Today, when line-of-business managers and end users need to connect with their external business partners, they use an assortment of different tools, some more ill-suited than others. This communication involves a lot of ad hoc emails and mailing lists. Some people on the team might use Hangouts, others might use text messaging. We see folks that use Skype, WhatsApp, and even private Facebook groups and Messenger. For document collaboration, end users rely on their personal Box and Dropbox accounts to get around email attachment restrictions.
Increasingly companies are relying on contractors and consultants to reduce costs and bring in specialized skill sets, among many other reasons.
While the trend helps, in order to get the most out of the cost benefits, companies need to provide contractors and consultants with access to their internal networks. Organizations then need to equip these workers with communications and collaboration tools, like UC clients, so they can do their jobs just as though they were regular employees.
To succeed in today’s fast-paced business world, organizations need to share information in real-time across internal and external teams.
However, despite their well-documented benefits, surprisingly 55 percent of organizations have yet to deploy any real-time collaboration tools. So right off the bat, because these companies lack UC platforms, organizations that have already deployed UC solutions aren’t able to federate with them.