The business model of the 21st century demands an increasingly agile approach. Video conferencing technology and the internet of things means the prospect of extending boundaries to international frontiers is possible at the touch of button.
Multi-national businesses have customers, suppliers and colleagues scattered round the globe. Although instant communication with counterparts stationed overseas has been possible for over half a century, the development of videoconferencing removes the informality of primitive technologies – although early models were not without their faults.
Delays in transmission often resulted in cross conversations that only served to confuse what the other person was saying and would stall the conference. An advance maybe, but a frustrating one at that! Innovations in business technology needed to evolve.
Interactive technology in real-time
The emergence of interactive solutions has allowed corporations to communicate in real-time. Not only that, collaborative tools present a new way of working that allows you to share ideas and adopt a flexible approach in the way you do business with remote clients.
Collaboration technologies offer the scope to interact with others, either in a training capacity, delivering a presentation to clients or actively working on a project with somebody based in a remote location. Interactive whiteboards allow you to engage with your counterpart in real-time and can be used by multiple users at the same time.
Visual collaboration tools provide you with a fully integrated package that includes interactive touchscreen displays and bespoke collaboration software that is compatible with existing programs already used in offices. Therefore users are already familiar with interface navigation using tap and swipe commands.
The technological skill-sets needed to use collaborative tools are not far removed from modern day smartphones, PC or laptops and office-related software. Although the technology appeals to the “net-generation” of young people, the older members of your workforce have nothing to fear. Smarter Interactive offer training and support should it be required.
Integrating interactive technology
Interactive tools perform equally well as standalone units or integrated into your existing communications system. However, it is recommended that you outline a deployment strategy to make best use of your investment. There is little sense in investing in monitors for every room if they do not get used and left alone to collect dust.
Similarly, establish a link between the collaborative tools and the approach to improving communications. The key message is that collaborative tools enhance the value of communication and time should be taken to explore the full potential of the software and the hardware.
Busy executives, particularly the older generation, may initially resist using the technology, but once they discover how easy the technology is to use – and to love – they will feel more confident delivering presentations. The software offers endless possibilities to engage audiences and the hardware has familiar operations users are already accustomed to from other devices.
In essence, interactive technology enables presenters to be more dynamic and impress prospects. For executives working on commission, interactive technology should be and will be thoroughly appealing!