Evolution of the Groupware Concept

Evolution of the Groupware Concept

Robert Jones (Enterprise Architecture Group of HP Corporate IT, USA), Rob Oyung (R&D Lab Manager at Hewlett-Packard, USA) and Lisa Shade Pace (Enterprise Architecture Group of HP Corporate IT, USA)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 3
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-585-6.ch018
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Abstract

In the early 1990s, Lotus created the concept of groupware with its revolutionary (for the time) product, Lotus Notes. For the first time, Lotus Notes tied together into one package various components needed for collaboration (an especially attractive premise for the SMB marketplace)—directories, electronic mail, group calendaring, file sharing, chat rooms, and so forth. This was the first attempt at creating a collaboration environment for teams and organizations to foster a sense of community and improve information sharing and communication. Early versions of Lotus Notes tended to be very top down—a central administrator was needed to set up a chat room, file sharing area, and the like. While Lotus Notes wasn’t very flexible, it was (in a pre-Web, pre-Intranet world) an attempt to improve collaboration at a time when teams were becoming increasingly geographically and organizationally dispersed.

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