Within the R&D environment SMART Boards have become especially valuable as they enable businesses to collaborate efficiently both with their team and with colleagues, partners and clients based elsewhere. There are many benefits of using SMART Boards for R&D, from reducing the need for travel to improving decision making and note taking and helping you collaborate more effectively.
Perhaps the most obvious use of SMART Boards in R&D is that they help businesses to reduce the time and expense of travel. Whether you travel within the UK or further afield, being able to create and join meetings straight away, from your office, is a big bonus and even more so when your team may be spread out all over the world. SMART Boards give you the opportunity to share and collaborate on data quickly and easily, and they encourage the involvement of everyone invited to the meeting because they are so simple and intuitive to use. You can even extend the meeting to home workers who can join in by downloading SMART Bridgit software and using their laptop, computer or iPad.
Another benefit of using SMART Boards for R&D is that you can reach decisions much more quickly. Because you can call meetings straight away and invite people to join remotely, there’s no pressing need to get the key decision makers in the same place at the same time, and projects can be signed off instantly simply by signing the relevant document on the SMART Board display. This means deadlines can be met much more easily, keeping project budgets down and getting your products out to market faster.
Note taking is also improved through using SMART Boards. Rather than having documents, images and other data spread across a number of devices, you can open and view everything you need on your SMART Board, make notes directly within the documents and record your progress. The recording can then be saved and re-opened to continue the meeting at a later date, or converted to PDF, with your notes intact, and emailed to keep your team up to date with the latest developments.
Finally, SMART Boards have very few limitations on what you can do with them. You can view and work with any file or application you can open on a computer, and there are plenty of third party programs that have been designed to integrate seamlessly with SMART Boards, such as Microsoft Visio, AUTOCad and iObeya. WebEx and Sharepoint integration further extends the functionality of your SMART Board, and you can even combine it with video conferencing to recreate the meeting room environment.
If you would like to find out more about using SMART Boards for R&D why not give us a call today on 0118 336 0010. Our experts are happy to discuss your requirements and find the best solution for your specific needs.