on 22 September 17
One of the biggest challenges that come with today's increasingly mobile work force is trying to keep everyone in contact and on the same page. The concept of herding cats has become exponentially harder, especially since each cat now has his or her own remote-capable device, work schedule, and ways of doing things.
Here's a sampling of eight tools that are especially valuable for cat herding ... .er ... team collaboration for the 21st century workplace.
Communifire makes it easy to create virtual workspaces that make it easy to collaborate. One big feature it brings to the table is the ability to customize, doing things like disabling file sharing or the discussion function. That way, the workspace can be tailored to your people's precise needs.
If you don't want to use SharePoint, consider Interact Intranet as a very respectable alternative. Manage day to day tasks while also creating a good breeding ground for creativity, allowing members more direct input on newly proposed ideas.
You know that this classic had to appear on the list, right? This utility lets you save files to the cloud (freeing up more space on your device in the process!), making them accessible to a large number of mobile devices.
Speaking of well-known tools, right? One of the most attractive features of this cloud storage service is that you get unlimited storage for accounts that have over five users. You can also use utilities such as Google Sheets and Google Docs.
We're moving on to video conference platforms now, and Fuze is a strong entry in that field. This cloud-based tool offers considerable flexibility, letting people connect in most settings, and is compatible with a number of telepresence systems from manufactures such as Cisco, Lifesize, and Polycom.
This popular video-conferencing utility's versatility extends beyond the typical consumer usage. This is a great tool for those small businesses that don't have the funds to invest in complex dedicated conference room products. It doesn't matter if you need to make a group video conference call or simply a one on one with a client; Skype has your back.
We leave the world of video conferencing, and turn our attention to small business communication applications. Chookka offers small businesses a fast and easy way to share documents, media, and discussions, working in conjunction with your email. Chookka also helps keep shared files and conversations organized, thereby cutting down on time wasted trying to find something from a few weeks ago, and we all know how much fun it is to search for those things (said no one, ever).
As its webpage points out from the get-go, "Yammer is a private social network that helps employees collaborate across departments, locations, and business apps." You can create Yammer Groups that bring together all of the relevant people that are working on the same project. You can even loop in people from outside of your company, enabling them to access the group's information and giving input.
These are just some of the many collaboration tools available out there. Of course, collaboration need not be limited to the professionals in one company working on one project. There's a whole world of like-minded people out there that are ready to share and learn from each other, as is evidenced by platforms such as mytechlogy.
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