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December 30, 2014

3 Collaboration Trends for Entrepreneurs to Note for 2015

Team Collaboration 2015

The marriage of technology and collaboration is bound to have a great impact on businesses around the world in 2015. The evolution of communication and collaboration tools made it possible for entrepreneurs to engage with their teams (and for the teams to engage with their clients) in ways that could have only been imagined a decade ago.

Effective team communication is paramount for business success. It is vital for entrepreneurs to stay on top of trends on how teams, departments, and businesses can collaborate most efficiently for maximum productivity, especially while on the go. With all the changes taking place in the workplace communication landscape, businesses can’t afford wasting time, money, and resources due to inefficiencies.

Here are 3 major trends we suggest entrepreneurs keep an eye out on, and implement in 2015:

Big Data

Although Big Data itself isn’t a new trend, it has yet to be utilized across companies of all sizes. Big Data technology collects and analyzes data to simplify it. In turn, it becomes easier for companies to prove the value of each it its initiatives.

As smaller companies become increasingly successful, the importance of decisions to be made become great. Big Data provides the intelligent data needed to help entrepreneurs make decisions with confidence.

Collaboration Technologies

Collaboration solutions are typically either real-time, such as conference calls and online chats, or near-time, such as email and project-management tools. In 2015, companies of all sizes will be expected to seamlessly integrate both real-time and near-time components into their systems to attract and retain top talent. Doing so will also facilitate different work styles and work flows.

One of the greatest perks of collaboration technologies is that it allows companies to expand their networks across the globe without any concern over collaboration logistics or the risk of miscommunication. It also makes it much easier for entrepreneurs to set up businesses without actual equipment or office space.

Mobile Device Management and BYOD

For most startups, it’s a given that the team will bring their own devices into the office. For larger organizations, it is also a common practice, as workers enjoy bringing and using their own devices as they please.

However, entrepreneurs must bear security challenges in mind. Mobile device management solutions are essential towards combating the loss of sensitive company information and data – both on company-owned devices, and the personal devices of employees. In order to prevent potential catastrophes, we recommend that entrepreneurs understand how to protect any and all information that moves in and out of their companies.

 

Staying on top of these, and future trends, will help prepare businesses for success in 2015.