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Increased Growth Expected for Collaboration Technologies

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(Weymouth, MA) November 11, 2004...Recent research by InfoTrends/CAP Ventures indicates strong growth opportunities for content-centric collaboration technologies. According to the research, 68% of those surveyed have deployed some type of solution to help the large number of users that need to collaborate. In fact, survey participants indicated that over 50% of their technology users need to collaborate as a daily part of their jobs and anticipate that percentage to grow by 14% by the end of 2005. Results of the research will be published in the InfoTrends/CAP Ventures study entitled Content-Centric Collaboration, which is scheduled for release in December 2004. InfoTrends/CAP Ventures surveyed participants to explore current and future plans related to content-centric collaboration endeavors. The survey questions concerned business drivers, capability requirements, problem ownership and funding, as well as current and planned technology investments. Just a few of the key findings of the study include: • 65% of collaboration is currently done using e-mail, while 54% is performed through traditional methods such as meetings, phone, and printed documents. The reliance on both is expected to decrease as other technologies are deployed to meet the challenge. • Strong growth is expected for the use of document/content management (36%) and collaboration-specific technologies (52%) to facilitate collaborative processes. • The mean budget for collaboration projects in 2004 is $282,460, which includes software licenses, hosted or managed services, and external professional services. • Companies budget less for external services than for software licenses, with nearly 40% utilizing services from the technology vendor, nearly 25% from local VARs or system integrators, and over 10% from large professional service providers such as Dell, IBM, and HP.  • Fewer than 30% of participants would not consider a hosted/managed solution. • The most critical capabilities necessary for collaboration included configurable security levels, context-sensitive search, integration with e-mail, and project status and reports. "All types of organizations share a growing focus on improving collaborative processes. Our study will provide vendors and IT and Line-of-Business professionals with the knowledge of how organizations are approaching content-centric collaboration needs and utilizing solutions to meet their goals," commented Michael Maziarka, a Director at InfoTrends/CAP Ventures. "The study will shed light on the requirements for content-centric collaboration, the types of capabilities needed, and the plans for which technologies will be deployed to facilitate." Research for the study was conducted via Web-based surveys among 209 IT, executive management, and Line-of-Business professionals as well as in-depth customer case studies. The case studies describe organizations that are using dynamic content solutions in innovative ways for content-centric collaboration needs. The study's data tables and charts are available immediately for purchase. Analysis for the study will be available in December 2004. To learn more about the report or to make a purchase, please contact Alison Hipp at (781) 616-2100, ext. 126 or via e-mail at [email protected]