Many companies still frown upon the use of Facebook at the office, but the collaboration functions it offers are just as applicable in day-to-day business. SAP StreamWork provides companies with the advantages of social networking, enabling colleagues to work together on projects, share documents, and create files. Particularly practical in version 2.0 of the on-demand software is the ability to chat with other users. SAP StreamWork requires only a browser (Internet Explorer 7 or Mozilla Firefox 3.0, for example) and Adobe Flash Player 10.0 or later.
SAP StreamWork is currently available only in English, and you can download Basic Edition for free at www.sapstreamwork.com. Professional Edition, meanwhile, is available for €97 or U.S.$108 (a license costs U.S.$128 in Asia).
SAP Carbon Impact
From extended beamer presentations to travel and workflows along the supply chain, the business world consumes a significant amount of energy. The on-demand solution SAP Carbon Impact is designed to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by providing measurements and monitoring electricity consumption.
SAP Carbon Impact connects directly to your ERP system and delivers key data at the press of a button. If a business trip is in your future, for example, the solution can calculate which means of transportation would be the most environmentally friendly. It’s also able to assess supply chains based on certain sustainability factors and present graphical reports of the results.
The interface of SAP Carbon Impact includes various dashboards arranged in a clear and simple structure. It also supports up to 50 different languages.
SAP Crystal Presentation Design
SAP Crystal Presentation Design is BI software that enables you generate interactive graphics, dashboards, and forecasts based on information in Microsoft Excel files. In doing so, the software converts raw SWF data into Adobe PDFs or other Microsoft Office documents.
As a particularly practical highlight, SAP Crystal Presentation Design offers 10 preconfigured templates for the most important everyday business scenarios. The software is currently available in Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
Who needs a hard drive? With Dropbox, you can store up to 2GB for free in the cloud. Here’s how it works: After creating an account, you install the software that accompanies the service with just a few clicks. Doing so creates a “Dropbox” on your computer where you can deposit folders, documents, and other files and even share them with nonregistered users. You can access your files from any device on which Dropbox is installed or simply log in through the Dropbox Web site to reach your personal folders. An important side note: All files are stored on Dropbox servers in encrypted format.
VLC Player 1.1.0
VLC Media Player is second to none in terms of its broad format support: In addition to MOV/H.264, MPEG (ES, MP3, MP4, PS, PVA, TS), FLV, and DivX files, VLC can handle AAC, AC3, ASF, AVI, DTS, FLAC, MIDI, MKV, MXF, OGG, OGM, Real (RAM, RM, RMVB, RV), WAV, WMA, WMV, and 3GP, as well. This is your go-to option for surefire playback of that important video presentation.