Combining Cloud and Mobility Solutions to Extend Collaboration
Long before Apple’s Steve Wozniak teamed up with Steve Jobs or HP’s Bill Hewlett joined forces with David Packard, collaboration had been a key component of many company’s successes.
But though it’s the leaders who often get attention, collaboration at the working level is what drives business over the long term. It takes a team to develop a software product, or design an office building, or streamline the processes on a manufacturing line. And as business itself becomes more complex, teams increasingly depend on unified communication (UC) technology to interact, share information and maintain momentum.
Not so long ago, teams were made up of people located in a single building or corporate campus. Today, their members may work all over the world and rely on technology more than ever to communicate and collaborate with coworkers, partners and customers in different states and countries. As more employees bring their own devices to work (BYOD), a team’s technology can vary from member to member. Though some may spend most of their time in the office, others may work from home or spend their days traveling. Some use iPhones, others use Android devices, all running different system versions. Collaboration has become a complex undertaking.
Complex, but at the same time powerful. When the capabilities of a cloud-based business telephone system are combined with tools that let mobile workers easily access everything from voicemail to video conferencing to real-time messaging, a team has everything it needs to keep its project moving, regardless of where each member is located.
The best systems add popular business applications like Microsoft Office and Google Docs into the mix, allowing for easy collaboration on documents or presentations, group scheduling and the simple opening of multimedia meetings and work sessions. The cloud’s ability to host large amounts of information, combined with the mobile network’s ability to share and manipulate it in real time from almost anywhere, allows teams to work flexibly and quickly.
When cloud and mobility solutions are truly integrated, users can get to work without worrying about software downloads, system compatibility or other technical issues. With the ability to work across devices, they can access tools from whatever platform makes the most sense for them at that moment – a desktop when they’re in the office, a tablet when they’re on the road, or a smartphone when they’re on the train home.
The idea is to make the team’s access to information and each other as seamless as possible. That way, they can spend their time collaborating on their work wherever they are, not letting time spin away as they wait for the next meeting.