Business models change, technology evolves, but the need for workers to collaborate remains as important as ever: research shows that employees spend 40 percent of their working hours in face-to-face and group engagements. Whether assembling a presentation, brainstorming or simply seeking the input of others, it’s in every organization’s best interest that the time people dedicate to collaboration be quality time.
In the past, collaboration used to mean face-to-face gatherings in a private office or conference room. But today’s workforce is often dispersed across the country or the globe. Achieving the same quality peer engagements as real-time face-to-face meetings can be a profound challenge. Physical travel is costly and time-consuming, and necessitates hours or days of non-productive transit time. Nevertheless, high-performing employees want to work where and when they feel they can be the most productive. And with new ways of working comes the need for new ways to collaborate, enabled by IT.
The importance and benefits of effective collaboration
To support workflows and boost productivity in the age of the distributed workforce, organizations must find the right way to let workers conduct business as if they were in the same room – and that requires technologies designed specifically for next-generation collaboration.
There’s an additional reason to adopt new collaborative technologies: within five years, more than half of the workforce will consist of Millennials who came of age with technology tools – those workers will expect to be equipped with those same tools at work as in life.
The advantages of modern collaboration technologies are apparent: empowering people to work together seamlessly regardless of location improves workflows and productivity. And, it helps companies differentiate themselves, gain a competitive edge, and retain the best talent.
IT is in the position to enable a natural-feeling collaboration experience for all participants. Modern workspaces equipped with the latest wireless technologies. Secure, seamless collaboration technologies for remote participants. The right collaboration solution can increase productivity and agility for everyone, from large global teams to 1:1 collaborators.
Start by matching solutions to usage models
The first step to meeting an organization’s collaboration technology needs is to understand how its people typically work together, and then match those use cases to the appropriate solutions:
- Large groups might benefit from digital whiteboards that allow participants to view and edit content in real time as they automatically save, transcribe and distribute content via touch-enabled mobile PCs.
- Small teams in compact spaces are ideal for wireless solutions that connect securely to conference room projectors, enabling mobile PCs to connect automatically to share work.
- 1:1 collaborators can create virtual meeting rooms for high-quality audio and video using touch-enabled mobile devices such as 2 in 1s that allow for easy screen sharing and document editing.
Real-world collaboration success stories
WWT’s technology partner, Intel, saved millions by implementing its own modern collaboration solution. With a workforce of more than 170,000 employees scattered across the globe, Intel faced immense challenges – and costs – as it tried to balance the need for personal collaboration with the time and expense of physical travel. By implementing a videoconferencing solution, Intel saved more than $26 million in travel costs and 57,000 travel hours for its employees in a single year.
Or, consider the experience of a state university that turned to WWT for a student-teacher collaboration solution to accommodate its growing population of online and international students.
WWT can help you implement your own collaboration solutions to support workflows and enable employees to make higher quality real-time decisions in a seamless, secure collaborative experience.
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