Jonathan Boutelle have an interesting article about the current boom of collaboration tools. The eye-catching phrase that came up was – his concern for Flash Developers who are concentrating more on doing e-learning projects and not really harnessing the power of Flash, FlashCom, Flash Remoting and Flex.
Flash hackers should pay particular attention to this trend. The only decent zero-install technology that allows the server to push content to a client is the flash communications server. That ability is crucial to real-time collaboration (as opposed to the asynchorous collaboration you see in bug-tracking and project-management systems). If Flash developers can stop working on elearning projects for a few months they could easily build some great tools for this space, tools that would be valued at a premium in the current market.