If 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 […]