Top Five Trends In Collaboration: Getting Productive in 2015
Author: David Mario Smith
Date: March 19, 2015
Research Note Number: 2015-07
Issue: What trends are affecting collaboration in the enterprise?
Issue: What are the best practices for managing collaboration inside and outside the enterprise?
Summary: Enterprise collaboration planners should know the key trends driving collaboration and how users are adapting to them.
Enterprise collaboration has seen unprecedented convergence and disruption. The cloud has altered how collaboration technologies get delivered. Mobility has changed how technology is accessed. Traditional collaboration vendors are trying to reinvent themselves to meet user demands that have changed due to increased use of consumer-based tools.
Interacting with others is a basic human need, and collaboration technologies should address that need and support how people actually work together. The heart of any business process is the people who engage in it, and a complete and effective enterprise collaboration strategy has to focus holistically on them, the ways they interact, the content they are working with, the effect of new technologies like mobility and video, and the need for security.
The Five Major Collaboration Trends
In this research note, we discuss five major collaboration trends that enterprise planners should be keenly aware of:
- Mobile Collaboration
- Structured Collaboration
- Video Collaboration
- Content Collaboration
- Security and Privacy
Enterprise collaboration planners have to rethink strategies and focus collaboration technology investments on people and how they work. Collaboration technology is converging around cloud and mobile. These trends require a holistic strategy that involves all parts of the business. They also require investments to support specific business outcomes.