The Journal takes a look at Lotus Connections, and other similar tools, as an evolution of the corporate Intranet:

For Jennifer Ahn, director of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Film Foundation, the need for a collaborative work space was becoming critical. Her organization has spent the past few years creating a curriculum for schools to teach children about classic films. With dozens of people around the country working on producing hundreds of pages of material, traditional methods were increasingly unworkable.
"There were a lot of really large files being constantly emailed back and forth," says Ms. Ahn. "Nobody quite knew which version we were working on. It started getting really confusing." Delays ensued, deadlines slipped, and some of the 21,000 teachers who were waiting for the new curriculum units started to become impatient. After several years of working like this, says Ms. Ahn, "you don't feel like you're an active participant in a project anymore. All you're ever really doing is searching for files."
Earlier this year, the foundation started using a test version of Lotus Connections, and now Ms. Ahn says everyone is working from the same page. On conference calls, everyone can use the intranet site to access the same file and there's no doubt which version is which. They can each work on the file and see when it was last modified and by whom. They can post their ideas in the activity space, instead of creating long email chains. When emails are sent, they can be easily recorded on the intranet so that they become part of the project. Files can be tagged so that they can be found later.
"It just makes collaborating a lot easier," she says. "People now communicate with each other a lot more. And nobody can say, 'Oh, I never got that file.'"
Link: Wall Street Journal: Dated and Confused: Corporate intranets should be invaluable employee tools; Too bad they  often aren't  > (Subscriber access only)

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