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