Top Five Ways to Improve Collaboration
Often confused with video conferencing, visual collaboration is all about using technology to collaborate in a much more visual and engaging manner. It may involve different sources of data and information being brought together in a space that is accessible from multiple devices across remote locations.
The rush towards visual collaboration is not just happening at the coal-face. Even the C-suite is getting in on the act with solutions geared towards the ‘Digital Boardroom
Hardly surprising when you consider that studies show that we remember just 10% of what we hear, 20% of what we read and 80% of what we see. Visual collaboration turbo-charges business meetings and it is also a key element in creating a modern digital workspace that will engage the talented digital native, whether he or she be new talent for your organisation or a valued customer in your marketplace.
That said, there are very many different solutions going under the banner of ‘visual collaboration’. With this in mind we suggest five ways in which you can improve your visual collaboration:
1 – Make it real-time
Single source of truth! Everyone is looking for immediate answers based on real, or near real-time data. In this day and age, you cannot afford to be dealing with out of date information.
2 – Visualise in one place
Think big screen! Today the priorities are visualising big data, socialising ideas, educating clients and working collaboratively. With this in mind, it is vital that your visual collaboration solution enables the organisation to bring project timelines and team creativity to life. This is not possible with data and video conference links on a multitude of small screens. The answer is a large, HD screen which can present video conferencing alongside data, charts and other visual and audio material
3 – Connect people and technologies
Globalisation and advances in technology, particularly mobile devices, means that the meeting room has evolved into a meeting space where people and technology meet. Visual collaboration demands that your solution integrates BYOD and enables remote users to interact with the meeting hub. Look for a solution that provides seamless integration of people and technology and bridges the physical and the digital worlds.
4 – Showcase rich media content
Put on a show! How much more effective and powerful our collaboration and communications become when we can share rich media content alongside the more static charts and presentations found in a traditional business meeting. Your solution should be comfortable displaying both structured and unstructured data from multiple sources. And it should make it easy for to present a wide range of rich media content in an innovative and intuitive way.
5 – Get ‘in touch’
Today interactive touch-screen technology which we feel so comfortable using on our smartphones and iPads, works equally well on the large screen. Forget whiteboards, the future is something more exciting. A screen which enables an unlimited number of collaborators to get the hands on the problem and really work it.