Software to help companies communicate and share information more efficiently will feature strongly at this year's CeBit technology conference.
Groupware and collaboration technology encompasses e-mail, instant messaging, voice over IP (VoIP), telephone and videoconferencing, and document sharing is set to be a hot issue for many corporate users.
Richard Edwards, research analyst at Butler Group, said software to search and mine information generated from such technologies would attract attention.
"E-mail is still the primary collaboration tool. The e-mail inbox has become the new C-drive, and an increasing number of search and retrieval tools will target this area. On the server side, I think we will see an increase in e-mail appliances and hosted solutions, as organisations - especially in the SME space - struggle to keep e-mail under control."
CeBit will showcase more instant messaging, VoIP and videoconferencing technology, such as Skype phones and video cameras.
"Skype is introducing teleconferencing and videoconferencing to a new audience," said Edwards. "In the past these technologies were reserved for senior managers and required expensive infrastructure. Now they can be delivered straight to the desktop in a collection of easy-to-use tools."
Edwards added that specialised IMgateways and firewalls might also make an appearance at CeBit this year, as organisations sought interoperability between competing technologies.