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Mindjet boosts online collaboration with Catalyst

US technology firm Mindjet has unleashed a Catalyst technology platform that "attacks a major problem" in business by helping turn online brainstorming sessions into real-world results.

US technology firm Mindjet has unleashed a Catalyst technology platform that "attacks a major problem" in business by helping turn online brainstorming sessions into real-world results.

"We are really changing the way people and teams work together," Mindjet chief executive Scott Raskin told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol.  while demonstrating the platform.

"We could all access the same mind-numbing slide presentation. We could sit in forced silence as we listened to our colleagues' ideas broadcast over the Internet. But creative problem-solving has been the last thing going on."

Current collaboration tools, he said, "are really just pushing us to serial communications See serial transmission and serial. ."

Catalyst sets out to mimic the way people work together in the same room to solve problems, which Raskin said online conferences lack.

Catalyst team members can simultaneously video-conference while modifying a shared document on an online "white board." Photos, paperwork, sketches and other digitized data can also be shared.

Catalyst automatically notes which team members made what changes and for which tasks or deadlines individuals are responsible. Workers can come and go from the virtual room and changes are updated as matters progress.

Internet telephony Another term for IP telephony and VoIP. In the late 1990s, some people made a distinction between Internet Telephony and VoIP: Internet telephony referred to voice over the public Internet, while VoIP referred to voice over private IP networks.  and text messaging Sending short messages to a smartphone, pager, PDA or other handheld device. Text messaging implies sending short messages generally no more than a couple of hundred characters in length.  capabilities are also built in Catalyst.

"When you look at the Twitter A Web site and service that lets users send short text messages from their cellphones to a group of friends. Launched in 2006, Twitter ( was designed for people to broadcast their current activities and thoughts.  effect or a Facebook social network, you get a lot of ideas, but challenges (remain) in putting those ideas into effect," Raskin said.

"Information needs to be accessible to everybody at all times. You've got to bring back the elements of human interaction to create something new."

Mindjet adopted early on mind-mapping and information visualization Representing data in 3D images in order to navigate through it more quickly and access it in a more natural manner. Although the term was coined at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center, which has developed very advanced techniques, multidimensional cubes, or pivot tables, are a simpler form  techniques. The company boasts 1.5 million users of its Mind Manager software for effectively managing projects.

"With Catalyst, I have a place I can work, see what others are doing and move from a great meeting into a great strategy," Raskin noted, praising the platform's ability to transform ideas into actionable plans.

Catalyst is hosted online as a service at a cost of 25 dollars per month per worker involved in projects.

Web video conferencing See videoconferencing.

(communications) video conferencing - A discussion between two or more groups of people who are in different places but can see and hear each other using electronic communications.
 features require one team member to serve as a moderator, for a cost set at 50 dollars monthly.

Mindjet's customer list includes Coca Cola, Walt Disney, IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) , the US Army and retail behemoth behemoth (bē`hĭmŏth, bĭhē`–) [Heb.,=plural of beast], large, fanciful primeval monster, like Leviathan, evoking the hippopotamus mentioned in the Book of Job.  Wal-Mart.

"Vendors like Mindjet are providing innovative solutions to optimize how their customers collaborate," said Robert Mahowald, research director of IDC's Enterprise Collaboration and Social Solutions research program.

"The Mindjet Catalyst platform takes on a unique, visual approach to empower individuals and teams to work together, collaboratively and productively, on problem-solving and key business issues."
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