Collaboration in the Cloud
Collaboration in the Cloud
By definition, collaboration is the action of working with someone to produce or create something, and we’ve been doing it for generations across different industries. Historically, collaboration was something that took place only in person. However, technology and cloud computing has changed all of that.
Collaboration technology has not only transformed the way we work, it continues to transform it. Thanks to cloud computing, people are communicating and working together in new ways, from anywhere in the world, to achieve a single goal. Information and documents are no longer stored on a single, local device, but stored centrally, with secure access to whoever needs it, whenever it’s needed. When looking at the many devices, applications and software designed to help us communicate and work together more easily, we wanted to better understand how they were being used in the real world today.
Every day, the Navisite team works closely with enterprise IT leaders to deliver cloud environments and collaboration services tailored and managed to meet specific needs. To better understand the challenges, needs and real-world uses of collaboration, we surveyed over 1,400 IT decision makers and the end-user employees using the tools to get more done.
Getting a transatlantic perspective, we spoke to respondents working in the United States and United Kingdom, at companies with 300 to 5,000 employees. Participants came from an exciting mix of sectors, with over 350 representatives on average from the manufacturing, financial services, healthcare and hospitality sectors. No matter who we spoke to though, they nearly all agreed on the benefits of collaboration to their organizations.
Eighty-six percent of people agreed that collaboration helps improve work efficiency and increase productivity. An additional 84% agree that better collaboration has real tangible value within their organization. But most importantly, perhaps, is that 81% agreed that investment in better collaboration tools has a clear return on investment (ROI)—nearly half of those that have invested in or rolled out new collaboration tools in the past two years strongly agreeing that they are getting a clear ROI, almost 10% higher than those that haven’t invested recently.
As we share these results with you, we will take a closer look at cloud collaboration in a practical, real-world context, and identify how businesses and IT teams can best enable collaboration so everybody in your business is able to maximize the efficiency and productivity gains to be had from collaborative technologies.
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