Collaborative Competition

FRAMINGHAM (01/28/2000) - Netmosphere has two main competitors that offer project collaboration software using Java-based thin-client architectures. It also faces competition from several project management and groupware vendors that are building collaboration capabilities into core products.

TeamCenter

Inovie Software Inc.

San Diego

www.inovie.com

TeamCenter is aimed at much the same target market as Netmosphere's products - teams that are developing products, especially in the technology arena, says Matt Light, an analyst at Gartner Group. Inovie released Version 3.0 of TeamCenter in December. New features include a document repository, a portal that gives individualized views of documents, report writers to tap the integrated SQL database, user roles and Web-based time cards.

WebProject

WebProject Inc.

San Mateo, Calif.

www.wproj.com

Like its rivals, WebProject has a portal for holding common documents for viewing by all team members, integration with Microsoft Project for Gantt-chart time lines and discussion groups for sharing ideas and hosting virtual meetings. It leans a bit more toward the traditional scheduling and tracking features than Netmosphere's products, says Light.

Other Competitors

The only competitor in the groupware arena is Notes from Lotus Development Corp. Several business partners have created project collaboration applications that use Notes as the underlying groupware engine and Domino as the Internet access piece that lets the application support distributed teams.

Primavera Systems Inc.'s TeamPlay, PlanView Inc.'s PlanView Software and ABT Corp.'s Results Management Suite are traditional project management suites that are moving into collaboration.

But the one to watch out for, says Light, is Microsoft Corp.'s Project 2000.

The new release ships with a product called Project Central that adds collaboration capabilities, like browser-based access for users who don't have Project on their desktops and views of each team member's tasks on Gantt charts.

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