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The benefits of using SMART Boards for R&D

SMART Boards are useful tools for any business but they are especially helpful in R&D environments, where collaboration is often a vital part of the process. In this article we’ll look at some of the main benefits of using SMART Boards for R&D, and we will also show you SMART Boards in action in the workplace, to demonstrate some of the features of remote collaboration.

The five main benefits of using SMART Boards for R&D

Reduced travel
Perhaps the most obvious benefit of using SMART Boards for R&D is the reduction in travel. Whether you work with locally-based freelancers or global partners, using a SMART Board means you can have effective meetings without requiring everyone to be in the same room. Your colleagues don’t even need to have a SMART Board either – by using Bridgit software they can access the meeting on their PC, Mac or iPad.

Improved record keeping
Using a SMART Board means you can keep a constantly updated record of your research and development. Every session can be saved, either in Powerpoint/PDF format for easy viewing and sharing, or as a SMART Meeting Pro file which can be reused and added to whenever you wish. This means you can start each meeting with the most up to date set of notes, add to them and save and share again.

Quicker decision making
Projects often drag on and miss deadlines simply because it’s not possible to get the right people together to approve and sign off the product. One of the many benefits of using SMART Boards for R&D is you can achieve sign off instantly; in fact, throughout the project you can get each element approved simply by asking the person responsible to initial the relevant screen, providing you with quick decisions and a lasting record of each stage of development.

Increased collaboration
While tools such as WebEx, Sharepoint and Google Docs allow for remote sharing of data, SMART Boards give you much more functionality. Regardless of the way you join the SMART Meeting – SMART Board, Podium, PC, Mac or ipad – everyone has the same opportunity to share their screen or write and highlight the content in real time. This means rather than watching a meeting passively, remote participants can fully interact, leading to a truly collaborative experience.

Faster product launches
When you’re no longer reliant on physical meetings to make important decisions, discuss features or achieve sign-off, the entire R&D process becomes much more effective, leading to quicker production, faster product launches, more sales and, ultimately, a competitive edge in your market.

To find out more about the benefits of SMART Boards for R&D watch the short video below, and then call us on 0118 336 0010. We would love to talk to you about the options available for your business. 

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