by Dan Ford, CTS, Project Engineer

With the economy on the upswing and businesses beginning to grow and thrive again, one of the almost universal challenges they face is the need to keep up in a world that seems ever smaller and busier. Technological advancements now make it possible to communicate anytime, anywhere, meaning that collaboration can take place in almost any context with as much ease as it can inside the office walls. And as younger generations that grew up immersed in mobile technology begin to enter the workplace, we are starting to see a big change in the way companies communicate internally as well as with their partners and customers.

The workforce increasingly demands these technologies in order to effectively communicate both inside and outside their organizations, with younger, more tech-savvy employees leading the push. More senior staff and company leaders are also quick to adopt and appreciate the new tools, however, because of the obvious advantages they provide.

Using mobile applications like Cisco’s Jabber, we can now choose from an array of options including smartphones, tablets and PCs when we want to work together. Do you want a spur-of-the-moment video conference or need to locate someone on a project team for a quick question? No problem – you can do it by calling a single number that’s associated with all the devices your company uses. If the person you’re trying to reach doesn’t answer on the desktop phone, the software will automatically refer the call to the linked cell phone, then tablet, all with the touch of a button. These advanced capabilities completely change the communications game for project managers and their teams.

Though the change can seem a bit overwhelming to those who have yet to embrace the latest technology, the benefit is that as this niche continues to advance at break-neck speed, the more adaptable it tends to be to your current systems. So if you find your company considering mobile collaboration technology and you’re not even sure what that is, try not to worry. There are plenty of options that can be tailored to your company’s specific needs. They’ll fit right in with your current capabilities while moving you into the 21st century and helping you remain competitive in your industry.

Keep a good watch on the latest developments in mobile collaboration, as you will be seeing this technology become more common over the next few years. Companies, including yours, are wise to prepare by expanding and strengthening network infrastructure now, to facilitate the inevitable updates required to meet your customers’ and staff’s growing needs. And if you have any questions, just let us know – we’re always happy to help explain and expound upon the latest and greatest in advanced technologies.