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How SMART Boards can enable collaboration over distance

A dictionary definition of “Collaborate” – to work with another or others on a joint project. 

We speak to lots of organisations who believe they have the ability to collaborate, depending upon the topic and number of people involved this may involve sending a text or a simple phone call. If you are in a document focussed environment you may “mark up” proposed changes to a word document and email this to a colleague for approval. But, if an organisation would like to collaborate over distance can a text or phone call achieve this? Maybe by adding the words “in real time” wew can start to understand what technology can achieve.

If collaborating involves “working with another or others on a joint project” then the question is can technology enable this to happen in real time? If so, what are the benefits of real time working? For most organisatons the challenge of getting all participants required to collaborate on a project together may be greater than the project itself. 

“Can you make next Tuesday?” 

“No, sorry, how about Thursday?” 

“I am in a customer presentation that day, how about the following Thursday?”

“All we need is one hour to write up some ideas and agree the best way forward”

SMART Boards enable any information on a computer to be controlled with your finger from a touch screen that can be anything from 18” to 87” diagonal. When the computer is connected to the internet by using Smarter Conference any number of computers, iPads or SMART Board can view information, control each others programs and write notes in real time. Therefore all participants can work with another over distance on a joint project, in real time enabling better decisions to be made faster.

To understand how SMART Boards can improve collaboration in your organisations please give us a call or view these products.

Also download our Smart Collaboration Brochure.

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