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Sharing vs. Collaboration: The Big Difference And Why You Care

 

Two way collaborationFile sharing has been a business essential since the dawn of email. Bouncing documents between email accounts is old hat. And since the Blackberry we’ve been exchanging emails anytime, anywhere – no big deal.

Collaboration is a much newer buzzword. One that plays heavily on the anytime, anywhere factor too. Except collaborative technology goes far beyond the bounds of sharing files. Collaboration helps businesses get better results inside the workplace and reach new heights outside it.

File sharing vs collaboration

Let’s start by putting the difference in plain English. File sharing uses email and cloud software to send or store files online. Whereas collaboration allows multiple users to work on projects in real time.

Imagine two business partners working on a presentation. With file sharing both can make changes and resend or save updates, one step at a time. This is fine, but it’s not the most time-efficient or effective way to get a workflow going.

If the same two partners use collaboration software, they can connect their devices and work on the same document at the same time. They’re free to communicate and edit in real time, allowing for a natural workflow between any locations, at any time.

Of course, collaboration can happen between numerous people in the same room. But technologies like video and data conferencing, as well as SMART devices, allow businesses to go further with collaboration.

Business benefits from collaboration

Team building

Collaborative technology was originally developed to create a more efficient business model. By improving in-house productivity, collaboration encourages workforces to combine strengths and get creative. With the emphasis on team effort, rather than individuality, your employees share the same motivation for success – and the same rewards.

Meanwhile, advances in technology – heavily influenced by the global recession – have seen collaboration go beyond the office walls.

Going nowhere (unnecessarily)

Business travel is a luxury many companies cannot justify anymore. We’ve all had to become more responsible with our budgets. And video conferencing allows us to meet over greater distances – at a fraction of the cost. Making business travel in 2014 as unnecessary as it is expensive.

A new working pattern

Aside from solving economic issues, collaboration has opened up new avenues as well. With video and data conferencing businesses can communicate and collaborate anywhere, anytime. The result is a growth in remote working that removes the limits of location and working hours. Staff can enjoy less time under pressure and focus on contributing their best ideas, as and where they happen.

Growth made easier

Combine these benefits and businesses are better setup for growth. A more effective, productive organisation that integrates cost-effective technology gains all the makings of a business set to expand.

Growth comes easier with collaborative technology. Video and data conferencing opens your business to a global market. There’s nothing to stop you winning contracts from all corners of the world. From finding the best workforce in the country or beyond. All the while, nationwide and international offices can open and run in seamless collaboration, like never before.

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