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By Dan Woods, Peter Thoeny,

Businesses have eventually discovered the worth of collaboration instruments for wisdom sharing and Wiki is the open resource know-how for growing collaborative websites, as both a public website on the web or on a personal intranet siteShows readers easy methods to manage Wikis in a company surroundings or on a private website in order that clients can retrieve info, put up details, and edit the contentCovers every thing from making a choice on a Wiki engine to management and maintenanceDiscusses some great benefits of utilizing Wiki in a company surroundings, which businesses corresponding to Microsoft, Boeing, Disney, and Motorola have already found

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Then he figured out a way to edit those pages in a browser window. Web browsers were spreading like wildfire, and making editing happen through a browser window meant that everyone could use his repository without much effort. But then he had to figure out how to make the information on the pages look good, convey information, and (most of all) link to other pages that were related. Again, Ward felt that all this had to be much easier than existing alternatives like HTML, which is why the simple markup language was invented.

It allows people to use their special knowledge to correct each other and to complete thoughts and ideas started by others. But wait, you must be thinking, there must be more to it. A simple little Microsoft Access or MySQL database can do all those index card things. Yes, there is more to it — or actually, less to it. The reason why wikis are as popular as they are is that creating and editing content on a wiki is easy, easy, easy. That’s why wikis have succeeded. The idea of a shared online database is not unique, but the quest for an easy-to-use computer program is rarely realized.

In this way, the marketing department and eventually other departments overcame the technical barriers that stopped them from using a wiki by themselves. They couldn’t set up a wiki engine. They had no skills to do so. They had no servers on which to put a wiki engine. But the engineers did. Many an engineer became an unofficial wiki champion, leading the way in the use of wikis. They would set one wiki up for one team, and that team would use it with another, who would want their own, and then the cycle would repeat until lots of people were using this really easy project management tool without ever knowing that it was a wiki.

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