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How to build for the workplace of the future in 2016 and beyond

Michael Frendo Executive Vice President of Worldwide Engineering Polycom Inc. | March 17, 2016
At the beginning of the 2015, big changes to the collaboration landscape were predicted, including increased use of collaboration tools in global companies, dramatic changes to workspaces, and a structural change to the way people meet. Over the course of the last 12 months, the industry has shifted.

6. Follow-the-sun workflows will conquer time-zones

Regardless of the effectiveness of the communications network, time zone challenges are inherent in a global workforce. As the rapid expansion of globalisation continues, video content and visual collaboration content capture will be a priority. The trend shows that a greater number of companies will adopt a "follow the sun" strategy which will place greater emphasis on collective memory - the ability to capture, persist and share relevant key information across the enterprise. Companies that focus on leveraging collective memory will be better able to preserve key intellectual property and maximise productivity, creativity and learning.

7. New technologies, new experiences, new era

Collaboration sessions are often focused on more than one document, presentation or one stream of media, and sharing this content in real time is fundamental to an effective meeting experience.  It has historically been a challenge to do this consistently and reliably. New technologies will allow users to be confident that the content they see is being displayed accurately and clearly to their co-workers; sharing multiple streams of rich multimedia and interactive content will become as easy as plugging in a VGA cable today. Annotation, updating, recording and sharing of content will all be part of this rich experience.

The market has seen changes that have made an incredible impact on the way corporate decisions are made. Many enterprises looked at collaboration tools as "nice-to-have" but not necessarily integral to daily operations. Collaboration are increasingly becoming mission critical. 


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