It’s no secret Google and Microsoft are major rivals in the realm of enterprise productivity software. Microsoft’s Office suite has been a staple at businesses around the world since the 1990s, and Google for Work has made similar inroads since Gmail was first introduced a decade ago.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the rise of a new crop of messaging and collaboration apps. While the look, feel and functionality of these newcomers are all different, the services were built for the same reason: to accelerate collaboration and decision-making processes, thereby boosting team productivity.
Earlier this month, the Labor Department announced that—for the third straight quarter—U.S. worker productivity dipped, representing the longest such decline in nearly 40 years. In the age of rapid technological evolution, the productivity slump has left pundits on both sides of the aisle puzzled.
For nearly two decades, a countless amount of oil traders, brokers and analysts stationed all around the world have relied on Yahoo Messenger as their primary communication tool.
Last year, WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) gained even more traction as big players started rolling out products that leverage the technology. Microsoft, for example, added WebRTC to its newly minted Edge browser (though it didn’t incorporate the technology into its older browsers).
Climbing from the $47.3 billion it amassed during 2014, the enterprise collaboration market is poised to eclipse $70 billion by 2019, and for good reason: Collaboration is critical to the success of any modern organization. Make collaboration a top priority for your company, and you benefit from more efficient business processes and accelerated decision-making—both of which drive competitive advantage.
There’s no denying the fact that virtually all of today’s business professionals rely heavily on email to do their jobs. But precisely how much time they spend in their inboxes might surprise you.
Collaboration is already important to many businesses. But many believe collaboration will play an even bigger role in the organizations of tomorrow.
Before the proliferation of cloud computing, mobile devices and incredibly quick networks, when most folks talked about collaboration in the workplace, they focused on the desktop.
Now, thanks to the evolution of technology and the rise of mobility, the definition of workplace collaboration is changing.
Today, collaboration is defined differently than just having real-time communication modes (chat, voice, video, conferencing, etc.) on a single desktop client.
In our opinion, four trends are responsible for this redefinition of business collaboration.