Strong collaboration can profoundly affect the outcome of any organisation. When groups of people, often from diverse locations and roles, share ideas and knowledge, something special happens. The best-performing teams don’t happen by chance, and today’s technology supports teams to achieve more than ever before.
High-performance organisations are up to 5.5 times more likely than lower performers to recognise and reward effective collaboration by individuals, teams and leaders*.
Today’s teams may work in different states or countries, even in different time zones, but modern, cloud-based collaboration solutions support every worker, in any location, on any device. From mining sites and schools to hospitals and offices, we create a secure user experience that invites contributions from everyone. Using tools such as video conferencing, shared collaboration spaces, virtual whiteboards and instant messaging, our customers work more effectively, anytime, anywhere. Even when a team member leaves, their input is preserved, and their knowledge doesn’t depart with them.
Driven by different business units, or even external parties, collaboration solutions can be easily adopted by different groups to solve immediate problems – but this creates new challenges. Unsanctioned apps may be used for sensitive customer data or the organisation’s intellectual property, potentially threatening data compliance efforts. Visibility of data can be obscured, making it difficult to secure. Creating a well-designed collaboration experience reduces the potential for your staff to adopt unsanctioned shadow IT solutions and helps to keep users and data safe.
When approaching collaboration decisions, there are some important governance questions that must be asked:
A positive approach to collaboration governance reduces the possibility of data breach or reputation damage if proactive steps are taken in advance to secure and protect your valuable corporate intellectual property.
Collaboration platforms are on the rise, and have become inherent to business operations. Recent events have led to a mad dash for enterprises and schools to incorporate collaboration platforms in order to maintain business continuity and work towards a new hybrid workplace. While it’s impossible to define exactly what the new hybrid workplace will look like, there’s no contesting that collaboration solutions are here to stay.
76% of employees report the desire to want to continue working from home1. Additionally, current predictions hold that by 2024 75% of meetings will be virtual2. With such significant changes to modern day ways of working, honing the collaboration solutions within your organisation is essential in the journey to the modern workplace.
Empower teams to come together rapidly across organisational and geographical boundaries on easily-accessible and intuitive collaboration platforms. Whether it’s file-sharing, chatting, digital whiteboards, video conferencing or screen-sharing, you’ll streamline your work systems and drive results. To help you make the right decision for your organisation’s needs, we’ve created a comparison infographic to compare all of the business-critical features of three leading platforms – Cisco Webex, Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
A complete, cloud-based collaboration solution designed for simplicity, Cisco Webex brings people together into ‘spaces’ – virtual rooms that contain messages, meetings, contacts, documents and drawings. Free to download, easy to implement and quick to deliver – see how easy it is to love how you work.
Microsoft Teams is a complete chat and online meetings solution. You can get someone’s attention, share files effortlessly, and kick-off conversations via video or call. Microsoft Teams is just one part of the Office 365 suite, and integrates seamlessly with your favourite Office applications, email, calendars and SharePoint – all the tools your teams need to get work done.
Consider the ease of joining a video meeting with one click, inviting others in an instant, capturing thoughts on a team board, and seamlessly sharing content. Ultramodern meeting devices that battle eye strain, video fatigue and external noise are becoming popular choices to transform the humble meeting room into a video-enabled collaboration space, spanning a hybrid workforce.
1. (2020). Work From Home Experience Survey Results. [Online] Available at: https://globalworkplaceanalytics.com/global-work-from-home-experience-surveywww.i4cp.com
2. Gartner (2020). Gartner Says Worldwide End-User Cloud-based Web Conferencing Solutions Will Grow Nearly 25% in 2020. [Online] Available at:https://www.gartner.com/