Social media has turned out to be one of the biggest additions in last five years. There is no second opinion to the point that social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have played a vital role in bringing people closer to each other. In the early years of social media being launched, these platforms were used for personal interactions with friends and family members. With the passage of time, people have realized that social media can play an important role in their business process as well. With this realization, social computing software has been introduced at workplaces. This software is used to increase companyâs outreach, they aid in implementation of communication strategies of almost every business.
The technology environment in which the business is run has completely changed from what it was a decade back. High speed internet connections have folded the world amazingly. The reliance of faxes, printers, telephone call, etc. all has diminished. The introduction of smart gadgets such as laptops, smart phones, tablets and above all the wireless network has given a new trend to working style. Technological advancement has made it possible for people in distant places to simultaneously work on the same projects. The world is moving fast and the technology is driving it.
As already mentioned, working has been made faster and easier by laptops and smart phones. The wireless connections can be reached at any time and a number of people sitting in distant places can work on a project at the same time. While working on a single project, companies and teams rely on social computing software that help keeping everyone in the loop and provide a shared platform where team members can collaborate and discuss ideas with each other. This software is usually connected with customized social sites developed by the companies where their employees can collaborate with each other. The discussion is as easy and posting comments on your Facebook profile. All the members get access to data including documentations, presentations, etc. The whole scenario of this in-house social media site and social computing software has given a new face to intra- organization coordination.
The benefits of using enterprise collaboration and social computing software cannot be summarized in just one article. The software is blessing for companies who have offshore establishments. It enables to hire the best professional irrespective of their location. It reduces the time of completion of a project as the members donât have to wait till one person completes his part of the work and then passes on the project to the next person in the team. The entire team gets a platform where they can discuss the progress and define the way forward. The team lead can easily oversee team performance and assign tasks in a better way. The environment is cost effective as you donât need to invest in terms of infrastructure in case the employees are remotely located. In case all the employees are stationed in the same building, the work does not get affected if an employee is on leave or has to travel around.
Maegan Pulman is a freelance IT consultant and technology enthusiast. She is active in local and international IT events and is always on the lookout for the latest industry trends.