Not too long ago, corporate collaboration was all about only display. What this meant is that participants in a meeting space could throw up documents and images from their laptops onto a main display for everyone to see and annotate.

Workforces located in different geographies and the prevalence of Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) meant that mobile quickly entered this space, so that smartphones and tablets became primary and secondary display devices.

However, as companies and their employees became increasingly comfortable with these tools and technologies, the concept of collaboration expanded well past display and into the very core of how organisations operate.

So, what exactly is collaboration? To put it simply, it is about giving people access to the information they need so that they can do their jobs. And with many companies interested in investing in collaboration, there are many tools and technologies that can help them do just that.

Here, we explore the different ways in which companies and their employees can collaborate, using the latest tools and technologies.

what exactly is collaboration?


Tech managers and their organisations can do the following to ensure a seamless collaboration experience: 

Make wiser management decisions, by using remote monitoring and analytics. Using these, managers can monitor how often a particular technology is used and can then invest in the right collaboration tools and technologies.

Ensure security and give emphasis on how secure a tool and technology actually is, depending on its design.

Use a digital conference system offering audio recording and control via a central unit that is designed for direct placement in the meeting space, rather than through an equipment rack.

Use tools that help them collaborate within small group environments, such as conference rooms, libraries, schools, and huddle rooms. Some of these tools enable participants to use whichever application they want, such as Skype, Microsoft Lync, or WebEx.

Use cloud-based systems that enable participants to capture, contribute, share, and annotate content, such as streaming video, Web apps, documents, presentations, images, and inputs from PCs and mobile devices.

Use a technology that lets multiple meeting participants introduce data into a multi-surface, large-format, shared digital workspace.

Combine hardware and software to integrate different systems over IP (LAN/WAN). They can consolidate the control of various security subsystems, including video management systems (VMS), legacy Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), access control, life safety, building automation, Geographic Information System (GIS), and call boxes from multiple sites.

Apart from these, there are several other tools and technologies that you can use for collaboration. One of these is a cloud-based collaboration platform, which is a subscription service based on the size of the storage space required and the number of users interacting with it.

Another is a collaboration visualisation solution, requiring no software to download, no cables to connect, and no dongles.

There are no dearth of varied and sophisticated collaboration solutions available for companies. So, if you want to connect and collaborate with others all through the day, you have several options to choose from. Do pick the right one and collaborate, collaborate, collaborate…

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