Hosted collaboration steps to the plate

Documentum, Intuit, SiteScape expand services

Hosted collaboration services from vendors Documentum, Intuit, and SiteScape are expanding to give enterprise workgroups improved project control and finer-grained user management.

Documentum, a division of EMC, this week will upgrade its service to bring the hosted collaborative workspace offering in line with features in its eRoom 7.0 licensed software.

New features in include collaborative project and program management, which provides a structured planning tool for project scheduling, visibility into tasks and milestones, and custom dashboard views. "A lot of the new functions are in support of more efficient project management, particularly around a wide array of project types," said Linea Rowe, director of product operations at

The introduction of eRoom communities allows customers to create an unlimited number of eRooms for a community of users for no additional charge. The feature is designed to give workers more effective ways to work across a whole suite of eRoom projects, Rowe said.

Also new are user management features to streamline the process of adding people to eRoom communities.

Meanwhile, Intuit this week will roll out new features for its QuickBase hosted service for collaborating around documents, spreadsheets, client lists, sales data, and projects.

The addition of field-level permissions gives project managers more precise control of what users in each role can see and do. "Every piece of data can be specified on who can see it. Now it is granular, [whereas] before you couldn't drill down that far," said Jana Eggers, general manager of QuickBase at Intuit.

The summary fields enhancement allows users to roll calculations and data to the master level within a multitable application, according to Intuit. QuickBase also gains capabilities that allow centralized creation and management of users.

Next month, SiteScape will introduce Version 7.1 of its WebWorkZone hosted collaboration service, bolstering document management, scalability, and usability. An overview feature will provide dashboard views of trends, and new graphical workflow functions will display a visual chart of the entire workflow process.