You Know Wikis Have Arrived When …. they become the feature post in your regular junk mail – this time from an Executive Recruiter firm:
What in the World is a "Wiki"?
If you don't know what a Wiki is, you probably should.
The term "Wiki" refers to both a collaborative site on the web or your company's intranet/extranet and the software that runs the Wiki.
A wiki is a website designed for collaboration. Unlike a traditional website where pages can only be read, in a wiki everyone can edit, update and append pages with new information, all without knowing HTML, simply by using a MS Word type interface.
Wikis are the latest, greatest tool for group collaboration, project teams, document editing, etc. And, best of all, they are easy to use, affordable, and extremely flexible.
The easiest way to learn more is to click on the link at the end of this section of the newsletter and try it for yourself!
What can you do with a wiki?
Whether you're at work or at home, you can access and use a wiki. The wiki allows free-form collaboration, but most wiki software providers and hosts also offer structured applications that allow you all kinds of very helpful functionality.
Here are some of the things that can be done (depending on whose software you use and what applications may be available:
- Create an intranet
Publish company information, such as news or employee guidelines
- Project management
Schedule project deadlines, assign tasks, and define product specifications
- Document collaboration
Multiple users author documents with aid of version history
- Manage a group’s activities
Utilize event calendars, discussion forums, blogs and other apps
- Collaborate with virtual teams
Communicate with remote contractors or clients
- Track software bugs
Log defects and build custom queries
- Call center support
Access case histories and increase customer support
A wiki can be hosted on your company servers or there are a number of hosted versions available. There are a number of suppliers, each touting advantages over their competitors, of course.
One important aspect of a wiki — it is highly cost- effective and versions/solutions range from those for the smallest teams on the most limited budgets scaling up to full enterprise versions.
Thank you, dear spammer, for writing almost my entire post:-) And you, dear reader will soon be able to use a wiki – one of the many extra "goodies" that will become available to Winweb customers in the near future.