Cloud-based collaboration in the real-time economy where information management makes the difference.
I’m one of those people using cloud-based collaboration tools outside the corporate firewalls and restrictions I sometimes have to operate in, when working for customers. But I have two excuses: 1) I’m doing it to…get things done and 2) I’m far from the only one.
Cloud-based collaboration – or using cloud services for collaboration – is simply a necessity in the information reality I – and you – live and work in. Sure enough, I don’t want to collaborate in real-time the whole time and some ‘tools’ can become counterproductive. Take instant messaging. It’s nice to be able to get in touch with co-workers on the fly. But sometimes it can be a pain. As human beings we need to be unreachable now and then. However, that’s a matter of people and processes, not of tools or technology.
The benefits of cloud-based collaboration services, that encompass a lot more than instant messaging (the whole unified communications and collaboration spectrum), by far outweigh the potential negative aspects of some specific applications. And that brings me to the main reason why I can’t live without cloud-based collaboration services anymore: the need of putting information at use fast and in a collaborative and optimized way. [Read more...]