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How software developers can collaborate with a SMART Board

Whether your team is based in the same building or spread across the globe, software developers can collaborate with a SMART board for quicker, more effective communication. There are many ways you can use SMART Boards to facilitate remote communication and you don’t even need to invest in more boards to do so. You only need to have one board installed in your main office; by using SMART Bridgit software you can give your remote staff access to the meeting using a number of devices, including interactive monitors, SMART Podiums, desktop computers, laptops or even a tablet device.

But why would you want to use SMART Boards in the software development process? Here are some ideas for how software developers can collaborate with a SMART Board.

Storyboarding

Because SMART Boards work with any installed software programmes or applications, you can collaborate locally and remotely on the entire process, right from the initial design. If you use Visio you’ll find it is designed to work with SMART Ink which means you can use your finger both to write on the screen and to use the features of the Visio software. Drawing your diagrams and moving objects around in the Visio workspace using your finger rather than a mouse is a much more intuitive process and you can embed your Visio designs directly into the SMART meeting records, so your diagrams and notes are all kept in one secure file. And whether your team are in the meeting room or collaborating remotely, they will have full access to all the features too.

Code analysis

Because SMART Boards work with any installed software programmes or applications, you can collaborate locally and remotely on the entire process, right from the initial design. If you use Visio you’ll find it is designed to work with SMART Ink which means you can use your finger both to write on the screen and to use the features of the Visio software. Drawing your diagrams and moving objects around in the Visio workspace using your finger rather than a mouse is a much more intuitive process and you can embed your Visio designs directly into the SMART meeting records, so your diagrams and notes are all kept in one secure file. And whether your team are in the meeting room or collaborating remotely, they will have full access to all the features too.

You can display any data you want onto your SMART Board, from documents and spreadsheets to web pages and coding. Having the ability to display your coding on the same screen as, perhaps, a storyboard and web page speeds up the process of software development because you don’t need to switch from one device to another to see all the relevant components. You can also write over any content, and any highlights and annotations you make can be recorded and saved within the original documents, and then shared by email so everyone has the most up to date details.

Customer presentations

From the customer’s perspective, it’s often difficult to get an overview of a software product from a small screen, so being able to demonstrate it on a large SMART Board means you can explain the finer details much more easily. And of course you can also pull in all the other information your customer may need to see, such as process maps, screenshots and working demos. You can even use your SMART Board to demonstrate the product to your customer at every stage of development without having to arrange a physical meeting. Because the SMART Bridgit software enables deployment of the SMART session to a number of devices, you can invite your customer to the meeting via email and they can join you on their computer – meaning they can be involved every step of the way easily and without any need for travel.

For more information on how software developers can collaborate with a SMART Board give us a call today – we’d be happy to explain more about how SMART Boards work and even arrange a demonstration. You can contact us on 0118 336 0010 or email us using the form near the top of this page.

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