With globalisation, advances in technology and changing working behavior changing the face of the business world, collaboration is more important than ever. With fewer employees occupying fewer desks on a full-time basis and the rise of the mobile workforce, the ability to work together, share ideas and information, and engage with colleagues remotely, can often mean the difference between success and failure, regardless of the size of the organisation. Getting collaboration right can also deliver tremendous benefits to companies and give them that differentiator that can be turned into competitive advantage.
The dynamic relationship between people, technology and the workplace can therefore only be enhanced by collaboration — consider these four principles for embracing this trend and gaining the most value from it.
#1 Activity Based Working
The office of today is a place that offers more flexibility, more technology and more staff working remotely. However, for businesses to maximise collaboration and minimise cost when it comes to physical space, a new approach is needed — one that looks at teams and tasks as opposed to departments and functions. Activity-based working is a new approach that requires a more detailed understanding of the workforce. If done successfully the benefits include increased speed to market, quicker decision making, removing downtime, and better use of expertise.
#2 Companies in the Cloud
Cloud is now the norm, used everywhere from social media networking and web-based email, to business scheduling and communication tools. When it comes to making collaboration work, cloud has a big role to play i Typically organisations make use of a combination of cloud technologies, both on premise and hosted by a third party and its collaboration tools — provided in the form of software-as-a-service (SaaS) — that will make the most impact. The SaaS model provides flexibility and cost-effectiveness, allowing employees to use it as and when needed, once again supporting the makeup of today’s workforce.
#3 Corporate networking
Beyond the likes of LinkedIn or even business versions of Facebook, one of the future drivers of collaboration will be increased acceptance of corporate networks based on the social media model. While communication between colleagues within the same business via message apps like Skype for Business is standard practice, more organisations are now looking to add in communication with suppliers, customers and consultants in order to fully bring the full workforce together.
#4 Next Generation Technology
Collaboration will become more important in the business world and be a key driver of organisational productivity and growth. The key is ensuring you’ve got the right technology to enhance collaboration and truly evolve the working environment.
At this year’s UC EXPO VIVIDtouch will introduce the next generation of workplace technology. The VIVIDtouch VTF range is the world’s first-ever series of interactive panels that runs on the new Windows 10 operating system and delivers Microsoft Office apps directly from the panel.
The new VTF series includes the built-in full-feature Quad core INTEL Windows 10 device to deliver a far superior performance than the processors incorporated into most Android touch screens. The operating system enables users to access, manage and create content, use familiar software packages, browse the internet and gain access to thousands apps available through the Windows store.
The new interactive panels are the first to offer an unrivalled touch experience with VIVIDtouch InGlass™ powered by FlatFrog, a system that dramatically improves performance over other touch technologies. The InGlass technology gives users a true tablet-like experience – replicating the responsive, smooth, intelligent and accurate performance on a large touch screen optimised for the workplace.
Users can integrate written content with OneNote and share with colleagues, as well as log in to their Office 365 accounts, accessing their files and information, or Skype for Business on the panel itself, negating the need for an additional PC or laptop in the meeting room.
By Martin Large, CEO at Steljes