Collaboration Trends- What to Watch For in 2016If your company employs remote workers, relies heavily on inter-department collaboration, or routinely works with prospects and clients around the world, now is the time to keep an eye on virtual collaboration solutions. With so many new integrative solutions coming to market—and proof that they promote productivity and drive bottom line goals—one of these solutions could help your business exceed expectations in 2016. Here are a few collaboration trends to watch out for in 2016 and beyond:

  • An influx of “smart machines.” Think drones, automated vehicles, and automated manufacturing innovation. These intuitive machines will fundamentally disrupt the way we live our lives. Drone-based delivery, onsite monitoring, driverless cars, as well as robotic solutions in surprising industries like restaurant service will change the way we interact with one another socially and at work. Imagine completing the entire sales cycle without ever making contact with an individual—not even watching the mailman drive up the driveway!
  • Sensor-based big data sets. Companies are looking for better ways to leverage big data. Look for the strategic placement of sensors to monitor productivity and other KPIs, including smart device use, vehicle habits, and weather patterns. Sensors may eventually have a place in every industry, and provide organizations and business leaders with the hard data they need to improve every decision they make. This type of data will likely change how, when, and why we collaborate on the job. With sensor-driven data, efficiency will become much more of a science than an art.
  • Security in the cloud and on smart devices. Companies are moving their collaboration tools, data storage, and other applications to the cloud because it makes sense. Cloud solutions cut costs while improving productivity and enabling remote workers. Similarly, the rising adoption of mobile solutions and the “Internet of Things” is moving communications into new channels. Discovering weaknesses and building strong security strategies for these cutting edge solutions will play a large role in governing the use of cloud applications for workers inside and outside of the office.
  • Comprehensive collaboration solutions. Today, many collaboration solutions still only cover a fragment of what users need to access during a meeting. Companies will start looking for solutions that include real-time and asynchronous communication solutions. Project participants can work together or independently, while still having access to a platform to chat, jump into videoconferences, share screens, and share and edit documents together.

This provides the productivity of in-office collaboration with the flexibility of virtual access. Look for solutions that streamline workflows, allow for multi-channel collaboration, and offer accessibility from a phone, tablet, or laptop.

The beauty of these digital trends is that each innovation influences another. At first glance, you might not think a driverless car has much to do with the state of collaboration in the workplace, but think about the implications for commuting. A driverless car opens the door for private, secure, remote communication while an individual travels to work, hands-free and able to access papers or manipulate a touchscreen. These technological evolutions are all interconnected, which will make the next few years an exciting time for collaboration and overall digital solutions.

With an ever-increasing global workforce, it’s important to keep up with trends, devices, and tools. Knowing what software is available is just as important as knowing which one is the right one for your organization.

At Advanced AV we empower live meetings and remote collaboration by deploying the technology that helps your organization connect, communicate and engage with its customers, employees and stakeholders. Connect with us to find out more about how Advanced AV can help you achieve your business and technology goals.

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