While collaboration technologies may be a newer form of innovation in the workplace, they offer a way to bring people together to develop ideas and work on projects. From audio and video conferencing to digital whiteboards, all are making it easier to communicate and promote innovation. These “newer” methods of flowing information to the workforce are practical and tend to engage the participants (and in ways critical for today’s geo-dispersed workforce) more than traditional methods. You’ve seen me talk about collaborative virtual worlds in the past while being on the blog soapbox- but what about the other collaborative technologies on the market today?
Specific examples of collaboration technologies include: forums, blogs, wikis, and social networks such as Twitter and LinkedIn. With the business world becoming increasingly distributed, it is only natural that collaborative technologies pick up more steam. Collaborative platforms are popular today; whether they are being utilized to bring together a geographically distributed workforce or decreasing company expenditures on outdated, marginal technologies. There is a value proposition to it all. Through the deployment of collaboration technologies success stories are in abundance with more and more work being conducted virtually. Today’s collaboration and communication tools have transformed the way we do business. Today, collaboration fundamentals are still being established and there are a lot of first-generation technologies that organizations are learning about and adopting.
Forward-thinking companies are already adapting to a host of collaborative technologies. The workforce has been revolutionized by the introduction of collaboration technologies, with many more new technologies to come in the future. As collaboration evolves it will continue to introduce new ways of working. While all providing a new (and improved) method of communication within companies and amongst co-workers. Corporate innovation is an ever-changing landscape and companies must stay up with the latest and greatest to succeed and prosper.