Collaboration is the Crux of Agile Business
How we work is changing fast. The corporate landscape is full of examples of thriving businesses that are successful because they are agile. To remain competitive and relevant businesses need to be increasingly nimble.
Agility pays. Look around you. Businesses that are thriving today are “agile.” Agility is becoming a true differentiator for business success. Agility creates a stronger environment for innovation and adaptability — and creates a cultural shift in doing things.
Consider the dizzying rise of businesses such as Uber, Airbnb, Spotify, Alibaba, Baidu, and Flipkart. How did they do it? Quite simply, they emphasize innovation and agility.
Agile is the new normal. So, how do you embrace it?
For growing businesses with limited resources, effective collaboration can be complicated and challenging. Unifi Communications can help you overcome these challenges with our range of right-sized, right-priced collaboration solutions. Unifi can help you improve employee engagement, increase customer satisfaction, reduce costs, and accelerate innovation and growth.
Innovative solutions such as Cisco Meeting Server
and Cisco Business Edition
allow Unifi to help you place video at the centre of the collaboration experience. Our video solutions allow employees to work together in new ways to transform business, accelerate innovation, and do more with less. It's next-generation interaction, where everyone, everywhere can be face-to-face and more effective
New Age Collaboration
Much of the ability for businesses to be agile is driven by the constant improvements in how technology is allowing us to interact and collaborate. In today’s knowledge-based economy, even basic communications have changed dramatically. These fast-moving changes are challenging. They challenge organizations to:
- Support a generation of remote and mobile workers
- Battle to attract talent from a highly mobile global pool
- Connect a worldwide ecosystem of employees, partners, customers, suppliers, and more
Even as individuals, the way we work is changing and the notion of “going to work” has taken on new meaning. You no longer have to be within office boundaries or commute to a specific location to be productive. Combined with workstyle preferences, technological advances are influencing significant change in workplace dynamics. It’s about choosing when and where we work – and with whom. Boundaries are fading. We’re opting for flexibility. Telecommuting, hot desking, smart working makes “work from anywhere, anytime” ring more true. Organizations across industries are reaping the benefits.
Frost & Sullivan estimates that millennials will make up 75% of the U.S. workforce and 30% of the world’s total population by 2025. And this generation relies heavily on mobile tools for sharing information, getting answers quickly, making decisions faster, and improving communications beyond organizational boundaries. Businesses will not be able to attract the talent they need unless they can offer these ways of working.
The new norm is shifting from momentary collaboration — short instances of people coming together — to continuous collaboration, in which teams work together on an on-going basis. And it requires a different collaboration environment with very different tools. One that is:
- Always-on: Bringing global teams together to work collaboratively in creative styles
- Live or real-time: Enabling people to meet over video technologies anytime, anywhere
- Asynchronous: Allowing people to work in collaborative virtual spaces from any device
- Mobile-first: Empowering people to collaborate when and where they please
Collaborate to Innovate
Business leaders are increasingly recognizing that agility thrives only on a foundation of innovation. But innovation does not happen in isolation. Innovation needs an engine within the business organization to feed it. That engine is Collaboration.
Harvard’s Linda Hill explains that “Innovation is not about solo genius. It’s about collective genius. It’s a journey. A type of collaborative problem solving, usually among people who have different expertise and different points of view.”
Smart ideas stem from collaboration. More than sharing information, collaboration is fundamental to the creative process of connecting ideas. And innovation often emerges from great ideas through novel connections. Think about your organization’s last significant innovation. Chances are it gave your business a boost. Wouldn’t that be a welcome competitive advantage in today’s world where technological changes can easily make the slow movers irrelevant?
Do you now see the connection? Aspirations of success compel organizations to become agile. But agility thrives upon perpetual innovation. Collaboration helps you create that perpetual machine for innovation. And Collaboration technology itself has transformed into an exciting portfolio of possibilities.
Is Your Business Collaboration Ready?
As we move rapidly toward a future of digital transformation and agile businesses, collaboration is emerging as the most compelling enabler of innovation. As such, we certainly need more than “good enough” collaboration tools such as Skype for Business to make the leap. It’s time to make collaboration count in your organization.
At Unifi Communications we are helping our customer’s by integrating collaboration technology as part of broader workforce initiatives. Organizations across industries are looking to technology such as video conferencing and group workspaces to:
- Eliminate physical barriers
- Share real-time information within groups
- Extend interaction to include customers and partners
- Build iterative processes for quick decisions and production
New Collaboration Tools
Enabling these shifts are tools remarkably better and less costly than previous generations. They deliver new teamwork capabilities including affordable video conferencing for all, web conferencing, smart whiteboards, and digital team workspaces, with more on the way.
This level of collaboration is the crux of agile business. Last year’s “good enough” tools such as Skype for Business aren’t enough in the future. It’s time to invest in the collaboration capabilities that take you on the path to innovation and agility. Contact Unifi Communications to discuss how your business can adopt better collaboration.