With the evolution of technology we are more connected than ever before. We no longer need to be in the same room to have a meeting, heck, we don’t even need to be in the same timezone.
This gives roaming and remote employees the ability to collaborate and innovate from wherever inspiration strikes. But to keep your channels of communication open, you need the support of social business software.
You don’t need to be a large corporate to benefit from collaboration tools and software either. There’s a solution for every size and every pocket. Here are a few making a name for themselves.
1. If you’re working with a team
Trello and Asana are great collaboration tools. They let you keep track of all your personal tasks, while letting you share ideas, delegate tasks and set-up meetings and reminders. They work particularly well if you’re a fan of the Getting Things Done (GTD) method of productivity.
2. If you’re thinking bigger
Basecamp has a simple, attractive interface and is really easy to navigate around. It’s also a great place to create teams, share calendars and put a face to your international colleagues.
Yammer and Chatter both open up the channels of communication organisation-wide. They let you post interesting articles, relevant videos and interesting insights and feel like a fusion of LinkedIn and Facebook – but with a serious focus on enterprise features. The difference being that Microsoft owns Yammer and Salesforce owns Chatter. So you’ll want to pick which one integrates best with your existing systems.
3. If you want something bespoke
You’ll need to call in the experts. Solutions by organisations like IBM are by no means cheap, but they mean business. Thanks to their size, they invest a lot of time and money into researching and developing this area. This means less glitches and a more personalised platform for you.