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Online collaboration: the success factor of tools

Posted on Tue, Apr 08, 2014

endpoint subscription 200Collaboration being inevitable in these fast times is something nearly all managers realise. Nearly all organisations act in one or several chains and therefore enter into partnerships: for some because it happens to be convenient, for others because it is strategic and therefore structured. Both cases entail frequent online cooperating. There is a great term for this: online collaboration.

Online Collaboration
Recent research into the maturity of online collaboration has shown that most collaborations serve to cut costs. Tailoring business processes ensures increased efficiency. In many cases custom-made collaboration tooling supports the online cooperation. Collaborating is and remains the work of men and good communication contributes to better understanding and less errors. This is why many organisations use tools for audio and videoconferencing, as the aforementioned research demonstrates. They are used even more than management tools, for example for project- and knowledge management.

Collaboration tools
By using these tools, many managers assume to have created the conditions for a smooth running collaboration. Everyone starts out enthusiastic but still it tails off over time. This is a result of management understanding that partnering is key, but people executing the collaboration lacking the right mindset. The organisation culture is not geared towards collaboration outside the office walls or the cultures of the collaborating organisations are too different. In general, management pays far too little attention to this – or only does so once the horse has bolted already.

Suddenly calling forth conferencing tools does not resolve the difference in organisational culture. Managers would be wise to let the realization that collaboration is a win-win situation to both organisations take root first. Only then can the full potential of tooling be utilized.”

Video in the Cloud
Talk & Vision offers a set of business-grade, cloud-based video collaboration solutions: system subscription, personal subscription and virtual meetingroom. With no investment in hardware required and a rolling month-by-month or pay-per-use subscription. Talk & Vision is both a low-cost and low-risk video conferencing answer to meet your specific needs. Our smart, automated tools will enable your people to go online in a matter of minutes, whether they are individual employees working from a laptop or tablet, or teams based in a virtual meeting room. Just switch on and off you go. All offered as an easy, straightforward and transparent service.

 

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