Collaboration is the key to success for enterprises and small businesses alike. It is imperative for modern-day employees to work together towards a common goal, and with the help of the Internet, that’s not impossible. Even for the developers and designers working behind the scenes of digital enterprises, teamwork and collaboration can determine the fate of a project. Different people come together and get the job done, regardless of their working arrangements. From your typical office-based work to a more modern mobile working arrangement, everyone will find a common space for collaboration.
As more people collaborate (on the code or design, for example), efficiency will follow. Dev projects move faster with enough people tracking the progress, working on bugs, and ensuring that project specs are followed. Efficient workflows will be established, and the team will work like a well-oiled machine.
The following list includes some of the best development and design virtual workspaces and platforms that encourage collaboration and maximize efficiency. Some of these are free for use online, and some are paid applications that companies can implement for their employees to use.
GitHub is one of the most well-known development platforms available today. It can be used either for open source collaboration or for an enterprise/business package. Users host and review code through GitHub, allowing a free flow of communication between collaborators within the software. With an account, you can create and manage projects and build software with your colleagues, friends, or even total strangers.
One of GitHub’s highlights is its code review. Within the interface, you have access to lightweight code review tools. You and your team can come up with a review process so that you’ll end up with a code that’s up to your quality standard, fits your workflow perfectly, and of course, works the way it should.
Built.io is a digital solutions and services provider offering indispensable products for modern-day entrepreneurs, startups, and enterprises. They aim to fast-track innovation for their customers through applications in mobile, web, and IoT (internet of things). In a way, Built.io brings the future of tech to your business, keeping it up-to-date and competitive.
Built.io has three major products that add value to any business:
- io Backend
- io Flow
These three aim to streamline your processes, making a more efficient working environment.
Built.io Backend provides mobile Backend-as-a-Service (mBaaS) that gives small businesses the opportunity to create their applications without worrying about the nitty-gritty of designing, building, and maintaining a backend tech stack. The backend platform is enterprise-grade, so it can tackle the needs of even the big businesses for apps for web, mobile, and IoT.
Built.io Flow makes it easy for businesses to integrate hundreds of business apps with their existing workflow. Be able to assemble your ideal digital workspace with the right set of tools for the task, all thanks to Flow’s massive library of integrations that let you automate your business.
Contentstack is Built.io’s content management system, enabling your business to publish content that reaches more people across more channels. With Contentstack, you’ll be able to grow your viewership steadily, manage your content without any hassle, and boost your brand more efficiently.
Most modern business organizations have multiple business applications that they use on a daily basis. But with multiple tools at their disposal, it is unavoidable for the people using these apps to get overwhelmed. Instead of achieving workflow efficiency, they’d end up having a hard time using them. With Zapier’s vaunted automation solution, it is easy to automate tasks between applications. Users are able to create custom workflow automations that suit their needs, achieving true efficiency with the help of all the apps they have around.
Automation is one of the keys to a truly efficient workspace. Zapier helps eliminate the most tedious, repetitive tasks that your manpower needs to handle. That way, your employees can focus on other tasks that need more attention. You’ll be able to do more with less when you link your business apps together and automate your processes.
With a service model that’s primarily geared to providing cloud-based communications and related services to companies, RingCentral needs to work with just about every other business application today. With RingCentral app integrations, you can inject communications capabilities from RingCentral into your existing business applications. You’ll be able to access your contact list, dial out without leaving your application workspace, and more. In fact, the abovementioned applications all have integrations with RingCentral.
Glip® integration with GitHub, for example, integrates the development platform into RingCentral’s team messaging and collaboration platform. This way, you’ll be able to post messages to a Glip conversation about your GitHub activities, like commits and pull requests. Built.io Flow for RingCentral enables users to integrate business apps with RingCentral to deliver communication features to your existing workflows and more. Lastly, Glip integration with Zapier enables you to move information from hundreds of business applications to RingCentral’s collaboration platform and continue the discussion there. You can pull in survey results, tasking and scheduling, and more.
There are several dev platforms and workspaces that will help you maximize your business efficiency and promote collaboration. The challenge now is finding the ones that work well for your setup, whether you’re a startup, a small business, or a big enterprise. Getting one for your organization may take a bit of a bite out of your budget, but the benefits easily outweigh the costs. You’ll be able to streamline and improve your workflows, add more capabilities to your business apps, and overall make work a bit easier for your employees.
Do you think the abovementioned platform will work for your organization? Tell us why in the comments section!
Originally published Jun 20, 2018, updated Aug 12, 2020