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When I studied natural science when I was kid, they explained the different type of relationships that occurred in the natural world. I remember they talked about parasitism, commensalism and symbiosis. Parasitism is a relationship in which one organism benefits while the other is harmed. In commensalism, one benefits and the other doesn’t, but the second isn’t affected by the relationship either. Symbiosis is a win-win state, where both organisms benefit from the relationship.
The examples were rather interesting, the crocodile who opened its jaws so that some birds could clean the remains of its meal. There was an unwritten agreement: I’ll clean your teeth, you give me food and don’t eat me; if you eat me, go try to find another dentist!
I saw how that among different species there were also affective symbiotic relationships… Is it love? Perhaps… If not, tell the two beings in the photo, or can’t you see that mutual wellbeing in those faces?
Over time, I read that some sources call the three forms of relationship “symbiosis”, and the win-win relationship, more specifically mutualism. It doesn’t matter to me. I’ve kept to the first interpretation of the symbiotic system as one that provides benefits to both organisms when I say that Zyncro is a symbiotic application.
I came to that conclusion after analyzing and understanding Zyncro.
Its concept to add applications via ZyncroApps enables you to benefit from other systems and those other systems benefit from a greater number of users who, encouraged by Zyncro, decide to try these new applications.
It’s neither efficient or intelligent to try to do what others do well, but it does make sense to take advantage of their specialization to build an application that provides greater value for all.
Just look at the long list of own functions found in Zyncro, we could also say it is…
A manager for projects, workflows, email, events, calendars, surveys, online meetings, public microblogging, an open social network for contacts and another for professional contacts, an external noticeboard, a translator, an online viewer, a note manager, access analytics, viewer for different contents… in short, a synchronizer, and in a not-too-distant future, a great many more functions… Developing? No, symbiosing… (yes, I’ve just coined that word)
Josep Baijet is Managing Director of ZyncSocial, partner of Zyncro specializing in consultancy, training and support in implementing enterprise social networks.