I’ve been an avid follower of foldera for quite some time now and have finally got access to the beta. For the uninitiated foldera is a web based ajax rich collaboration environment allowing individuals or teams to share:
The main role I would see Foldera playing is in the rapid provisioning of ad-hoc collaboration sites for organisations who have no restrictions on sharing data using web based services. I have one or two feature requests for future versions:
- RSS feeds throughout please so if I’m working remotely from a team I can subscribe to content changes and log-in as required. I see a key benefit to this tool being rapid collaboration between teams in different organisations, hence primarily I’ll still use my corporate facilities (which would hopefully include RSS)
- Persistent chat (I see instant messenger is coming soon)
- Discussion boards
- I was amazed the beta contained no Foldera branding, in fact the only branding in there was the Google logo next to the search bar!
Overall Foldera was fast and user friendly although I was probably expecting more after such a long development cycle. The features I would rate top would be:
- simplicity in design and lack of screen clutter
- rapid provisioning of accounts
- rich ajax interface
The real killer is the concept that you quickly create a folder for an activity you are working on with others and in that folder store emails, files, tasks and calendar information pertaining to that activity. You can invite others to participate in the activity, you can have email replies automatically route to an activity, and you can control which members of an activity can view any particular content. The principles and Foldera’s presentation are excellent and I wish them every success.