Kick-start collaboration in your hybrid workplace
When half your participants are remote, the right technology can make the difference
Most organizations have managed hybrid meetings in the past, but often with less-than-consistent results. People online unable to get a word in over people in the office, speakers that only pick up every other word in meeting rooms, and, most annoyingly, the time it takes just to get the initial call set up so that everyone can see and hear the same thing.
When only a small fraction of people were remote in any given meeting, it was easy to ignore. When every meeting includes people in multiple locations… that’s just not an option anymore
In addition to an effective network, robust, feature-rich tools are one of the most powerful elements of an inclusive environment that accommodates teams and working styles of all kinds. Choosing the right tools for your organization will allow you to enhance your existing communication style, and promote more effective collaboration and innovation.
In our experience, the best tools in this space are cloud-based. Their built-in agility allows you to add new staff quickly, and embrace the many upgraded features that are quickly being rolled out as business requirements evolve, so that your team can immediately realize the benefits of continuously improving collaboration.
In addition to the tools themselves, it is important to consider the components that make a hybrid workforce successful: building or augmenting the network to support bandwidth-heavy requirements, reconsidering meeting rooms to accommodate large scale video / in person meetings, along with training of staff to ensure you get the most out of your environment. Choosing the right tools, in the best space with a strong network can help change the way you and your staff approach work.
In our extensive work designing and implementing collaboration solutions, we spend a lot of time with the major platforms. Our favourites:
Zoom started out as a consumer tool and rose in popularity in early 2020 as people looked for ways to stay connected when they couldn’t meet in person. Its intuitive, easy-to-use format made it a top choice for friends and family to have video chats across different platforms and devices. As Zoom grew and became a household name, the company iterated and innovated to provide a feature-rich enterprise version that focuses on functionality more suited to the needs of businesses. Meetings of up to 30 hours long with up to 500 participants, unlimited cloud-based recording, and live streaming to other video platforms are some of the key additions Zoom has made that make it an excellent addition to the enterprise environment. Zoom also has industry-specific plans for certain verticals, such as education and healthcare, with custom capabilities geared for these unique applications.
Did you know that Compugen is now an enterprise partner for Zoom in Canada? If you’re looking for more information or think Zoom could be a solution for your business, click here and let's talk.
If your organization is already running Microsoft Office, the ability to collaborate seamlessly within the suite of Office applications will be the key functionality you’re looking for– and Teams makes a strong case with its native integration. Teams offers a unified communications and collaboration hub, that allows your team to work together on Microsoft documents such as Word and Excel, store and organize files, and collaborate with colleagues without ever leaving the app. Teams also wins the race in extendibility with support for over 700 third-party apps, giving you the possibility of a fully-tailored platform for your organization.
Looking for inspiration? Find out how other organizations are optimizing Teams for their own collaboration efforts.
For organizations running Office, Teams is an easy path to effective collaboration. Looking for ideas/assistance? We're here.
Considered the pioneer of collaboration platforms, Cisco’s Webex prioritizes security as its key differentiator. Apart from the industry-standard two-factor authentication (TFA) and single sign-on (SSO), Webex meetings and files are also protected by eDiscovery, Zero-Trust end-to-end encryption and transport layer security. These protocols have made Webex a top choice for healthcare and similar environments where protection of corporate and consumer data is of paramount importance. The ability for Webex to integrate seamlessly with existing Cisco voice and video endpoints in companies across the globe makes it simpler and less time-consuming to deploy on legacy platforms.
Download the Secure Remote Worker Toolkit on how you can support your organization’s hybrid work strategy.
Ideas and Inspirations
Succeed in the digital era with cloud communications
Frost & Sullivan, the world renowned technology market research firm has created this comprehensive e-book to provide insight into the growing world of cloud collaboration. Reviewing competitive landscape, market disruption and how to select the right partners, this document is designed to inform organizations as they make next step decisions in their cloud collaboration plans.
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