What to Look for in Collaborative Tools
Collaborative solutions play an important role in meeting business goals by boosting efficiency and productivity, while enabling users to make better decisions.
More than 80% of the professionals surveyed said collaborative solutions play either a very or extremely important role in meeting their organization’s top business goals.
Greater efficiency: 79%,
Increased productivity: 76%,
Better business decisions: 69%,
Higher levels of innovation: 63%,
Faster time to market: 58%
46% of the respondents said they’d like collaborative tools to allow contractors, consultants and other non-employees to be included in the process, and 40% would prefer tools that were less complicated to set up.
31% said they wish collaborative tools were less difficult to use, and 29% said these solutions often cost too much.
At least 56% of the respondents said their organization is reducing travel expenses through collaborative tools.
Nearly half said their organization has reduced staffing costs via collaborative solutions.
66% of the respondents said C-level executives should lead their collaborative culture, but just 50% said this is actually happening.
Remember that contractors, partners and other outside parties will need to collaborate with your teams, so look for tools that won’t shut them out.
Avoid collaborative products that don’t deliver bottom-line value. Solutions should come with a proven track record of boosting revenue, profits, market share, operational efficiencies and cost savings.
By demonstrating positive ROI, you’ll more readily gain the C-suite’s support, thus increasing the likelihood of increased investment into collaborative technology.