Business IS Collaboration
2015 is turning out to be the year that IT and enterprises acknowledge the centrality of collaboration in business. Even if every participant is a sole proprietor, any transaction is an interaction between people and therefore a collaboration. In the real world, all the internal and external planning and negotiating events on each side leading up to the transaction — the marketing outreach, the sales engagement, the strategy determination, the offering definition, the pricing and SLA decisions, the creation of the contract, the closing and execution — are collaborative interactions. A Gantt chart of any business process essentially maps a sequence of collaborations. On a human level, business is collaboration.
In Q1, we put collaboration front and center, starting with a special collaboration edition of our trademarked annual Technology Arc, which tracks IT’s contribution to the business process. We go on to explore this interactive world with a series of informative collaborations between Aragon and you, our clients. As the year progresses, we will continue to cover the many ways in which technology enables this most essential of human activities.
The Technology Arc for Collaboration helps our clients assess the maturity and market impact of collaboration technology and its role in the enterprise. The 2015 edition features 15 technologies specific to collaboration, plus special drill-down profiles for 19 more with direct operational connections to the collaboration domain. It’s a must-read for planners interested in applying IT resources to make business more collaborative and therefore more efficient, productive and profitable.
In this research note, we discuss the growing importance of four collaboration domains that enterprise planners should be keenly aware of — Mobile Collaboration, Structured Collaboration, Video Collaboration and Content Collaboration — along with one critical requirement for all of them: how to protect the security and privacy of collaboration activities.
Mobile collaboration, like most mobile initiatives, does more than apply an existing collaboration paradigm to mobile platforms. It leverages mobility and the cloud to expand and enhance the paradigm itself, to facilitate teamwork and team building, and to integrate collaboration with the productivity ecosystem by incorporating document collaboration features like interactive annotation and group authoring or editing.
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