Information worker teams frequently work in different locations with separate partners and in different time zones, and need better support than e-mail and file shares. IT professionals have been charged with the task of finding the most intelligent and cost-effective solutions to enable employees to efficiently connect to colleagues, customers and business partners.
Collaboration technology has become the means by which IT departments achieve this. Consequently, IT people have increasingly become strategic assets to their organisation, as they deploy information-sharing solutions to enhance the company’s competitiveness, increase responsiveness, eliminate inefficiencies and enable faster decision-making.
Collaboration applications are well suited to today's economic climate. They quickly deliver a hard benefit in reduced travel time and costs. Longer term, they transform the efficiency of core business processes and build the company collaboration culture that is critical for future survival.
Collaboration products are evolving fast and IT decision-makers need to assess which vendor best matches their needs and which is likely to be most successful.
Building a collaborative infrastructure
Making the right choice from various communication and collaboration technologies is essential if a business is to meet today’s changing workplace challenges.
However, a company’s communication and collaboration requirements cannot be satisfied by individual software products or by a single, monolithic environment.
Addressing these challenges requires a systematic approach that integrates client, servers and services with a comprehensive standards-based development environment.
A collaborative infrastructure is designed to help organisations increase business responsiveness and eliminate inefficiencies by providing integrated, reliable communication and collaboration tools that effectively serve the needs of information workers, IT professionals and developers.
So the conditions that make for an effective environment for collaboration can only be realised if an infrastructure is comprehensive, integrated, open and extendable.
A communication and collaboration environment based on Microsoft® technologies and services can fulfil all these requirements, helping users in any organisation enhance individual, team and organisational productivity.
"Reducing travel costs without hurting the productivity and effectiveness of our international project teams is critical. By using the Microsoft Office System, we are able to effectively collaborate and conduct meetings remotely to meet our budget goals while significantly enhancing team efficiency."
David McDermott, Director of Systems Engineering, Elsevier
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