NextPlane Blog

How the Rapid Pace of Technology and Mobility Are Changing the Nature of Workplace Collaboration

Mar 17, 2016 8:30:00 AM

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.

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What Is the CSCW Matrix and How Does It Change B2B UC Collaboration?

Jul 25, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Computers have been around for quite some time, but it wasn't until 1984 that Irene Greif and Paul Cashman coined the term "computer supported cooperative work" (CSCW). In essence, the CSCW postulated about how collaboration could be enhanced through computing.

In 1988, taking the idea a step further, sociologist Robert Johansen created the CSCW matrix to conceptualize the term. The four-square matrix addresses the four possible aspects of collaboration: individuals working together from the same location or remotely, and whether that work is occurring in real time or is asynchronous.

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Reflections on the UC Market and the Second Law of Thermodynamicsog Post Title Here...

Nov 22, 2013 9:00:00 AM

Although the concept of entropy originated in thermodynamics (as the 2nd law) and statistical mechanics, it is very applicable to the current state of the UC market. In simple terms, entropy is the measure of the level of disorder in a changing system, a system in which energy can only be transferred in one direction from an ordered state to a disordered state. The higher the entropy, the higher the disorder and lower the availability of the system’s energy to do useful work.

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