Kolab: David and Goliath


luad123"Groupware is an overused and ill-defined term, so you have to make clear what it is you're talking about. It's often taken to mean any software that allows users to work together on common projects over a network. Such programs usually package together email, a shared calendar, task management, an address book and document management as a minimum. Just about any organisation that uses a computer these days needs some sort of groupware on their systems. If you use a computer on the planet Earth, you're probably aware of two groupware programs that dominate the market, namely Exchange and Lotus Notes. Between them, these entrenched players can boast hundreds of millions of users around the world and the backing of some of the wealthiest tech companies in existence. It's a tough domain to break into and not one you might automatically associate with open source software.

Nevertheless, it's in this domain that Kolab has positioned itself. Kolab is just one of a number of collaborative software applications, both proprietary and open source, which fight to be noticed on a crowded stage. How on earth can a participant in this market hope to distinguish itself, not only from the giants of Microsoft and IBM, but also from a sizeable pool of other more similar players? This article will explain how Kolab does it."

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