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Study Finds Variety Is The Key To Collaborative Success

Using SMART Boards for global collaboration in manufcturingNew research shows that businesses with a varied collaboration system get the best results from their strategy. SMART Technology tested thirteen collaborative tools and the impact they make on companies – with the best performers coming from businesses that combine solutions to meet a wider range of needs.

Not only that, but organisations which include more staff and departments in their collaborative strategy see the best results across the whole company. The findings show that collaboration works best when every department is involved and a variety of systems are available to meet all their needs.

UK businesses still lagging behind

Of the 13 technologies analysed in the study, businesses in the UK are still slow to adopt solutions that connect multiple users, like specialist collaborative software and conferencing technology.

Dated technology that connects one user to multiple recipients like email and messaging still dominate business communication. While many-to-many interactions like data conferencing that connect multiple users to a collaborative environment have been adopted at a slower rate.

As the corporate climate changes, this sees UK businesses fall behind the industry standard of effective communication and collaboration – which means companies need to better equip themselves and create a solid strategy to make collaboration a success.

Businesses need to invest in varied technology

To bring whole organisations into the age of collaboration businesses need to invest in a range of technologies to meet the needs of every working environment. SMART research has previously shown the importance of catering to four collaborative workspaces – formal, informal, structured and dispersed.

Businesses that already use interactive technology in their informal and structured environments get the best results from in-house collaboration. This includes interactive whiteboards, LED displays and interactive software. While organisations with an advanced network of video and data conferencing are able to take their collaboration global with remote staff and international meetings.

Flexible software drives collaboration

The link between advanced technology and collaboration success is the software that brings everything together. With advanced software you can connect your in-house team to collaborative power sessions, record and stream video and improve staff training – while cloud hosted conferencing means you can take your business anywhere.

To get the most from your collaborative strategy you need to empower your team with access to materials no matter where they are and allow them to edit and save their progress along the way. Not only that, but you need software that supports multiple users – allowing them to work on the same project and make changes in real time.

With a variety of collaboration solutions powered by flexible software you can empower your entire organisation to get better results from collaborative technology and create a more effective business.

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