing diverse parties together in a controlled forum to exchange information and to work effectively towards a common goal. The Project Circle is managed by a team leader. The team leader “owns” the Circle and is responsible for adding and removing contributors according to the needs of the project. There is no limit to the number of participants. Within the Circle, contributing members can share content easily with other members by selecting their name from a drop down menu. They can also assign editing and access permissions to their files to more closely control how others manage their content. Project Circles can be as temporary, or as permanent, as needed. Circles can be deactivated upon completion of a project, or they can be extended for future mandates.

Finally, Project Circles is not limited in its application. Whether it’s managing the development of the next killer app, organizing a fund raising drive for a local volunteer group or planning the next family reunion, Project Circles provides the flexibility and ease of use to see projects through to their completion, effectively and securely.

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