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Enterprise collaboration: you can do better, much better

You hear a lot about enterprise collaboration tools these days, but what does “collaboration” actually mean in an organization? Few would deny that improving collaboration and productivity would be categorically good for business. But it’s precisely because “collaboration” is so hard to measure that it’s difficult to recognize the tools that enable or impede it.

I think we can agree, however, that:

• When you gather in a conference room for an intense brainstorming session, you’re collaborating
• When you start a discussion by sending an email to your team with an Excel file attached, you’re collaborating
• When a colleague accidentally deletes your PowerPoint deck on the shared network drive, you’re… having a late night in the office

In this blog, let’s briefly review the importance of enterprise collaboration and the modern tools that genuinely help you achieve your goals, whether you’re on the IT or business side.

Why efficient collaboration is critical

Let’s take a second to review how most people collaborate around content like documents or presentations.

Here are your local and network drives; this is where your files probably hang out during the work week.

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Here is your inbox; this is where you derive the majority of your stress and communicate around shared content. (continued…)

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Webinar: The Real ROI of Collaboration featuring research from Forrester

To stay competitive in today’s fast-changing markets, enterprises now realize they need better technology to streamline collaboration and innovation. Yet determining the “hard dollar return” on a collaboration platform has been challenging. Until now.

After a thorough, six-month long study, Forrester Consulting has determined the Total Economic Impact (TEI) of deploying a collaboration platform using a very sophisticated methodology.

Webinar: Wednesday, March 26th (VIEW THE RECORDING)

Watch this online webinar featuring Forrester Research, Inc.’s VP/Principal Analyst, Rob Koplowitz, along with the group’s TEI Consultant, Adrienne Breslin.

During the webinar, they’ll be discussing how successful companies are deploying collaboration platforms, as well as covering the results of their in-depth commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of TIBCO Software, including the benefits, costs, flexibility, and risks of a social investment.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Why the business case is important
  • The methodology they used
  • The financial model to do-it-yourself
  • The ROI break-even period

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Get Forrester’s 22-page study, free.

Forrester Report thumbnailJust register and attend the webinar — afterward, we’ll make the full 22-page study available to you as a thank you for attending. If you can’t make the webinar, sign up anyway, and you can still watch the on-demand recording of the webinar. (continued…)

The Benefits of Collaboration Software to Your Workflow

In the modern workplace, you are probably used to sending hundreds of emails back and forth throughout the workday.  E-mail has undoubtedly been a great replacement for snail mail and relentless phone tag.  But, e-mail isn’t perfect either.  How many times has an important conversation of yours been buried after the most recent flood of e-mails?  Or, have you ever received a single forwarded e-mail with pages and pages of previous e-mails in it, making the information you really need very difficult to find?

Fortunately, collaboration software, serves as an effective replacement for e-mail.  Once you get the hang of this new workplace tool, you’ll see how it effectively complements e-mail.  Some of the following ways a collaboration tool might replace e-mail at your workplace include:

  1. Streamlining conversations.  Let’s say you work on a team of five people, some of whom you have to contact multiple times per day.  Think about how many e-mails will have to be sent and how much back-and-forth there will be.  Now, consider what would happen if you had an enterprise social network in place.  Everyone could subscribe to one conversation, where all updates would be posted.  You would receive real-time notification of any new updates made in regard to the topic.
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