The divide between simply transfering files and managing projects keeps getting narrower. AeroFS, a provider of collaboration software built on top of file sharing software that can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud, announced today it has acquired Redbooth, a provider of project management software delivered as a cloud service
The new entity will be known as Redbooth, but company CEO Yuri Sagalov says the company will continue to provide the Redbooth cloud service as well as AeroFS software designed to be deployed behind a corporate firewall. Last month, AeroFS also launched an Amium collaboration service that Sagalov says complements the Redbooth project management service.
“Redbooth competes against rivals such as Trello or even Basecamp,” says Sagalov.
Sagalov says Redbooth is committed to integrating its various offerings with other applications and services to eliminate many of the collaboration silos that organizations today need to navigate. Those silos conspire to wind up sapping rather than increasing productivity, says Sagalov.
Naturally, competition across the collaboration sector is already fierce as more services come online. While it may one day be desirable to have access to a single end-to-end set of collaboration services, the truth of the matter is that end users will be navigating a fragmented suite of services for some time to come. The challenge IT organizations face is making sure as many of those services play nice with one another as possible. Otherwise, despite the availability of more collaboration services, productivity could decline instead of improve as various departments inside the organization use tools and services that don’t interoperate with one another.