IDC News: Partnering, Positioning and Provisioning the Key Success Factors for Team Collaborative Application Vendors

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JULY 25, 2002 – Team collaborative application (TCA) vendors who partner with other leading vendors and customize their products and services to meet the specific needs of verticals and horizontal business processes will have the most success, according to IDC.


"Effective partnering, positioning, and provisioning of team collaborative applications will be key factors for success in the future," said Mark Levitt, research vice president for IDC's Collaborative Computing service. "The degree to which TCAs will proliferate or will be preempted by market substitutes will be determined by the decisions made and actions taken by the leading vendors and customers over the next few years."

Team collaborative application vendors must recognize that their products and services need to be flexible enough to enable their functionality to be deployed and used in different ways depending on end-user needs in each situation. Therefore, vendors are taking different approaches to collaboration ranging from collaborative content management to file exchange, to group discussions to team portals.

IDC's recently published document, Worldwide Team Collaborative Applications Competitive Analysis, 2002:

What You Need to Know to Make the Team (IDC#27479) examines the team collaborative application market and leading vendor performance for 2001. It identifies 35 TCA vendors and includes 9 vendor profiles. This study provides insight and analysis that identifies the opportunities and pitfalls in this still-emerging market that TCA vendors and customers need to be successful.

To purchase this document, call IDC's volume sales hotline at 508-988-7988 or email

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