Johnson & Johnson (JNJ
) uses collaborative tools to manage the research and development of drugs. This enables its far-flung researchers to share documents in virtual work spaces. Other tools let researchers simultaneously work on applications such as disease mapping software.PROJECT MANAGEMENT
) is using 900 virtual work spaces to design cars and hold meetings. In one project, Ford used digital conference rooms from eRoom to manage the formation of the auto industry e-marketplace Covisint. Lawyers from law firms and three auto makers shared virtual rooms to haggle over contracts.SUPPLY CHAIN
Contract manufacturer SCI Systems (SCI
) is using software from Agile Software (AGIL
) at four factories to connect its employees, customers, and suppliers together. When a customer such as Dell Computer (DELL
) places an order, SCI can communicate in real time with its suppliers and Dell to manage the computer's configuration.