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A Collaborative Business Model Is The Best Idea At Work

See two way remote collaboration in action at Learning Technologies 2013

It’s a big term in business right now. Collaboration isn’t a new concept, but recent technology brings it to the forefront of business development. After a few tough financial years we have had to take a look at ourselves and find ways to operate more effectively, and technology is helping small businesses cut costs and improves productivity all the time.

The idea of collaboration in the business world today is not simply a decision of economics, but building relationships with clients in remote places international countries. The idea is to create a new business model for a more connected world for a fraction of the expense it takes to travel.

Let’s start with the benefits you can see from day one. The whole point of collaboration is to combine the efforts of your workforce for a more productive end result. Your aim is to build a creative team that works together – even when they’re apart.

This is where technology comes into play. Where smaller teams might find it easier to work in collaboration, large and expanding businesses are at a disadvantage. Separate branches and international offices break organisations into smaller chunks, making it difficult to collaborate over distance.

Miles apart

That’s simply not the case anymore. The recession made business travel a disposable luxury. Businesses turned to video conferencing as a cheaper way to communicate from afar. While data conferencing allowed offices in different continents to collaborate over connected devices.What started out as an essential money-saver for many has become a productivity essential instead. Live communication without the need for travel makes businesses more time and cost effective.

Closer to home

If multiple branches or international office aren’t a concern for your business, there’s still a major role for collaborative strategy. Smaller teams normally have less resources at their disposal, which makes it imperative you get the most out of them.

More heads are definitely better than one. Strengths are combined, while individual weakness is diluted by diversity. Tools for engaging smaller collaborative teams include interactive LED and whiteboards or even bring your own device (BYOD) schemes. The aim is to engage your team with interactive devices that encourage teamwork and creativity.

Prepare for the future

Collaboration is important today. But it’s tomorrow’s essential. And the sooner your collaborative strategy begins, the easier the transition will be. Collaboration isn’t just about technology. It’s about business mentality. A mentality that’s already reshaping the way we think about work.

Remote working is on the rise. Physical offices play a smaller role in business than we’ve ever seen. While the anytime, anywhere ethos of collaborative working takes the emphasis off rigid office hours.

A recent article over at points out that “According to a 16-year study by Idea Champions, only 3 percent of the 10,000 people they interviewed said that they come up with their best ideas at work.”

Hardly a great statistic for productivity in the workplace, especially when “The other 97 percent said their best ideas come to them while they are in the shower, on vacation, taking walks, enjoying a glass of wine, or just doing nothing.”

To find out more about what SMART technology can do for you and your business, call the Smarter Interactive team today on 0118 336 0010 and speak to one of our advisors.

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