From engineers and product development teams, sales and marketing departments, and up to executives, we are living in the era of workplace collaboration. As telecommuting and remote work trends continue to grow, creative collaboration across the office and across the miles becomes more important than ever.

Today’s conference and board rooms provide endless capabilities for collaboration. Display technology advances, along with developments in Unified Communication and Collaboration (UCC), work together to provide seamless collaboration capabilities. “It was our task for many years to make clients aware of the possibility of UCC,” says John Greene, vice president of sales and marketing for Advanced AV, specializing in UCC technology. “Today the tech we have promoted for so long has been adopted, and now fluidity, standardization and enterprise implementation of UCC is required.”

Driven by Millennials

Millennials—who now make up one-third of the workforce, and represent the largest demographic in the workplace according to Pew Research—are team players by nature, interested in feedback and support with every step of a project. Workplace collaboration has expanded as a result of these needs. “To truly appeal to the Millennials, workplace collaboration technology needs to be immersive, fast, visually beautiful, innovative, adaptive and future-proof,” says Jen Uner of Oblong Industries Inc., manufacturer of the Mezzanine immersive collaboration solution. “Millennials are a collaborative, social, mobile and tech-savvy group who consume and share information instantly, enjoying social interaction at their fingertips. Raised in the digital age, they anticipate instant connectivity, mobile interaction and seamless, collaborative technology as standard in their working environment.”

Fortunately technologies continue to advance to drive collaboration and unified communications to these exacting specifications. “Everyone’s workflow is woven together, from home through to the workplace to social activities,” says Greene.

A number of workplace collaboration tools introduced this year make product development, data aggregation and analysis, and workplace communication easier and more efficient. “The platforms and solutions are there, and the experience, availability of people, data and knowledge resources is starting to blend seamlessly,” notes Greene.

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