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Technologies to Support Collaboration across Time Zones
May-June 2012 (vol. 29 no. 3)
pp. 10-13
Rafael Prikladnicki, Pontifícia Universidade do Rio Grande do Sul
Sabrina Marczak, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul
Erran Carmel, American University
Christof Ebert, Vector Consulting Services
Time zone differences are a challenge to global software engineering. This column surveys the key technologies and tools that support collaboration across time zones. The insights on technologies derive from a meta-analysis of the 2010 and 2011 IEEE-sponsored International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE), among others.

1. E. Carmel and A. Espinosa, I'm Working While They're Sleeping: Time Zone Separation Challenges and Solutions, Nedder Stream Press, 2011.
2. C. Ebert, Global Software and IT: A Guide to Distributed Development, Projects, and Outsourcing, Wiley–IEEE CS Press, 2011.
3. E. Carmel and A. Prikladnicki, “Does Time Zone Proximity Matter for Brazil? A Study of the Brazilian IT Industry,” Social Science Research Network, Aug. 2010; http://ssrn.comabstract=1647305.
4. F. Lanubile et. al. “Collaboration Tools for Global Software Engineering,” IEEE Software, vol. 27, no. 2, 2010, pp. 52–55.

Index Terms:
software, technology, global, time zones, distributed software development, global software engineering, international conference on global software engineering, icgse
Citation:
Rafael Prikladnicki, Sabrina Marczak, Erran Carmel, Christof Ebert, "Technologies to Support Collaboration across Time Zones," IEEE Software, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 10-13, May-June 2012, doi:10.1109/MS.2012.68
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