Virtual Global Technologies announces the upcoming May release of TeamLeader 2006, nicknamed High Mileage for its promise to promote telecommuting and reduce travel costs.
Despite soaring gas prices, many managers have hesitated to support telecommuting teams because they are harder to manage.
TeamLeader is a team management and collaboration software system created for dispersed teams. The software helps managers oversee telecommuting teams as they jointly tackle everything from simple tasks to complex projects. The goal is to increase closeness and trust without interfering with the empowered team culture. Virtual Global anticipates a dramatic boost in telecommuniting in the next two years.
The new 2006 release includes improved support for dispersed managers and team members, including time tracking, voice over IP (VoIP) and presence awareness.
Traffic congestion is estimated to cost travelers $63 billion annually, as indicated in the 2005 Urban Mobility Report released by the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI). With gasoline prices soaring above $3 per gallon, it’s realistic to expect those numbers to increase dramatically.
Cary Landis, Virtual Global’s president, suggests that TeamLeader 2006 can reduce gas prices by more than 80% for some teams. “That’s a bold statement,” says Landis, “but we’ve created our entire product line without ever having met face-to-face with our international developers. One hundred percent of that work has been virtual, and the savings have been tremendous.”
In addition to telecommuting teams, TeamLeader 2006 works equally well for local teams, satellite offices and outsourced teams. Three editions are available for varying needs, including the free Lite edition, the Small Business edition, or the Enterprise edition (nicknamed High Octane) for globally dispersed teams.