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Top 5 collaboration trends for 2016

Geoff Thomas, President, Asia Pacific, Polycom | Jan. 19, 2016
People-centred collaboration tools, user-driven innovation, and deeper use of analytics to prevail.

5. Content will become more pervasive
Facilitating how people manage, interact, edit, produce, work with content and all associated workflows and applications is an area that has become more complex because of the plethora of content solutions available. There is a need to address complexity and fragmentation and make it easier to manage content in a high fidelity way. Content is not just a screen representation — it is the most valuable asset arising from any collaboration as it is the output which knowledge workers produce. In coming years, we will see the emergence of solutions that will allow people in organisations to more easily manage their content files and related work flow tools, and many of these will be cloud-based applications. Envision a room where every wall and every surface becomes a virtual interactive workspace -content can be taken from anywhere (your personal devices, cloud storage, the physical world) and shown anywhere.  Additionally, everything seen in a physical room is also seen by participants around the world, and all of the content is fully interactive allowing teams to simultaneously work on content, save the files, and make it available to all team members to access at any time.

Collaboration matters in the workplace of the future
CIOs will remain concerned that any investment in technology will need to work today and in the future. If collaboration technology is to become adopted on a mass scale, it needs to be easy to deploy across multiple users, devices and meeting environments. Further, tools need to be intuitive and easy to handle — and as mentioned before, user expectations in terms of quality and simplicity have to be satisfied. As millennials continue to stream into the workforce, organisations will focus on meshing together the young, educated talent across the globe. To bring them together effectively and drive outcomes through collaboration, an innovative,more connected environment — the workplace of the future — needs to be created now.


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