keeping-up-with-changes-to-collaborationIn the world of technology, change is the only constant on which we can rely. And this constantly changing technology has a tremendous impact on the workplace and on how we work together. Today we’re able to do so much more than we once did, without ever leaving our offices. Advances in technology have made enormous changes to collaboration, making it possible to communicate seamlessly with a remote workforce.

Think of how we collaborated twenty, ten, and even five years ago. We’re no longer constrained by geographical boundaries. We can now communicate with team members and subject experts in multiple locations using video and other technologies. Even long email conversations are disappearing. Thanks to apps like Slack, we message instantly and over mobile. This evolution in communications technology is having a direct and positive impact on the bottom line.

Say Goodbye to Traditional Conferencing

Conferencing is one place where we’ve experienced a revolution in the workplace. Ten years ago, we would fly to physical meeting spaces, but new video collaboration tools now save us both money and time. Today, we’re on the precipice of another collaboration revolution: virtual reality. The recent adoption of VR in the entertainment and sports industry has made enterprises consider its potential.

Virtual reality gives the benefit of a face-to-face meeting without ever having to leave the building. VR headsets are becoming increasingly affordable, and soon we’ll see them in mid-sized and small businesses.

We also use video conference technology more frequently thanks to mobile. The “bring your own device” (BYOD) movement has helped create a seamless workflow in which we can collaborate from anywhere. The BYOD movement has also contributed to making our workforce more widespread. Indeed, telecommuting and flexible scheduling have never been more feasible.

Don’t Forget About the Cloud

Cloud technology has revolutionized the way we collaborate. Businesses and consumers use the cloud daily, whether it’s for transmitting sensitive information or sending a friend video and pictures from the last get together. Cloud service providers are also becoming savvier: as more people rely on cloud technology, it takes more to provide a reliable service. As the technology continues to evolve and become accessible to enterprises, it will change the way we use it in our system deployments.

Document sharing, for example, is one way we’re already using cloud technology. Several people can now collaborate on a single project simultaneously, creating real-time collaboration that streamlines business processes.

Embrace Full Systems Integration

These days, organizations operate several different platforms at once, from collaboration software and customer relationship management platforms to industry-specific applications. As technology evolves, applications and software become more compatible with each other. Companies will soon have collaboration platforms that are compatible with tools like CRM platforms and analytics. Full systems integration will allow for fast-paced business interactions with real-time analytics and insights.

User experience is the watchword. Technology companies will have to work hard to ensure businesses maintain seamless, intuitive, easy-to-use experiences. Gone are the days of using tech programs independently. In the near future, our collaboration programs will also integrate with other platforms to maximize productivity.

Collaborate Anytime, Anywhere

Collaboration spaces are prevalent in the workplace, but the days of being tied to a physical location are gone. Small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) are joining large organizations in expanding their networks, as they can freely do so without opening new locations. Accordingly, we can now grow our businesses without incurring additional costs – and, thanks to real-time communication and collaboration – we can also work in distributed teams.

In the future, we’ll continue to see collaboration evolve beyond the traditional workplace and into VR and real-time options. Businesses of all sizes will reap the benefits of future collaboration, from superior cloud technology to the integration of AV systems into existing platforms.

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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