At some point, we’ve all been tempted to do a job by ourselves instead of working with our larger team.
As tempting as it may be, there are many downsides to this approach — namely, the end product will represent only one person’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s almost impossible to be competitive in today’s market by taking that narrow view. The answer is collaborating with others.
Working with a team used to mean trying to find a time that worked for everyone for long, in-person meetings, conference room walls littered with sticky notes and printed calendars and waiting for a team member to send a document in once they were finished.
However, by using collaboration technology tools, these challenges basically go away, and all of the time-consuming processes of the old days — like spending hours sticking Post-it notes to the wall — can finally be put to rest.
But it’s also a matter of expectations. Customers expect fast responses and know you have the ability to work from anywhere. Employees also expect to be able to have the flexibility to work from various locations, including home, a client’s office and on the road. If you don’t take advantage of collaboration technology and deliver quickly, your customers (and your employees) will go somewhere else.
To be able to effectively choose the right collaboration tools and put them to work for your business, you have to be able to predict what is coming down the road in terms of business trends and technology.
Here at Rackspace, we talk to small business owners all day long and we want to share five future cloud trends you need to know about today so you can keep both your customers and employees happy. No, not just happy, but thrilled.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll feature different future cloud trends and give you practical ideas you can use to improve your productivity as well.
That brings us to our first future cloud trend: mobility. Check out the video below for more.
Want to find out more about up and coming trends that may affect your business? Visit Rackspace to learn more about our productivity solutions and the ways we’re helping businesses successfully move to the cloud.