Are your employees’ devices optimized for effective collaboration? The tech-savvy workforce is presenting enormous opportunities in the enterprise. Employees are increasingly aware of new technologies and how they can integrate them into their work. One of the biggest changes in enterprise technology is the advent of collaboration tools to support the demands of this emerging workforce. Tech-savvy workers demand flexibility and are challenging enterprise IT leaders to adopt solutions that take full advantage of their technical abilities.
Collaboration & Flexibility
Many companies have identified the benefits of flexible and remote working policies, including an increase in productivity and morale, and a decrease in overhead. In order to empower employees with the tools needed to be successful in these progressive working conditions, it’s incumbent on IT leaders to build device and software strategies that support employees.
Two of the most popular collaboration software solutions are Microsoft Lync and Skype. Skype is a familiar, robust video conferencing platform that provides employees with valuable face-to-face interactions without having to book a conference room. The software also offers file sharing and group chat functionality to support communication and collaboration, and its adoption among consumers makes it an ideal platform to communicate with clients. Microsoft Lync is a powerful enterprise-level collaboration tool that facilitates multi-party video conferencing, PowerPoint slide sharing, real-time polling, call recording, file sharing, and more.
Not All Devices Are Created Equal
Both of these solutions offer flexible ways for employees to collaborate and communicate from anywhere. Although both Skype and Microsoft Lync are available as stand alone apps on many platforms, some features may not be available on all devices. In a recent comparison, Principled Technologies found that popular tablets such as the iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 were unable to utilize key collaboration features like group video chat or multiple file transfers. However, the Intel-powered Microsoft Surface Pro 3 offered users a full-featured experience with both apps. Additionally, the Surface Pro 3 boasted perceptibly higher video quality than the competition during both Skype and Microsoft Lync meetings. For IT leaders looking to support collaboration in the enterprise, the message is clear: don’t let hardware be a roadblock to employee success. Give them tools that work.
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