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Does anyone have experience with eRoom ( http://www.eroom.com/ ) and can compare it to TWiki?

-- PeterThoeny - 27 Aug 2001

Based on the eRoom 10-minute slideshow tour, this looks like a pretty standard virtual office groupware suite, of which there are so very many. The core integrated features are usually:

  • shared calendar
  • project management (projects & tasks, Gantt-type timeline)
  • contact manager
  • discussion forum
  • document management/distribution
  • email alerts/group email (based on projects, calendar, etc)
  • multiple access levels

I think that's the basics. Now, live chat, whiteboard (I think eRoom mentioned those), resource booking/scheduling, trouble ticket/request tracker, timesheet/billing, IM, are all common too.

(I've been forced to use eroom at work, and it's one of those things that probably works OK if you're on a windows platform but you're out of luck otherwise. The eroom folks claim to support other platforms, but they only support NS 4.7 on linux (i.e. a tragically obsolete browser) so what good is that? Once you get in it's pretty straightforward in a rigid "this is how you must structure things" sort of way. TWiki is more flexible, but eroom has more "features" by default. Eroom will appeal to exchange/outlook fans, twiki suits the "less is more" crowd.) -- TC

http://www.projectplace.com/ - has been around for a while - you can open a free office limited to a couple of projects - they're typical ASP version, remote hosted. I'm surprised every time their link works - HotOffice and dozen others vanished over the while. Had a free account there for a couple years.

Yahoo! has a really loaded free office, with voice messaging even, I think, unified messaging. Worth signing up for as well.

I subbed to, then dropped, onProject, another ASP, for six months a 1-2 yrs ago, as a paid service, for 10 person core team, 50-60 outer circle. Same feature set. Dunno if they're still in business. It was too slow, secure or non-secure connection. Neat gadgets and design, but like pulling teeth to get participation (a well-indoctrinated corporate culture club/crew it wasn't). Everybody's gotta play along or that sorta thing's useless.

And then the open source versions. I installed phprojekt recently (PHP4/MySQL), that has everything above, . It's OK, lots of gear, but not really a pro development feel, more hobby. phpGroupware is I think very popular, a much bigger package, literally 1-2MB compressed(?) PHP/MySQL. That's probably quite hardcore. In any case, there's bound to be a mature, supported open source version of the eRoom style suite. Sourceforge, freshmeat, apptracker (zdnet) will list 'em.

These are the anti-TWiki. As in, opposite in basic structure and spirit. But I can see things getting blurry in some ways as TWiki advances, because increased structure is the most open, likely way to go. From anyone edit anything, anywhere, on any page, there's not a lot left to do in the unstructured direction...

(A lot of cool weblogger systems are more TWiki-meets-structure, and very indie, fast-developing, open-minded by nature.)

-- MikeMannix - 30 Aug 2001

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