Seven Expected Remote Collaboration Trends in 2017

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Dec 14

Dec 14

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Seven Expected Remote Collaboration Trends in 2017.jpgCollaboration is transforming businesses at an astounding rate, allowing people to communicate and solve problems regardless of time or space. Effective collaboration makes companies profitable and productive, and the challenge of providing the appropriate tools to employees is an ongoing issue. In 2016, collaboration tools that made headlines included enterprise social media and wearable technology, but what are the expected remote collaboration trends for 2017? Let’s take a look at what is expected:

1. Catering to the Younger Workforce

Millennials are taking over the global workforce and are expected to be  46 percent of the working population by 2020. They are infusing the workplace with innovation and influence and are eager to become leaders within their organizations. Younger workers prefer flexibility to compensation and will quickly move on if they do not find that flexibility in their current workplace. Mobile technology and expanded bandwidth access give businesses the ability to hire and retain the best employees in the world. Telecommuting and video conferencing allow Millennials to work the way they want to while using tools they are used to. In 2017, companies will spend more time understanding and catering to the needs of the up-and-coming workforce in order to keep the best of the best.

2. Collaboration Tools Move Past Enterprise Social Networks (ESN)

 In recent years, enterprise social collaboration tools have been able to effectively connect people around the world, but work processes still remain disconnected and in silos. Social applications have been limited by technology and may work fine for one department but not for another. In 2017, open application program interfaces and a more uniform cloud will make the integration of disparate software applications easier than ever. Whereas in the past, the ESNs may have been required for one organization, going forward, all departments will be able to use one platform, or multiple apps will be able to be easily integrated for all to use, connecting less than optimal processes and improving productivity.  

3. Collaboration Will Change the Way Organizations Work

Many organizations have invested so much into technologies that do not work well together. In 2017, companies will be looking closely at what they have and how their internal processes work together. New companies have the advantage of investing from the start in newer, leaner technologies, so companies with plenty of legacy equipment and services will start looking at ways to improve their collaboration. Superior collaboration makes a company more competitive by enabling better communication and work processes between workers. Cloud-based software solutions allow organizations to integrate information, reach their intended audience, improve knowledge-sharing, enhance workflows, reach remote colleagues, and find new origins of innovative thinking and expertise. By thinking like a start-up company, productivity will be improved, and profitability will be increased.

4. Collaborate Like a New Company

Many organizations have invested so much into technologies that do not work well together. In 2017, companies will be looking closely at what they have and how their internal processes work together. New companies have the advantage of investing from the start in newer, leaner technologies, so companies with plenty of legacy equipment and services will start looking at ways to improve their collaboration. Superior collaboration makes a company more competitive by enabling better communication and work processes between workers. Cloud-based software solutions allow organizations to integrate information, reach their intended audience, improve knowledge-sharing, enhance workflows, reach remote colleagues, and find new origins of innovative thinking and expertise. By thinking like a start-up company, productivity will be improved, and profitability will be increased.

5. Bring Your Own Collaboration Software (BYOS)

Many organizations support Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to improve productivity; in 2017, companies are expected to start supporting BYOS. Instead of letting IT choose one solution for all users, companies will begin allowing workers to use software like Skype and Dropbox so that they can manage their own tools, use what they are familiar with, and meet their own needs. Benefits include worker access to many different services and freeware to reduce corporate costs.

6. IoT Device Connectivity

The Internet of Things (IoT) is defined as “connected devices” and appears to be ramping up to become a massive new market with incredible potential. 2017 may become the time when ingenious software platforms begin connecting with IoT devices. Devices can include any number of things, including lights, locks, appliances, windows, and doors. Collaboration utilizing many number of IoT devices presents an enormous undertaking and will be fed by open interfaces and open-collaboration platforms.

7. Software Robots (Bots)

Bots are “conversational software robots” and are growing at an astonishing rate. Typically found in messaging and chat applications, their collaborative nature means they should become available across all types of collaboration tools in 2017. Bots allow people to automate conversations to start a function without human interaction and will seem like artificial intelligence. Instead of typing, people can simply talk and get help with actions like reservations, appointments, and payments.

The market for collaboration apps is growing and changing rapidly, and 2017 will be no exception. Apps and services will begin to work together instead of in silos, making the world much more collaborative in so many ways. Resellers in the know will get the biggest share of the pie, and customers who adopt early in 2017 will become the most profitable.

Does your business understand what’s coming in 2017 regarding collaboration? Please comment below.

Topics: News and Trends

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