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The recent advances in technology and telecommunications--the evolution of the Internet, the rise of wireless networking--are redefining how people collaborate. This article examines the technologies that project managers are now using to collaborate and the way that these technologies are affecting how project teams function. In doing so, it discusses the impact that this technology is having on the way people work and distribute information and the way organizations inform and train its employees. It also reviews the advantages and disadvantages of communicating via e-mail, instant messaging, video- and audio-conferencing, and whiteboarding. It then describes the key challenge involved in collaborating electronically and the primary benefits of using this technology to improve workflow. Accompanying this article is a sidebar charting the key developments in the evolution of collaboration technology since the late 1990s.
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