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Jun 28 2011   3:26PM GMT

Sizing up SAP StreamWork: Users weigh in

Jacquelyn Howard Jacquelyn Howard Profile: Jacquelyn Howard

I recently decided that SAP’s updated StreamWork app for the iPhone was just the kick I needed to try out SAP’s collaborative platform again. Yes, my name is Jackie and I am an app addict, with a side habit of organizing (just ask my local Container Store).

I had tried StreamWork when it was in beta, then known as 12sprints. My manager at the time thought it would be a good way to collaborate on articles. However, we found that we kept working around the system and soon abandoned it.

The 2011 version is much slicker than the beta I tried, so I’ve roped a couple of my colleagues into testing it out on a survey project we have due this summer. In the past, we used Google Docs and wrote comments in the document. This time, we’ll see how we do with places for comments, assigned tasks and timelines. SAP StreamWork integrates with Google Docs (as well as Evernote, Scribd, WebEx and email), so we shouldn’t be too far out of our element.

In the meantime, I asked several folks in the SAP community what they think about StreamWork. The majority of people I asked weren’t too familiar with it:

  • “I’ve never heard of StreamWork”
  • “I haven’t actually had a chance to use StreamWork at all yet. I do plan to, just haven’t gotten around to it yet.”
  • “I don’t have any knowledge of the product.”

However, Jim Brogden, a senior consultant with Daugherty Business Solutions, had good things to say.

“My experience with StreamWork was behind the scenes last year during Reportapalooza. We used it to collaborate on ideas around Xcelsius, Crystal Reports, and Interactive Analysis (WebI). It served as a forum for us to communicate effectively while working in different time zones and with different scheduling conflicts.”

David Fox, a principal consultant at Claricent Inc., echoed the benefits of online collaboration.

“There are common threads … on why someone would want to use an online collaboration tool. The big selling point to me is the online presence feature. Regardless of the technology being able to ‘see’ across the population who is available in a distributed environment is of tremendous benefit.”

Fox went on to say that “as in a real-world physical office, ideally, a ‘space’ needs to be able to offer three things in balance

  • 1. Privacy
  • 2. Permission
  • 3. Proximity

Even in the virtual world, folks need the ability to discuss freely in an ‘alcove’ or connect with someone in open communication.”

We’ll see how this initial project goes for the team. Right now we’re using the free basic version, which allows each user five activities, 250 MB of storage (for sharing docs) and the ability to save activities for one year. Other plans include a professional version for $9/month per user (100 activities, 5 GB storage, and two-year storage of activities) and an enterprise version ($16/month per user (200 activities, 10 GB storage and three-year storage of activities).

Have you tried SAP StreamWork? If so, what did you think? If you are interested, SAP has a case study with the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers up on the StreamWork blog that has screenshots from the desktop and iPhone app versions.

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