The term enterprise collaboration is fairly broad, but it generally describes the ways in which people work together in our new digital and mobile driven business landscape. Both inside and outside of the office. The autonomy Millennials and Gen-Xers demand from their careers has spread to the business world as a whole, and today digital connectivity makes collaboration easy, allowing people the freedom to work from anywhere—no longer feeling tied to an office, no longer being required to work the traditional 9-to-5, Monday to Friday job. Enterprise collaboration is the new goal of every dynamic business. In today’s workplace, employees can instantly connect via Smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices giving us a new way to work. Let’s take a look at the evolution of enterprise collaboration.

The Mobile Employee

A recent article in SearchUnifiedCommunications.com makes it clear that though mobile employees are a definite trend, and one that will continue growing, according to Nemertes Research, “these kinds of workers typically represent no more than 20% of a typical workforce.” That said, the key phrase is “continue growing” – mobile employees have unique needs, requiring IT groups to have their fingers on the pulse of network and device security and application performance across wired and wireless networks. They also must be prepared to support user-owned devices, ensure there is sufficient wireless network availability, and that huddle spaces and small conference rooms are equipped with good quality video conferencing tools. Collaboration, though, means more than just video-chatting with a teammate.

From White Walls to White Boards to Whole Screens

It was pretty revolutionary when the “old fashioned whiteboard” went from dry erase markers to interactive digital collaboration. But today, people are expecting more. Meeting rooms are walled with touch-sensitive screens […]