Peanut butter and jelly. Cheese and wine. Salt and pepper.
Some things just go together, and the same can be said about business and collaboration. They don’t make up a tasty pairing like strawberries and bananas, but they’re essential to overall productivity.
Recently, Seismic and the Association for Information and Image Management teamed up to create a report on “Content Collaboration and Processing in a Cloud and Mobile World.” In the study, statistics showed that most professionals value both internal and external collaboration.
Specifically, 63 percent of respondents claimed that internal collaboration was “crucial” for business, while 32 percent found external collaboration to be critical.
Unfortunately, not everyone is getting the support necessary to foster a viable collaboration strategy. For example, only 16 percent of individuals said that their main ECM is optimized for mobile.
Less productivity on the go and no remote accessibility to business collateral equal a lack of collaboration.
Where is the Mobility?
Mobility is a must in the Digital Age, especially with the abundance of mobile devices available to professionals in the field. This report highlights the need for more support in terms of mobile and collaboration – plain and simple.
So are businesses getting the hint?
The study goes on to show that more companies are investing in mobile. Approximately 40 percent of respondents claimed that their businesses are spending more money on mobile applications, for instance. Thirty percent said that their companies are specifically spending on collaboration extensions and modules for existing ECM.
Perhaps not all hope is lost for professionals who want to make collaboration a regular occurrence, regardless of whether they’re in the office or out in the field. After all, tablets and smartphones have come a long way in the past few years.
More robust software is becoming widely available for mobile devices, which is convincing companies to invest in the trend. Gone are the days where apps served one purpose.
Seismic is one example of software that has industry leaders changing their attitude toward third party applications. On the iPad, for instance, Seismic can help professionals access the business collateral they need on the go. This means more opportunities for collaboration – the thirst is quenched.
Companies aren’t a point yet where they’re automatically going to give the green light to collaboration-enhancing technology, but the wheels are in motion. As the outcry for more enterprise solutions becomes louder, don’t be surprised to see business leaders taking software such as Seismic more seriously.